Category Archives: DESSERT

Sonia's Easy Pumpkin Cheese Cake

2 cheese cake shells
1 30 ounce pumpkin pie mix
2 8 ounces lite or any cream cheese
1/4 cup brown splenda or 3/4 cup regular sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 eggs or 5 egg whites
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a bowl beat eggs with sugar. Combine with rest of ingredients and mix well. Pour into shells and bake for about 55 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

* I like it with vanilla bean ice cream.

Sonia's Newest Recipe – Lite Banana Nut Cake

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup beer, rum or whiskey
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup splenda brown sugar
2 ripe smashed bananas
2 eggs
1 egg white
1/2 cup of walnuts
1/2 cup pecan
1/2 cup gold raisin (or just brown)
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large box of sugar free instant pudding of your choice, I like chocolate.
2 tablespoon smart balance oil
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Spray round cake pan with baking PAM and pour mixture. Cook for 55 minutes or until done by testing with a thin knife. Let it cool and turn out onto a serving plate. Garnish with lite whipped cream or fruits of your choice.

*I just invented this yummy cake for the Holidays. I want cake without the guilt!

Titi Gloria's Flan

1 large can evaporated milk
1/2 cream cheese bar
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

for the caramel
3/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoon water

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Make caramel by heating up the sugar and water, cook until sugar turns light brown. Pour caramel evenly on baking dish.
In a bowl mix the rest of ingredients until blend. Pour mixture into baking dish. Place the baking dish in a wider baking dish. Once in the oven pour 1″ of hot water in the bottom dish. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and bake for around 1 hour. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until time to serve. Unmold by using a knife to separate edges. Coqui!

*This recipe is from my god mother Titi Gloria. She always brought a flan to our house when she visited. She is a very strong women that even having the obstacle of being from an older generation, I know she can inspire the youngest! Te quiero titi Gloria and thank you for sharing this recipe!

Cindi's Minty Brownies

minty brownie photo

1 box Ghiradelli chocolate brownie mix (I use plain mix with chocolate sauce in the box)

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

3 ounces good dark chocolate broken into little pieces

1 cup mini marshmallows

Make brownie mix as directed on box.

Immediately scatter chopped chocolate pieces on top of the cooked brownies and stick back into hot oven 1 more minute.  You want to soften the chocolate pieces so that you can spread the melted chocolate over the brownies.

add marshmallows over the melted chocolate and stick back into oven at 400 degrees on the broil mode and toast marshmallow until it begins to puff and turn golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool completely.  Use a knife sprayed with non-stick cooking spray so that you can cut brownies without sticking in the marshmallow!



Coffee Flan – Fan de Cafe

8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup expreso coffee
5 eggs
1/4 cup dark liquor or coffee liquor
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar

For the caramel
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

In small sauce pan make the caramel by mixing the two caramel ingredients. Cook over medium high until light brown stirring every 3 minutes. Pour caramel into a 9″ round cake pan. In a blender mix cheese, eggs and sugar. Then mix the rest of ingredients and pour into baking pan. Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a baking dish bigger than the cake pan pour 1/4 cup water and place the flan pan inside. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Check if is done by using a knife, the flan is done if the knife is clean of mixture. Let it cool down and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Turn it upside down into a serving plate and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with whipping cream or ice cream on the side.

*My friends from Beverly Hills will invite me for Thanksgiving with the condition that I bring this flan.

Sonia's Moms Party Coconut Upside-Down Bread Pudding

1 1/2 cup french bread
1 15.5oz can coconut milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 beaten eggs
4 round pieces of can pineapple
5 cherries

Preheat oven 350d, Mix all ingredients but the pineapple and cherries. In a round buttered baking pan place the cherries and pinaples on the bottom then pour the mix on top. Cook for 1 hour or until brown on top. Turn and serve warm. COQUI!