I really cannot believe that we are in the last week of June and that the 4th of July is next week already! The summer sure does go fast! So I hope you and your family are making the most of it!!
I know my family and I certainly are! In fact, I pretty much had to take the month of June off from blogging because I simply had too much going on. We started our summer by immediately taking a family trip to Disney World. My family are big fans of Disney! We absolutely can’t get enough of it.
And one thing we really like about Disney is the food!! There are so many great places to eat and so many yummy treats to be enjoyed.
One of my favorite places we ate this time that we hadn’t been to previously is called Boma. It is a large buffet style restaurant that is inside Animal Kingdom Lodge that boasts some delicious dishes with amazing flavors from Africa. Since we are not big fans of just your regular theme park fare of burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza and hot dogs, we really enjoyed the uniqueness of Boma and would highly recommend it to anyone going to Disney.
It is known for rich cuts of meat, unique salads and flavorful soups. I had a great watermelon rind salad, apple and jicama salad, seafood gumbo and blackeyed pea and ham soup.
Then it was on to dessert. The dessert that Boma is most well known for are these delicious little zebra domes which are basically little mousse cream filled white chocolate covered little domes. They are heavenly. As decadent as they were though, my favorite dessert there were the little pineapple cheesecake tarts. Seriously, the name says it all!!
One of my favorite places to graze in the “World” is in Epcot’s World Showcase. I love working my way through the pavilions and eating as many yummy treats as I can find. And I always start in the French pavilion in their little pastry shop.
This year I scarfed down this incredible chocolate tart. It was sinfully rich and decadent! (Just the way I like it!)
Next, near the Italian Pavilion, I picked up some slurpees for my kids. My kids could seriously live on slurpees and ice cream cones all summer long! That is absolutely the way to make them happy! And at Disney when it’s like a thousand degrees outside, why not?
For me it was onto the Karmel Kuche at the German pavilion where I picked out this amazing peanut butter cookie drizzled in caramel sauce. Oh man was this cookie amazing!!
A lot of adults like to “drink” their way around the Epcot “World” but I would far prefer to “treat” my way around.
Oh, and I did eat some actual food as well! I love the fish and chips from the stand at the UK pavilion. And this year, for the first time, we ate inside the Mexican pavilion in San Angel Inn. The food and margaritas were incredible as was the ambiance. It feels like you are eating outside at a cafe at night with the pyramid off in the distance. It was so pretty!!
At the Magic Kingdom, the kids indulged in our favorite snacks, Dole Whips. Which, if you have never had the pleasure of eating one, is pineapple soft serve ice-cream floating in pineapple juice. YUM!!
I was so enamored with the treats at Disney that I got a “Disney Dessert” cookbook so I could feel like I never left!! 😉
Every single treat in this book is sincerely drool worthy. And I plan to make each and every one!! 😉
The first thing I made from this book when I got home were these amazing cheesecake brownies. These are served at Disney’s BoardWalk Bakery at the Boardwalk Resort. Have you ever been there??
The brownie portion is rich and chocolatey and the cheesecake portion is tangy and creamy.
These are simple enough to make for a nice little afternoon treat for your kids. Or, they are elegant enough to serve to guests at a formal dinner!
I sure do hope you and your family are enjoying this great summer! And even if you can’t get to Disney this year, try these amazing cheesecake brownies. You’ll feel like Disney came to you!! 🙂
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- 2 c. sugar
- 1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
- 2/3 c. cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 5 eggs
- 1 c. butter (2 sticks) melted
- 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 3 TBLS. cornstarch
- 4 8-oz. boxes of cream cheese
- 1 TBLS. lemon juice
- 2 t. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 TBLS. heavy cream
- 2 TBLS. sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and foil and spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray
- Stir together sugar, flour cocoa, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl
- Beat the flour mixture and eggs on low speed until smooth. Slowly add the melted butter and beat just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles, and a toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool while you make the cheesecake batter.
- Lower the oven temp to 325 degrees.
- Cream the sugar, cornstarch, and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the lemon juice and vanilla, and mix thoroughly. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Fold in the heavy cream and sour cream.
- Spread the batter on top of the baked brownies and bake for approximately an hour or until the edges are slightly browned and the center no longer jiggles.
- Cool completely and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.
Recipe Source: Delicious Disney Desserts
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