Thursday, August 29, 2013

Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Almond Coconut Milk and Fresh Peaches that's Gluten Free!

Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Peaches that's Gluten Free from Buttercream Lane and Fact Woman
Panna Cotta is one of those desserts that sounds much harder to make than it is. Once I discovered how easy it was to make, I make it often. It really only takes about 4-5 minutes to whip together and then an hour or so to chill. I came up with this recipe when I wanted something a little different that I could make for a dessert but also eat for breakfast and not feel guilty! I used a combination of Nonfat Greek yogurt and almond coconut milk as the base. It turned out thick and rich and delicious and guilt free.

I feel so blessed to live in Colorado, especially during the summer peach season. This year, because of a late freeze, the peaches are harder to get than a good night's sleep but when you can get your hands on them, it's worth the effort. They're the kind of peaches that when you cut or bite into them, the juice just flows out and the perfumed scent fills the room. They are so sweet and so delicious! Just writing about them is making me want to go cut another one but I have to pace myself so I can extend this batch of them. I decided to chop some up to put into this batch and I was not disappointed. If you don't like peaches you can use almost any fruit except fresh pineapple or fresh papaya- their enzymes will prevent the mix from setting up. 

Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Peaches from Buttercream Lane and Fact Woman

You can make it in small jars like I did and just eat it out of the jar, or you can make it in small ramekins that you can un-mold onto a plate. You can also make it in a regular 8-9" round cake pan and un-mold that onto a large plate to serve. I just like eating it out of my cute Weck jars plus I didn't feel like un-molding anything!  If you want to un-mold it- Lightly grease the inside of your pans/ ramekins so that the panna cotta will come out easier. I also get a bowl of hot water and hold the mold in the water for a few seconds to loosen it before un-molding.

 Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta  Makes 5-6  medium servings


  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin 
  • 1 cup of Almond or Coconut or  The Blue Diamond Almond Coconut Milk. (you can use unsweetened or sweetened it doesn't matter. but if you use unsweetened, you might cut back on the agave or sugar) 
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup or honey or 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1- 17 oz container of Plain Greek Yogurt- nonfat, 1 %, whole milk- doesn't matter
  • 1 tsp vanilla- optional
  • 2 large or 3 medium peaches chopped- Optional You can also use strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or apricots. Any fruit but fresh Pineapple or papaya- they have enzymes in them that will prevent the gelatin from setting up so you'll end up with a yogurt and fruit drink! 


  1. Take a 1/4 cup of the almond milk  in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Let sit 1-2 minutes while you get the rest of the ingredients together and chop up the peach. 
    1. Greek Yogurt Panne Cotta from Buttercream Lane and Fact Woman Blogs
  2. Add the yogurt  and 1/4 of the almond milk to a small bowl- (preferably one with a spout to pour out of) and whisk together until smooth. 
  3. Take 1/2 cup of the almond milk and the sweetener and place in a small saucepan 
  4. Over Medium heat, heat the milk and sweetener until mixed together and all dissolved. 
  5. Add the softened gelatin to the pan and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. You don't have to bring it to a boil. Heat just until everything is dissolved. 
  6. Remove from the heat and pour the warm mixture into the yogurt.
  7. Add the vanilla to  it if you wish. I think real vanilla tastes like plastic and the fake stuff is worse!
  8. Pour the mixture into your containers- filling 1/2 way. 
  9. If you are adding fruit, add the chopped fruit and push the fruit down into the yogurt mixture with a spoon. Then top with the remaining yogurt mixture  so that the fruit is covered. 
  10.  Greek Yogurt Panne Cotta from Buttercream Lane and Fact Woman Blogs Greek Yogurt Panne Cotta from Buttercream Lane and Fact Woman  Greek Yogurt Panne Cotta from Buttercream Lane and Fact Woman Blogs
  11. Chill for 1-3 hours depending on the shape of your container. a thinner layer will chill in an hour. A 5 oz jar will take closer to 3 hours. 
                               Greek Yogurt Panne Cotta from Buttercream Lane and Fact Woman
The panna cotta  will still jiggle a bit but not be  set up. Think a little less gigglier than jello. It's really a softer jello consistency. 

Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Peaches from Buttercream Lane and Fact Woman

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sister Wives' Caramel Recipe from Kody's Mom on The Christmas Surprise Episode

Ok, I'll admit it... I love reality TV and I actually like watching Sister Wives on TLC. I don't know if it's the fact that I'm so intrigued by their lifestyle of that I do like each of them. The whole plural marriage thing is a bit much for me to take in but they love each other and they love God so who am I to cast the first stone. On the episode last week they showed a caramel cook off and I really wanted to get the recipe. Well low and behold right there at minute 38 on the tivo, they showed the recipe sitting on the counter for a split second. Thanks to freeze frame, I copied the recipe and was very thankful for the hand written notes on it.

Caramel recipe from Sister Wives
Here's the recipe:  

Kody's mom-Reva’s Caramels from Sister Wives 


  • 1/2 pound butter 
  • 2 cups light Karo Syrup 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1 can of Evaporated Milk- 12 oz. size
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Optional- 1 cup of chopped nuts


  1. Add the first 3 ingredients- (Butter, Karo and Sugar) into a large pan, bring to a boil  over medium to medium high heat until all sugar is dissolved and it's golden brown.°
  2.  Add 1 can of evaporated milk slowly- so mixture doesn’t stop boiling. 
  3. Continue to boil to firm ball stage 250°  
    1. For every 500 feet over sea level, decrease temp by 1 degree. So for my house at 6000 feet- I have to decrease the temp by 12° -my final temp would be between 233° - 238°)
    2. Use this rule for any kind of candy or fudge that you make. If you live at altitude and wondered why your candy wasn't turning out this is the key!!!! 
  4.  Remove from heat and carefully add 1 tsp of vanilla  and if you like nuts, add 1 cup of chipped nuts- optional.  
  5. Place in well buttered pan and cool 
  6. Once it's all cooled, cut  into small squares and wrap in waxed paper.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Fluffy No Bake Peanut Butter Pie with a Chocolate Lined Crust!

Fluffy No Bake Peanut Butter Pie from fact Womand and Buttercream Lane

We love to go to a very small town cafe about a half an hour away for their pan fried chicken, cooked to order, and their homemade pies. 

The Castle Cafe always has a killer banana cream pie but every few months the chef will get in a mood to make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie that is one of the best things I've ever had and I'm not even a big peanut butter person. Note the "only every few months" part of that- it's not nearly often enough so, I had to play with some recipes to come up with one that tastes just like his!!! We all agree that this is a perfect copy!

One of the secrets to his great pies is his chocolate coated graham cracker crusts. He uses it for his Banana Cream Pie and his Peanut Butter Pie. Brilliant! The crust never get's soggy!!  I hope you enjoy this pie as much as we do!

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Pie Crust- Makes one 9" pie crust- You can also just buy one!!! 

  • 1 package from a box of graham crackers- about 10 sheets of crackers
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter
  • 3/4 of a cup of chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1 1/2  8oz packages of low fat cream cheese at room temperature(12 oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups of creamy peanut butter- store bought not the fresh kind. I like Jif
  • 3 TBS of water or milk
  • 1 1/2  cup of powdered sugar- divided into 1 cup and 1/2 cup
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips- Optional- you can mix some into the filling or you can just top the pie with some or both. 


  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips- Optional
Peanut Butter Pie from Fact Woman & Buttercream Lane


Pie Crust

  1. Preheat your oven to 375ยบ
  2. While the crackers are still wrapped, press of the sides, top and bottom to start to break them up. 
  3. Place the crackers into a food processor. You can also put everything into a large zip lock bag and crush and mix the ingredients in the bag. 
  4. Add the sugar
  5. Pulse until the crackers are a fine crumb
  6. Pour the melted butter over the crumbs and pulse until all combined. 
  7. Press the crumbs into the bottom of a 9" pie plate. I use a measuring cup to press it in nice and tightly. 
  8. Bake for 7 minutes
  9. As soon as you take the crust out of the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the bottom of the crust. 
  10. Let it sit for 5 minutes until the chocolate chips are melted. 
  11. With the back of a spoon, spread the melted chocolate over the bottom and up the sides of the crust. 
  12. Place in the refrigerator until cool 

Peanut Butter Filling

  1. In a  mixing bowl, beat the whipped cream with 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar until it forms stiff peaks. That means when the beaters are pulled up out of the whipped cream, the points stand up straight. 
  2. In another mixing bowl, place your 12 oz of softened cream cheese, the 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter, 1 cup of powdered sugar and 3 TBS of water. Beat until well combined and slightly fluffy. 

  3. Take 1/3 of the whipped cream and stir it into the peanut butter mixture to lighten it. 
  4. Take the remaining whipped cream and fold it into the peanut butter mixture and fold until all combined. 
  5. Spoon the peanut butter filling into the chilled crust and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. 


  1. In a  mixing bowl, beat the whipped cream with 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar until it forms stiff peaks. That means when the beaters are pulled up out of the whipped cream, the points stand up straight. 
  2. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the pie and sprinkle on the  mini chocolate chips. 
  Note: You can beat all 2 cups of whipped cream and the 3/4 cup of powdered sugar together- just remember to pull out a quarter of it to top the pie with before mixing the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture. It's up to you! I tend to forget the pull out the topping so I beat the cream in separate batches! 
Peanut Butter Pie from Fact Woman & Buttercream Lane

Monday, August 05, 2013

Easy, Moist Shortcake or Vanilla Cake for Berries- made all in one bowl!!!

Strawberry Shortcake from Fact Woman & Buttercream Lane
 I'm not a fan of the dry, crumbly, biscuit style of shortcake. I want a moist tender cake for my berries.  Tender and moist but can stand up to the weight of a ton of berries and whipped cream.

16 years ago, we ordered the strawberry shortcake at a restaurant that sounds like The Black Eyed "Bee" and I was in heaven. It was the perfect cake for berries. I had to have the recipe and with a bit of flattery and begging, the chef shared the recipe with me. The one catch was, he had to leave one ingredient out to give it to me. Thankfully, he made it easy when he told me that it was a vanilla cake and guess what ingredient was missing?
We always have this on Easter to usher in berry season and is one of our favorite spring and summer treats.  It's so fast and easy to mix up and bake. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. It's delicious with any kind of summer fruit. peaches, berries or just by itself with some whipped cream as the icing. Because my granddaughter is very allergic to eggs, this eggless cake has now become her birthday cake recipe.
Moist Vanilla Strawberry Shortcake

Makes one 9x13 pan or 12 cupcakes or one jellyroll pan
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBS baking powder
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a 2 cup glass measuring cup or a microwavable container- microwave 1 cup of butter for 60 seconds or until melted. I leave the sticks in the wax paper and micriwave it that way. No spatters and you just have to pull them out when it's melted. Easy and no mess. 
  3. In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar and baking powder
  4. Stir in the milk and vanilla then the melted butter and mix well. There may be a few small lumps but just leave them. Don't over stir! 
  5. Pour batter into a greased pan and bake in the preheated oven until golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean. 
  6. Baking Times: 
    1. For a 9x13 or cupcakes-  25 to 30 minutes  
    2. For jelly roll pan- or 20 mins f. 
    Strawberry Shortcake from Fact Woman & Buttercream Lane
For a large half sheet pan 2”x13”x18”- Double the recipe and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. 
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