It goes without saying that I’m known for having a sweet tooth. I have a reputation for all the ways I love to add a little sweet goodness to my day…and I can be shameless about it, I’ll admit.
Here’s one secret: there is no happier magic than the application of heat to something sweet. For all the goodness that a few simple ingredients hold on their own, there is no end to the delight they could create given a little dose of warmth and the opportunity to melt together into something ridiculously tempting.
So imagine my reaction when I was invited to check out Hamilton Beach‘s new Quesadilla Maker. I’d already admired its shiny red good looks online, and imagined tasty quick dinners when with a simple suggestion it suddenly all became clear – what if we used it for desserts?
My imagination ran wild.
But first, let’s get the basics out of the way. Yes, it’s as cute as it looks in the picture. Yes, it’s as easy as tossing on a tortilla, filling it with whatever you’d like, covering with a second tortilla. But the trick is in how it seals shut, intensifying the heat and ensuring a perfect melt. Two minutes later, we’d pop it open and discover our perfectly melted quesadilla inside. We tried chicken and cheese, then added tomatoes and salsa. Our six year old decided he wanted to choose his own fillings – and he ate what we made and what he created. This is a joy to see in any house. And the next day, our kids asked for more and so our sitter volunteered to use up whatever we had leftover for fillings and she made fresh quesadillas for lunch – a welcome change from their usual sandwiches.
But back to my raging sweet tooth – and our knowledge that further potential sizzled within reach.
First, we kept it simple. Marshmallows and chocolate chips, then we added a drizzle of butterscotch sundae syrup.
Sliced bananas with chocolate.
Strawberries and bananas, with and without butterscotch (warm strawberries made me feel like I was sneaking bites of homemade jam out of a saucepan.)
All melted together beautifully, all were delicious. We had the most success with combinations that included something that would melt nicely together for a bit of hold (cheese, marshmallows, chocolate) but even the one I made that fell apart was delicious – just messy.
The recipe book suggests apple pie filling and cinnamon and it’s next on my list (this one makes me drool at the thought of adding a scoop of ice cream).
I also am thinking of a cheesecake we had this week and will be trying cream cheese and strawberries.
*licks chocolate from fingers, continues typing*
Will we continue to use it? Absolutely. We made a fast healthy dinner with it, our sitter was able to use it easily for the kids the next day, and oh, people, the desserts we will make. I’m not one to make time for baking, and hate food projects that take up huge amounts of time. I loved just tossing a few ingredients together and then enjoying the warm, melty goodness a few minutes later. It currently retails for $29.99, and for the price, I’d say we’d easily get our money’s worth out of it with just the dinners, or the lunches, or the desserts. The potential for all three makes this a happy addition to our kitchen. And cleanup is a snap.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go shopping. A friend once made me a delicious mango and brie quesadilla with cilantro, and in six years I’ve never thought I would be able to recreate it.
I bet you can guess what I’m having for dinner…
Disclosure: I received a quesadilla maker from Hamilton Beach to see what sweet creations I might come up with at home. However, all opinions are my own and as many would readily attest – I’m not easily won over. ; )
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