Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Friday Favorites!

Good morning. This Sunday is Easter and although for most of us it is a religious holiday I think we can all agree that a little Easter basket, a nice dinner with family and friends and a few eggs thrown in make it all the more special. 

I have rounded up a few of my favorite Easter things from around the internet.

Marbled Eggs from P.S Heart


If you still need to decorate your hardboilded eggs before the big hunt, check our these beautiful marbled eggs posted by P.S. Heart.



Image from Gwen Moss


If you are looking for 7 Easy Ideas for the Easter Table hop over to visit Leslie at Gwen Moss. I personally will be trying a few of these as I have not even thought of something to do for the dinner table.


Twigg Studio Hot Cross Cupcakes

Hot Cross Buns are a traditional treat to eat on Good Friday, but have you ever made Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes? I haven't either but I will be making these scrumptious looking Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes by Twigg Studios.


Italian Easter Bread from Sprinkles Bakes


I cannot wait to make this Italian Easter Bread from Sprinkles Bakes. My husband is Italian and I think he will enjoy it.


Easter Dinner Ideas Martha Stewart


If you are still making menu plans, as I am, check out these great ideas from Martha Stewart


Leftover Easter Egg Ice Cream

Last but not least, if you have any leftover chocolate you could make this scrumptious ice cream from the The Chocolate Log Blog.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and a beautiful Easter.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sweet Easter Brunch Ideas





Good morning! I love holidays and I love holidays that included eating. Easter is Sunday morning and what a wonderful way to spend the morning with your family than with brunch?


Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Although I love a good breakfast for me brunch is all about the sweets, the donuts, the coffee cakes, the monkey bread and more. These are a few of my favorite and most popular posts which I think would be great severed for brunch.


Blackberry Coffee Cake

Blackberry Ricotta Loaf

Blueberry Struesel Cake

Chocolate Muffins

Cinnabon Rolls

French Toast


Monkey Bread


Do you have a favorite brunch menu item? Do you make Easter brunch or do you have an Easter dinner? Please share your favorite recipe here, I need a few to add to my repertoire.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Strawberries and Cream Filled Butter Cake

Good morning! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was fabulous. The weather was beautiful with sunny skies, light breezes and many opportunities for long walks with my pup(s) and husband. 




Of course a weekend would not be complete without a little baking. As we are getting ready for Easter this coming Sunday I thought a light, fresh Strawberry and Cream Filled Butter Cake would be perfect to celebrate and I was right.






Butter Cake
Recipe from: Midwest Living

Ingredients:

Cake:

3 cups sifted cake flour, or 21/2 cups unsifted all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
11/3 cups of half-and-half
8 egg whites
1 cup sugar

Whipped Cream Filling

2 cups of heavy whipping cream
2-4 tablespoons confectioners sugar





Fruit:

1 quart Strawberries, cleaned and sliced. Leave some whole for garnish

Directions:

1. Grease and lightly flour your pans. This recipe makes 3 8x1-1/2 round pans. 

2. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Ass 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla, beat until fluffy. Add the flour mixture alternately with the half-and-half to the creamed mixture, beating on low to medium speed after each addition, until just combined.

4. Clean the beaters. In another large bowl beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until soft peaks form(tips curl). Gradually add 1 cup of sugar and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into creamed mixture, 1/4 at a time. Do not mix, fold.

5. Divide mixture into pans. Bake at 350 about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire rack for about 10 minutes. Remove layers from pan and cool completely.

6. Whip the heavy cream until thick and then add the confectioners sugar to taste.

7. Clean and slice berries, set aside.

Assemble cake: Place one layer of cake on serving dish, layer with cream and berries, place second layer of cake and repeat, then place the third layer on top and garnish. I recommend placing in refrigerator until about 15 minutes before serving. 

NOTES: I used 1/2 the batter for cupcakes and then the other half I made into think 9 x 13" cake which I sliced into three and assembled into this cake.





This cake is scrumptious! It is light, fluffy and delicious. It is also the perfect accompaniment to any sort of berries and cream or just a delicious butter cream frosting! 





I hope you try this recipe and if you do, let me know. I would love to know what you think! 

Have a great week!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Creative Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Image from Better Homes and Gardens


Good morning! Today instead of my regular Friday Favorites I decided to compile a few of my favorite ways to decorate Easter Eggs, after all I am a bit behind on getting ready for the holiday and I need all of the ideas I can get. 

I scoured Pinterest  and these are just a few of the unique and creative ideas that I found. What we ever did without Pinterest I have no idea. Each and every holiday I am inspired to try something that I see on Pinterest, and Easter is no exception.


Better Homes and Gardens


Gone are the days of simply going to the store for your box of Paas Easter egg dye. Now you can stay at home and use what you have, everything from onion skins to blueberries can naturally dye your eggs.


Image Better Homes and Gardens


Or you can whip out that leftover can of chalk paint, or glitter from a previous project and have something completely new and original!

Chalkboard Eggs from Oleander and Palm



Image from Better Homes and Gardens


There are also stickers, tape, Sharpie markers and many more ideas to try this year with your kids, your grand kids or frankly even yourself!

Image Better Homes and Gardens


After all who doesn't like to act like a kid once in awhile?


Sharpie Eggs from Obviously Sweet

Do you decorate eggs with your family? Do you use a dye kit or are you open to something new each year? 





Glitter Easter Eggs Martha Stewart


I do not think you could go wrong with any of these ideas or the many, many more on Pinterest. Although I do not have any kids at home I may try a few of these techniques myself, just to see how they turn out because every Easter table should have a few beautifully decorated eggs.



Calligraphy Eggs by Oh Happy Day Blog

Ombre Easter Eggs from Country Living

I hope that you share your techniques for decorating Easter eggs! And I hope that you have a fabulous day!


Silk Dyed Easter Eggs from Country Living


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Treats!

Crispy Carrot Regal Rabbit Vosages


Good morning! Can you believe that Easter is just two weeks away? I just put my Christmas stuff away in the last few days and now I am frantically preparing for Easter. One of the things that is always at the top of my list is a beautiful Easter basket filled with all of my favorites!


Chocolate Easter Bunny Williams Sonoma






Beautiful chocolate rabbits, jelly beans, marshmallow peeps and more.


Filled Easter Egg Williams Sonoma



Velvet Easter Bunny Dean Deluca



I am curious, what is your favorite Easter candy? Are you a Peep fan? Cadbury Creme Egg? Colored or black jelly beans? Solid chocolate rabbit or hallow? Dark or milk chocolate? Chocolate covered marshmallow eggs?


Gummy Eggs Williams Sonoma


I love Reese's peanut butter eggs, red jelly beans, and Whopped malted milk eggs. 


Velvet Eggs Dean Deluca


There are so many fabulous Easter treats available, I would love to know where you get your favorites!




Do you have a local favorite where you purchase your treats, or do you order online? Are you a See's chocolate, or perhaps Vosage chocolate fan? Mast Brothers? Of Jacques Torres?





Have a great day! And don't forget to share your favorite treats!



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blueberry Hand Pies

Good morning! Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping, the rabbits and squirrels are frolicking in the garden and the markets are filled with fresh produce; asparagus, rhubarb, berries and more.





This week I am trying a few recipes using berries that I think  will be perfect for picnics, Easter brunch and perhaps even Mother's Day tea. Although technically not a Spring berry, blueberries are what my market had and so that is what I used to make the quintessential blueberry recipe, a pie. 



Pies are the perfect dessert for a picnic, and what could be better than a a pile of little hand pies? These hand pies have a little twist, the crust is made with coconut oil. They are moist, sweet and delicious!




Blueberry Hand Pies

Ingredients:

Crust

21/4 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/3 cup ice water


Filling

1 cup fresh blueberries
zest of large lemon
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 large lemon juiced
1 Tablespoon confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon corn starch

Egg Wash:

1 egg
2 teaspoons water

Topping:

1/4 cup granulated sugar


Directions:

Crust:
1. In a large bowl mix together flour, salt, and sugar. Add the coconut oil and using both hands, rub the mixture through your hands until the coconut oil s evenly distributed in the flour mixture. 

2. Sprinkle the ice water over the mixture and mix together until just combined. Form the dough into two balls. Flatten each ball into a flat disk, then wrap separately and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. 

3. In a medium bowl combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, confectioners sugar, cinnamon and corn starch. Mix lightly until combined, then add the blueberries and mix gently to combine. 

4. Lightly beat the egg and the water in a small bowl and set aside. 

5. Preheat oven to 375, and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

6. . Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface or roll between two sheets of parchment paper until about 1/8 inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter to cut into small pie shapes, or use a small glass if you do not have a biscuit cutter. Place each bottom circle onto parchment lined pan, then place a small amount of the blueberry mixture into the center. 

7. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of the circle with a little egg wash, then top with another circle of dough. Stretch the top dough a little to accommodate the filling, then crimp the edges with a fork. Cut a little x into the top crust so the pie can vent. Then brush entire pie with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and then serve.




These little pies are scrumptious! The dough is tender, flakey and the berries are sweet and juicy. I have no idea how something  so simple could taste so good.

 I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about the coconut oil crust, as pie crusts are sometimes tricky and I thought perhaps the coconut oil would change the taste of the dough and of course the final product. Neither of which was the case. The dough was easy to work with and tasted jut like my grandmothers pie dough.




I hope that you have a wonderful Spring day! It is rainy and humid here but at least it is warm.



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