I love me a good S’Mores dessert, not necessarily the classic graham cracker, Hershey’s and marshmallow by the fire but any variety of the standard trio. I decided to make a parfait cup using graham cracker crumbs, chocolate pudding and mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. This can be made just about anywhere, no campfire needed. I did opt to heat the top marshmallows for some extra gooeyness because why not?
1 loaf brioche bread, cut in cubes
1 cup milk
¼ cup cream cheese
¼ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ pint blueberries
½ pint raspberries
3 scoops vanilla bean ice cream
Preheat oven to 350° F. Heat skillet over medium heat then add milk, butter and cream cheese. Whisk together until cream cheese and butter are melted and milk is hot. In a large bowl whisk sugar, eggs and cinnamon together then toss bread in the mixture to coat. Add milk mixture next and toss quickly (so bread doesn’t get too soggy). Pour bread back into skillet then sprinkle fruit on top. Bake skillet in the oven for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and it is cooked through. Allow to cool slightly before adding powdered sugar and ice cream.
I love when a dessert is easy to make but is still eye catching and delish. This eclair parfait uses only crushed graham crackers, vanilla pudding (or you can substitute for vanilla yogurt), and chocolate pudding.
These pretty tarts are super simple to make using oats, yogurt and fresh cut mangoes. Amp up the sweetness with honey drizzled on top and black sesame seeds for a wow factor.
1 ½ cup rolled oats
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup peanut butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup vanilla yogurt
Black sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 375°. In a bowl, combine crust ingredients. Press into individual tart pans and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Top with yogurt and sliced mangoes. To achieve the flower look, start from the outside using thin slices and overlap in a circle, ending in the middle. Alternatively Adding cubed mangoes on top still looks and tastes great! Add sesame seeds and drizzle the top with honey.
This is a cute idea for kids, or even adults (can you imagine a fancy tea party with fruit sushi?). Not only is it super easy to make, the possibilities are endless. You can top these with fruity pebbles, peanuts, sprinkles or chia seeds. Simply dip your banana in chocolate, add toppings and let set. Then cut into even slices and serve with chopsticks.
With Easter around the corner, it’s time to pick out that seasonal, (and easy!) treat the family will love. While there are countless cakes and adorable bunny creations this time of year, I prefer less work but major payoff..ha! So I found a cute recipe with mini cupcakes inside an egg carton- genius! To make it even easier you can use store bought cake mix (it will yield about 40+ mini cupcakes) and store bought cream cheese frosting, although I made my own here for a more homemade touch. The toppings are shaved dark chocolate using a vegetable peeler and a white Cadbury white chocolate egg. Ta-da! Easy peasy and a dessert guests of all ages will love.
For the holidays I rounded up some of my best, fool-proof recipes in a cookbook using the website, Blurb. I was very happy with the quality of printing and the ease of the their free software. If you’d like a copy of my book, here is the link.
I am always looking for recommendations for recipes so if you have any suggestions let me know!
With Christmas around the corner, I am giddy with all the baking possibilities up ahead. I really love a good cinnamon roll, but I’m always wary about the excess sugar and butter in store-bought rolls. Here, I used this recipe by Totally Love It, and estimate the calories to be about 300-400 calories per serving, which is a far cry from almost 1,000 calories for a classic Cinnabon cinnamon roll. Although it’s still an indulgent treat, I feel that sometimes it’s worth it, especially around the holidays. Not to mention your home will be smelling like cinnamon sugar for hours. Yum!
With the holidays right around the corner, I couldn’t help but get into the spirit with soft and chewy gingerbread bears. They add just the right amount of festive charm to your table, and you can snack on them with your morning coffee or after a meal. After trying out different gingerbread recipes, I found this one yielded the softest dough with the right amount of spice.
My son is going to learn all about hibernation soon at his preschool so these will make adorable little take-away gifts for the kids!
It’s finally baking season—which means it’s time to turn that oven back on and start getting inspired by the new fall harvest. Right now, pumpkins are aplenty, apples are picked fresh, and cranberries won’t be limited to just the freezer section. Take advantage of these seasonal fruits by trying some easy and delicious tart recipes.