PUMPKIN PIE

Pumpkin Pie

PUMPKIN PIE

Even though Pumpkin flavored items seem to dominate everything in Fall – pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin caramels and much, much more – I still felt that no Fall season would be complete without at least one homemade pumpkin dessert.

While I could have been a bit more creative with my pumpkin pie, I ultimately decided that ‘classic’ was better in this situation and chose this recipe. However, even though I didn’t jazz this recipe up with any additional flavors, I felt that the design element was crucial and so I added leaf-shaped dough cutouts to the pumpkin pie crust to give it somewhat of a rustic and fun edge.

Here are just a few tips with your next pumpkin pie:

1. Crust: The crust is one of the most important parts of a pumpkin pie. I have always loved using this recipe for a classic crust; however, I’d love to experiment sometime soon with this chocolate dough or this gingersnap crust.
2. Spice ratio: Many recipes call for ‘freshly grated nutmeg’. While this might sound like just another step, it is totally worth it and you will be able to taste the difference. Just make sure you use a balanced ratio of spices so that one spice doesn’t overpower the others.
3. Add some flair: Whether using a special cutout (leafs, pumpkins, hearts, etc.). a special whipped cream or something else, try to a add some flair with something different to help liven up the pumpkin pie.

What’s your favorite pumpkin dessert?

Cheers!

PUMPKIN PIE

Roasted Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream and Balsamic Syrup

ROASTED PEACH COBBLER WITH BALSAMIC SYRUP

Sometimes recipes don’t go as planned… sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t. In the case of this recipe, Roasted Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream and Balsamic Syrup, the first attempt wasn’t successful; however, round 2 produced success. What happened the first time I tried to make this you ask? Well, I unfortunately left the peaches roasting in the oven for a tad too long (oops!) and ended up with a bit of burnt peaches on my hands. Thank goodness that I still had the patience to try this recipe again because it is fantastic!

Normally I enjoy pairing peaches with many different other fruits (see past recipes: Blackberry Peach Crumble and Peach, Nectarine and Blackberry Croustade). But, this time I was excited to highlight just the peaches, but add a punchy flavor with the balsamic syrup. The end result? A delightful peach dessert with an added kick of flavor from the balsamic syrup and vanilla ice cream.

Make sure to take advantage of peaches and other Summer fruits before they go out of season, whether eating them on their own, putting them in salads or adding them to a dessert!

Cheers!


ROASTED PEACH COBBLER WITH BALSAMIC SYRUP

Blackberry & Ginger Cocktail

Blackberry & Ginger Cocktail

Lately I have fallen in love with mint. It is such a fun flavor to add to savory dishes, salads and certain desserts. Prior to a few months ago, I hadn’t added mint to many fruit dishes, desserts or sweet flavored items; however, the opposite has happened this Summer – I’ve been adding mint to everything (Well, not everything, but you get the idea!)!

This particular recipe struck my eye not only because of its bold and beautiful colors, but also due to its mix of flavors of ginger, blackberries and limes. Plus, I love the idea of both crushed and whole blackberries floating in this drink.

Here’s a quick rundown of how to make this Blackberry and Ginger Cocktail. I highly recommend adding a few, whole blackberries in at the end and a just a touch of sugar (if you prefer drinks a bit more on the sweet side).

Cheers!

Blackberry & Ginger Cocktail

Key Lime Curd Ice Cream Cones

KEY LIME CURD ICE CREAM CONES

Ice cream is such a ‘pick-me-up’ treat and always seems to put a smile on just about anyone’s face. I love the fact that it can be served in a variety of ways, including cone or sans cone, dipped in sprinkles, layered with added fruit and more.

Now, while I’m completing gushing about ice cream, don’t let the looks of these pictures or the title of this blog post deceive you. There is actually no ice cream in this recipe at all. This recipe, Key Lime Curd Cones, is a delightful new combination of key lime curd, flaky sugar cone and a dollop of a meringue on top.

It almost seems sacrilegious that this recipe doesn’t contain ice cream; however, I thought these were just too cute to pass up. After making this recipe, I have a new-found appreciation for key lime curd as well as meringue. While the meringue can be a bit tedious, the finished product is adorable and packs a punch of flavor from the key limes (watch out for its tangy-ness!).

What’s your favorite lime-flavored dessert?

Cheers!

KEY LIME CURD ICE CREAM CONES 3
KEY LIME CURD ICE CREAM CONES

Chorizo and Egg Bake

CHORIZO AND EGG BAKE

Although it might sound simple, eating breakfast is one of the highlights of my day. Breakfast is one of the first things that I think about when I wake up and I can’t start the day off with a good note until I have a solid breakfast. Now, while my normal breakfast routine has gotten a little dull, I was excited to try something new over the weekend with this recipe: Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Potatoes.

I was especially drawn to this recipe due to its presentation. The recipe itself isn’t that difficult, but yet the presentation helps to add some flair to the breakfast table. The use of chorizo was also an added surprise since that is not an ingredient that I often carry on-hand. I’d definitely recommend this recipe as it is easy to make, feeds a nice crowd and doesn’t require many dishes to clean up so you can definitely enjoy the rest of your morning and day.

What’s your favorite breakfast item?

Cheers!

CHORIZO AND EGG BAKE

Happy July 4th!

July 4th Flag Cake

Happy July 4th to everyone! I hope you have a fun and safe day celebrating with family and friends.

I’ve seen this cake for a few years floating around numerous blogs and websites on the Internet. Last year, I was mesmerized after watching a short Instagram video from All Recipes on how to make this infamous July 4th Flag Cake. I then bought all the ingredients: multiple cake boxes, food coloring, eggs, oil and frosting. Unfortunately, after all of the hard work of baking multiple layers, carefully assembling the cake and frosting it to the finish, two of my layers of cake crumbled and half of the July 4th Flag Cake slide off the cake stand! This caused me to scramble to make a July 4th-themed dessert at the last minute. While all was completely fine in the end, I was a bit bummed that this cool treat hadn’t worked out the way I wanted.

This year, I was determined to redeem the past year’s epic failure. Luckily, it worked out marvelously. Take a peek below!

July 4th Flag Cake

Want to make this cake next year for July 4th? Find the recipe from All Recipes here: American Flag Cake.

Here are a few tips to baking a successful July 4th Flag Cake:

1. Cake: If you decided to use the boxed kinds of cake, make sure to buy several boxes (and, potentially an extra just in case!). The reason why is this: you don’t want to be stuck without a layer if one of your cake layers doesn’t happen to come out perfectly from the cake pan.

2. Frosting: Use frosting that is light and fluffy. It gives the cake a nice texture and adds some depth to the layers of cake (I used Pillsbury ‘Whipped’ Vanilla Frosting).

3. Red Food Coloring: Make sure the batter for the red layer is actually quite red. It could end up looking more ‘pink’ versus ‘red’ if not enough red food coloring is added.

How did you celebrate your July 4th holiday this year?

Cheers!

July 4th Flag Cake

July 4th Flag Cake

Watermelon Mint Popsicles

Watermelon Mint Popsicles

Who doesn’t love an inexpensive dessert? Beyond the fact that homemade popsicles can be affordable and easy to make, they are also delicious and many can require just a few ingredients to make a tasty treat.

These specific popsicles, Watermelon Mint Popsicles, only call for four ingredients: watermelon, mint, lemon zest and sugar (*five ingredients if you count the ‘pinch of salt’!). This recipe reminds me of a classic watermelon mint salad, except it just takes the the best flavors from that salad and puts it into dessert form through a popsicle.

What’s your favorite fruit popsicle?

Watermelon Mint Popsicles