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Spring Battenburg Cake

Spring Battenburg Cake
This was my first time making Battenburg cake, and it certainly will not be my last. I'm smitten! I love the bright almond flavor the cake imparts, and I can't help but smile at the colorful two-by-two checked pattern. Traditionally the cuboid cakes are pink and yellow, but I've always thought pink and green conveyed the feeling of spring more perfectly. I had a difficult time finding good step-by-step instructions for this recipe, so I am including my own in this post. I didn't have the two 7" square pans called for in the original recipe, so I had to work around that. I ended up using a 10 x7 stoneware dish with the parchment divider and it worked great. As a final touch, I dressed the cake in white fondant and added pearl dragees. Spring Battenburg Cake [click to print] Serves 6-8 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the pan: Fold a piece of parchment paper in half, then, while folded, trim the edges to fit the length of the pan. Store in an airtight container or wrap in cling film. Related:  sweet

~Apple Pie Fries! When it comes to desserts, it just doesn’t get much better in life than a nice slice of good old, all-American Apple Pie! Unless of course you can grab that Apple Pie and take it wherever you’d like to go. ~Perfectly flaky, pretty little, sweet sticks of portable Apple Pie! And this Pie is in ‘French Fry’ form…another all American favorite snack delight! These “Fries” are not only super delicious, but how cute are they with their easy-to-eat, adorable presentation, and sweet sugary “salt”?! Sweet Apple Pie Filling is the glue that lovingly holds the two flaky layers of Pie Crust together, all baked into tons of perfectly puffed, ”Fries” of happiness! Kids and kid’s at heart will just love this fun and easy way to enjoy Apple Pie! What you’ll need for 25-30 Apple Pie Fries: 1 Package of Pillsbury Refrigerated pie Crust (2 ct.) Approx. 1.5 cups of Apple Pie Filling 1 Egg Sparkle Sugar for sprinkling..a.k.a. Caramel Sauce and/or Ice Cream for dipping A food processor..optional! Directions:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Baby Lattice Pies Good Tuesday to you! I had so much fun making these baby pies! For some reason party food seems more fun when it’s miniature right? I don’t know what it is, but I just love it. So, these are totally doable, they look detailed, but seriously are really easy. I snapped photos while I was preparing them to show how easy they are. Peanut Butter and Jelly is one of those combinations that I could do in almost any dessert. Time to create the lattice top… My strips were a little long, but you get the idea. Brush lightly with egg wash Here you have the lovely little PB&J pies. Peanut Butter and Jelly Baby Lattice Pies 1 roll Pillsbury pie dough 1/2 Cup creamy peanut butter 1 Tablespoon sugar 1/2 Cup Smucker’s Strawberry Preserves 1 egg white whisked with 1 teaspoon water for egg wash Sugar Crystals for sprinkling on top if desired 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar 1. 2. 3. 12 mini pies…..let’s see what the judges think… Think we’ve got some happy taste testers! Other recipes you may enjoy...

strawberry, blueberry, cobbler, recipe — Eating Out Loud Berry season is upon us and I couldn’t be more happy. Whether you’re looking for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or boysenberries, the fruits are becoming readily available and at affordable prices. This berry cobbler is versatile and a great use of any type of berry or soft and juicy fruit. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been wrangling with our excess of strawberries. The recipe is simple and perfect for those afraid of baking. I’ve played around with the recipe a little bit, adding some cinnamon and nuts, both of which are optional. Strawberry-Blueberry Magic Cobbler inspired by Grandma Mary’s Magic Cobbler and Southern Peach Cobbler 1/3 cup butter 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups milk 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 cups chopped fruit 1/3 cup pecans 1/3 cup brown sugar Preheat oven to 375F (190C). In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, milk, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting 8640 minutes, 144 hours, 25 loads of dishes, 7 recipes, 8 pounds of butter, a few tears, a couple of happy children, and 1 relieved husband later, I have finally found it: a new favourite classic vanilla cake recipe! The perfect fluffy vanilla cake and creamy vanilla frosting–sounds simple, right? Well, yes and no. Or no and yes. Or not at all. After I baked, frosted, and then ate some (it’s been known to happen) of each cake, I thought I’d succeeded in finding a really light and fluffy cake, but, then upon second taste, I was a bit disappointed with them and I wasn’t inspired to share them with you for that reason. The thing is, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a recipe out there that yields a fluffy vanilla cake, you know, one that is as close as can be to the boxed white cake we all love so much (yep, I said it!). This method is found in many of the cakes in Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book entitled The Cake Bible , and it really does yield an incredibly fluffy cake. 1. . 2. 2. 3.

Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes To Go Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes – Cook just once, and you get a delicious breakfast for the entire month! Thank you to everyone who has been asking over the years… The official Chocolate Covered Katie Cookbook is finally available – and based on your feedback, every single recipe in the book comes with complete nutrition facts including calories, total fat, carbohydrates, protein, and Weight Watchers points plus! The breakfast cupcakes are: Quick to makePortable and non-messyEasy to eat at a desk… or pack in a lunchbox! Just throw a couple into your bag, perhaps along with a container of peanut butter and some fresh fruit, and you’re good to go with a balanced breakfast. Never skip breakfast again. Cook once, and you don’t have to worry about breakfast for a month! These customizable “breakfast” baked oatmeal cupcakes are great on-the-go fuel for those days when you have zero time in the morning to prepare a big meal. Print This Recipe 4.95/5 Ingredients Total Time: 25m Yield: 24-25 Instructions

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Lemon-Lime Bars From now on whenever I think of lemon bars I’ll be reminded of the time that I first met a group of cousins I never knew I had. We all convened at my parents’ house (it turns out they don’t live that far away) for dinner the day after Christmas, just ten days ago. Their great-great-great-grandfather was my great-great-grandfather. I did the calculation and determined that makes us 3rd cousins once removed. It’s a distant relation, but family is family. One of my “new” cousins, about my same age, brought over lemon bars that day. This little reunion prompted me to share a recipe for Creamy Lemon-Lime Bars today. Creamy Lemon-Lime Bars Adapted slightly from the Luscious Lemon Squares recipe on the side of the Safeway Sweetened Condensed Milk can. Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes | Total time: 60 minutes (plus cooling time) Yield: 16 squares Preheat the oven to 375°F. See the Recipe Index for all the recipes on Cooking On the Side. Tagged as: bars, lemons, limes

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