PEACHY KEEN DONUTS

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Peach season is going full blast. With a kitchen full of peaches, it was time to make some donuts! Of course, we couldn’t leave them unadorned so a crumb topping was a must.

The recipe follows:

PEACHY KEEN DONUTS

Makes 12 donuts

Ingredients for Donuts

  • Spray on oil
  • 2 cups diced peaches
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 ½ cups unsifted flour for donuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of toffee bits (optional)

 

Ingredients for Crumb Topping

  • ½ cup unsifted flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of softened butter 

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Spray the donut pan with oil. Wipe off the excess spray from the top of the pan.

    Combine peaches and sugar in bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.

    Blend oil, egg, and water into peach mixture.

    Add the 1 ½ cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and optional toffee bits. Stir everything together.

    Fill each donut mold 7/8 full with the batter.

    Make the topping by combining the butter, brown sugar and ½ cup of flour

    Crumble the topping over the donuts (½ of mix for 6 donuts).

    Bake in the oven for 16 minutes.

    Remove from oven and let cool about 30 minutes. Remove donuts from pan.

 

Store in the refrigerator for best flavor. This dessert is just peachy. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Barnyard Beauties

Adorable Cupcakes

Adorable Cupcakes

These adorable cupcakes can put a smile on anyone’s face. They were served at a child’s birthday party but would  work just as well for a picnic at a farm or a rustic barnyard wedding . Children of all ages were horsing around and tweeting for more!

Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes

patriotic cupcake

When it comes to holidays, my childhood was filled with holiday themed desserts,
appetizers and party decorations. With July 4th right around the corner, here is
an easy and patriotic dessert for you to bring to the dinner table.

RED, WHITE AND BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES

 

Ingredients
12 Cupcakes
Container of vanilla frosting
12 blueberries
1/2 cup of coconut
Red food coloring

Directions
Ice all 12 cupcakes with vanilla frosting
In a small bowl, mix the coconut and red food coloring
Carefully line the cupcakes with rows of red coconut for the stripes (you can
also replace the coconut with red Twizzlers Pull & Peels)
Place a blueberry in the corner
Dot a few dabs of icing on the blueberry to form the stars

We guarantee there won’t be any leftovers…it just wouldn’t be patriotic!

Hats Off to Graduation Cap Donuts

Graduation Cap Donuts

Congratulations to all 2014 graduates and their friends and families. It’s graduation season and another excuse for a party. Keeping with the graduation theme, we came up with graduation cap donuts! These donuts are easy to prepare and make a great presentation. Display them on a platter with mini diplomas or on a glass platter on top of old yearbooks. You’re guaranteed to go to the top of the class with this dessert.

Graduation Cap Donuts

Note: it’s important to select donuts in proportion to the chocolate squares. We
made small and large donuts and purchased two different brands of mini donuts
before we settled on Little Debbie donuts and Hershey’s chocolate squares.

INGREDIENTS

Makes 12 servings

  • 12 -1 3/4″ inch round donuts (Little Debbie mini frosted chocolate donuts worked best)
  • 2 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars(7 ounces each) or 12 -1 3/4″ chocolate Squares like Ghiardelli squares
  • 1 jar of Marshmallow Fluff
  • 12 yellow M&M ‘s or Reese’s Pieces
  • 3 yellow Starbursts

DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare the chocolate mortar boards by carefully cutting the chocolate bar into 6 squares. Use a grater to smooth the sides of the chocolate squares or unwrap 12 Ghiardelli chocolate squares.
  • To make the tassel:
    • Microwave a yellow Starburst for 8 seconds.
    • Remove from microwave and roll into 4 pieces.
    • Cut each of the 4 pieces in half and roll one half into a thin log.
    • Roll the other half into an even thinner log and break into 6 pieces.
    • Pinch the 6 small pieces together at one end to form the tassel. Attach the tassel to the longer Starburst log by gently pressing the pieces together.
  • Gently press the yellow tassel onto the top of the chocolate square. Place a yellow M&M in middle of the cap over the end of the tassel.
  • Take a small amount (1/2 teaspoon) of Marshmallow Fluff and put it in middle of donut. (Too much fluff and it will show out from under the mortarboard)
  • Place chocolate square on top of donut.

Congratulations! You’ve just earned your B.S.(Baking School) degree in Graduation Cap Donuts from the Grin And Eat University.

Enjoy!

 

Cinco de Cupcakes

Cinco de CupcakesCinco de Mayo has a special place in my heart. Not only do I love guacamole and margaritas, Cinco de Mayo is the day I met my husband. I think that’s reason enough to love the holiday! If you don’t want to brave the crazy Mexican restaurants on Cinco de Mayo, here’s an easy cupcake recipe for you to create your own celebration at home.

Cinco de Mayo Taco Cupcakes

Ingredients

Serves 12

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 12 dried apple slices
  • 1/2 cup of coconut
  • 12 yellow Starburts
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • green and red food coloring
  • 10 chocolate cookies

Preparation

  • First, ice all the cupcakes with vanilla frosting to form the base
  • To create the salsa, mix 1/3 cup of frosting with red food coloring until you reach your desired shade of red
  • To create the lettuce, mix the coconut with green food coloring
  • To create the cheese, melt a yellow Starburst in the microwave for 5 seconds and then flatten it with your fingers to form a flat square
  • Once all the taco ingredients are prepared, take a dried apple slice and cover one side with red frosting
  • Pinch the apple in the middle to form the taco shape
  • You may need to apply extra red icing to the center to act as a glue to keep the taco shape
  • Fill the “taco shell” with a melted Starburst, ground cookie and green coconut
  • Place the taco on top of a cupcake and serve with an ice cold margarita

These cupcakes are guaranteed to turn your dinner into a fiesta!

Something Fishy in the Kitchen Sink

Fish Donut in SinkThis weekend we visited friends that have an amazing fish tank in their basement. I left wanting to either buy a pet fish or make a fish themed dessert. As you can guess from the picture above, option number two won!

Fish Donuts

Fish in the sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

Serves 8

  • 8 regular size donuts
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • yellow food coloring
  • 1 bag of M&M’s
  • 4 red or pink fruit chews
  • 8 fruit chews in varied colors (for the tail)
  • 4 mini marshmallows
  • 8 chocolate chips

Preparation

  • Place the frosting in a microwave safe bowl and mix in yellow food coloring until you get desired color

Yellow Frosting

 

 

 

  • Place bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds (times may vary depending on microwave)

Dipping Donuts

 

 

 

  • Individually dip each donut in the melted yellow frosting and place on a wire rack or plate to dry

Decorate Donut

 

 

 

  • Decorate the donut with M&Ms and the eyes before it has completely dried
  • To make the eyes, cut a mini marshmallow in half
  • Then stick a chocolate chip into the sticky side of the marshmallow with the pointy side facing the marshmallow
  • To create the lips, place a red or pink fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds
  • Remove and break into two pieces

Fishy Lips

 

 

 

  • Roll each piece into a thin log (pictured above) and fold into a “v” shape for the lips
  • Place the lips on top of the donut
  • For the tail, place another fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds

Fishy Tail

 

 

 

  • Roll into a ball and flatten into the shape above
  • Place the pointy side into the donut for the tail
  • If the fruit chew is too heavy or flimsy, you can place a mini marshmallow under the tail to keep it in place for your presentation

Fish Fry

 

 

 

 

 

 

These adorable fish are guaranteed to cook up some smiles with your company!

…And Goes Out Like A Lamb Donut

Little Lamb

One last time to use the “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” expression. Ok, I’m done….at least until next year.

Whether you’re looking for an adorable kid’s birthday dessert or an Easter snack, these cute little lamb donuts are sure to bring your guests coming baaaaack for seconds.

 

Lamb Donuts

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 6 regular sized donuts
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 12 mini chocolate chips
  • 9 pink candy chews (like a Starburst)
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting

Preparation

  • Coat the top and sides of each donut with vanilla frosting
  • Place donut on desired serving plate since some marshmallows may fall off if you move the donuts around too much

Frosted Donut

 

 

 

 

  • Then cover the entire donut with mini marshmallows
  • Next put a pink fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds (do this one at a time)
  • Then roll it into a ball and flatten it with your fingers to form an oval shape for the head
  • Next take a mini marshmallow and cut it in half
  • Place a chocolate chip into the marshmallow (pointy side facing the marshmallow)
  • You should do this twice to create both eyes
  • Use a small drop of icing to get the eyes to stick to the pink head
  • Put another fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds
  • Once removed, rip it into four pieces and roll it into the ear shape below

Lamb Ears

 

 

 

  • Press the ears onto the back of the head
  • You can then press the head onto the front side of the donut with a little extra icing on the back

If you are wondering whether this is basically like serving your guests a bowl of marshmallows, the answer is yes.

All That Glitters Is Gold

Golden Strawberries

My husband and I were staying at the Trump Hotel in Chicago during our anniversary and were really excited to come back to our room and find golden chocolate covered strawberries in honor of the occasion. While chocolate covered strawberries are pretty awesome to Anniversary Strawberriesbegin with, being a Trump hotel, they knew just how to kick things up a notch. (See picture to the left.) Since we kept talking about them for days after the trip, I decided to recreate my own version at home. They are so easy to make and create a beautiful presentation for any party or event. While you don’t have to add a cupcake to the recipe, I did anyway! Just follow the recipe below and enjoy!

Golden Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Golden Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 7 Strawberries
  • 1 mini cupcake
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 container of white candy pearls
  • 1 container of edible gold spray paint
  • vanilla frosting

Preparation

  • Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 45 seconds (time varies by microwave)
  • Remove and stir
  • Individually dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate and let dry on a sheet of wax paper
  • When dry to the touch, spray a thin coat of edible gold spray paint on top of each strawberry
  • Take the centerpiece cupcake and ice with a thin coat of vanilla frosting
  • Scatter candy pearls on top of the frosting and on the serving plate you’re going to use for the strawberries
  • Place one strawberry on top of the cupcake and scatter the rest of the strawberries on the plate

This dessert will definitely earn you golden reviews!

March Comes In Like A Lion…

Lion Cupcakes

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. How come it’s almost the end of March and it still feels like the lion paPride of Lionsrt of the month outside? Actually, this picture is what it would really feel like if a pride of lions were waiting outside. However, they look a lot warmer than we do in NYC! Either way, these lion cupcakes are a perfect treat to make for a friend’s birthday during March.

Lion Cupcakes

Ingredients

Serves 12

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup of coconut
  • yellow food coloring
  • orange food coloring
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • black writing gel
  • 24 Cheerios
  • 24 mini chocolate chips

Preparation

  • Use yellow food coloring to turn the vanilla icing yellow
  • Coat the top of each cupcake with a thin layer of yellow icing
  • Mix orange food coloring with the coconut until each piece of coconut is colored orange
  • Take the orange coconut and line it along the outside of the cupcake (as shown in picture above)
  • Put two mini chocolate chips for the eyes and two Cheerios for the ears
  • Finally, draw the mouth onto the lion’s face with black writing gel

And if your friend doesn’t like them, I have a feeling this hungry lion would gladly finish them up!

Lion King

S’more Reasons to Smile

Smiling S'mores

I don’t know about you, but something about s’mores just makes me happy. Maybe it’s because I love anything with melted chocolate and marshmallows, or maybe it’s because they bring back memories of camping when I was younger. Ok, I’ve never actually gone camping before…it just sounded good.  Either way, this quick and easy recipe is guaranteed to leave your guests asking for s’more and s’more!

Smiling S’mores

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 6 graham crackers
  • 6 regular sized marshmallows
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

Preparation

  • Break the graham crackers in half to form 12 squares
  • Decorate 6 of the graham cracker squares with chocolate chips forming a smiley face. (This is a great activity to do with children.)

Chocolate Chip Smiley Face

  • Put the chocolate chip covered graham crackers in the microwave for 40 seconds (time may vary depending on microwave)
  • Remove from microwave
  • Put a marshmallow on each of the remaining 6 graham crackers and put them in the microwave for 15 seconds
  • Remove from microwave and place one marshmallow graham cracker and one chocolate chip graham cracker next to each other on each plate
  • Serve the s’mores open face to give everyone a smile

S'more

  • Once served, tell everyone to smush both graham crackers together and enjoy!

Final S'more

We promise that this dessert will leave the young (and young at heart) ready to grin and eat!