What’s the Buzz?

IMG_4083These bees taste as sweet as honey and are guaranteed to make an unBEElievable impression on guests at your next BBQ or summer gathering.

INGREDIENTS

Makes 12 servings (if you don’t gobble up the beehive)

  • 2 standard size donuts
  • 13 mini donuts
  • 1 munchkin
  • 24 mini vanilla wafer cookies
  • black decorating gel
  • 1 container of white frosting
  • yellow food coloring
  • 24 mini white candy pearls
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 chocolate bar

BEE PREPARATION

Create the body:

  • MelScreen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.11.51 PMt a can of vanilla frosting until it’s in liquid form. Add and mix yellow food dye for desired shade of yellow.
  • Dip donuts into the yellow icing one at a time and coat all sides with the icing.
  • Remove and place on rack for the icing to harden. Repeat this step for 12 yellow donuts.
  • When icing has cooled, draw three lines with black gel icing across the body and a small triangle at the base for the stinger.

Create wings:

  • Cut mini wafer cookies in half.
  • Dip in white melted frosting.
  • Place on wire rack.
  • Sprinkle white sugar on top before icing has hardened.
  • Let cool.

Create the heads:

  • Dip 12 mini round wafer cookies in yellow icing.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Once dry, draw eyes, mouth and antennas on face with black gel.
  • Place two mini white circle candy pearls at the tip of the antennas

Put together the bee:Bee Body

  • Use a small drop of icing to connect the back of the head to the body.
  • Next, add a small drop of icing on the back of each wing to connect it to the body.

Tip: Place the head and wings on the body so that more than half covers the donut. This will help stabilize them. If the weight of heads or wings is still too heavy to stay in place, you can place a mini marshmallow below wings or head to hold them in place until they have hardened to the body.

BEEHIVE PREPARATION

  • Dip two regular sized donuts, one mini donut and one munchkin into melted yellow frosting and cover on all sides. IMG_4024
  • Remove and dry on wire rack.
  • Once cooled, place the two big donuts on top of each other, the mini donut on top of that and the munchkin on top (If the beehive is traveling you may want to connect the layers with a dab of icing. Otherwise, just place them on top of each other for easy eating.)
  • Break off a piece of the chocolate candy bar to form the door
  • Use a cheese grater to round off the top section of the door and edges
  • Cover one side of door with icing and stick that side to the donut beehive

Your guests will be buzzing about this tasty treat!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Linzer Torte : Torte-ally Delicious

With a little whipped cream and caramel sauce, what could be bad?

With a little whipped cream and caramel sauce, what could be bad?

This blog focuses on food that puts a smile on your face. Linzer tortes aren’t funny, but I thought it was funny that I had a sudden craving for one! I’ve never been a fan of fruit preserves or jelly stuffed baked goods but I wanted a linzer torte now. I fondly remembered a homemade raspberry layered linzer torte that was out of this world and that’s what I tried to recreate.Most linzer tortes consist of an almond crust. Since I am more of a pecan fan, I decided to switch up the recipe. I ended up modifying /changing the Smucker ‘s recipe I found online. For my nut of choice I used pecans. For the filling I used Smuckers raspberry all fruit preserves.
For my first attempt the torte wasn’t bad. It just lacked the sweetness that I was searching for and the presentation perfection that I hoped for. Practice makes perfect so I envision more linzer tortes in my future.Please enjoy my modified Smucker’s recipe. To up the presentation level, I recommend adding whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup.
Yum!
LINZER TORTE
Ingredients
Cooking spray
1 cup chopped pecans
11/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon grated lemon
1 jar of red raspberry fruit preserves (approximately 10 ounces)
Directions
– Heat oven to 350 degrees.
– Spray a 9-inch round tart pan with removable bottom with non-stick cooking spray.
– Finely chop the pecans in food processor or blender.
– in large bowl, combine pecans, flour, and sugar.
– Separate one egg and set aside egg white.
– Add egg yolk, remaining whole egg, butter, and lemon peel to flour mixture. Mix until dough
forms a ball.
– Remove 1/3 of dough. Flatten, wrap and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour or until manageable.
– Press remaining dough in bottom and 1-inch up sides of tart pan.
– Spread entire jar of preserves evenly over dough.
– Roll remaining dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper into a 9 1/2 x 5-inch rectangle. Cut
into 10 (1/2-inch wide) strips. ( A fluted pastry wheel makes pretty edges)
– To create lattice top place half the strips across center of torte in one direction. Place the
remaining strips at a 90 degree angle to create a lattice look.( Depending on the width of the
strips, you may not need all the strips to decorate top.) press strips to end of pan and trim ends
with knife or pastry wheel.
– Brush strips with egg white
– Bake 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool 10 minutes.
-To serve, remove sides of pan. Can be served warm or cool. (With or without whipped cream!)
In all its glory!

In all its glory!

Toffee Caramel Apple Donuts

3 best toffee donuts
Toffee bits and caramel sauce, what could be bad? Absolutely nothing!
I decided to convert my favorite apple cake recipe into donuts. And what better way to finish them off than by adding toffee bits for texture and caramel sauce for taste?
Voila, my standby apple cake was elevated to a special treat!

 

Toffee Caramel Apple Donuts
Makes 12 donuts

INGREDIENTS
-Spray on oil
-2 cups diced apples
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1/3 cup oil
-1 egg beaten
-1 ½ tablespoons water
-1 ½ cups unsifted flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-½ teaspoon salt
-1 ½ cups toffee bits
-2 cups caramel sauce (store bought jar )

INSTRUCTIONS
-Spray the donut pan with oil. Wipe off the excess spray from the top of the pan.
-Combine apples and sugar in bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.
-Blend oil, egg, and water into apple mixture.
-Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and ½ cup of toffee bits. Stir everything together.
-Fill each donut mold 7/8 full with the batterapple donut batter

-Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
-Remove from oven and let cool about 15 minutes. Remove donuts from pan.
-Pour approximately 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce over each donut. Sprinkle toffee bits on
top. Press toffee bits gently on top of donut to stay in place.
-Repeat for each donut.

Over time, the caramel sauce will seep into the donut to add sweetness to each bite. Keep the donuts in the refrigerator to maximize flavor.

The old saying says an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is one way sweet way of enjoying your apple.

Show Me the Bunny – Take 2

Come on Bunny donut, light my fire…
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Looks like this bunny has an identity crisis!
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Why am I so addicted to having fun with this little bunny donut?

Acting as a pseudo psychologist, I’m examining my childhood. Growing up, I could never have a furry pet because my father was “allergic” to animals. After numerous lazy goldfish who just floated on their backs in the fish bowl or other athletic fish who enjoyed jumping out of the bowls, my parents finally got us a cuddly pet.

To be specific, my parents broke down and came home with a cute white bunny. We called the bunny Snuffy , a compromise between Snowflake and Snowpuff. When my sister and I went to camp, my mom had the job of feeding Snuffy. However, as time went on, Snuffy began to bite my mom. When we returned from camp, we learned that Snuffy was sent to a “farm” so it could play with its friends.

Many years later we realized that Snuffy may have joined its friends at a different sort of farm. More like a farm to table destination. Perhaps Snuffy is playing with friends that were part of Wolfgang Puck’s ‘Braised Rabbit and Fava Bean Fettucine’ that was posted on Wolfgang Puck’s Twitter account earlier this week.

Whatever the reason, I’m having fun with our little white bunny donut. I hope you’re grinning along with us.

See instructions under “Show Me the Bunny” to create this donut.

Show Me the Bunny

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Spring is in the air and that means Easter is around the corner. The markets are filling with colorful holiday candy, Nestle’s is offering Limited Edition pink and yellow morsels, and my local garden center is selling live chicks!

We decided to start preparing for Easter by creating little bunny donuts. We quickly realized that the key to a perfect bunny is the ear to body ratio. Before you rush for your calculator ( or another website), we’ll explain. If the ears are too small your bunny will look like a white mouse.

BUNNY DONUT RECIPE
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:
8 small donuts ( Entenmann’s powdered sugar popettes work well)
8 marshmallows ( standard size)
1 cup of pink sprinkles
8 pink chips (or M&Ms)
16 brown M&Ms
8 inches of black string licorice
1 container of white frosting

PREPARATION
Bunny Ears:
– Make bunny ears by cutting each marshmallow on the diagonal. Slice off the pointed end of
each marshmallow and discard (or eat).
marshmallow
marshmallowear

– Pour pink sprinkles into a small dish.
– Dip one side of each marshmallow half in sprinkles to cover, allowing a small white
border to show.
– Leave “ears” on plate for later use.

Whiskers:
– Cut licorice into 8 one-inch pieces
– Using a knife or scissors, cut into the ends of the licorice to simulate whiskers.
– Cut each licorice piece in half. (Depending on the size of the donuts, you may want to
make the whiskers shorter. It’s a matter of personal taste).
licorice

Donuts:
– Before frosting the donuts, set a wire rack on top of a piece of wax paper for easier
cleanup.
– Place 1/2 of the frosting into a microwave safe bowl. (Repeat this step to ice remainder
of donuts).
– Microwave the bowl for 20 seconds or until the frosting flows.
– Individually dip each donut into the frosting to cover the front and all sides.
– Remove donut and set on wire rack to dry.

ASSEMBLY:
– Place 2 ears on on each donut. (To keep the ears attached while drying, place extra
marshmallows under each “ear” for support)
– Add 2 brown M&Ms for eyes
– Add a pink chip or pink M&M for nose
– Add whiskers on either side of nose
– Repeat until all the donuts have morphed into bunnies.

These bunnies are ready to hop into your heart ( or mouth)!

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.