Bites from other Blogs

  • Fruit roll ups are a favorite lunchtime treat of many kids, but if you go back and eat one five, ten or twenty years down the line, they won’t taste quite as you remembered them to. A better alternative to store-bought fruit roll ups are homemade fruit roll ups, and the Hungry Foodie’s Pharmacy‘s recipe for Apricot Mango Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups is a good one to start with. The method is simple, but the project takes a little bit of time because the fruit puree will need to be dehydrated in the oven for several hours to get that fruit snack consistency. Make a big batch and start packing these in your (grown up) lunchbox!
  • I love homemade churros, and I suspect that the Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting that The Novice Chef recently tried are a great way to get a churro fix without doing any deep frying. The cupcakes are light and moist, much like the interior of a churro, and have a nice cinnamon sugar flavor. A churro purist might not want the frosting, but for the rest of us, a cinnamon-kissed cream cheese frosting is a great way to finish off these cupcakes – and a nice variation from chocolate or vanilla.
  • Cookies n’ Cream is a great flavor combination for ice cream, but it also works well in baked goods. Scones, cake and even muffins come out well when infused with a little Oreo cookie. The Knead for Speed made sure that these Streusel Oreo Muffins had a lot of cookies n’ cream flavor to them. The muffins have a hint of vanilla and a lot of chopped up Oreo cookies in them, and they are topped off with an Oreo cookie streusel that, I suspect, would also be a great way to finish off a chocolate cake, coffee cake, or anything else you might be inclined to put streusel topping on!
  • Homemade macarons aren’t as difficult to make as they sound, and making them in your own kitchen allows you to play around with flavors that you’re not necessarily going to see at a bakery. TheSweetArt‘s Salted Caramel Popcorn Macarons are a good example of this because they are definitely a non-traditional – albeit tasty – macaron flavor! The macarons are filled with a salted caramel chocolate ganache and are dusted with a generous coating of crushed caramel popcorn. They have a salty-sweet flavor and a lovely finished presentation.
  • Scones are an easy breakfast or tea-time treat to make, but it is easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to flavor. The Mandarin Orange and Goji Berry Scones with Oolong Tea Cream from Almost Bourdain are a great way to get out of that rut of just adding raisins to a batch of scones. These citrusy scones have a bright flavor both from the mandarin zest in them and from the slightly tart – and antioxidant packed – dried goji berries mixed in. They are served with an oolong-infused whipped cream, but they would also be nice along side a cup of plain tea or an orange chai tea latte

2 comments

  1. Thank you so much for the shout-out to my blog! I really like reading this one so it was wonderful and surprising to see my post on here!
    :)

  2. I got to taste the macarons and can attest to the fact that they were amazing!

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