Bites from other Blogs

  • Jelly Toast‘s Mini Key Lime Coconut Cheesecakes are not your average cheesecake – and not just because of their small size. These little cheesecakes use both cream cheese and goat cheese in the filling, giving them a unique flavor profile. The cheesecakes are flavored with key lime juice and key lime zest, as well as a little bit of coconut extract that helps to give them a tropical feel. The crust is made with graham crackers and shredded coconut, and is a perfect base for such a flavorful cheesecake filling.
  • I am a big fan of sweet-tart passionfruit in just about any recipe. Fortunately, it works very well with all kinds of other flavors and, if you get a little bit creative, it can be easy to work it in to places where you might not expect to see it. The Chocolate Profiteroles with Chocolate Passionfruit Pastry Cream from Citrus and Candy are just one example, because many people don’t expect bright, sunny passionfruit to work well with chocolate – but it does. These profiteroles are filled with a chocolate and passionfruit pastry cream, made with a combination of dark chocolate and passionfruit juice. They’re a great dessert for the summer – or any time you want to be reminded of summer as you wait for the weather to warm up.
  • Coffee addicts are definitely going want a slice of TreatsCoffee Chiffon Cake. The coffee-flavored cake is a light and airy chiffon cake, not the variety that is topped with streusel and served for brunch. It is made with a generous amount of strong coffee to flavor the cake, then topped off with a coffee meringue buttercream. The buttercream not only brings another layer of coffee flavor to the cake, but the silky-smooth frosting is a nice contrast to the lightness of the cake. A few coffee beans – or even a few chocolate covered coffee beans – would make a nice garnish to finish off this cake before serving.
  • Just as coffee lovers might go for the cake above, tea drinkers will probably want to give these Pistachio Chai Muffins from An Edible Mosaic a try sooner, rather than later. The muffins actually have strong chai tea stirred right into the muffin batter to infuse them with a good tea flavor. They’re topped with pistachios that stay nice and toasty in the oven. The muffins also feature a blend of regular and whole wheat  flour, to give them a whole grain boost and make them a healthier part of your breakfast. If you want to sweeten them up a little before serving, a drizzle of vanilla glaze (which you could also infuse with chai) is a nice finishing touch.

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