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Bites from other Blogs

  • Sweet and savory desserts are in right now, but what about sweet and spicy? This Sriracha Peach Crisp from Budget Bytes has a splash of spicy sriracha in what would otherwise be a tame peach crisp. The sriracha is blended in alongside the peaches in the filling, as are honey and cinnamon. The topping is a buttery crumble mixture, made with rolled oats for a nutty flavor that stands up to the heat and sweet of the filling.
  • Pumpkin-lovers should take note of Willow Bird Baking‘s Pumpkin Spice Pull-Apart Bread with Butter Rum Glaze. The rich dessert (or brunch dish) starts with a sweet pumpkin yeast dough that is layered with a mixture of sugar, cinnamon and browned butter, then arranged in layers before being stuffed into a loaf pan. The bread bakes up to be sweet and tender, and all those little layers are just waiting to be pulled apart with your fingers – hence the name of the bread. This is one recipe that will definitely be popular on chilly fall mornings.
  • A classic candied apple has a sweet-spicy cinnamon candy coating on top of a sweet-crisp apple. The bright red coating is very distinctive, so you’ll probably recognize those same cinnamon candies making an appearance in Apron StringsEasy Candy Apple Tart. This simple tart captures the flavor of those candied apples in a way that is a little more elegant. Thinly sliced apples are arranged on a flaky pie crust, then glazed with cinnamon candy-infused apple jelly, for a shiny finish that still adds that sweet-spicy feel. Adding a few more candies will enhance the spice, and if you’re making your own pie crust, you can add a pinch of cinnamon for a little more flavor that way, as well.
  • I recently tried Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream, since I’m a fan of cookie dough and wanted to how how other cookie infused ice creams stood up. This ice cream has a sweet cream cinnamon base and is studded with oatmeal cookie chunks and swirled with fudge. Dinner or Dessert put together a version of Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream for a taste-a-like variation that you can make at home. The ice cream base is infused with cinnamon and big chunks of oatmeal cookies are added once the ice cream has been frozen. Chewy, homemade oatmeal cookies are going to give you the best results here, especially when you’re making the ice cream from scratch, too.
  • Multi-layered crepe cakes are beautiful to look at, but Zen Can Cook‘s Green Tea Crepe Cake is more eye-catching than usual because it is made with matcha crepes that have a bright green hue. The crepes have a green tea flavor (along with a splash of Cointreau or Grand Marnier), but are made just like any other crepes. For a crepe cake, you need to try to ensure that they are all approximately the same size and thickness. Once the crepes are made, they are stacked up with thin layers of pastry cream – again spiked with a bit of Grand Marnier and some orange zest – to hold them together. It’s simple to make, but looks very elegant when served.

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  • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
    September 21, 2011

    Thanks so much for the link love 🙂

  • Emily
    September 21, 2011

    Your list is totally sinful and dangerous today. Thanks!!

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