Pandoro Tiramisu

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Easter is fast-approaching (April 5th), and if you are looking to celebrate the holiday with something a little more innovative than the typical chocolate-filled Easter Basket. This Pandora Tiramisu is easy to prepare, 100% scrumptious, and will have your family and friends thinking you were slaving for hours in the kitchen. Use Il Pondoro Di Verona by Bauli to make this recipe so much simpler.  Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, and this recipe is show stopper!

3 Ingredient Easter Bars

My daughter, Leigh, saw a version of this recipe for 3 Ingredient Easter Bars on the blog Chelsea’s Messy Apron, and she begged me to get all of the ingredients to make them. I had refrigerated cookie dough at home so we twisted Chelsea’s recipe for Confetti Bars into a creation of our own. I’ll admit that Leigh did most of it on her own, and with my suggestion only needed 3 ingredients.  They are a super sweet dessert just in time for Easter!

Spring Little Cakes: Easter Petis Fours

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My daughter’s Leigh’s favorite dessert is Petit Fours, and these remind me just like her: sweet, pretty and incredible! I thought for Easter and spring, I would offer this recipe from Land O Lakes butter that I use when I’m short on time. It uses a cake mix which really cuts down on the work. These are light and taste as good as they look.

Easter or Summer Entertaining Idea: My Favorite Cupcakes

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Lots of you have been writing to me asking for awesome Easter dessert ideas so how about these Easter Cupcakes? This recipe comes from “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” cookbook, and it is fabulous. If you’re short on time, I have also included a “cupcake express” recipe to save you time. Either way, I just simply sprinkled mine with spring sprinkles, a perfect look for this time of year.

Flourless Chocolate Torte: Gluten-Free and Wonderful for Passover and Easter

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I have made this Flourless Chocolate Torte for several years for my wonderful family for Passover. It’s been a treasured recipe that I haven’t shared. When I got a note from my friend, Robin, saying that her son’s birthday falls on Passover this year, I knew I had to give her the recipe. So here it is…..You can substitute bittersweet chocolate for semisweet or mix the two. It is really easy to prepare and only a few ingredients. Just take your time and follow the directions very carefully. I was in a hurry and unhooked my springform pan too soon (trying to make it to my son’s baseball game) and it came out looking like a chocolate souffle as seen above. Still wonderful and sinfully rich.

Easter Dessert: Seriously Simple Pound Cake

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While at my conference last week in Denver, I had a conversation with a cookbook publisher to kick around some cookbook ideas. He asked me,  ‘What is it that I am specifically passionate about?” Obviously, I am passionate about this blog, or I wouldn’t be doing it. One of my other clients said, “I light up when I talk about the blog”. So, I started thinking… what is it that I love that I would want to do a cookbook on? I love simple, fresh food. I love sweet treats that are easy to prepare, but still taste awesome. I love easy meals that even my kids will eat without complaining. I love when I can cut corners to make a recipe a bit “lighter,” but without sacrificing flavor. I am not sure where this gets me when thinking of a cookbook title, but I hope it will come to me soon. Actually, I am tossing around a few ideas, but I need your help. If you have any thoughts on why you like my blog, or the recipes on my blog, please email me and let me know. 

 

Here’s an offering of a simple Easter or spring dessert-Simple Classic Pound Cake. I am passionate about it! Hope you like it on Easter weekend or anytime during the year.

 

Spring Chocolate Molten Cakes in 30 Minutes

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Many of you may have seen these Molten Cakes on my blog before. If you have, please forgive me for running them again, but when I went out last for my friend, Julie’s birthday dinner at “Flemmings” restaurant, that was the top dessert pick. It was delicious and oozing of warm chocolate, as it always is, and I told Julie that she can easily do these at home. Then the next day, I saw these spring, Easter ramekins at Target, and was so excited to give them a new look. This is a great idea for an Easter or spring dessert. You can make them ahead and warm them up, right before serving. To see these and other spring dessert ideas, watch the link from  “Daytime Alabama” that was on Monday on NBC 13.

Easter Treats: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Petit Fours and Peeps

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Since spring is in the air and Easter is around the corner, I thought I would show you these awesome gift ideas. First, the combination of Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Gourmet Petits Fours include eight scrumptious California  grown strawberries dipped in dark and white chocolate and then hand striped in Spring pastel colors. The four bite size petits fours include lemon, strawberry, orange and chocolate.  Second, the hand-dipped gourmet chocolate strawberries and Spring Peeps. Each strawberry and Peep is covered in gourmet chocolate and packed with eight delicious, juicy chocolate strawberries and four darling Peeps nestled in decadent chocolate coating. See http://www.bouquetoffruits.com for more information.