Decadent Caramel Covered Strawberries

June 27, 2010 by Katie  
Filed under Dessert, Featured Recipes, Seasonal

I know I’m not the only one out there with a serious sweet tooth. Right around 3 ‘o clock everyday I start to crave something chocolatey. Normally, chocolate-covered strawberries are one of my favorite deserts, but it’s obviously not something I would whip up on a weeknight. Then, I stumbled across this recipe on the Steamy Kitchen Blog.  The idea of using caramel as an alternative to chocolate is pure genius, and the peanuts add a nice textural addition as well. The best part is that this comes together in less than 10 minutes and uses just 4 ingredients that you can find at any grocery store.

This is the perfect recipe to wow your friends and family. Take it to your next birthday party, baby shower, BBQ, whatever and you can bet everyone will be asking for the recipe!   If you want to take this desert to the next level, sprinkle some sea salt over the caramel once it’s melted.
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Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

June 17, 2010 by Katie  
Filed under Breakfast, Dessert

I can’t take credit for this recipe unfortunately, but Miss Ina Garten can! You probably know her as the Barefoot Contessa. I have most of her cookbooks and they’re perfect for finding foolproof recipes. If I’m looking to make one of the classics like lasagna or lemon meringue pie, she’s the first one I turn to. In fact, I can credit her with helping me build the foundation for my cooking.

This particular coffee cake has been a staple in my repertoire for years now. It was a hit back then and still doesn’t disappoint. The sour cream keeps it incredibly moist, and the walnut streusel in the middle adds the perfect amount of sweetness. A little maple glaze drizzled over the top doesn’t hurt either. Unlike most baking recipes, this one calls for using cake flour which you probably don’t have hanging out in your pantry but not to worry. There’s an easy substitute. It really does make a huge difference in keeping the coffee cake nice and light. Regular flour would result in a tough cake.

I hope you try this one, let me know how you like it!

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