This round, rich, sweet,
yeast bun is traditionally served on Good Friday. Made of milk,
yeast, sugar, flour, spices (such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and
cloves), eggs, butter, currants, raisins and/or candied fruit.
Two layers of
light and airy chiffon cake sandwiched together with a delicious
Strawberry Compote and lots of whipped cream.
An enriched Bread with a
golden brown crust and a wonderfully soft and tender crumb, full of
dried and candied fruit. more
Chocolate Dipped Coconut
Macaroons have wonderfully crispy edges and soft and chewy centers. They
are lovely when dipped in melted chocolate.
These sweet and buttery
cut-out cookies are always a favorite for not only can you tailor the
shape of the cookie to the occasion but you can also dress them simply
with granulated or colored sugars or make them very decorative by
frosting them with royal icing. more
Coconut Macaroons have a
wonderfully sweet coconut flavor with a crisp exterior and a soft and
chewy texture. more
A Chocolate Cheesecake is a real showstopper that combines three
delicious layers of chocolate. The cheesecake layer is smooth and creamy
that will remind you of a thick chocolate mousse.
This Easy Fruit Tart has a
buttery sweet shortbread crust, a creamy smooth filling made with
mascarpone cheese and heavy cream, and lots of beautiful fresh fruit.
This cake consists of layers
of moist coconut-flavored butter cake that are filled with a tangy lemon
curd and then the entire cake is frosted with a smooth and shiny
7-Minute Frosting and sweetened coconut. more
There are many ways to
serve this cake, from the formal where it is lavishly filled and
frosted, to other times when you may want to serve it plain with just a
dusting of powdered sugar. more
Everyone loves the
elegance of a fruit tart with its topping of beautiful fresh fruit.
Whether you use a single fruit (like strawberries) or a medley of
berries, sliced kiwi, plums, bananas, pineapple, and/or melon no one
can resist its beauty. more
This meringue cake, with its
unusual soft sweet marshmallow center and crisp crust is produced by
folding a little vinegar and cornstarch into the stiffly beaten egg whites
and sugar. more
Individual Cheesecakes have
a lovely creamy smooth texture and are wonderfully rich.
These rich and elegant,
bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white
chocolate and cream to which various flavorings can be added: butter,
liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried
A favorite is the cream puff
which is a hollow round of crisp choux pastry that is split in half,
filled with a cream or custard, and dusted with powdered sugar.
has two layers, with each
layer having a golden brown meringue baked directly on top of a yellow
butter cake. Once baked and cooled the two layers are sandwiched
together with whipped cream and fresh strawberriesmore
I love this Angel Food
Cake's lovely chocolate brown color and its uneven and ragged top and
sides. It has a wonderful airy lightness and a subtle chocolate flavor,
that can be eaten alone or with fresh berries and creammore
A simple pound-like
cake that has a wonderful citrus flavor that comes from adding both
lemon zest and juice to the batter. A lemon glaze finishes this cake off
Coconut Cupcakes, sometimes
called Snowball Cupcakes, take a sweet and buttery white cake and cover
it with a tangy cream cheese frosting and coconut.
always need a special dessert and Easter is no exception. Easter
has two sides; the religious and the commercial. While the
religious side of Easter celebrates the resurrection of
Jesus on the third day (Easter Sunday) after his crucifixion
(Good Friday), the commercial side involves feasting,
decorating and hunting for Easter eggs, and lots of
chocolate and candy.
Easter has certain foods attached to it, but they differ
from country to country and from family to family. One tradition my family enjoys
is to have Hot
Cross Buns on Good Friday. These sweet yeast buns are
flavored with spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves) and loaded
with currants (or raisins) and candied fruit. What makes them so
distinctive looking is that the tops of the buns are marked with a cross
which symbolically represents the Cross of Christ and the
Crucifixion. If you are superstitious you will like the tale that
Hot Cross Buns baked on Good Friday never become moldy and they say that
you should save one bun as a good luck charm until the next year's buns
Since the commercial side of Easter is
primarily for children, I always liked to do something special with my
kids. When they were small I often held a neighborhood cookie decorating
party. First I would make a large batch of sugar cookies, made in the
shapes of bunnies, chicks, and eggs. Then I would have small bowls
of different colored royal icing and lots of colored sprinkles. Each
child would get a paper plate and a small spatula and how they loved
creating their own masterpieces. Since this is a messy process, I found
it best to cover the table with a plastic disposable tablecloth and
aprons are definitely a good idea.
Lastly, there are so many choices for Easter
desserts. Carrot Cake is one of my personal favorites, whether in cake
form or as individual Easter Baskets. The chocolate lover may be
inclined to make the Chocolate Butter Cake or the
Easter Chocolate Cake. Other ideas are the Red
Velvet Cake, Coconut Cake, or the Hummingbird Cake. If strawberries
are available you may want to make the Meringue Cake with Strawberries and
Cream. Another great idea is the Shortbread Tarts filled with cream and topped with fresh
berries. So enjoy this time with family and friends
and have a Happy Easter.
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