Showing posts with label dessert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dessert. Show all posts

January 23, 2013

Giveaway to celebrate the upcoming Strawberry Shortcake Musical Tour

As big fans of Strawberry Shortcake, we are excited that she and her friends will be coming to the Sony Centre, Toronto on Sunday February 17th at 1:00pm.  This would be wonderful show to watch during the Family Day long weekend.
Before the girls hit the stage there will be a special show by Doodlebops, whom my children enjoy watching on TV.  Doodlebops siblings Rooney, Moe and Dee Dee Doodle will take the stage in a live concert performance that will get the audience movin’ and grooving’.

Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own Beat is touring in many cities in Canada and US.  In the musical Strawberry Shortcake, and her best friends Orange Blossom, Lemon Meringue, Blueberry Muffin, Raspberry Torte, Plum Pudding and Cherry Jam, prove that little girls can do berry big things as they prepare for the Glitzy Glaze Talent Show in Berry Bitty City.  
Here is a recipe to make Strawberry Shortcakes in your home :)
2 cups strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered
3 tbsp icing sugar
Mash 1/4 of the strawberries with a fork and toss all the strawberries with icing sugar and leave for 1 hour at room temperature.

1 cup flour
3 oz caster sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt 
1 cup whipping cream
Sift flour with 2 oz sugar, baking powder, salt and add cream slowly using a fork to toss lightly until the mixture forms a clump.
Gather the clumps, do not knead the dough.  Shape into a 6" log and cut 6 slices and place in a lightly greased baking tray. Sprinkle 1 oz sugar and bake until light golden brown at 400F for 15 minutes. Cool in a wire rack.

to serve
1 cup whipping cream whip till soft peaks form

Once cooled cut the 
shortcake in half horizontally using a serrated knife.
Top each bottom half of the shortcake with whipped cream then layer some strawberries and place the tops. Can add some whipped cream on the tops as well.

One person in Canada can win this Strawberry Shortcake DVD and book by entering the giveaway through the rafflecopter below before February 10th.
Please make sure to follow all my social media networks, leave a comment and share about this giveaway.  Winner must respond within 24 hours from the time of contact to claim the prize.
Strawberry Shortcake DVD and book giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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October 13, 2012

Easy treats with Rice Krispies in the microwave

We made delicious treats with Rice Krispies in the microwave using...

1 tbsp butter
125g (1/2 packet) of marshmallows
3 cups of Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal

Put butter and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and heat for a minute.  Remove and stir with a wooden spoon, then heat again for 30 seconds.  Stir again and mix the cereal until it is coated with marshmallow.  

Spread the cereal onto a cutting board and cut shapes using cookie cutters.  Decorate with candy and icing/gel. 
This recipe is adapted from the Kellogg's Rice Krispies box.   

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October 3, 2012

Fall into Flavour with Puff pastry Apple pie

Fall is the time, I like making apple pies with puff pastry. My family and I cozy up to enjoy these apple pies for dessert, snack and breakfast :) The smell of cinnamon, which is our favourite spice with soft sweet apples inside the flaky puff pastry makes these goodies irresistible. Little ones are sure to love this dessert.
To make these puff pastry apple pies you will need...
3 apples
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 slices of bread
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
puff pastry
1 egg

Remove peels of the apple if you wish, and chop into pieces. Toast the bread and crumble it. Toss the apples with the bread, cinnamon, sugar and flour.
I used store bought puff pastry. Fill the pastry with the apple filling and make a wreath shape. Apply the beaten egg on top and sides of the pastry. Make slits so the air will escape and the pastries will puff well. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in a glass baking tray lined with a baking sheet at 375F until the pastry is golden and puffed. Cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting and serving. 

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September 21, 2012

Banana cupcakes

1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
3/4 cup vanilla infused sugar *
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe banana

* If you are not using vanilla infused sugar use 1 tsp vanilla instead.
In a bowl whisk flour, baking soda and salt.  Whisk the sugar, oil, eggs until smooth then add banana and vanilla if using.  Beat well then add the flour mixture until smooth.
Scoop the batter into prepared muffin pan with paper liners.  Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 24 to 28 minutes until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.  Cool in the pan over a rack for 10 minutes then remove from the pan and cool completely.
Can add 1/2 cup chocolate chips to the batter.

This cupcake freezes well if wrapped individually in a plastic wrap for up to 2 weeks.  The recipe is excerpted from 150 Best Cupcake Recipes by Julie Hasson © 2012 Robert Rose Reprinted with permission. 
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September 18, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake: Jammin' With Cherry Jam and thumbprint cookies

Strawberry Shortcake: Jammin' With Cherry Jam DVD was out on September 11th.  Both my children like strawberry shortcake and enjoyed watching this lovely entertainer.  

In this fun, new adventure of Jammin' with Cherry jam, Strawberry Shortcake's friends surprise her by inviting her favourite singer, Cherry Jam to perform at the grand opening of the Marketplace.  The girls didn't know that the real Cherry isn't like her rock diva persona, she is just a ordinary girl who wants to be accepted as one of their friends.  
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Here is a Cherry Jam inspired recipe to make easy cherry thumbprint cookies.
3 ¾ cups flour 
1 1/3 cups softened butter 
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup orange juice
1 egg yolk
cherry preserves

First, mix everything but the cherry preserves until well combined, then wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for one hour. 
Preheat the oven to 375F, and use an ice cream scoop to place balls of chilled dough on to the cookie sheet.  Use your thumb to lightly press into each ball of dough to form an indent and bake for 10 minutes. 
Remove the cookies from the oven and fill each indent with cherry preserves, then return the cookies to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. 
Cool on racks and enjoy.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Pillsbury crescents

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 18th.  The movie is based on Deborah Moggach book The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Although the movie is G rated, it is not recommended for young children.  It is a wonderful movie for adults to watch, as we found it funny.  This comedy has genuine charm.  It is about seven cash-strapped seniors that decide to go to a resort named Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in India.  Friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways, which is interesting to watch.    

Some history and information about the popular Brit pastime high tea, which is something that happens in the movie.  

Most people refer to afternoon tea as high tea because they think it sounds regal and lofty, when actually high tea or "meat tea" is traditionally part of a British dinner.  
High tea is an early evening meal that runs between 5pm and 7pm.  Later in the evening, people enjoy a lighter second meal. 
High tea was traditionally served to laborers and miners of the working class as an evening meal for when they returned home from a hard days work. The workers were served a hefty meal in the main dining area at the high table as opposed to a low table in the parlor where the afternoon tea was served. 
The middle and upper class adopted the high tea for their children to enjoy sandwiches and cakes in smaller portions rather than heavy meals.  Eventually the parents took on the early meal for themselves, making the tradition common in all families across England.
I made these delicious Pillsbury chocolate crescents treats that are wonderful to serve for breakfast, snack or at high tea :)  This new product from Pillsbury is available in grocery stores for less than $3.  I had some trouble opening the container, even though I read the instructions a few times :) so I wish they make it a little bit more easier to open.

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