Tag: dessert

Raspberry Peach Buckle

Raspberry Peach Buckle // shutterbean

I’ve been buying raspberries with the intention of making dessert but every time I bring them home, I eat all of them. I suppose there are worst things to eat, but this vicious cycle has been getting in the way of me eating raspberry cake. And raspberry cake with a heavy dose of almond extract is what I’ve been craving.

Raspberry Peach Buckle // shutterbean

Cake…Cobbler…Grunt…BUCKLE. Let’s talk about the giant elephant in the room. BUCKLE! What a funny word for something that’s cake-ish. Here’s a run down of the differences. Either way, Casey refused to say buckle when he asked for another slice. When I served it up and it wasn’t so easy to cut into perfect squares, I called it a buckle. It’s like a cake that you spoon out.

Raspberry Peach Buckle // shutterbean

I call it OH WOW I LOVE THE  SWEET JUICY PEACHES, TART RASPBERRIES AND ALMONDY CAKE THAT’S REALLY A BUCKLE… THING. I think you’ll agree that this is the perfect name when you try a bite yourself. That and WHOA, Dude, WHOA.

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Pimm’s Cup Popsicles


Pimm's Cup Popsicles // shutterbean

Aaaaaand the boozy popsicle journey continues with Pimm’s Cup Popsicles. If you’re a fan the Pimm’s Cup Cocktail,  you’ll love this frozen treat. It’s super refreshing and packs a ton of flavor. You’ll enjoy how cold it is on a hot day. Cocktail on a stick!

Pim's Cup Popsicles // shutterbean

In this recipe, I added a few slices of cucumber & strawberries to the pop. So at the very end you get a nice little frozen treat. I also used Ginger Beer because that’s what I had in our fridge. You may use ginger ale if you please! If you’re wanting to mask some of the booze and make it sweet a simple syrup will do the trick. Maybe even a mint one…oooh!

Pim's Cup Popsicles // shutterbean

And if you don’t have popsicle molds, make a simple granita!

You can see how to do it with this delicious Frozen Cappuccino recipe I made last summer. I imagine it to be like a grownup slushee. Mmmm.

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Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches


Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

My parents switched schools on me when I was in 7th grade. I was super nervous and pretty upset to be changing schools because I had been with my friends since kindergarten. On my first day of the new school I found out that they sold ice cream sandwiches after lunchtime. SCORE! When my friend Caley bought me one to welcome me, it was then when I knew my parents made the right decision. It was also then that I knew I had made a solid friend.

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

This is my first time making ice cream sandwiches and it definitely won’t be the last. There’s something so satisfying about spreading
melty ice cream over a sheet of cookie and squishing another cookie on top to make a sandwich. And when you cut out individual sandwiches, it’s like jackpot!! Who wouldn’t want this ice cream sandwich loot in their freezer?

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

These sandwiches are packed with flavor! The lemon zest & juice really enhances the vanilla ice cream. It’s tastes blueberry muffin ice cream! The blueberry swirl captures my heart and adds such a pretty color to what would have been a very monotone ice cream sandwich. I’m quite smitten with these and I’m sure you’ll agree when you share your first (of many batches!) with your loved ones. Ice cream sandwiches are how friends are made.

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Mango Lassi Popsicles

Mango Lassi Popsicles // shutterbean

Dust off your popsicle molds! Make space in your freezer (hides head in shame) because popsicle season has begun! I know, I know you can totally eat popsicles year round, but in my brain I feel like it’s only OK to do it when it’s hot outside.

Mango Lassi Popsicles // shutterbean

Cooper’s favorite thing to get when we’re out for Indian food is a mango lassi. He also likes “chicka-ma-tikka-man-sala.”  Don’t fight him on this. I want him to say it like that forever.  So here’s my attempt to win his heart with a Mango Lassi in popsicle form!

Mango Lassi Popsicles // shutterbean

These pops are super creamy thanks to the Greek yogurt and oh so refreshing/healthy!  Now…I’m thinking my next popsicle I make should be boozy cuz I want one geared around my adult beverage tastes. What are we thinking? I’ve already done Boozy Peach Pops and Pina Coladas. How about Mojitos? Jack & Cokes? Moscow Mules? Let’s brainstorm!

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Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake // shutterbean

I love lemons. It’s no joke.If you ever asked me to make a list of my kitchen staples, lemons would be high on that list. You can almost always find a bag of them in my kitchen because they’re the ultimate flavor enhancer. Need to perk up some leftovers? Lemon is almost always my answer.  It’s also one of my most favorite smells of all time. If only you could take a whiff of this cake…

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake // shutterbean

This Memorial Day weekend I was waffling back and forth about what to make in the kitchen. I wanted to make a bunch of things to get ahead of schedule but then I felt extremely lazy and decided that I’d just throw in the towel and call it a holiday. So, I sat outside with a coffee and an older issue of Bon Appetit and I realized I had all of the ingredients to make this Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake. I find in these moments to just go forth and create. I have no will power when I see that I have all the ingredients in a recipe. MUST MAKE. NOW.

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake // shutterbean

I made this cake for my in-laws. We planned to eat it for dessert but s’mores got in the way (who can resist?!).  Instead it turned into a booze-fueled-late night-snacking cake and a morning picking-on-this-because-we’re-not-ready-to-eat-breakfast-but-we-still-want-something cake. It sat on the edge of the counter in my sister-in-law’s kitchen and slowly throughout the day it withered away, half piece by half piece. A slice is perfect with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream & berries but it’s also good on its own…eaten without a plate en route to watching BBQ Pitmasters ALL DAY long (ahem, Casey).  If you love lemon, then you’ll most certainly love this bundt. The glaze is simply the best.

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Almond Cookies

Almond Cookies // shutterbean

I have this terrible habit of buying the same items of clothing when I’m shopping. I walk in with the intent to get something new and my brain goes into robot mode. MUST FIND STRIPED SHIRTS/BLACK & WHITE ANYTHING/PERFECT BLACK DRESS.  Can one ever have enough striped shirts? (NO) How about the perfect black scooped-neck shirt?  I have to stop myself when I’m about to buy another black dress…It’s just that I can’t help it. I know exactly what I like/want.  If only stores carried nothing but black denim wide leg pants & striped shirts year round, I’d be all set.

Almond Cookies // shutterbean

I suppose my food cravings are pretty much the same. I love anything almondy. Here on this site you’ve seen me make granoladanishes, bars, cookies,vegan cookiest, raw cookies, caramel cornappetizers loaded with almonds. I feel like I have the same issue with almonds as I do with my striped shirt collection. NEED MORE. ALWAYS. Thank goodness almonds are good for you.

Almond Cookies // shutterbean

We enjoyed these cookies a little too much at my house. I had to freeze some and give some away because there wasn’t much stopping me from eating one after another after another. They’re nutty, sweet & fragrant with vanilla. They’re perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack with tea. I wouldn’t mind a few broken over ice cream with fresh berries. Let’s make that happen! I think on my next go-around, I’m going to add a bit of almond extract because I can’t get enough of almonds.

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Coconut + Almond Caramel Corn

Coconut Almond Caramel Corn // shutterbean

Coconut Almond Caramel Corn aka How to Woo Your Hair Stylist/Mail Carrier/Preschool Teacher/Boss/Neighbor.  It is to be used when you really want to change someone’s mind about you…like WHOA!! He/She is AWESOME. I’m pretty sure you already are, but giving people delicious Caramel Corn can take your awesome status to a whole new level.

Coconut Almond Caramel Corn // shutterbean

Have you ever tried something that made you speechless? This is the case with this recipe. Crunchy popcorn meets crunchy toasted coconut meets roasted salted almonds meets caramel OMG. Light, buttery, salty toffee-like amazingness.

Coconut Almond Caramel Corn // shutterbean

And to think I was super impressed/dang proud of my Caramel Croutons…these might be my new favorite… I have visions of topping dulce de leche ice cream with crunched up bits of this Coconut Almond Caramel. Excuse me while I dream…BIG.

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Lemon-Ginger Crispy Treats

Lemon Ginger Crispy Treats // shutterbean

I accidentally forgot my headphones when I was going for a walk yesterday, so instead of using that as an excuse (I’m always full of them when it comes to exercising), I thought I’d use the opportunity to clear my head before I started working in the kitchen. What could be better than listening to chirping birds and overzealous crickets surrounded by redwoods? I’ll listen to podcasts another day.

Lemon Ginger Crispy Treats // shutterbean

For some reason I just couldn’t focus. The chatter in my brain went something like this: BIRDS CHIRPING, Whoa. LEMON, GINGER, RICE KRISPIES, Is that poison oak? WHITE CHOCOLATE, EMAIL, ZEST, LEMON CAKE.What time do I need to get this done. RICE KRISPY TREATS.  Repeat that for 60 minutes and you’ll have my workout. I think I walked fast just so I could get home and tackle this. I suppose that might be good motivation?

Lemon Ginger Crispy Treats // shutterbean

And so I made them…and they were everything I’d hoped for. Rice crispy treat meets lemon cake meets ginger white chocolate bark. Now if only I could meditate hard enough to make fries magically appear in my kitchen. Hold on, let me concentrate and get this crazy brain going….

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