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4 FAMILY-FRIENDLY MEMORIAL DAY DESSERTS

PB&J CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS:
Cake
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
.50 c. butter
1.50 c granulated sugar
1 c. sweetened, creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Frosting
1 box confectioners’ sugar
.50 c. butter
.75 c. strawberry, raspberry or grape jam

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 24 standard muffin pan cups with liners.
2. Prepare cupcakes: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and granulated sugar for 3 minutes, or until fluffy. Beat in the peanut butter and vanilla. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the mixer speed to low; add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups.
3. Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the pans halfway through. Cool the cupcakes in the pans on a wire racks for 5 minutes, then remove them from the pans and let them cool completely on wire racks.
4. Meanwhile, prepare frosting: Beat the confectioners’ sugar, butter, and jam in a large bowl, with a mixer on low speed, until blended. Then, increase the speed to high and beat until light and fluffy. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes

CREAM, BERRY AND NECTARINE TART

INGREDIENTS:
9 oz. tea biscuits
0.50 c. unsalted butter
1.50 package cream cheese
0.25 c. sugar
1 tbsp. sugar
1 c. very cold heavy cream
0.25 c. fresh lime juice
12 oz. small nectarines or peaches
0.75 c. blueberries
confectioners’ sugar
11- by 8-inch rectangular or 9-inch round tart pan with removable bottom

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In a food processor, pulse the biscuits to form fine crumbs. Add the butter and pulse to combine. Press the mixture in the bottom and up the sides of the rectangular or round tart pan. Bake until the crust is light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for about 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and ¼ cup sugar in a large bowl on medium-high until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the cream and beat until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Add the lime juice and beat to return to stiff peaks, about 1 minute. Spread evenly into the bottom of the crust.
3. Refrigerate until the cream mixture is set, at least 4 hours and up to 2 days. Fifteen minutes before serving, slice the nectarines ¼ inch thick. In a medium bowl, toss the nectarines with the remaining tablespoon sugar. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add the blueberries and gently toss to combine. Top the tart with the fruit and dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

PATRIOTIC PARFAITS

INGREDIENTS
0.25 c. sugar
0.25 c. water
1 c. blueberries
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 c. heavy cream
10 oz. angel food cake
2 c. strawberries
0.50 c. shredded coconut
8 canning jars

DIRECTIONS
1. In 1-quart saucepan, stir together sugar and water. Heat to boiling on high, stirring occasionally; stir in blueberries and lemon juice. Remove from heat. Let cool completely.
2. In large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, whip cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold in cooled blueberry mixture.
3. Place a single layer of angel food cake on bottom of 1 canning jar. Top with 2 tablespoons strawberries, then 2 tablespoons blueberry whipped cream. Repeat layering of cake, strawberries, and whipped cream. Repeat with remaining 7 jars. Serve immediately, or replace screw caps and refrigerate up to 1 day. Before serving, top each parfait with 1 tablespoon coconut.

RASPBERRY-BUTTERMILK ICE POPS

INGREDIENTS:
1 c. raspberries
.75 c. sour cream
.25 c. buttermilk
3 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, smash raspberries with the back of a fork. Add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.
2. Pour mixture into ice-pop molds and freeze for 30 minutes. Insert a wooden stick into each pop; then freeze for at least 2 more hours.


SOURCE: Delish

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Making Baking Powder

That mysterious little ingredient hiding in your pantry, taken out occasionally to help the other, more important, ingredients make a cake. What are you, oh baking powder? You mysterious white powder in a strange container! What are you capable of doing? Why do trustworthy recipes call out for you by name? I mean sure, no one really knows what baking soda is either, but at least it has a bulging arm emblem that immediately recalls strength, and assumingly, a purpose of some sort. But baking powder? No such rapport. 

Maybe you already knew that both baking soda and baking powder are used as “levelers” in baked goods which help the dough rise and create a fluffy-ish texture. This is caused by a chemical reaction achieved when moisture is added to the baking powder releasing carbon dioxide, which gets trapped inside tiny air pockets in the dough. (Think sponge cake)

But did you know that you could MAKE baking powder? YUP! And here’s another little secret: its made out of baking soda!

Whoa, sit back down. I know its shocking, but just click on, and you’ll see the lies unfurl. Baking powder, you have some explaining to do!

Quarkaufläufe with Blackberry Sauce

(Blintze Souffle)

I mentioned that I had been busy preparing to host a party and that I have weddings on the brain, and they have actually been entwined trains of thought. Two of my dear friends got engaged before the holidays and I offered to host an engagement party at my apartment with the help of some of our other friends. Wedding talk was the topic between all us girl friends as we were planning, and also something I was telling all my other friends about when I was telling them what I have been up to.

It was really fun planning a party to celebrate their love and happiness, and work I was happy to do, though being in charge of most of the food meant my kitchen was too full all week to do much cooking for myself. We had about 45 people over, so I had Fresh Direct deliver all my groceries. I quadrupled the blintze souffle below (I posted the regular quantity recipe) and the baked french toast, so my delivery included six dozen eggs, three tubs of sour cream, four tubs of cottage cheese, and six bottles of seltzer water, among other ingredients. There was no way I was going to lug it all up to my third floor apartment.

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