Peach Cupcakes

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Summer is coming to an end, what a better way to end summer than with some Peach Cupcakes!

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You will need:

For cupcakes-

– White box cake mix

-eggs, water and oil per box directions

-1/4 cup peach preserves

-2 peaches, peeled and chopped

-cupcake liners or cups from our August box

For frosting-

-red and yellow food coloring

-1 cup butter, softened

-1 packet Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean paste from August box (or about 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

-5 tablespoons peach preserves

-3 cups confectioners sugar

-peach slices, or jam for garnish

Mix cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes, fold in peach preserves and fresh peaches.  Fill cups or a muffin tin with liners 2/3 of the way full.  Using the cups from our box?  Just place on a cookie sheet and bake right in them!  Bake according to box, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool completely.  For frosting, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed until combined.  Add 1 drop of yellow food coloring, and 1 drop of red and mix.  Continue to add food coloring one drop at a time until desired color is achieved.  Add frosting to a piping bag and frost cupcakes.  Garnish with fresh peach slices.  You can even create a cavity in frosting and fill with remaining peach preserves! 

Don’t forget if you need more cups, you can purchase in our store or in our Etsy shop!

We hope you enjoy the rest of your Summer!  Happy Baking!

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Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

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Who doesn’t love fresh whipped cream?  It is so easy to make!  I loved the Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste from our August box and thought it would be perfect in whipped cream!   Add this fresh whipped cream to your favorite fresh fruit, ice cream and more!  You can even layer in push pops for a fun treat, try with fruit or mini cupcakes!

You will need:

~ 1 cup heavy whipping cream

~ 1 heaping tablespoon confectioners sugar (add more if you prefer)

~ 1 packet Taylor and Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste (you can also use a little extract if you do not have paste)

Directions:

In a bowl, beat whipping cream with an electric mixer (or a stand mixer) on high until soft peaks form.

  Add in sugar and vanilla bean paste, beat until fully mixed.  Look at how pretty all those little black vanilla specks are!  Store in refrigerator.

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~Happy Baking!

Want more ideas on what to make with your Vanilla Bean Paste?  Visit Taylor & Colledge here

S’Mores Push Pops

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I love push pops!  They are so fun and there are so many things you can do with them.  We all know S’Mores can be pretty messy so I thought why not try them in a push pop?  They were delicious!  My boys helped make them, and they didn’t last more than a day!

You will need:

-Push Pop Tubes – included in our July box

-graham crackers- about 1/2 a package

-chocolate pudding – we used Hershey’s

-Marshmallow Creme- we used the whole 7 oz. jar!

-3 tablespoons butter

-bite sized chocolate for garnishing

Optional:

– foam or some type of stand to set push pops in

-Piping bags and tip

Directions:

Make pudding according to package directions and set aside.  We did not refrigerate since that will be done later.

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  In a plastic bag, or food processor crush graham cracker.  Melt butter and mix with graham cracker till crumbly.

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Assemble push pops, and put in stand so you can start filling them.  Start out with a layer of graham cracker and butter mixture.

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Press down with a spoon so it will create a crust.  Fill two piping bags, one with pudding and the other with marshmallow creme.  Pipe a layer of marshmallow creme, then a layer of pudding.

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Repeat with graham crackers, marshmallow creme and pudding till filled.  Garnish with chocolate bar.  Let set in refrigerator for about an hour for pudding to set.  Enjoy!!!

Keala with a Recipe for a Sweet Life made push pops but used brownies and her marshmallow frosting– yum!  Make sure to visit her blog here for her recipes!

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The possibilities are endless!  You can even use mini cupcakes!  Save your push pops for more recipes.  They can also be filled with candy for a fun party favor, or fill with confetti for your next celebration!!!!  If you need more push pops, they can be purchased here!

~Happy Baking!

Lemon Loaf

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This lemon bread is perfect for a light dessert or for Easter morning! You will need: 2 eggs 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil (from our March box) 1 1⁄2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3⁄4 teaspoon … Continue reading

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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This frosting is perfect to add to cupcakes, cookies, breads and more!

  

You will need:

  • Two 8 ounce packages softened cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Slowly beat in powdered sugar, one cup at a time.  Ad in lemon oil and vanilla until completely mixed.  Cover and refrigerate until just firm enough to spread or pipe, about 30 minutes.

Lemon Meringue Cookies

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Welcome Spring!  We are so excited about this months box- we love all the fun things you can make!  Who doesn’t love lemon?  It’s so light and fresh, perfect for all of your Spring baking!!!  We haven’t featured Meringue Cookies yet, so thought this box goes perfect with them!!!

These cute little meringue cookies are perfect for Easter as well!  They are super easy to make and will melt in your mouth!

You will need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil (from your March box)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (we used ultra fine baking sugar)
  • purple and yellow food coloring if desired (from your March box)
  • piping bags (from your March box)
  • star piping tip (from your March box)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees, line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  While eggs are cold, separate egg whites.  Let egg whites come to room temperature and add to a stand mixer.

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Let sit till you are ready to fill.

To check to see if the eggs are stiff enough, lift your whisk and turn upside down, the peaks should stay.  Carefully fold in lemon oil and vanilla, and food coloring if desired.  We used just a bit of the yellow.

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Pipe the egg whites onto the lined cookie sheets until they are about 1 inch.  It takes a little practice, but you’ll get the hang of the piping!  The first couple of cookies may not have any purple, but as you continue piping they will have a purple striped or swirl effect.  Bake for 2 hours, let cool and enjoy!!!

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Get creative, make another batch with no food coloring in the mixture, but paint your piping bag with yellow stripes, or yellow and purple!  Use different piping tips for different shapes!!!

Your lemon oil has so many uses!  It replaces citrus zest in any recipe!  1/8 teaspoon oil is equivalent to about 1 tablespoon zest.  A little goes a long way, we like to start with 1/8 teaspoon and add more if needed.  Use in baking, marinades, salad dressings and more!

~Happy Baking!

St. Pattys Day Mint Cocoa Gifts

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Who doesn’t love St. Patrick’s Day, and hot chocolate?  Hot Cocoa is a great homemade gift you can make!  For our February box, we thought it would be fun to feature Hot Cocoa Gifts made with our mini gold baking cups, wooden spoons, bags and ribbon.  These are perfect for kids!  We made them with white chocolate and semi sweet chocolate, my boys liked the white hot cocoa.  Try both and let us know what your favorite is!!

~Happy Baking!


You will need:

  • 8 oz. chocolate, chopped (we used white chocolate and semi sweet)
  • Leprechaun Sprinkles, featured in our February box
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar (depending on taste)
  • 2-3 drops Creme De Menthe oil (depending on taste), featured in our February box
  • 6 mini gold baking cups, featured in our February box
  • 6 wooden spoons, featured in our February box
  • Cellophane bags and ribbon, featured in our February box

Directions:

Melt chocolate according to package directions, we used a double boiler.  Stir chocolate until completely melted. 

  

 Add 2-3 drops of the Creme De Menthe oil, tasting along the way.  The oil is concentrated and a little goes a long way.  Add powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired sweetness is achieved.  Stir chocolate until smooth.  Add chocolate to a Ziploc or a piping bag.  Pipe chocolate (snip off corner if used a Ziploc) into mini baking cup until about 1/2 full.  

  

Let set for about a minute, insert spoon so it is standing up.  Let set up for another minute or so, then top off with Leprechaun Sprinkle Mix. 

  

 Transfer to refrigerator and let cool over night.  Once firm, package each chocolate cup into bag with a tie and directions.  To enjoy, rip off gold baking cup, add chocolate to a cup of hot milk and stir till melted.  Add whip cream if you’d like and enjoy!!  Get creative, the possibilities are endless- add chopped nuts and/or mini marshmallows!