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Crêpes with Roasted Berries and Coconut Whipped Cream

Crêpes with Roasted Berries and Coconut Whipped Cream
Crêpes with Roasted Berries and Coconut Whipped Cream

Crêpes with Roasted Berries and Coconut Whipped Cream


Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking using crêpe recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
Yield: 10 servings of 1 crêpe each

Thin crêpes with clouds of coconut whipped cream and rich roasted berries! Before you begin, take a quick peek at the excellent post on Oh She Glows! about making coconut whipped cream. You want to use a brand of coconut milk that separates into liquid and solids (I used Geisha brand) and chill the cans, mixing bowl, and whisk overnight.

Crêpes Ingredients:
PAM Cooking Spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

Topping Ingredients:
1 pound strawberries, quartered
1 pint blueberries
6 tablespoons sugar, divided
lemon juice
3 cans coconut milk
7 tablespoons powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
toasted coconut (optional)*

*To toast coconut, spread shredded coconut on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, tossing frequently.

Directions:
Make crêpe batter: Whisk together flour, sugar, and table salt in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, lightly whisk together eggs and milk. Whisk half of the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Whisk in the melted butter. Finally, whisk in the rest of the egg mixture. Allow this batter to rest for at least 30 minutes while completing the rest of the recipe.

Roast your berries: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray two baking dishes (big enough so the berries can sit in a single layer) with PAM cooking spray. Toss blueberries in one and strawberries in the other. Sprinkle each baking dish with 3 tablespoons sugar and toss the berries to coat. Bake the blueberries for 13-15 minutes and strawberries for around 30 minutes (you’re looking for the berries to be slouchy and releasing syrup but not entirely broken down) before removing them from the oven, spritzing them with lemon juice, gently tossing, and setting aside to cool.

Make coconut whipped cream: While berries are in the oven, turn the cans of coconut milk upside down gently and open them. Pour off coconut liquid and reserve for another use. Place coconut solids into the chilled bowl of a stand mixer. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat on high until your coconut cream reaches the consistency of whipped cream. Cover this and set it in the fridge.

Make your crêpes!: Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over low heat for 10 minutes. Turn the heat up to medium and heat the pan for 1 more minute. Spray your skillet with PAM Cooking spray. Test your skillet’s heat: put a teaspoon of batter in the center of the pan and time it for 20 seconds before flipping. If it’s nice and golden, you’re ready to cook! Otherwise, you may need to adjust your heat up or down, let your skillet heat for another minute, and re-test. Take the time to get the heat right at the beginning!

Now you’re ready! Scoop a scant 1/3 cup of the batter into your pan, swirling immediately to thin it out into a wide circle. Time your cooking for 20 seconds before using a spatula and your fingers to flip the crêpe. Cook for 20 more seconds before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Between each crêpe, re-spray your skillet and let it heat for 10 seconds. Keep crêping until you finish your batter. You can then reheat the crêpes you made by placing them on a plate, inverting another plate over them, and microwaving them for 30 seconds. Slather coconut cream, roasted berries, and toasted coconut on your crêpes, fold them into quarters, and enjoy!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ConAgra via Mode Media. All opinions are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ConAgra.

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Raspberry Açaí Prosecco Cocktail

Thanks, Trop50, for sponsoring this post.

Today was one of those days. Not a bad day by any means. In fact, it was my favorite kind of day: A SUPER BUSY DAY.

It was the kind of day where you teach every period except lunch. The kind of day where you and 5 students work like lightning to wrap your new literary magazine and get it off to the printers. The kind of day where your entire creative writing workshop — the class that has renamed itself Feisty Narwhals for the remainder of the year — stretches to finish their elaborate homages to Jonathan Swift’s poem, “The Lady’s Dressing Room.” The kind of day where you have a practice debate, field trip planning, and a conference all on the schedule. The kind of day where you make a Raspberry Açaí Prosecco Cocktail when you get home just because.


Raspberry Açaí Prosecco Cocktail

Raspberry Açaí Prosecco Cocktail


Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking
Yield: varies

I love a good fruity cocktail. I recently threw this Prosecco cocktail together and drank it with dinner — no special occasion needed! It’s just slightly sweet, but not overpowering.

Ingredients:
1 part chilled Trop50 Raspberry Açaí juice
1 part chilled Prosecco
berries

Directions:
Pour the juice into a pitcher. Add the Prosecco (If you pour the Prosecco into the juice and not the other way around, there’s no need to mix, so you preserve bubbliness.) Drop a few berries into each glass, pour the cocktail over them, and serve.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Trop50 via Glam Media. The opinions are all mine, though, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Trop50.

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Red, White, and Blue Desserts!

Happy 4th of July! Here are some red, white, and blue desserts for your celebration. And don’t forget the sparkling raspberry lemonade and soft pretzel dogs, while you’re at it.

RED

1. Red Velvet Cheesecake
2. Itsy Bitsy Berry Cream Pies
3. (Freshly Picked!) Strawberry Cream Pie
4. Gooey Butter Strawberry Shortcake (add blueberries too, if you’d like!)



WHITE

1. The Ultimate Moist, Fluffy, Ridiculous Coconut Cake
2. Limoncello-Spiked Shortbread Icebox Cake with Fresh Raspberries (add blueberries too, if you’d like!)
3. Tres Leches Coconut Cake Trifle
4. White Sheet Cake with Fluffy Whipped Icing



BLUE

1. Itsy Bitsy Berry Cream Pies
2. Fresh Blueberry Pie
3. Blueberry Cream Cheese Almond Braid
4. Blueberry Walnut Bread


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Limoncello-Spiked Shortbread Icebox Cake with Fresh Raspberries

Limoncello-Spiked Shortbread Icebox Cake with Fresh Raspberries


Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking
Yield: 10 servings

Icebox cake traditionally layers oreo cookies and whipped cream. Upon chilling, the dessert turns into a velvety, indulgent masterpiece — with no cooking and no fuss. This version is updated for spring, using buttery Walker’s shortbread cookies, whipped cream spiked with limoncello, and a pile of fresh berries.

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons limocello
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups cream
4 (150 g) packages Walkers Shortbread rounds
fresh berries of your choice
lemon zest for topping (optional)

Directions:
In a large, chilled bowl, combine limoncello, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and cream. Beat with chilled beaters to stiff peaks. Place a layer of shortbread rounds in a large trifle dish. Top with about an inch of cream. Continue layering, ending with cream. Cover and chill this overnight in fridge. Before serving, sprinkle lemon zest over the top and pile high with berries of your choice.

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End of Summer Berry Cobbler

Sometimes you meet someone and you just want to sit on a patio for hours chatting with them. Preferably with some strawberry lemonade and a giant bowl of roasted chickpeas. I haven’t met Joanna Goddard in person, but if you read her wildly popular and engaging blog, Cup of Jo, you know why it’s easy to feel like I have. Cup of Jo is one of my favorite blogs because of Joanna’s sweet, casual voice and fantastic content.

Today I’m excited to have a guest post on Cup of Jo, and it’s a recipe I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. My mom often baked this cobbler with a big can of peaches when I was growing up. Here I’ve updated it to use bright, fresh berries. It’s a chance to relish the last drops of summer.

Click here to read more and get the recipe for Summer Berry Cobbler over at Cup of Jo.

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