Posts Tagged ‘raspberry’

Raspberry Sorbet Mimosa Float

Raspberry Sorbet Mimosa Float
Thanks, Le Grand Courtâge, for sponsoring the development of this Raspberry Sorbet Mimosa Float recipe!

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14 Summer Desserts from Willow Bird Baking (plus some from other blogs!)

Check out 14 Refreshing Summer Desserts

by Julie Ruble at Foodie.com

Thanks, Foodie, for sponsoring this post.

Thank you so much for filling out my reader survey! If you haven’t yet, you can still do so here. I’m not surprised at all by how kind and thoughtful your comments were, but I do feel humbled by it. I seriously have the best readers in the world. One of the things I appreciated most was how many of you have made LOTS of recipes from the blog and how many of you love my stories. I can’t adequately put into words how much that means to me, since it’s been my dream since I was little to be a writer. I feel really blessed to share with you here.

Because I’m in total denial about school starting soon (I’m still going to sleep at 3 a.m. every night, so that should be fun to correct), here are some of my very favorite summer desserts from other bloggers (above) and 14 summer desserts from Willow Bird Baking (below). I only picked the absolute BEST EVER summer desserts, so make them ALL. And make them quickly to savor every second of the fading summer (Wahhhh.)

1. STRAWBERRY COBBLER WITH LEMON CREAM.

STRAWBERRY COBBLER WITH LEMON CREAM
cooking difficulty: easy

2. GOOEY BUTTER STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE.

GOOEY BUTTER STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
cooking difficulty: easy

3. STRAWBERRY COCONUT CREAM PIE.

STRAWBERRY COCONUT CREAM PIE
cooking difficulty: intermediate

4. BROWN SUGAR POP-TART ICE CREAM SUNDAES.

BROWN SUGAR POP-TART ICE CREAM SUNDAES
cooking difficulty: easy

5. CARAMELIZED BANANA UPSIDE DOWN COCONUT CAKE WITH COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM.

CARAMELIZED BANANA UPSIDE DOWN COCONUT CAKE WITH COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM
cooking difficulty: easy

6. LEMON RASPBERRY SQUARES.

LEMON RASPBERRY SQUARES
cooking difficulty: easy

7. KEY LIME PIE CHEESECAKE WITH SKY-HIGH MERINGUE.

KEY LIME PIE CHEESECAKE WITH SKY-HIGH MERINGUE
cooking difficulty: advanced

8. FRUITY PEBBLE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM SUNDAES.

FRUITY PEBBLE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM SUNDAES
cooking difficulty: easy

9. END OF SUMMER BERRY COBBLER.

END OF SUMMER BERRY COBBLER
cooking difficulty: easy

10. STRAWBERRY LEMONADE CHEESECAKE BARS WITH A SHORTBREAD CRUST.

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE CHEESECAKE BARS WITH A SHORTBREAD CRUST
cooking difficulty: easy

11. HOT RASPBERRY CAKE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM.

HOT RASPBERRY CAKE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM
cooking difficulty: easy

12. LIMONCELLO-SPIKED SHORTBREAD ICEBOX CAKE.

LIMONCELLO-SPIKED SHORTBREAD ICEBOX CAKE
cooking difficulty: easy

13. RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE MORNING BUNS.

RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE MORNING BUNS
cooking difficulty: intermediate

14. LEMON RASPBERRY GOOEY BUTTER CAKE.

LEMON RASPBERRY GOOEY BUTTER CAKE
cooking difficulty: easy

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Hot Raspberry Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Hot Raspberry Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Hot Raspberry Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream


Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking, adapted from the Blueberry Coffee Cake by Sweet Anna’s
Yield: 6-8 servings

This cake is absolutely to die for. It’ll come out of the oven seeming biscuity on top, but inside it’s the most tender, soft, buttery hot raspberry cake. It’s so easy, too!

Cake Ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 cups frozen raspberries (do not thaw)

Glaze Ingredients:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam
8-9 fresh raspberries
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
milk to thin (I used around 3 tablespoons)
fresh raspberries and vanilla bean ice cream for serving (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Reserve about 1/4 cup of this mixture in a small bowl.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and extracts and blend until just combined. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Toss the raspberries in the 1/4 cup reserved flour and then fold them (and the rest of the reserved flour) into the batter. (The dough is quite stiff, so be patient as you’re folding in the berries. It’ll seem like it’s mostly berries, but just trust me. It’ll be awesome.)

Spread the batter into a 10-inch skillet (I used the back of two spoons to work it around.) Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs (cooking time in a cast iron skillet can be variable, so check early and often.) While the cake is still hot, purée the jam and raspberries together in a food processor. Add the extracts. Slowly add the powdered sugar as you process. Add milk slowly to get the desired consistency — I ended up adding about 3 tablespoons. Pour your glaze (which is hopefully NOT mauve) over the hot cake. Serve while still warm with fresh raspberries and vanilla bean ice cream.

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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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Coconut Cloud Fruit Dip

Coconut Cloud Fruit Dip
Coconut Cloud Fruit Dip

Coconut Cloud Fruit Dip


Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking, adapted from SkinnyTaste
Yield: about 3 cups of meringue dip

I love this easy, delicious dip. It whips up a ton — perfect for a brunch party. I put about half of the dip into a pretty ramekin on a platter of fresh berries and then replenished as needed during brunch.

Ingredients:
4 egg whites from large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shredded coconut

Directions:
Place the egg whites with the vanilla extract and coconut extract in the clean bowl of a stand mixer. Stir the water and sugar together in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring this to a boil and cook until the syrup reaches 234 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 4-8 minutes.

When the syrup begins to boil, start mixing the egg whites on low speed so they begin to get foamy. When the syrup is up to temperature, turn the egg whites to medium-high speed and very slowly drizzle the hot syrup into the whites. Beat until the dip forms stiff glossy peaks, tossing in the salt to mix in along the way. Gently fold shredded coconut in to the meringue dip, saving a bit to sprinkle on top. Serve with a platter of fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or whatever fruit you love most!

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