So I kind of become obsessed with things. Well, more so I go in phases. There was a year where it seemed I had an avocado a day. Then I started buying grapes in bushels, freezing them and eating them constantly. More recently, my obsession of choice has been bananas. Seriously, I can’t stop eating them! This is obviously why bananas are the inspiration for my Easter dessert. I took my current favorite fruit and added the flavors that complement it perfectly. Really though, what doesn’t pair well with brown butter?! This cake is the perfect mix of banana bread, bars and caramel-like browned butter.
I don’t know how the tradition of specific meats at certain holidays came to be, but ham is usually an Easter favorite. Maybe it’s because it is a little lighter than the gamey meats used during the Christmas season. Whatever the reason, I love ham but there are only so many ways to dress it up. Changing the glaze is usually the main one. To switch it up, I’m using the less traditional but extremely delicious loin cut roast. I may be a bit biased because I grew up with pork on our farm, but these roasts are versatile, simple and a crowd pleaser! This one is flavored with bright citrus and fennel, which is perfect for any spring holiday!
Easter brings a change of course for me. Even if the weather is not cooperating, Easter Sunday means a springtime meal for my family: fresh flavors and the best of what spring had to offer. Asparagus is the first vegetable I usually harvest from the garden. And if Easter happens to fall early or the weather stays cool, grocers usually have it available. I think many have a bad view of soggy and limp asparagus, but if roasted it remains perfectly crisp, tender and has great flavor!
Can a cookie taste like spring? Not only do I think so but I happen to have the recipe! Cookies can really be any flavor and carry so many different ingredients. Many times, I’ll bulk up a cookie and chock it full of my favorite things. But sometimes using only the essentials and a few perfect flavors is all you need. These cookies are the essence of bright orange zest which is also just a cheery reminder of spring!
Honestly, I don’t know a lot about tres leches cake other than that it traditionally has three milks poured over it – and that I love it! This cake takes the word moist to a whole new level. This isn’t just moist, but is saturated with sweet milks that flavor the cake and give a texture unlike any other. Since I’m not a traditionalist on this recipe, I didn’t mind making up my own and tailoring it to Saint Patrick’s Day! If you follow me, you know I’m not a beer lover but give me a good Irish cream and I’m there. So why not swap out one of the milks for a delicious Irish cream! Did I mention that this also uses Dulce de leche?! If you’re not sure what that is, you will thank me. I feel festive just talking about it!
A simple cake dressed up with delicious Irish cream and finished with freshly whipped cream: if this doesn’t say happy Saint Patrick’s Day, I don’t know what will!
Now that you have my favorite and quick pizza crust recipe, you may as well know my go-to pizza toppings. As a kid, I loved experimenting with pizzas. This is one of my creations that stuck. Friends and family always ask for the sausage, pesto and spinach pizza and I easily oblige because I love it too. This is exactly why pizza is so much fun: you can create what you love. I admit, I lean towards topping-heavy pizzas and this sturdy crust lends well to a lot of toppings.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “Homemade pizza dough?!? When I want pizza, I pick up the phone and order!” I admit that may be quick, but I think this could almost – I never make promises – be quicker and most definitely better. To tell the truth, I never knew what delivery was growing up. No I’m not that sheltered, but we just lived in that rural of area that the delivery drivers wouldn’t even deign to suggest delivering. So when we had pizza, it was always homemade and always delicious. This dough is extremely fast, easy and will give you the option for homemade pizza whenever you want it!