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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Healthy popsicles, just in time for summer

Summer is on the way and there is nothing more refreshing than a popsicle. Now the only challenge is to have kids eat a healthy popsicle and enjoy too. Well, here is your solution, all you need are four basic ingredients. Three fruits that you know your kids enjoys on a normal day to day basis; here are some options:
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • tangerin
  • banana
  • peaches
  • pears
  • kiwi
 After you have chosen the fruits of your choice, if there is need to cut the fruits into small pieces and place them into a plastic cup. Once you have the fruit all ready pour natural orange juice, fourth ingredient, into the cups. Lastly, just place the cups into the freezer, wait for the orange juice to freeze and enjoy. 


                                                 All Fruit Popsicles! 4 ingredients | minimalistbaker.com
Easter cookies: A light dessert that everyone can enjoy

Easter is a time to come together and share family moments with happiness and forgiveness,  it's a time to rejoice and be thankful for everything. I find that baking as a family creates more memories, make the process fun and the overall outcome taste much better. The following recipe is from my recipe website, the instructions for the actual cookie are very similar to that of a sugar cookie recipe but the instructions for the icing are not the same. What I like about it is that it gives very detailed step by step instructions of what to do and how to make the cookies. By looking at the amount of sugar this recipe requires, I can tell you that the overall outcome of the cookies is going to be very light and the icing will add the perfect amount of sweet to the cookie. The only thing that I would add to the ingredients or utensil list is cookie cutter(s) in shapes that represent this specific holiday. 



Easter Egg Cookies Recipe
Easter cookies that are light and not that sweet. 
Easter bunny cake: An activity for kids and adults

Looking for something different and extravagant that will make you and your family stand out on your family easter lunch?

Well this easter bunny cake recipe I found on the Food Network website is simple to make and only needs several ingredients. On the site you will find the ingredients you need in a column on the left side and the directions on how to make this cake on a column on the right. If you are a person that like to see the progress step by step, there is a small box on the bottom of the page that takes you to the step by step process of the recipe. I am going to try this recipe for my Easter Sunday lunch and I'll post pictures of my creation. If you want to show me and others your creation just comment below and paste a picture of you cake. I hope you enjoy this recipe and making it with your kids.
An inspiration from Germany: a layered Donauwellen cake:

The name of this traditional German pastry is translated to be Danube waves cake, this is because of the shapes that the different layers of the cake create when they are put together in the baking process and portray the waves of the Danube river. The layers of this cake also please a crowd that is a fan of different flavor cakes and fruits all together in one dessert. Vanilla and chocolate cake, paired with sour cherries, layered with vanilla cream and topped of with a chocolate glaze are the components of this German delight. Bavarian Kitchen has this and other German recipes that will give you a brief explanation of the dish and will also take you step by step on how to make this and other German dishes and desserts.
Donauwellen / Danube Waves Cake
Donauwellen Cake, a German dessert that simulates that shapes of wave from the Danube River.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

German Bread Haus: Homemade bakes by Norma
I have been to this place a couple of times and I have had some of the pastries that they make from scratch that day. The Strudel is the signature pastry from the German Bread Haus, I tried the blueberry flavor one and I was amazed. Since it is made with fresh fruit, the flavor on the strudel changes, it is naturally sweet and you can taste both the strudel and the fruit. Norma, the owner, told me that their bread is also very popular for those in diets because since they are organic and Kosher it only counts as 2 or 3 points on the daily count. 

German Bread Haus is located on 311 East Commercial Boulevard, they are opened Monday- Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and they are closed on Sunday. To place a special order or get more information about this bakery you can call them at 954-491-4464.  If you live or are passing by Fort Lauderdale, German Bread Haus is definitely a place to visit. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Heart healthy strawberry shortcake, nutritional facts like you have never seen before. 

Here is a 113 calorie dessert for those who are watching their health. It only takes six simple ingridients :
  • 1 tablespoon calorie-free sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries (about 1 pint)
  • spongecake dessert shells (5-ounce package)
Because the amount of the ingredients is so low, this strawberry shortcake is both tasty and healthy. The steps are fairly easy to follow and the preparation does not take that long, so this recipe is something that everyone should definately try. 
health.com published this recipe as well as 9 other recipes for those who want something sweet 

but are watching the calories, sugar and other nutritional facts. 

Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe

                               Nutritional Information

Calories per serving:113
Calories from fat:0.0%
Fat per serving:0.9g
Saturated fat per serving:0.3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving:0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving:0.0g
Protein per serving:2g
Carbohydrates per serving:24.3g
Fiber per serving:0.2g
Cholesterol per serving:33mg
Iron per serving:0.0mg
Sodium per serving:169mg
                                                     Calcium per serving:                                                     0.0mg

Pio Quinto: a Nicaraguan custard cake that will have your tastebuds asking for more.  

I have had the pleasure of tasting Pio Quinto made from a scratch. My boyfriends mom is from Nicaragua and a couple weeks ago she made this amazing dessert. It is a classic vanilla cake made from scratch, drenched in rum and layered with custard and finally topped with powered cinnamon. Though the process is a bit longer than some would like and the steps are some what tedious because they have to be done in that specific order, I  say it is truly worth it.  I promise as soon as I talk to my boyfriends mom again I'll ask her for her secrets from her Nicaraguan point of view. But for now, Manami posted her recipe on food.com for her version of Pio Quinto. I hope you enjoy making and I really do recommend it for everyone to try. 

Definitely a dessert that is worth giving a try, Pio Quinto from Nicaragua.