Alcohol, Bread, Cakes, Celebrating, Fruit, Holidays, Savory

4 Recipes for an Easy Easter Brunch

Tomorrow is Easter, which means family and friends will be hippity-hopping to your home for egg hunts, good laughs, and fresh food. Are you ready? I wasn’t!

I had my entire immediately family heading to my house in just a few hours, and I had no plans for our Easter meal! The clock was running out. I needed several recipes that I could produce quickly, and my dear friends, that’s exactly what I have for you today.

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Phat Thai Jones' Plum Cake #psych #faustbakes
Alcohol, Cakes, Fruit

Phat Thai Jones’ Plum Cake

A few months ago, I received an email from a reader asking if I had come across a good plum cake recipe, a-la “Psych.” In the episode “Autopsy Turvy,” Shawn and Gus investigate a previous case that the coroner labeled an accidental death, and along the way, they stumble upon the world’s best plum cake at Phat Thai Jones.

Did I have this fabulous recipe? Nope, it hadn’t even occurred to me. But after a few quick searches, I understood what the reader was trying to explain to me; while we have no idea what the cake would be like, the recipes we were finding didn’t feel right.

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Peaches in Elderflower Cake
Alcohol, Cakes, Frostings, Fruit

Peaches in Elderflower: A Titanic Inspired Dessert

As you are slowly finding out, I am obsessed with sunken ships. Every year, I plop down in front of the TV, pop in my VHS of the 1997 film, and snack on Titanic-shaped cookies. This year, I decided to do something new. I wanted to make a different dessert, maybe even one that was served on that fateful voyage. After several Google searches, do you know what I learned?

People did not know how to eat dessert in 1912.

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Lemon Bars with a Shortbread Crust
Fruit

Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust

As I’ve mentioned before, lemon bars are my absolute favorite dessert!  It’s funny, but in my family of five, I was the only person who loved lemon bars, so I got to eat them all. Being the baby, they were probably the only food I got to get the last bites of.

I used to thumb through my mom’s old “Southern Living” cookbooks and dog-ear every lemon bar recipe they had. In fact, they are the first recipe I ever learned to make on my own. I guess that’s because they are so darn easy to make! I think there was a month stretch where I made lemon bars just about every weekend. And ate them all, too!

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Cookies, Fruit

Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

Just as a warning, these cookies are unbelievably addicting. They have a soft, buttery crumb that melts in your mouth. And that sweet, fruity center! The combination is a perfectly tart cookie that I dare you to eat just one of.

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Bread, Fruit, Holidays

Cranberry Eggnog Bread

Eggnog is always a big holiday favorite in my family, and since I’m always looking for a treat that’ll make a splash, I was all over this!

I originally saw this bread on the Sprinkle Bakes blog, and was absolutely determined to make it exactly as Heather had. It looked so fabulous, why mess with it? The only problem is that I was having no luck finding the fruit cake mix the recipe called for.

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Cakes, Fruit, Holidays

Lemon Bar Cupcakes

Nothing says summer to me like lemon bars, and despite the frost I woke up to this morning, summer is definitely around the corner!

Lemon bars have always been my favorite dessert, but the sugary filling can often be too much, especially in the summer heat. But I couldn’t let that keep me away from my favorite treat!

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