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Guest Blogger: Grandbaby Cakes

Written on April 10, 2014 at 8:30 am , by

Hi everyone, I’m Jocelyn, the blogger, recipe developer and photographer at Grandbaby Cakes!  I am so honored to guest blog for BHG’s Delish Dish today!  If there was any magazine that was front and center in my home growing up, it was definitely Better Homes and Gardens.  I’ve got a great Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu to share!


 

On Grandbaby Cakes, I love sharing unique twists on traditional recipes that have been passed down from my grandmother.  One of my Big Mama’s (grandmother) vintage recipes I simply adored indulging in was strawberry shortcake.  In fact, I celebrate my birthday each year with one.  When spring finally surfaces and gorgeous bright berries are in season, I get excited to make one of my own from scratch.


 

For this post, I knew I wanted to update this classic universally loved dessert, and when I saw this wonderful tiramisu recipe in the BHG recipe archives, I was sold.  I am the biggest fan of tiramisu.  Since my trip to Italy last year, I have tried recreating this dessert in every way possible on my blog.  From banana pudding tiramisu to even cookie dough tiramisu, I have tried it all but I knew a Spring remix was just what the doctor ordered to take this dish over the edge.  Strawberry shortcake tiramisu is perfect for Easter, spring entertaining or your last course for any Sunday dinner.


 

The original BHG version was already such a wonderful recipe so I didn’t have to make many changes to create the impact I wanted.

  • I replaced the original angel food cake with ladyfingers to provide more of a classic tiramisu taste.
  • I added two teaspoons of seedless strawberry jam and a couple drops of red food coloring to the cream cheese mixture.  It turned this super cute pink color and the jam added just the perfect hint of additional strawberry flavor I needed.

 

  • I also omitted the sour cream from the remaining whipped cream.  I wanted the whipped cream to shine when paired with the fresh strawberry slices mascerated in a couple of tablespoons of granulated sugar and lime juice.

After 12 long and patient hours, I finally had my first bite.

 

And then my second…. and third.


 

Honestly, it took a lot for me to walk away from another slice of this at 9 in the morning.  I have never had such a delightful tiramisu, and the nostalgia of my childhood came flooding back.  This dessert is a great reminder of the vintage strawberry shortcake recipe I enjoyed as a kid but with an adult flair.  I have no doubt that this dessert would become a favorite of yours as well.

 

To see the full recipe and instructions, click HERE!  Happy Baking!

 


Kelly Senyei

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Written on March 12, 2014 at 7:17 am , by

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Ditch the dough, skip the marinara sauce and bypass those bell peppers because there’s a new pizza in town and it’s taking the savory slice for a spin on the sweet side. Introducing Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza.

Just imagine the perfect pairing of buttery shortbread cookies and tangy cheesecake … and then up the indulgence with a layer of creamy Nutella. The result is a quick and easy dessert that looks just as great as it tastes. So how do you make this sliceable sweet happen in your home?

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

It all starts with a basic brown sugar shortbread cookie dough made by working cold butter into your dry ingredients. While a pastry blender or two forks work well, don’t hesitate to forgo the gadgets and use your hands to break up the butter until your mixture is the consistency of wet sand.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Once you’ve mixed up your cookie dough crust, transfer it to a pizza pan, pressing it firmly into an even layer. Using a pan will guarantee your pizza retains its round shape and will help it bake to golden brown perfection from crust to crust.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

And then it’s on to the toppings! Creamy mascarpone and heavy whipping cream go for a spin in the stand mixture and are given a sweet and tangy taste with the addition of powdered sugar and fresh lemon zest. I recommend zesting a bit extra off of the lemon so that you can use any leftover zest as a garnish.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Once your cookie crust has cooled, transfer it to your serving dish. It’s easier to slice and serve the pizza if it’s no longer in the pan, so a large wood cutting board works well for this crowd-friendly sweet finale. 

I’ve added the layer of Nutella to this recipe, as I love the combination of tangy mascarpone and fresh citrus with the rich and creamy chocolate spread. You’ll need about 1/3 of a cup of Nutella, give or take a few tablespoons lost in the transfer process from container to spatula (to mouth) to cookie crust. Next up, pile on the mascarpone mixture, scatter the strawberries on top and then finish it all off with your leftover lemon zest.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

And it’s as easy as that! Ready to serve up a sweet slice? Preheat your oven and check out the recipe for Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Lauren Brennan

Strawberry Pavlova with Mint

Written on June 17, 2013 at 8:45 am , by

Growing up I hated strawberries with a passion. I have no idea why. Actually, most fruit {with the exception of bananas} was on my “do not eat” list. Then after I got married, had a baby and couldn’t eat chocolate or dairy, I became a little more open to fruit. {My little one had a sensitive tummy.} I started trying apples, cantaloupe and pineapple. I eventually expanded my horizons to *gasp* berries and loved them! Shocking, I know.

Since then, strawberries have always been at the top of my shopping list, especially in the summertime! Strawberries are so incredibly sweet and juicy when they’re in season. When I saw a recipe for this Strawberry Pavlova with Mint in the newest Better Homes and Garden cookbook Fresh, I knew I had to make it.

Pavlova is a pillow of baked meringue, topped with whipped cream and fruit. If you’ve never had pavlova before, you’re really missing out on something delicious not to mention really simple!

This specific recipe calls for homemade sweetened meringue that is baked and topped with lightly whipped cream and creme fraiche.

Finish it off with lots of strawberries and mint and that is one gorgeous, light summer treat.

Get the recipe here or buy yourself a copy of the book Fresh for this recipe and lots of other amazing, produce-heavy treats. Enjoy!


Michael Wurm, Jr.

Strawberry and Arugula Salad

Written on June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Editor’s Note: Michael is the first of a week-long Delish Dish series offering a sneak peek into our newest Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, Fresh. Check back throughout the week for more colorful, in-season recipes straight from the cookbook. Don’t wanna wait? Click here to buy Fresh today!

Nothing beats a flavorful salad on a hot summer day. But a salad that involves strawberries is even better! Today, I’m pulling recipe inspiration from one of BHG’s newest publications, Fresh. It’s a fabulous cookbook full of recipes for enjoying ingredients at their peak.

Each recipe tells you when the particular dish is best served based on the availability of ingredients. This also means that the ingredients will be at their ultimate stage of flavor and freshness. And honestly, that’s the best time to eat something.

This delightful salad features fresh strawberries so now is about the best time of year to serve it. Strawberries paired with peppery arugula, tangy balsamic, and a little cheese, and you have salad perfection.

Since I’m a huge fan of cheese, I absolutely love the manchego fricos on this dish. Fricos are cheese crisps made by heating a thin layer of cheese in a sauté pan. The high temperature draws out the oils and makes an interesting little crisp. It’s such a unique garnish for a salad as the crispiness adds great texture. To be honest, I could just snack on these all day.

You can find the recipe for the salad by clicking here.

And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Fresh for more seasonal cooking ideas.

Cheers!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm