Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb Butter Crumble with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream!


I LOVE a fresh baked berry crumble! So delicious, hot out of the oven and topped with a dollop of whipped cream! It is such a perfectly wonderful way to end a late summer evening.~Amy

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb Butter Crumble with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream!

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Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry and Rhubarb Pie Filling*

*Recipe found on www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Butter Crumble:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized bowl stir together flour, sugars, salt and oatmeal. Cut butter into flour mixture until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is pea sized. Set aside.

Pour pie filling either uncooked or cooked into 1 1/2 quarts baking dish or individual ramekins. Pour crumble mixture evenly over the top. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees until golden brown and bubbly.

Serve with *Brown Sugar Whipped Cream or vanilla or *Brown Sugar Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Makes 6-8 servings

*Recipes can be found on www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Homemade Churro Spiced Marshmallows


Bring something new to the campfire and spice up your s’mores with these churro flavored marshmallows! Delicious! ~Amy

Churro Spiced Marshmallows

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided in half
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup sugar
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon

In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
Spray a 9×13 pan with non cooking spray. Coat pan with sugar mixture.
Set aside.
Save remaining sugar mixture.

Using a stand mixer, place gelatin in mixing bowl, add water and let sit.

In a large sauce pan, place remaining half cup of water, corn syrup, sugar and salt. Stir and cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a soft boil stage, 240 degrees, testing with either a candy thermometer or using cold water method.

Turn mixer on low, and slowly pour syrup down the sides of the bowl. When all the syrup has been added, turn mixer onto high and beat 12-15 minutes and bowl is lukewarm to the touch. Pour into prepared pan, smoothing top with a lightly sprayed metal spatula. Dust top with some of the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Leave uncovered overnight. When set, dust board with remaining powdered sugar mixture. Loosen edges of pan with knife. Tun over onto prepared board and cut into desired shapes with a warm knife. Coat sides of marshmallows with cinnamon and sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe by Amy & Madeline Richardson

Dulce de Leche Dessert Nachos!


So easy, so delicious!!! Cinnamon and sugar, creamy vanilla ice cream and sweet dulce de leche will make a fabulous ending to any fiesta!~Amy

Dulce de Leche Dessert Nachos

Vanilla Ice cream
Dulce de leche, purchased or homemade*
Stacy’s Cinnamon and Sugar Pita Chips
Fresh mint

Arrange chips onto plate, top with scoops of ice cream and drizzle with dulce de leche. Garnish with fresh mint and serve immediately.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

*recipe can be found at http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Bourbon Vanilla Banana Pudding Pavlova


A sophisticated twist on a southern classic, this deliciously light and sumptuous dessert will be a delightful ending to any gathering! ~Amy

Bourbon Vanilla Banana Pudding Pavlova

3 bananas, thinly sliced
1-2 containers meringues, store bought, crushed
Bourbon Vanilla Custard*
Vanilla Whipped Cream*

Bourbon Vanilla Pudding:

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup half and half
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Bourbon Vanilla

In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and sugar. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, whisk eggs until frothy; about one minute. Whisk in sugar mixture, and mix until well blended. Add milk and half and half. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Cool slightly, while stirring.
Add vanilla, and blend well. Cover and cool completely. Or refrigerate until ready to assemble.

Whipped Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp vanilla

In a medium sized bowl, whip together cream, sugar and vanilla to soft peaks. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To assemble:
Layer crushed meringue, whipped cream, bananas and pudding, alternating, finishing with cream. Garnish with fresh bananas and serve immediately.

Makes 6-8 servings

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Silver Spoon Chocolate Mousse


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My favorite silver spoons make this simple and elegant dessert something special. Add fresh pansy blossoms and you have a beautiful and unique ending to any dining event. ~Amy

Silver Spoon Chocolate Mousse

6 oz dark or semisweet pieces
2 tbs butter
3 tbs water
1 cup heavy cream

Silver spoons
Fresh violets, pansies for garnish

Place chocolate, butter, and water in a small saucepan pan, and heat over medium heat until smooth. Set aside to cool.

Whip cream to stiff peaks. Take a small amount of cream and gently stir into chocolate to lighten. Carefully fold remaining cream into chocolate until no streaks remain. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours to set.

To serve:
Scoop chocolate mousse with silver spoons. Place onto serving platter, marble or slate tile, sprinkle with fresh flowers and serve immediately or cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Blue Hawaii Macarons


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Everyone needs a little Hawaii this time of year. At our house we have a whole week of bringing a little bit of the islands to us. To kick it off, Blue Hawaiian Macarons!
Aloha!🌺~Amy

Blue Hawaii Macarons

Macaron Base:

3 egg whites, at room temperature
5 tbsp granulated sugar
2/3 cup almond flour
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp coconut extract

7-8 drops neon blue food coloring

In a food processor, process almond flour and confectioners sugar until well mixed. Sift the mixture through sieve, and divide in half.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whip egg whites until foamy.

While beating on high, slowly add sugar. When soft peaks form, add extracts and food coloring if desired.

Beat until stiff peaks,has a glossy texture, and mixture doesn’t drip from the beaters.

Into the whipped merengue, fold in the first half of the almond mixture. When just blended, add additional dry mixture, folding until mixture is blended, and looks like lava when dropped from the spatula.

Place mixture in a piping bag fitted with round tip.

On to a parchment lined baking sheet, pipe in small circles, about the size of a quarter; leaving room for the batter to spread.

Rap sheet firmly against the counter, or flat surface. This helps the macaron to get it’s pied shape.

Before baking, let batter dry, uncovered for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 300. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool completely.

Pipe a small amount of ganache on the flat side of macaron, top with other half making a sandwich. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen filled macarons.

Coconut White Chocolate Ganache

1/2 heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups chopped white chocolate
1/2 tsp coconut extract

Place chopped chocolate into a small bowl.
In a saucepan bring cream to an almost boil. Pour over chocolate, and let set for about 5 minutes. Slowly stir until smooth. Add coconut extract and whip to desired consistency.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Irish Cream Dark Chocolate Shamrock Shake


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Looking for a last minute St. Patrick’s Day treat?! Dark Chocolate and Irish cream make this sophisticated Shamrock Shake over the rainbow!~Amy🍀

Irish Cream Dark Chocolate Shamrock Shake

4 cups double dark chocolate gelato or ice cream, softened
3 tablespoons Irish cream barista syrup, like Torani
1 cup vanilla ice cream
Dark chocolate shavings
Pirouline cookies, optional

Blend together chocolate gelato or ice cream with syrup.
Pour into individual glasses, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with additional Irish cream syrup, generously sprinkle with chocolate shavings and garnish with a cookie.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson