Strawberries & Cream Crepes

Strawberries & Cream Crepes

I Recently made a batch of Riesling Marinated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream Filling to use in my Pavlovas.  The left over I used in my mini Trifles but found that I still had left overs.  So to use them up (I hate waste) I decided that they’d be great with crepes.  I made Strawberries & Cream Crepes!

These Strawberries & Cream Crepes have that lovely Mascarpone Cream filling and the marinated strawberries; then topped with delicious Riesling Marinated Strawberries.  They are amazing!  They’re great for dessert or breakfast.  They’d also make a great addition to any brunch!

The crepes are really simple to make, they taste just like the crepes you’d find on the streets of Paris!  I’m serious!  Best of all you can make them ahead of time; just heat them up and fill before serving or even freeze them to use much later.  Just remember to place a sheet of parchment paper in between each crepe to prevent them from sticking together.

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So here’s what you’ll need to make these lovey Strawberries & Cream Crepes.

Crepes – recipe below

Riesling Marinated StrawberriesClick here for the recipe

Mascarpone Cream FillingClick here for the recipe

Fresh Strawberries for garnish (optional)

Fresh Mint Leaves for Garnish (optional)

Crepes

Ingredients:

2 Cups Milk

4 Eggs

3 Tbs. Butter – melted

2 Tbs. Sugar

1 Tsp. Vanilla

1 1/2 Cup Flour – sifted

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until batter is smooth, about 30 seconds

Refrigerate batter at least 30 minutes (you can even leave it overnight)

Spray 8″ frying pan or crepe pan with cooking spray.

Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan and rotate pan to spread batter to pan edges to form a circle.

Cook over medium low heat until top looks dry.

Gently flip over and cook another 1-2 minutes.

Remove from heat and stack until ready to use.

Cook remaining batter and keep stacking until done.  Place parchment paper between crepes to keep them from sticking together.

Assemble:

Assemble the crepes just before serving.

Fill each crepe with 2 heaping spoonfuls of cream filling.  Place cream near the bottom edge of your crepe and spread to form a line across.  Spread filling to about 1/2″ from each edge.

Spoon a few marinated strawberries on top of cream.

Roll crepe into a log.

Plate 2-3 filled crepes side by side.

Add a dollop of cream on the crepes and top with either fresh or marinated strawberries, and a mint leaf is desired.

Drizzle some of the syrup from the marinated strawberries over the top and serve.


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Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifle

Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifle

Looking for something special for your Father’s Day dessert?  Try these Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifles.

In case you are wondering exactly what a Trifle is well it’s a British dessert that’s made with layers of sponge cake, custard, fruit, and cream.  In other words it’s very similar to a parfait meaning that it’s layers of cake, fruit, and cream.

Trifles can be single serve like your parfaits or they can be done in a large trifle bowl.  Either way they look elegant and of course are delicious.  They really impress your friends and family!

I prefer individual trifles specially you’ve your serving it to company.  Packaged in clear individual cups, by the way you can use clear plastic cups for large dinner parties, they look very impressive.

Although it looks impressive they are pretty simple to make.  Seriously you can use store bought cake, berries, and whipped cream!  But I prefer to use my homemade Madelienes, homemade Mascarpone Cream (recipe below), Riesling Marinated Strawberries, topped with whipped cream (homemade or store bought).  All my ingredients, except homemade whipped cream, can be made in advance so all you have to do just before serving is to put everything together.

My Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifles are a family favorite.  It’s also a go to when we have dinner guests over, everyone loves them!  But before you can put them together gather your ingredients and put it all together just before serving, you don’t want the cake part too soggy.

Ingredients:

Lady Fingers, Madelienes (Click here for my recipe), Sponge Cake, or Pound Cake – you can use any of these cakes; store bought or home made.

Mascarpone Cream (recipe below)

Riesling Marinated Strawberries (Click here for my recipe)

Whipped Cream (homemade or store bought)

Fresh Mint Leaf for garnish if you want

Directions:

Cut Lady Fingers or Madelienes in halves width wise or if using cakes cut them into cubes.

Place 2-3 pieces of the cake you are using into a wine glass or clear plastic tumbler.

Place a Tablespoon of Mascarpone Cream on top of the cake.

Spoon about a Tablespoon of Marinated Strawberries over the cream, make sure you spoon enough of the liquid so that it gets to the cake at the bottom.

Repeat with another each layer of cake, Mascarpone Cream, and Marinated Strawberries.

Top with whipped cream, place one or two slices of Marinated strawberries or a slice of Lady Finger or Madeliene on top of whipped cream.

Drizzle with some of the liquid from the strawberry marinade.  Add a mint leaf if desired for garnish.

Mascarpone Cream

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Mascarpone Chease

1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 Cup Sugar

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Whip until soft peaks form.

Refrigerate  until ready to use.

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Riesling Wine Marinated Strawberries

Riesling Wine Marinated Strawberries

Looking for something to up your desserts?  These Riesling Wine Marinated Strawberries are just the thing!  Not only are they delicious but they’ll make even a store bought frozen pound cake look gourmet.  It adds sophistication to a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream too.  Seriously, these strawberries will make just about any dessert look like you spent all day in the kitchen.

Summer is strawberry season so you’ll have no problem finding cartons of strawberries at very reasonable prices.  I make these strawberries many time every summer.  I store them in my fridge and use them to spruce up desserts.  A batch will keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days; and the longer the berries are steeped in the wine marinade the tastier they’ll be.  But do toss them out if the berries start to look brown and wrinkled, that is if you can keep them long enough for that to happen.

The best part of making these strawberries is that it is so easy!  So make a batch today!

Ingredients:

1 Basket of Fresh Ripe Strawberries – cleaned, hulled, and sliced

2 Cups Riesling Wine

2 Cups Sugar

1 Vanilla bean

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Directions:

Place wine and sugar into a saucepan.

Slit vanilla bean lengthwise and scrap some of the inside into the wine mixture then place the bean in the pot.

Bring pot to boil then lower heat.

Simmer the wine mixture in the pot until the liquid is reduced by 1/3.  Syrup will be thin not thick.

Remove from heat and remove vanilla bean.  You can save the bean to use later for something else.

Let syrup cool to room temperature.

Place sliced strawberries into your container, I use a Mason Jar, then pour syrup into the jar.

Let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour before using to top desserts.  Marinated strawberries will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Use these Riesling Wine Marinated Strawberries to top ice cream, lady fingers, pound cake, sponge cake or you favorite dessert.  Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a mint leaf and you’ve got a sophisticated looking dessert.

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Vegan Rice Krispy Treats

Vegan Rice Krispy Treats

When you’ve got someone in your household that is allergic to dairy, eggs, and nuts finding treats for them can be very challenging.  Most ready made snacks contain at least one or more of these allergens or are made in a facility that uses these ingredients.  So really the best solution is to make homemade snacks, that way you know they’re allergen free.  That’s pretty much what we do for my grandson Jett.  And one of his favorite snacks are Vegan Rice Krispy Treats.

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We used to make a vegan and non-vegan versions of the same snacks, but that just got too tedious.  Then we discovered that the other kids will happily eat the Vegan Rice Krispy Treats so we just started making the vegan version.

Really you can convert most of your recipes into a vegan version, just find substitutes for animal products.  The hardest thing to sub in my opinion are eggs, but since the original recipe for rice krispy treats don’t require eggs any way Vegan Rice Krispy Treats are the perfect choice to start with.

The recipe for these treats have just 3 ingredients rice krispy cereal, marshmallows, and butter.  Easy enough to substitute right?  Well it should be as long as you can get your hands on vegan marshmallows.  What?  You thought marshmallows were already vegan?  Surely you jest!

First of all one of the ingredients in marshmallows is gelatin, and gelatin is an animal product.  Don’t ask me to go into details, but if you don’t believe me ask Siri or Alexa.  Anyway there are vegan marshmallows in the market, you just got to find some!  The most popular ones seem to be Dandies Vegan Marshmallows, we use the mini ones for Vegan Rice Krispy Treats, I find they melt better and faster than regular sized marshmallows.

Ok we got the vegan marshmallows now we need to find a substitute for the butter, now butter is definitely an animal product, but you knew that right?  There are several brands to choose from, we use Earth Balance.

Now that’s 2 out of 3 we got substitutes for, now for the good news.  Rice Krispy cereal is Vegan!  Yaaay!  We’re ready to roll!

What you need to make Vegan Rice Krispy Treats:

3 Tbs Earth Balance Buttery Spread or any brand of Vegan Butter

4 Cups Vegan Marshmallows

6 Cups Rice Krispy Cereal

And here’s how to make your Vegan Rice Krispy Treats

Melt butter in a large pot over low heat

Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted

Remove from heat and stir in cereal

Spread evenly in to a 9×13 pan that’s been coated with your vegan butter

Let cool then cut into squares

Store left overs in air tight containers

Did you know that there are seasonal Rice Krispy cereals?  Yes there are!  It’s the same cereal, they just mix in seasonal colors like red and green kernels for Christmas.  So if  you’re making holiday treats look out for the seasonal cereals to make your Vegan Rice Krispy Treats more fun!

14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes

14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes

Christmas is yearly Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth. In Philippines, the majority of the population is Roman Catholic Christians that why Christmas is so important and needs to celebrate at least once a year. This is the time where people of all ages sing a Christmas song in every house they drop-in, we call in “CAROLING” after the song, the resident in the house will give them treats or money, that’s our way of expressing Christmas cause Christmas here in Philippines is Giving, no matter what, you have to give cause we believe that Christmas is Giving.

We celebrate Christmas every December 25th of the year so we will have our we call it “Noche Buena” or A midnight Meal ready to go. We have lots and lots of Noche Buena Recipes to Enjoy but for now, I will going to give you our 14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes since Christmas is near to come.

 

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Unlike any other spaghetti recipe, Filipino Style Spaghetti is quite different and simple, no herbs and no other spices and a little bit sweet cause it is really cooked specially for kids. Best for Noche Buena.

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Tupig Filipino Recipe!!!

Oh, I love this Tupig! It’s super yummy mouth-watering made from glutinous rice.

Tupig Filipino Recipe!!!

Gulaman – Gelatin in Coconut Milk Recipe!!!

This is a perfect desert for Noche Buena. Superb!

Gulaman – Gelatin in Coconut Milk Recipe!!!

Paksiw na Pata (Pork Stew in Vinegar and Soy Sauce) Recipe!!!

This is a main dish during Noche Buena, it’s one of the Filipino Signature Dish that every Filipino loves.

Paksiw na Pata (Pork Stew in Vinegar and Soy Sauce) Recipe!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Macaroni Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

I want more and more of this dessert dish is perfect for Noche Buena desert and snack.

Macaroni Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Pork Embutido – Filipino Style Meatloaf

What I like about this dish is the balance of sweetness and saltiness, I really like the taste of it.

Pork Embutido – Filipino Style Meatloaf

Beef Morcon (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Morcon, a meat roll stuffed with sausage, veggies, and egg, is a popular Filipino dish usually served on special occasions like Christmas. I also love this wonderful dish!

Beef Morcon (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Suman Malagkit (Sticky Rice Roll in Banana Leaves) Recipe!!!

I also love this Sticky rice, with its balance sweetness and stickiness, you going to love this too.

Suman Malagkit (Sticky Rice Roll in Banana Leaves) Recipe!!!

Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding) Filipino Recipe

This Filipino dessert is made with cornstarch, coconut milk, and sugar.  It is also called Coconut Pudding.   This luscious dessert is easy to make using common ingredients. Perfect for Christmas occasion.

Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding ) Filipino Recipe

Merienda Series – Bibingka Galapong

You will love this Bibingka, The smell is terrific and the taste is fantastic! LOVED IT!

Merienda Series – Bibingka Galapong

Puto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)

A little bit of sweetness, soft and fluffy YUMMY!

Puto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe!!!

MY OH MY OH! THIS IS HEAVEN! I TELL YOU, HEAVEN!!!!

 

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe!!!

Hamonada or Hamon (Homemade Ham) Filipino Style Recipe!!!

And last but not the least; Noche Buena is not perfect without a Hamonada in the Table. Tender and Juicy, mouth-watering Main Dish for Christmas.

Hamonada or Hamon (Homemade Ham) Filipino Style Recipe!!!


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Round-Up Filipino Signature Candies

Round-Up Filipino Signature Candies

Philippines is one of the countries that consumed sweets to a high level, we love sweets, any kind, from main dish to dessert, I guess that the reason why Diabetes is one of the common illness here in Philippines. Even our spaghetti is sweet, we have lots of sweet dishes that will leave your mind questions. When you go to Philippines? Sweets everywhere.

We have different kinds of candies here, name it and we have it here. From well-known candies to exotic candies like worm candy, yes, its really a worm that gets dried and cooked with sugar, lots of lots of sugar, but for now we will have the basics.

Today I’m going to give you 5 Famous Signature Filipino Candy Recipes:

 

Panutsa (Peanut Brittle) Recipe!!!

This is A sweet peanut candy made straight from the Philippines. I really love this sweet peanut candy. This is my favorite candy ever!

Panutsa (Peanut Brittle) Recipe!!!

Ice Candy – Different Flavors Recipe!!!

I love this candy, this is very famous here in Philippines cause it can make you relax under the heat of the sun and is a healthy snack.

Ice Candy – Different Flavors Recipe!!!

Sampalok Candy (Tamarind Candy) Recipe!

What I like with this candy is, it’s sour and sour. I love eating tamarind all the time.

Sampalok Candy (Tamarind Candy) Recipe!

Macapuno Balls Recipe

It’s a Macapuno Candy that smells and taste so good, it taste like a coconut but it has a little difference, I like it!

Macapuno Balls Recipe

 

And last but not the least, our famous signature candy Dish:

 

Yema Filipino Recipe!!!

This is one of my favorite candy, When I chew one of it, I felt like I’m in the middle of the clouds tasting one of God’s Delicious creations. HEAVEN!

Yema Filipino Recipe!!!


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