Spring Break Snacks: On-the-Go or In-the-Home

Perfect for the beach, the car or the couch

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When Spring Break is in full swing you might find yourself with the daunting task of entertaining children of various ages for an entire week. This might mean that your family is enjoying a few uninterrupted days of relaxation during a “stay-cation,” or maybe you’re hitting the road for the beach or the mountains. Either way, you’ll need to find ways to keep your kids happy and fed, so why not find a way to do both?

Creative Spring Break snacks are the perfect way to occupy idle hands in the kitchen, or satisfy cravings on long road trips. From simple to savory, these snacks will feed the troops and fuel the fun.

On The Road: The days of fast food stops are long behind us. We have more opportunities to create our own road trip recipes, especially with kid-friendly dishes the whole family can create. After you pile your family into the car for your annual Florida trip, drive right past the gas station snacks and try out some of these homemade treats instead.

Sweet Popcorn Snax
On a long car ride, food is one of the best ways to keep minds distracted, hands busy and mouths occupied. This Sweet Popcorn Snax recipe from Clabber Girl’s kitchen is a lip-smacking, savory combination of sweet and salty.

Ingredients:
10 cups popped corn (not microwaved) 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup corn syrup 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:
In a large bowl, mix together the popped corn and peanuts. In a saucepan melt the butter; stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Boil for another 3 minutes; remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour mixture over popcorn and nuts, stirring to coat evenly. Spread mixture in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 250 degrees F. for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and cool on wax paper or aluminum foil.

Whoopie Pies (Gluten Free!)
These soft mini cakes with creamy vanilla buttermilk filling can halt any backseat argument. Quell repetitive chants of “Are we there yet?” with a delicious car ride cake that is sure to please palates of all ages.

Ingredients:
For the whoopie cakes:
1 1/4 cup rice flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder, dutched
2/3 cup tapioca starch
1 tablespoon xanthan gum-optional*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

For the filling:
8 tablespoons butter
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 teaspoons vanilla
2-3 tablespoons milk
Instructions

In the Kitchen: If your family is staying put this Spring Break, kitchen activities are a great way to occupy kids of all ages. Cooking brings your family together, laughing over culinary concoctions that teach teamwork and creativity, along with reading and math skills.

Maple Granola Bars
It’s no secret that granola bars are an essential for school lunches and soccer practice snacks. But that doesn’t mean they have to be packaged! Try these fresh, sweet and homemade granola bars. They put store-bought granola to shame.

Chewy High Protein Carb-Busters Candy
Got a house full of high-energy teenage boys that need some wrangling this Spring Break? Put them to work in the kitchen making these healthy, yet tasty, high protein candy treats. An ideal snack for growing boys, these nuggets are chocked full of honey, nuts, cumin, chili powder and other delicious raw ingredients that wow the taste buds and boost the immune system.

Ingredients:
2/3 cup honey
2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal, plain and unsweetened- any puffed grain cereal may be substituted*
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup roasted nuts-almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews or a combination
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon allspice
pinch of salt
Instructions

Whether you’re home or away this Spring Break, we know one thing… it’s bound to be sweet!

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Spring Inspired Recipes for Easter and Passover

8 Old-and-New Recipes for Easter and Passover Celebrations

Crunchy pie crust covered with a light creamy sweet sauce topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and kiwi.

The sun is out. The grass is creeping back into greenness. The air has that maybe-rain-maybe-not feel. Perhaps you spotted a crocus or two, already. It’s positively springy outside, and yet it is still hard to believe that Passover and Easter are mere weeks away.

 

It’s probably fair to say that we’re all in need of a fresh start or two. While our traditions keep us grounded, the winds of change stir around us. Every day is a new day, and this is the time of year for taking a deep breath and beginning anew just as much as it is a time for celebrating old traditions with our loved ones. So, lean into our old friend sunshine, and look forward to bright days.

 

If you’re looking forward and see an unplanned holiday meal in your future, don’t fret! There is time yet to stop, smell the daffodils, and dream up the foods you’ll be sharing with family and friends this season. Here are some recipes to honor the old and celebrate the new.

 

  1. Don’t know what bread to make Easter Sunday? If you have a little extra time, these oniony Challah Dough Bialy Rolls are sure to be a winner for Easter, and you can prepare the dough the night before. On the other hand, if you’re preparing for Passover, making these rolls the week before is a good way to use up any yeast.
  2. Serving something other than a sit-down dinner? This Matzoh Caramel Buttercrunch is perfectly easy finger food—and totally addictive. Never bought matzoh? You can find it this time of year in most grocery stores.
  3. If you’re looking for a Passover-appropriate cake recipe, try Grandma’s Passover Sponge Cake. Light, lemony, and sweet, it’s also perfect for a springy Easer brunch, and lovely with fresh strawberries.
  4. If you have a smaller party to feed, or if you’re contributing to a potluck, it’s difficult to beat quiche. This Golden Asparagus Matzoh Brei Quiche combines classic with innovation. What says “spring” more than fresh asparagus and egg?
  5. Colorful, bright, and sweet: what more could you want in an Easter dish? The best thing about this Fresh Fruit Pizza is that you can make most of it ahead of time. Plus, new, seasonal fruit will be entering the market any day now—if it hasn’t already.
  6. Lamb is traditional, for both Easter and Passover—but if leg-of-lamb is a bit much, try these Mediterranean Lamb Kebobs, instead. It’s tradition with flare, and the jalapeno-mint dipping sauce is enough to kick anyone into springtime.
  7. Mushrooms are a great spring food. This Mushroom Onion Kugel is a tasty traditional side to have on your celebratory spring table.
  8. And, of course, there are always biscuits! The richness of chicken stock, cream cheese and cheddar is balanced with bright green herbs in these Parsley Biscuits. It’s a great way to bring freshness to a classic comfort food for your Easter brunch.

 

Whether you’re preparing for a traditional Seder, a casual Easter brunch, a cozy potluck or a springtime dinner, try one of these recipes—or more—to complement your celebration. Here’s to a little old and a little new: may your springtime awakening bring you plenty of love and fresh air. Huzzah for new beginnings!

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Spring: Invite the Unexpected

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Open your door: Spring is knocking

Well, don’t literally open your door, because winter is still throwing its tantrums outside. Winter will not get its way, however, and spring—sweet, green spring—is a matter of weeks away. What you may want to open up is your pantry door. With spring comes a host of new flavors, from first crops to international novelties, and possibilities for fresh beginnings are blossoming. Comfort food will always have its place, but it’s time to sweep clean the hearth and take a few steps out of the comfort zone.

Enter into a world of flavor fusion. With our markets globalizing and local crops beginning to make their first appearances, spring is the perfect time to blend home-cooked with far-from-home flavors. We’re not in Kansas, anymore. Sunshine inspires homemade cold treats, like lemon-thyme sorbet, mango ice-cream with hot chilies or strawberry gelato with balsamic vinegar and basil. Matcha green tea will go nicely in frozen yogurt with orange, walnuts, and ginseng.

It’s true that our taste buds are changing. We’re more aware of other flavors, and it’s time to take them on a few adventures. Brussels sprouts used to be something our grandparents force-fed us, but no longer. Now, we roast them over fire with curry and cashews. Let’s season our almonds with North African za-atar, or pickle watermelon rinds with citrus and ginger. Modify our pineapple upside down cake to make it far more interesting with jack fruit and local buckwheat honey.

Our options have multiplied, and with them the many culinary roads we may take. Spring is a time for blazing trails. Chocolate and hazelnuts now host garden parties with cinnamon and chili. All the things we adore about raw honey, the way it tastes swirled with almond butter, why don’t we see how those things go with protein-dense Greek yogurt? Or how about we try making homemade palm-sugar syrup to drizzle over avocado mousse? This blueberry-lavender cupcake would be lovely garnished with toasted aniseed and sugared pansies. Perhaps we’ll add a little soy sauce to our chocolate soufflé.

Chili and Chocolate

Chili and Chocolate

It’s time to open our eyes to the potential of spring. Crocuses are sending up their shoots, and it’s our turn to stretch out our feelers for a little sunshine. Try growing your own bean sprouts, perhaps—they’ll be great in a salad of arugula, cilantro, and pequin peppers. Toss together figs, goat cheese, and fenugreek for your flatbread. Combine curly parsley, red beets, carrot juice, sweet peas…why yes, we’re making a chocolate cake. If it is fresh, if it is bold, if it is tasty, then why not?

So go ahead: open your door. See what your local farmers are producing, meet the apiary owner down the street, and till up a little soil of your own. Then, go find what you haven’t tried before, and try it. Local and global both have a place in our kitchens, just as clean, healthy food can make our taste buds sing. Our minds are opening as consumers, and our hearts are opening as creators, friends, and tasters. It’s time to shake the dust out of our curtains and let some air in—spring is here. Let’s eat.

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Soup and Bread

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Happily Ever After: The Perfect Pairing of Soup and Bread

Nothing is more comforting than a thick soup and warm bread, especially when you’re sitting at the window watching the temperature outside drop lower and lower. Now, some people may think that any old broth and bread will do, but those of us with refined palates know better. Sipping bone broth steeped with herbs has become more ritualistic, like coffee in the morning or tea in the afternoon. Broth has been around for centuries, but usually as a stock for soup. Recently it’s made its way into the spotlight, as a focal point instead of a base ingredient. Partnering the right soup or broth with perfect bread is more than a meal; it’ an art form.

Soup and bread are such a satisfying pair. Together they fill up your belly with warmth and comfort, chasing away the cold from your bones. Delicious apart, they become a filling, savory meal together. Try out a few of these delectable recipes and let us know your favorite!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Focaccia
Your mouth will water just thinking about this dish. It’s a partnership rooted in perfection. The roasting brings out the natural sweet and nutty flavor of the squash, while the warm dough and hint of olive oil brings out the satisfying chewiness in the focaccia.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients:
3 pounds roasted butternut squash
1 pound hot Italian sausage
2 red bell peppers (medium diced)
1 large red onion (julienne)
1/2 cup cold water with 2 tsp. Clabber Girl Cornstarch
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Tomato Soup and Tuscan Bread
Nothing heats up a cold day like tomato soup. The aroma alone can transfer you right back into grandma’s kitchen. Pairing this traditional favorite with a crispy slice of toasted Tuscan bread will warm you up inside and out. This is the perfect soup and bread combo for your next Meatless Monday!

Tomato soup doesn’t have to just be for lunch or dinner. Believe it or not, it’s a delectable ingredient in an unlikely place – cake! Don’t believe us? Try Clabber Girl’s Tomato Soup Cake. This tender, rich cake blends cinnamon, nutmeg and tomato soup to create a moist, spice-cake flavor.

Cowboy Stew and Mexican Cornbread
Bring the heat of the Southwest right into your living room with this savory soup and bread combo. Marinated steak gives the Cowboy Stew its hearty flavor, but the Mexican Cornbread really ignites this pairing. Best of all it’s incredibly easy to make. You can bring this dish to your dinner table and still have time to kick your feet up and watch the fire.

Mexican Cornbread Ingredients:
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. cornmeal (yellow)
1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1 c. milk
1/3 c. mild or hot sliced jalapeno peppers (optional)
1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg (beaten)
1 can mexicorn (11 oz.)
1 1/2 c. grated Colby Jack cheese
4 oz. cream cheese
Instructions

Old Fashioned Down Home Potato Soup and Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
This is a cozy in, get under the covers and put on a good movie type of meal. A warm bowl of this rich, cheesy potato and cream concoction is a home-cooked favorite. We don’t know which is better – the way the garlic cheddar biscuits smell or taste. What we do know, is that they are bursting with flavor. The rustic appearance gives them an extra texture that is perfect for dipping in a creamy bowl of potato soup. Serve the soup with bacon and scallions and throw a handful in the biscuits too, to marry the flavors.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuit Ingredients
2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
3/4 tsp. garlic powder (divided)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. shortening
1 c. buttermilk
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. melted butter
Instructions

Take “made from scratch” to a whole new level by making your own stock or give your soup an extra boost of flavor with a herb sachet. No matter which soup and bread combo you choose, one thing is for certain—this meal is bound to bring a little extra warmth to your kitchen!

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Free Your Chocolate

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All About That…Box? 7 Recipes to Free Your Chocolate

We’re two weeks into February, and the time has come yet again: Valentine’s Day is upon us. Cupid lets fly his arrows, and meanwhile everyone else lets fly their opinions of the holiday. Discussions of Valentine’s Day are, perhaps appropriately, seething with words of passion—even those who do not “love” or “hate” the day seem to invoke their apathy toward it with an adamant sort of stoicism. Regardless, winter has dragged us to the very precipice of spring madness, and as the days grow longer, we are called to celebrate all the love in our lives. Amid the roses, champagne, pink hearts and stuffed animals, all the kitsch and cliché associated with February 14th, one traditional treat stands head and shoulders above the crowd: chocolate.

What is it about chocolate that feeds the soul? Watch any channel, any time of year, and chances are you’ll encounter at least one commercial featuring a woman nibbling sensuously on a glossy square, a backdrop of red velvet and melted chocolate weaving an ambience of indulgence behind her. Women love chocolate, or so they say, and as such expect that quaint heart-shaped box come Valentine’s Day. The box is nice, but this narrative is too simple. A soul cannot thrive in a box.

Chocolate is so much more than an affectionate gift—it is a global power. One can taste cacao from Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia… from tannin-rich and earthy to bright and fruity, chocolate presents a vast spectrum of flavors that open international doors. Let’s take chocolate out of its box for a moment. The entire world is having an affair with chocolate, and on Valentine’s Day, there is even more of an excuse to feel the love, regardless of where you fall on the love-hate scale.

Chocolate is a comfort when sweet, a pick-me-up when dark, a bit of both when spiced. We’ll take any opportunity to become more intimate with chocolate and Valentine’s Day is just one of those opportunities. By all means, enjoy your boxed chocolate, but don’t stop there, for your soul’s sake.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, either to share with a loved one or to hoard, dragon-like, for yourself, here are seven sweet recipes to get you started on the path to freeing your chocolate. Enjoy a piece of chocolate as you read, keeping in mind that these ideas are just a fraction of chocolate’s potential. February 14th, or any other day when you’re feeling the love, know that the options are limitless when it comes to rich chocolate dessert—no box required.

  1. Add a little extra decadence to fudgy brownies with a rich chocolate frosting. Go ahead and lick the spoon, an experience denied you by prepackaged chocolates. No box, no regrets.
  2. Decorate your chocolate layer cake with fancy chocolate swirls and twirls, should you desire to impress. Fancy not in your box of tricks? Simply run a vegetable peeler or paring knife across the thin edge of a bar of your favorite chocolate, at room temperature, to get curls to garnish instead. Go crazy and use flavored chocolate or a combination of light and dark chocolate. If you dare.
  3. Speaking of various chocolates, these cookies are made with both dark chocolate and white chocolate, for a bit of contrast and an extra level of sweetness. Who says you need to limit yourself to one shade, or fifty shades, of chocolate?
  4. It’s possible to provide a classic sort of treat without a box. If you’re feeling adventurous, take your cookie to the next level and make it a whoopie pie. Far better than the purchased version, these match comfort with creativity.
  5. On the other hand, if your passion for chocolate is so great that you can’t wait until dessert to dig in, consider breakfast in bed, instead. Nothing says “good morning” like double chocolate raspberry muffins. Just try to fit these into a box. If you do, ship them to someone who might like a chocolaty breakfast in bed.
  6. And, while we’re on the subject of raspberries, these holiday pancakes from The Baker Chick are equal parts adorable and delicious. Heart-shaped, sans the heart-shaped container.
  7. But if you’re more of a waffles kind of person, we’ve got those for you, too! Top with homemade whipped cream and strawberries for the kind of fresh, irresistible sweetness and warmth you could never get from something pre-packaged.
     
    Valentine’s Day is not for all, but chocolate is certainly for most. If these desserts don’t light your fire, open the box even wider. Go sweet and salty and add coarse flakes of sea salt, caramel, or peanut butter to a chocolate recipe. Get cozy with a mug of homemade bittersweet hot chocolate spiced with chilies, perfect to have alongside any of these recipes. Or, go completely savory and make a chocolate mole to slather over corn tortillas and marinated chicken. In the end, Valentine’s Day is exactly what you make it; don’t limit your love, and certainly don’t limit your love of chocolate. Get out of the box, and take your chocolate with you. Your soul deserves it.
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Beat the Winter Blues

 

Beat the Winter Blues with Baking

When the temperature hits single digits and the snow piles up, where are many people likely to spend their days? Under the covers hibernating, of course!

Here at Clabber Girl we think there are better ways to spend the winter days. Sure the sun sets earlier and the wind chill is absurdly low, but that doesn’t mean you have to hunker down and disappear. There are plenty of warm and cozy ways to enjoy these colder months. Want to beat the winter blues? It’s time to get baking.

Host a Brunch Party
Move over breakfast! Get out of the way lunch! Make way for the newest craze in group dining – brunch! This melding of meals has risen to new and creative heights. Hosting brunch is a fabulous way to stay social during the cold winter months. Invite your friends over for a casual and cozy early afternoon brunch. Let the festivities start by gathering your nearest and dearest around these amazing Banana Crunch Streusel Muffins:

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons Davis Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Instructions

Throw a Game Night
Nothing heats up the cold winter nights like the fire of friendly competition. Game nights are a great way to get friends and families together to relax and reconnect. Even though the games take center stage, the menu is just as important. You’ll likely have a variety of tastes and preferences, so to be sure that the pickiest eaters are satisfied will take a little planning. Finger foods are best, as people tend to graze during these kinds of social events. Clabber Girl’s mouth-watering Polish Sausage Appetizer is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. For your vegetarian friends, pairing up crisp fresh veggies with this Red Beet Hummus dish is sure to delight.

Get the Girls Over
Time flies, especially during the winter months when the days are shorter and our calendars more packed with holidays and family responsibilities. One of the best ways to beat the winter blues is to kick the menfolk out and gather your best girlfriends for a night of cocktails, food and friendship. You can sample different wines or beers, cleansing your palate with these warm and chewy Bagel Dough Soft Pretzels. Or, if you’re trying to keep your waistline in check, nibble on a few of these Healthy Orange Noshers instead.

Okay, so the weather outside may, in fact, be frightful, but that doesn’t mean that life during winter can’t be delightful. With the right attitude, you can build lasting memories surrounded by friends and the savory scents of cozy comfort foods.

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Five Twists on Carrot Cake

With a food holiday almost every day of the year, there is always a reason to get in the kitchen and bake. Today is no different—happy National Carrot Cake Day!  There are so many variations of carrot cake. Do you add coconut, pineapple or raisins? Or are you a purist that sticks with the classic carrot and spice? Or maybe you’re still trying to decide? If so, here are five of our favorite carrot cake recipes with a twist.

Try adding apples into your carrot bread. Fruit and veggies in one sweet treat. That makes it healthy, right? Or sweeten the deal with a little Dulce de leche. Have you ever tried having cream-cheese filled sandwiches for dessert?

Practice your fancy frosting skills and pipe fluffy cream cheese goodness onto these kid-friendly, nut-free cupcakes or be the supermom of the basketball team by bringing cake to practice.

There is only one official carrot cake day, but this delicious spiced cake is always in season. For even more carrot cake recipes to last all year long, visit our recipe database.

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Big Game Bites

 

Getting ready for the big game? There are three essential tips for an unforgettable indoor tailgate – good game, clever commercials and fantastic food. Now, we can’t guarantee everyone a good game, especially with this year’s exciting lineup, nor can we assure you that every one of those infamous commercials will be worth the millions.

The food, however, that’s a different story.

Traditional football finger foods like wings, veggies and meatballs, will always make their way to a Super party. But if you really want to amp up the energy, make some creative choices with your game day menu. Think of your football party snacks as another form of décor and make try out regional recipes of iconic foods from the teams’ hometowns. With the right food, you can capture the sights, smells and culture of Boston and Seattle, creating an awe-inspiring spread that will take center stage.

Pass around some Oysters during Half-Time

Oysters are a part of New England history. In Colonial days they were boiled, scalloped or steamed, and sometimes even roasted over an open fire. Raw and natural, oysters on the half shell taste just like the ocean – fresh, cold and glistening.

Many people pair raw oysters with crackers, but we discovered that these sea-water delicacies taste even better with a thick slice of Clabber Girl’s focaccia bread recipe!

Cheering for Boston? Try a Super Bowl of Clam Chowder

Few things say “Patriots” like a hearty bowl of thick, creamy soup. In true Boston style, serve up a traditional New England Clam Chowder that is creamy and savory.  Trying to cater to a variety of tastes? Try this veggie chowder version in addition to the traditional Boston style!

Seattle fan? Sink your teach into these SpaceNeedle Coffee Cookies

Not only is Seattle home to the Seahawks, but it’s also home to the largest clustering of coffee houses in the country. Home to Starbucks and Seattle’s Best, no Seahawk party is complete without a shot of caffeine. Keep the energy up for the post-half-time lull with these bold and rich coffee drop cookies:

Ingredients:

1 c. shortening (butter)
2 c. light brown sugar (firmly packed)
2 eggs
3 c. sifted flour
3 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. seedless raisins (cut)
1 c. coffee (cold and strong)

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cream shortening (butter), add sugar gradually, creaming until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder, cinnamon, and salt together. Add raisins, mix well. Add to creamed mixture alternately with the coffee, beating until smooth. Drop by teaspoonfuls on a greased baking sheet and bake in a moderate oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

 

Take a bite of a Mount Rainier Cherry Cheesecake

There is something special about the flavor of Seattle Rainier cherries. They are juicy and complex, and sometimes carry a slightly bittersweet hint. Using Rainier Cherries turns this cherry cheesecake recipe into a tangy, rich and rapturously delicious dessert.

 

If you want more than just traditional finger foods for game day, fuel up with these signature dishes that are savory and succulent. Using traditional foods from the teams’ hometowns will boost your fandom, and your hosting reputation, to the next level. These mouth-watering munchies will ensure your guests agree that your food scored big.

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Exciting Sweet and Savory Combinations

 

Doughnut Burger.

(Do we even need to say more?)

2014 saw an explosion of sweet and savory combinations like chicken and waffles and chocolate-covered potato chips; how can we ever top those?

Believe it or not, 2015 is set to get even more flavorful.

Sweet and savory conversions are so delectable because they intrigue our complex taste buds. You may already know that the human tongue contains more than

10,000 taste buds, but did you also know that each individual bud contains 50-100 taste receptors? On top of that, each one of those is primed for a specific taste –salty, sweet, bitter and sour.

There’s no denying it – we were made to love food.

With all those taste buds in close proximity, the combination of salty and sweet excites us on a chemical level. That’s why these sweet and savory conversions have become so popular (not to mention they are as much fun to eat as they are to make).

Want to give some of these creative recipes a try in your own kitchen, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are four simple recipes you can try at home.

Strawberry & Chicken Pizza

On your family’s next pizza night, ditch the delivery and try out this explosive sweet and savory conversion – strawberries, chicken, onions and bacon – all on one savory slice of homemade pizza. Clabber Girl even has the perfect quick and easy recipe to make your own dough:

Ingredients:

2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. granulated sugar

2 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder

1 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 c. water

Instructions: In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment; whisk together flour, salt, sugar, and Clabber Girl Baking Powder. Add the olive oil, water and combine ingredients with mixer machine set on low speed. Increase speed to medium and kneed for 3 to 4 minutes until dough is smooth. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll the dough to the desired circumference. Bake dough for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Brussels Sprouts and Honey

Sautéing your root vegetables with a few tablespoons of honey adds a gust of subtle sweetness that doesn’t overpower the flavor. The natural juiciness of fresh Brussels sprouts comes to life when paired with honey or agave. It’s a perfect side dish for chicken or fish, and pairs nicely with this flaky and tangy Grilled Pineapple and Rosemary Salmon recipe.

Apple and Cheddar Bread

Just about everything tastes better when you add a little cheese, so why not apples? The bitter sweetness of a ripened apple perfectly complements the bold flavor of sharp cheddar. Top your next slice of apple pie with a sprinkle of cheese or add a cupful to this rich apple bread.

Doughnut Burger

You didn’t think we forgot, did you? It sounds crazy, but trust us – it’s amazing! Add a whole new level to your turkey, beef or even veggie burgers by replacing the bun with sticky sweet glazed doughnuts. Clabber Girl’s Orange Glazed Doughnut recipe is the perfect partner for this savory-sweet combo.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. Keep your taste buds guessing and you’ll also keep your friends and family begging for more.

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Baking Better Bread

 

Bread – it’s one of our most beloved foods. It’s the perfect companion to almost any recipe and it has its familiar spot on just about every table. We can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anything in between. We use the dough in cakes, muffins, loaves and more. We do more than just eat bread; we use it as a means to gather and share. We break bread together.

That means we can also bake bread together.

Most people buy bread in the store or at a bakery, but, believe it or not, you can have the savory smell of baking bread to waft through your own house without slaving for hours in the kitchen. There are three main categories of breads you bake at home:

Yeast-raised dough: The yeast is used as the leavening agent, taking several hours and several stages to help the dough rise. Buns, rolls and breads are all common yeast-rising recipes.

Laminated breads: Bakers will get a forearm workout with all the flipping and folding involved with this type of dough. Flaky, puffy dough is used to create mouth-watering desserts like baklava, strudel and spanakopita.

Quick breads: These recipes span a landscape of baked goods – from biscuits to scones, muffins to loaves. They called “quick” because they must be cooked right after the ingredients are mixed. They don’t use yeast or eggs to rise.

Since we’re looking for a way to make nutritious homemade bread in a short time, let’s rule yeasts and laminates out. For the novice baker or someone who wants to squeeze homemade dumplings into an already busy day, quick breads are the way to go. Typical quick bread ingredients include:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk or warm water
  • Salt and sugar (depending on the result – donuts or scones might call for more sweet)
  • A leavening agent, such as Clabber Girl baking powder
  • Butter or vegetable oil
  • Sometimes eggs

Proportions all vary depending on the type of bread you’re baking. In order to bake bread that comes out moist and flavorful from crust to crumb, you need to learn how these raw ingredients work together.

Biscuits

Everyone should know how to create fabulous light and fluffy biscuits. From breakfast to dinner, quick bread biscuits are moist and flavorful without being heavy. Plus, skipping the yeast step cuts down your prep time by hours so you can sleep in a little later.

Clabber Girl baking powder and cream of tartar make this flavorful biscuit recipe a total crowd pleaser.

Piecrusts

Get ready to say goodbye to store bought crusts for good. We may be biased, but we think homemade crusts make pies taste even better. This quick bread piecrust recipe bakes beautifully and is extra special – cream cheese makes for an unforgettable flavor.

Flatbreads

Homemade flatbread is an all-star dish, the perfect companion for pasta, soup, salads and more. It’s easy to get creative with the flavor; you can make it plain for the perfect BLT or heighten it up with spices and seasonings. Ditch the delivery by trying out this amazing onion flatbread recipe as the crust for your next pizza night.

Here at Clabber Girl we know for a fact – if you bake it, the family will come! Gather your loved ones around the table with a new dish from our online recipe box.

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