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The Best Nut-Free Baklava Ever

Recipe for the most delicious Nut-Free Baklava ever, made from phyllo dough, dried apricots, shredded coconut, and golden raisins.

What’s your favorite Middle Eastern pastry? Mine is baklava! Yep — a sweet pastry made with layers of phyllo dough, traditionally filled with chopped nuts, and soaked in a syrup containing honey, rosewater, or orange flower water.  Ours, however, is a nut-free baklava. Are you allergic to nuts? No problem!  You will be able to enjoy ours without fear.  Never tried a nut-free version version of baklava?  Go for it. This is the best nut-free baklava ever… In fact, the best that I have ever tasted so far — and I have tried many.

I call it ‘ours’ because it is being published on our blog. But the recipe actually is Lauren’s.

I met her for the first time at a bake sale organized by my friend Kirsten Bates. The event was held to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and half of the money was donated to Coastal Bend Food Bank and the other half to Houston Food Bank. Lauren, along with other generous ladies, brought many baked goodies to a city park.  Cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, donuts, and sweet popcorn among many other treats — including the infamous homemade nut-free baklava we are featuring today.

I am not kidding… After the first bite of that baklava, I bought almost all of the rest that they had left.  Each bite seemed like a delectable new discovery.   I brought all of them home to share with my husband and children — but shamelessly, I ate most of them. 😉

I simply could not stop eating them. This thing is ADDICTIVE!

I loved the baklava so much that I asked Lauren for the recipe.  She was kind enough not only to share the recipe with me, but also to make a batch specially for me.  Needless to say, Lauren became my new best friend! 🙂

Is it complicated to make? No! All we have to do is butter and fold in half a sheet of phyllo pastry dough, press into a glass baking pan, sprinkle a mixture of shredded coconut, dried apricots,  and golden raisins on top and repeat the process with remaining pastry sheets. Cut into 16 diamond shaped pieces, bake, and then pour syrup on top to soak.

And there you have it.  Any time you want to drink tea or coffee (with or without our homemade caramel pumpkin spice coffee creamer), pair it with this super delish nut-free baklava.

I hope you have been enjoy the baking season, with all the goodies and the warm, comforting flavors that it has to offer.

See ya!

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Recipe for the most delicious Nut-Free Baklava ever, made from phyllo dough, dried apricots, shredded coconut, and golden raisins.
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 10 x 7-inch glass pan (double recipe for a 13 x 9-inch).
  2. Place coconut, apricot and raisins in a food processor. Add sugar and cinnamon. Process until finely chopped. Mixture will be clumpy.
  3. Place pastry on clean work surface. Cover with a damp towel to prevent from drying out. Brush 1 sheet pastry with melted butter. Fold in half. Press into pan. Trim excess dough from edges to fit the side of the pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup coconut mixture evenly on top of pastry.
  4. Brush another sheet of pastry with melted butter and fold in half. Press into pan on top of the first layer. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons coconut mixture. Repeat process this process with remaining pastry sheets, butter, and 2 Tablespoons coconut mixture per layer, trimming edges as you go to fit the side of the pan.
  5. End layering with a pastry sheet buttered and folded in half. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the stacked layers of pastry into thirds lengthwise. Then cut crosswise diagonally to make 16 diamond-shaped pieces.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 F for about 10-15 more minutes or until golden brown. Note: fruit mixture will darken faster than pastry.
  7. While baklava is baking, make syrup. Place honey, cinnamon, orange rind, sugar and 2/3 cup cold water in sauce pan over medium-heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 5 minutes or until syrup is slightly thickened. Pour hot syrup over hot baklava. Cool in pan. Serve and enjoy!
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5-Ingredient Coffee Fudge Cups (Brigadeiro Mole de Café)

Coffee Fudge Cups (Brigadeiro Mole de Café) is a quick and comforting Brazilian dessert made with staple ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk, unsalted butter, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and heavy cream.

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The Day of the Dead is coming up.  In several western countries, especially Mexico, Central, and South America, it is a day to pray for and remember friends and family members who have departed. Food and beverages make up a vital part of the tradition. To celebrate this day, we have prepared  quick yet comforting and delicious Coffee Fudge Cups, known in Brazil as Brigadeiro Mole de Café.  It is truly one of those must-have treats!

Growing up in Brazil, I remember going to the cemeteries to visit my departed ancestors every November 2nd, which is a national public holiday there known as Dia de Finados in Portuguese, Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, or Day of the Dead in English.

This is the yearly date on the calendar that we honor their memory by bringing flowers and candles to their graves and tombs… as well as praying and singing hymns in favor of their souls.  In Brazil it is a sober gathering, charged with a feeling of deeply nostalgic longing (saudade).  Some would share a kind story about the departed, while others could not contain their tears.

Later on in the day, people usually attend a Catholic mass in honor of the dead, and afterwards eat one or more comforting dishes such as our Coffee Fudge Cups.  In contrast to some other Latin American countries, we don’t have a standard set of traditional foods to celebrate the date.  The dishes vary from person to person– whatever most speaks of comfort, remembrance, and celebration of a life well lived.  Mine has always been flavored brigadeiros, such as the one that we are sharing the recipe for today.

I do, however, remember coffee being a national staple– pretty much served in just about every household.  At my Grandma’s, who was of Portuguese descent, coffee would come accompanied by buttered, toasted French bread, eggs, a typical Northeast Brazilian cheese, coffee cakes, and sometimes a sweet treat such as caramel flan. At my Mom’s, chocolate or any related treat (e.g. brigadeiros) was the treat for the kids.  After all, children also need comfort on such an emotional day.

If you live in Mexico or the United States, you may be used to different traditions. After living in the U.S. for more than 15 years and having many Mexican friends, I came to understand both the differences and similarities of the day in those countries.

Although it is a public holiday both in Mexico and Brazil, in which we pray for and remember the dead, the differences are remarkable. The first notable difference starts with the dates. In Mexico it is a three-day event: On October 31 (All Hallows Eve), the children make a children’s altar to invite the spirits of departed children to return for a visit. On November 1 (All Saints Day), the adult spirits would supposedly pay a visit. On November 2 (All Souls Day), families decorate their relatives’ tombs in the cemetery.

Second, Dia de los Muertos in Mexico is a fiesta that includes building private altars using skulls, marigold flowers, tissue decorations, incense, the deceased’s possessions, and also their favorite food and beverages (bread of the dead, sugar skulls, fruits, nuts, etc).  It is not a somber event, but rather something to celebrate the beautiful life that the departed had — one of the reasons why it can even take a humorous tone as some remember funny events about the dead.

As you can see, different traditions to celebrate the same event… but both filled with love and memories of those who made our lives a magnificent event.

Well, Nestlé, beloved by many generations in Brazil, has long been a part of my life… producing ingredients that make this and many other events special. As my family and I gather to share great memories and honor our loved ones, we enjoy these delicious gluten-free Coffee Fudge Cups.

They are prepared on the stovetop with only 5 required ingredients — a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, unsalted butter, cocoa powder,  NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ Coffee  (100% pure coffee), and heavy whipping cream.

Believe it or not, our treat is cooked within 10 minutes.  All that one has to do is basically combine all the ingredients (except the heavy cream) in a pan, and stir constantly until until the mixture thickens and starts to peel away or show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with a wood spoon.

Then, the heavy cream is whisked in and the mixture is poured into cups. After cooling, our Coffee Fudge Cups are traditionally topped with chocolate sprinkles or alternatively, can be topped with chocolate chips such as NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (no artificial flavors or colors).

And here comes the final touch. Our table was adorned with BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups Skulls (no artificial flavors or colors) resembling the traditional sugar skulls– a mix of Brazilian and Mexican traditions.  That is why understanding and appreciation for different cultures makes life so much richer! 😉

I loved the convenience of being able to purchase all the products right from the Walmart. And so will you! The NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ Coffee is available in the Coffee aisle, the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels in the baking aisle, and the BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups Skulls in the seasonal/holiday aisle.

Well, what are your traditions? I would love to hear all about them, including your favorite food recipes to celebrate the date.

For my fellow Brazilians, may the day bring saudades of those who are no longer among us in the flesh… For my Mexican and Mexican-American friends, Happy Dia de los Muertos!

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Coffee Fudge Cups (Brigadeiro Mole de Café) is a quick and comforting Brazilian dessert made with 5 staples ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk, unsalted butter, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and heavy cream. 
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  1. Whisk the condensed milk, cocoa powder, and instant coffee together until obtaining a homogeneous mixture (without lumps of cocoa powder). Then, stir in the butter. Cook in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium-low to medium heat (large burner), stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to peel away or show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 5-8 minutes). The chocolate fudge mixture should be thick enough to show you the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again.
  2. Cook in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium-low to medium heat (large burner), stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to peel away or show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 5-8 minutes). The chocolate fudge mixture should be thick enough to show you the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again. Stir in the heavy cream, stirring constantly, until obtaining a homogeneous mixture (about 1 minute).
  3. When chocolate fudge is ready, divide mixture into mini tea cups or shot glasses and let cool completely. Then, sprinkle chocolate sprinkles on top or alternatively, chocolate chips. Serve these Coffee Fudge Cups chilled or at room temperature, and enjoy by the spoonful.
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Fun Candy Corn Apple Pops

Candy Corn Apple Pops are a quick and easy Halloween treat made with apples, candy melts, and sprinkles. It makes a fun and delicious treat that delights kids and adults.

October is the month when we celebrate Halloween.  Our treat for this year is colorful, fun, and easy to prepare — Candy Corn Apple Pops. Aren’t they cute? Kids will go crazy for these — and adults too.  😉

As you can imagine, our treat was inspired by the popular Halloween candy, candy corn. Just like the classic American candy, it has three colors, yellow, orange, and white.

The difference is, our treat is made with sliced Granny Smith apples covered with white candy melts, drizzled with yellow candy melts, and then decorated with orange sprinkles.  The original candy corn, created in the 19th century, mimics the appearance of corn kernels, hence the name — and it is made with sugar, corn syrup, confectioner’s wax, and artificial coloring.

Our Candy Corn Apple Pops makes a great Halloween cooking project to get children involved in… and definitely will brighten any Halloween celebration, putting a huge smile on any kid’s face. They were tested and approved by my kids. 😉

They can be prepared in 30 minutes. All you have to do is slice apples, stick a candy or popsicle stick in one of the ends, dip sliced apple into the melted white candy melts, and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to dry. Then, drizzle melted yellow candy melts on top and sprinkle with orange sprinkles. And voila!  In the blink of an eye, a treat perfect for your little Halloween monsters will be ready to be happily devoured.

If you would like another cute variation made with apples, also try our Chocolate Apple Halloween Owl. But if you plan on adding a spooky treat to your sweet arsenal , you gotta make our Creepy Jello Cups,

Every year my kids dress up in a different costume.  This Halloween we will have a witch and a deer. Hehe! How about you?

We will be trick-or-treating in our new neighborhood… and swamping our bloodstreams with a load of sugar.  The kiddos will be bouncing off the walls until late at night, as always. The good thing is, in my household Halloween lasts for one day only. Yep!  Several treats will magically disappear by the next day.  As a Mom, I think you get what I mean. 😉

Happy Halloween!!!

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Candy Corn Apple Pops are a quick and easy Halloween treat made with apples, candy melts, and sprinkles. It makes a fun and delicious treat that delights kids and adults.
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  1. Sit clean apples upright on a wood board and slice from top to bottom (about 4 slices per apple, 1/2-inch thick). Remove seeds gently. Then, line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil and push the pointed end of each stick up into the bottom of each apple slice.
  2. In a medium heatproof glass bowl, melt white candy melts in the microwave according to the package directions, place bowl into a larger pot filled with about 2-inch boiling water (this will help candymelts to not harden), and dip apple slices in melted candy (using a spoon to help coat each slice if your bowl isn't deep enough to cover them).
  3. Allow excess candy melts to drip off, then lay flat on the foil-lined baking sheet. Once hardened, drizzle melted yellow candy melts over the top using a fork. Sprinkle orange sprinkles on top and let harden. Place the baking sheet in the fridge for approximately 10-15 minutes, allowing candy corn apple pops to harden. If you wish, decorate the wood stick with a ribbon. Serve and enjoy! Inactive Time: 10-15 minutes
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Quick and Easy Sweet Berry Cloud Eggs and a Giveaway

Sweet Berry Cloud Eggs is a quick, easy, and light dessert made from a few simple ingredients. This is the unique sweet version of the Instagram and Internet sensation savory cloud eggs.

Disclaimer: This is a campaign in collaboration with Beaujolais wines and Honest Cooking Magazine. Thank you, friends, for supporting the brands that I work with and love. 

Have you ever heard of cloud eggs? Well, it is the latest Internet and Instagram trend– something appealing due to the easy prep and the creative way of using eggs. Our version, Sweet Berry Cloud Eggs, is rather sweet — an innovation not seen till now. It reminds one of an individually portioned pavlova but with a firmer texture than a soft meringue. The advantage here is that it takes only 3-5 minutes to bake this delightful treat, in contrast to a pavlova or meringue.

Want to impress your guests with a naturally gluten-free whole-year-round treat? Make our Sweet Berry Cloud Eggs!  Need a great pairing wine to accompany our no-fuss dessert? Beaujolais wines are the answer — especially the red, Chiroubles, Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, 2014

This anti-snob wine is artisanally made from Gamay grapes, a variety that is known for producing the light, fruit-driven red wines of Beaujolais in Eastern France. Ours, like other red Beaujolais wines (white and rosé as well), is versatile, food-friendly, and offers great value.  

It can be enjoyed at room temp or slightly chilled with a variety of foods from different cuisines that are most often paired with white wine. Yep, it is your go-to wine for the summer and other seasons… to enjoy with BBQ, dips, pastas, simple desserts like ours, and more.   

It offers a fresh, red-fruit aroma that pairs so well with our Sweet Berry Cloud Eggs, which are essentially made from stiff beaten egg whites whipped with sugar and lime juice.

The mounds are spooned onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet…

… and baked in the oven for about 3-5 minutes.

Once cooled to room temperature, our Sweet Berry Cloud Eggs are garnished with assorted macerated berries and mint leaves. Voila!

In a jiffy, a treat will be ready to be enjoyed that is appealing both to the eyes and palate– for even the most demanding of guests… and all cheered with a glass of an affordable, fruity red wine.  It’s simplicity at its best!

Easy to prepare? You betcha! Yummy? This falls into the category of eat and repeat!

Now, let’s say cheers to easy entertaining… that makes life easy and delish! 😉

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  1. Start by macerating the assorted berries. Place 3 quartered strawberries and whole blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries in a medium plastic or glass bowl. Sprinkle granulated sugar and 1 Tablespoon of lime/lemon juice over the top of the berries and toss or shake. Let bowl sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. If not using immediately, cover and refrigerate overnight. If desired, our Sweet Berry Cloud Eggs can be garnished with fresh assorted berries -- maceration is not necessary although adds a nice sweet touch to the dessert.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F. Using a stand mixer or whisk, beat the egg whites on low until foamy. Add 1/2 Tablespoon of lime/lemon juice, a dash of salt, and just a bit of the powdered sugar toward the side of the bowl (not center). Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. It is important to add sugar slowly, little by little and always toward the side of the bowl; otherwise egg whites won't increase in volume as intended. You may need to stop mixer a few times to scrape sugar from the side of the bowl.
  3. Create 6 mounds of egg whites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make a well or indentation in the center of each mound to resemble nests. Place baking sheet on the oven middle rack and bake for about 3-5 minutes or until lightly golden and the mounds have firmed up.
  4. Let cool and gently transfer to serving plate using a large metal spatula. Garnish indented center with berries and fresh mint leaves. Drizzle with a bit of the syrup formed during maceration if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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5-Ingredient Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cobbler

5-Ingredient Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cobbler made within 30 minutes or so, and served either by itself or with a scoop of ice cream.

Fall is almost officially here… which means that we have a great excuse to prepare this scrumptious and comforting 5-ingredient Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cobbler. Yep!!! You read  that right, honey!  Imagine a two-in-one treat that is super easy to prepare and will knock your socks off.

All one has to do is to cut refrigerated biscuits into fourths, place into a bowl and mix with canned apple pie filling and ground cinnamon.

Next, place mixture into a buttered skillet or baking dish and bake for about 20-30 minutes. While it is still warm, drizzle your favorite caramel sauce on top, sprinkle with coarse sea salt, and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Voila!

A truly yummy treat is ready to be devoured by spoonfuls!!!!!! And it’s so easy to put together that any child can help one to prepare.

This Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cobbler makes a great afternoon snack or quick dessert. Back to school? Having a potluck or get-together? Perhaps receiving an unexpected visitor? Need to prepare a fuss-free treat that can be prepared without a mess? Our Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cobbler fits the bill for these or any other occasions!

It’s tru;u a Fall dessert to please both adults and children — including this girl here and her family. 😉

You can even use another fruit pie filling of your choice such as cherry, blueberry, or others.

Well, enjoy the upcoming baking season and all the goodies that it has to offer. By the way, these 4-Ingredient Dulce de Leche Apple Hand Pies are also an Autumn must-try!

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It is great being back to celebrate the upcoming Fall season — and my 45th birthday on September 6th, as well. 😉

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P.S.: What’s your favorite Fall treat?

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5-Ingredient Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cobbler made within 30 minutes or so, and served either by itself or with a scoop of ice cream.
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large cast iron skillet or large rectangular baking dish (13 x 9-inch) with unsalted butter; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the apple pie filling with the cinnamon or apple pie spice. If you would like, you can mix in one teaspoon of fresh lemon/lime juice -- but only if you are not using a cast iron skillet. Then, gently mix in the pieces of biscuits. Pour mixture into the prepared skillet or baking dish, making sure to arrange everything into a single layer in such a way that biscuits will have space to rise. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until biscuits are puffed, golden brown, and fully cooked.
  3. Remove skillet/baking dish from oven, drizzle with caramel sauce, and sprinkle a bit of coarse sea salt on top. Serve Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cobbler warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
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Do not top the dessert with caramel sauce and salt if dessert will not be consumed right away and at once.  Leftovers should be refrigerated at an airtight container for up to 2 days. Make sure to warm up a bit in the microwave right before serving and then top with caramel sauce and salt.

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Easy Walnut Cookies — Guest Post by En Mi Cocina Hoy

Delicious walnut cookies that are made with simple ingredients and easy to prepare. They make a great snack and also yummy edible presents!

Hi, everyone! Crunchy and nutty Walnut Cookies, easily prepared with simple ingredients, is the recipe for today. This is a recipe from the cookbook, ‘Del Blog A La Mesa’ from my Chilean fellow blogger, Pilar Hernadez.

She is the culinary mind behind the bilingual food blog, En Mi Cocina Hoy.

This is a simple recipe to prepare and requires no advanced skills. It essentially involves beating flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, eggs, salt, and walnuts in the bowl of a mixer, then rolling the mixture into balls, and baking… Voila, there you have it– amazing walnut cookies that are ready to be devoured with your favorite beverage such as milk, coffee, tea, or whatever else you may prefer.

Can’t believe it?

Well, just check out Pilar’s recipe!

Here she is, in her own words:

“Hello!
I’m Pilar Hernandez. I was born and raised in Chile. Went to medical school there and then moved to Houston, Texas in 2003 without knowing how to cook and speaking no English.
I still remember the first time I went to the grocery store. I almost cried out of frustration, not knowing what brands to buy or which food was equivalent to the foods I grew up eating.
Fast forward: today I’m a happy food blogger at En mi cocina hoy and mom. Welcome to my South American Kitchen! Where I will show you how to cook Chilean food with American ingredients, you find in your supermarket. I’ll challenge you to try exotic fruits like lucuma or maqui, and our favorite cereals wheat berries and quinoa.
Easy and delicious walnut cookies. Perfect to make with the kids.
My mom used to make trays and trays of cookies all homemade and very well presented for family functions, birthdays, Christmas, almost any reunion was an excuse to make lots of cookies. These walnuts cookies were always present, easy to make, and perfect with tea or coffee. One of my family favorites. I learned to make them young, and now my seven-year-old is in training.”
Thank you, Pilar, for sharing your scrumptious recipe with us, and also for putting a smile on our faces. Sweets make life joyful and exciting!
I hope you try these delish walnut cookies and have a sweet week!  Please don’t forget to stop by Pilar’s blog and say hello!  Her blog is filled with yummy South American recipes, both in English and Spanish.
See ya soon!
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a baking tray with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder. In a bowl with the mixer on low speed or by hand mix the butter with the sugar and the pinch of salt until it is all integrated. About 3 minutes with the mixer.
  3. Add one egg and one egg yolk, continue beating at low speed until thoroughly incorporated. Add the sifted flour and baking powder and combine at low speed or working with a fork, you will get a soft dough. Form 30 balls 1" in diameter.
  4. Roll the balls of dough into the remaining egg white, and then toss with the chopped walnuts, place on the prepared tray and bake for 15-18 minutes until they are brown on the bottom. Let cool on a rack and serve cold. Store in an airtight container for a one week.
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Grilled Peach S’mores Sticks

Grilled Peach S’mores Sticks make a quick and scrumptious dessert or snack, perfect for summer, and a great way to combine fruit with a beloved classic.

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Summer has finally arrived. Yay! And along with it, this twist on a beloved American classic: 5-Ingredient Grilled Peach S’mores Sticks, which can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.  They make the perfect backyard BBQ or campfire dessert or snack for the warmer months of the year… and a great way to incorporate fruit and a touch of acidity to balance out the sweetness of S’mores.  A real feast for the eyes and palate!

Yep, yep, yep… they are super, super simple to make. These are basically made with just 5 ingredients: vegetable oil, peaches, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and graham cracker crumbs.

All it takes to make these is to slice peaches in half and remove the pit, brush on a bit of oil, grill in either a grill pan or on the grill, stuff the center with a bit of chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, and let them melt a bit. Then, insert a tree stick or popsicle stick in each halved peach, and top with graham cracker crumbs. Voila!

Our Grilled Peach S’mores Sticks are ready to be devoured warm… with all the ooey gooey yumminess of the s’mores. This way you get the best of two worlds: the deliciousness of grilling and all the charm and allure of the campfire. 😉

They make the perfect pair for Cavit Moscato, a white wine from Italy made from 100% Moscato grapes. Cavit Moscato delivers delicious fruity notes with a wonderful sweetness and a refreshing quality. It’s quite affordable too!

Serve our Grilled Peach S’mores Sticks warm with chilled Moscato wine… and get the outdoor party started!

Well, keep cool… and cheers to a delicious and happy summer!

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  1. Slice each peach in half. Remove pit and carve out a bit of the center using a spoon or a melon baller. Brush peach half with a bit of oil. Grill on medium (gas grill or grill pan) or on the edges of a charcoal grill (coolest area) until marks appear, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. While peaches are still hot, stuff cavity of each peach with 1/2 Tablespoon of chocolate chips and about 7 mini marshmallows per peach half. Let melt a bit (place peach halves in a platter and cover with foil if necessary). Then insert stick in one of the ends of each peach. Sprinkle a dash of graham cracker crumbs and enjoy!
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Frozen Peach Caramel Nice Cream

An easy and velvety Peach Caramel Nice Cream made with simple ingredients which, unlike ice cream,  requires no steeping or churning.  A summer must-try!

Are you a fan of ice cream? How about something as tasty as ice cream, yet much easier to prepare?  Yep! That’s our recipe for today, honey. This girl here is sharing a SUPERB Frozen Peach Caramel Nice Cream — you read that right: (N)ice cream.  What’s the difference? Well, let’s find out!

Usually ice cream recipes like this one require steeping the cream in order to flavor it  and/or churning… and must be frozen!  On the other hand, Nice cream is quickly made by blending fruit with a sort of cream or creamy ingredient such as heavy whipping cream, canned coconut milk, etc. Unlike ice cream it can be served either frozen or just chilled in a glass.  In this last case, it has the consistency of a suuuuuper creamy milk shake, but instead of sipping, you gotta eat it by the spoonful. 😉

In any case, it is a super duper refreshing treat and A.D.D.I.C.T.I.V.E!

It is made by blending frozen peaches with sugar, lemon juice, heavy whipping cream, and sweetened condensed milk until smooth and creamy. Next, light whipped cream is folded into the mixture, adding a lighter texture… then the mixture is poured into a container, store-bought caramel is swirled into the mixture, and the mixture is frozen.   See, easy, hon!

Right before serving, top with sliced or chopped frozen peaches and drizzle with a bit of caramel, if desired. If you prefer our Peach Caramel Nice Cream chilled, pour mixture into glasses instead, swirl in a bit of caramel, top with peaches, and serve chilled like you would with a milkshake or “mousse.”

Our Peach Caramel Nice Cream is also part of a blogger challenge (#summerlovespeaches) — and I am pretty excited at having been invited by Annie from What Annie’s Eating and Rebecca and Ruth of Square Meal Round Table to participate, along with many other great bloggers and Instagrammers. Yep, that means that instead of just one recipe, you can also get many other amazing peach recipes to enjoy this summer.  You will find the list of participants and their respective recipes below. 

Our Peach Caramel Nice Cream is gluten-free and a favorite among adults and children.  They will make your snack/dessert time much more flavorful, fun, and happier. My family and I  are hooked 🙂

I am not kidding… it’s pure deliciousness, to be devoured without guilt. I must confess, I am overjoyed to have just a scoop. Haha!  Get your sugar cones lined up ready!

As you can see, it is something that can be whipped up in a few minutes and served chilled to your surprise guest. You can also take it to your picnic, barbecue, or get-together and people will love it.

Enjoy and stay cool!

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For other delicious Peach recipes visit the following blogs who participated in this project as well. Head to Instagram and check out our hashtag, #summerlovespeaches – and use this hashtag for your own peach recipes!

www.lemonthymeandginger.com

www.amandaskrip.com

www.floursinyourhair.com

www.pricklyfresh.com

www.mindyscookingobsession.com

www.cocoaandsalt.com

www.thegoodcooker.com

www.farmandcoastcookery.com

www.sproutingradiance.com

www.smartinthekitchen.com

www.cooksandkid.com

www.thewholeelchilada

www.gobblethecook.com

www.weelicious.com

www.pamelasalzman.com

www.feedtheswimmers.com

www.thegingeredwhisk.com

www.itsavegworldafterall.com

www.whatannieseating.com

www.blossomtostem.net

www.holajalapeno.com

www.squaremealroundtable.com

www.somethingnewfordinner.com

www.foodfash.com

www.cloudykitchen.com

www.allomamanwhatscooking.com

www.alwayseatdessert.com

www.myafternoonkitchen.com

www.especiallysoutherndishes.com

www.bakingthegoods.com

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www.playzwithfood.com

www.hatibon.com

www.flottelotte.eu

www.carlydiaz.com

www.piegirlbakes.com

www.teebsie.com

www.nocisonoma.com

www.saltyspicybitterandsweet

www.wellnesswithalyssa.com

www.jessiesheehanbakes.com

www.measuringcupsoptional.com

www.weeknightbite.com

www.confettikitchen.com

www.ful-filled.com

www.lindarcampos.com

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I would love to see your delicious creation! Please , leave me a comment below, and share a photo and tag me on Instagram with the hashtag, #summerlovespeaches!

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  1. Separate a few slices of frozen peach to top nice cream later. Blend frozen peaches, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender until creamy and smooth.
  2. Fold thawed whipped cream into the blended mixture with a spatula until obtaining a homogeneous mixture. Transfer mixture to a freezer container or glasses, swirl caramel, cover, and either freeze or chill in the refrigerator (you can also serve immediately if desired).
  3. Peach Caramel Nice Cream can be topped with (sliced or chopped) peaches and drizzled with a bit of caramel for a nice presentation if desired. Enjoy!
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If serving chilled in glasses, make sure to top with thawed peaches.

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Nutella Swirl Sweetened Condensed Milk Popsicles

These Nutella Swirl Sweetened Condensed Milk Popsicles are super creamy and delish… and quickly made from 5 simple ingredients. A summer must-try!

Tell me, could anything possibly go wrong with Nutella and sweetened condensed milk? Hehe… exactly!!! As y’all may already imagine, our Nutella Swirl Sweetened Condensed Milk Popsicles are out-of-this-world delish… and quite refreshing too. Something to refresh yourself with all summer! The thing is simply A.D.D.I.C.T.I.V.E!

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They are also part of a blogger challenge (#paletaweek) — and I am pretty excited at having been invited by Lola from Lola’s Cocina to participate, along with many other great Latin bloggers. Yep. this means that instead of just one recipe, you can also get many other amazing popsicle recipes to enjoy this summer.  Please click on the link above to have access to the complete list.

Take also a look at our Berry Coconut Yogurt Popsicles from last year. Because ya know, you can never have too many great popsicles.

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Our Nutella Swirl Sweetened Condensed Milk Popsicles are gluten-free and a favorite among both adults and children.  They will make your summer picnic,  barbecue, and snack time a happy time.  My family and I dream of them fondly! 🙂

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They are also simple to make. All you have to do is to combine Nutella spread with heavy whipping cream in a bowl; then spoon and swirl into popsicle molds. In another bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, pure vanilla extract, and yogurt, and fill the molds with the mixture. Freeze, and voila.

Pure deliciousness, ready to be devoured — quickly or slowly. Yes, you can eat them plain…

… or alternatively, you can even add on shaved chocolate and Nutella drizzle as a topping before serving. Not a bad idea, hmm?!

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It is all up to you and the occasion where they will be served — or the tastes of those who will eat them!

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These Nutella Swirl Sweetened Condensed Milk Popsicles are super creamy and delish... and quickly made from 5 simple ingredients. A summer must-try!
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  1. In a small bowl, whisk Nutella and heavy cream just until the mixture is homogeneous. Spoon into popsicle molds and make swirl patterns. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and yogurt together until obtain a creamy and homogeneous mixture without lumps. Fill the molds with the mixture and freeze for about 1 hour or until slightly set. Insert a popsicle stick into each of them and let popsicles freeze well for around at least 8 hours or until completely frozen and firm. Enjoy our Nutella Swirl Sweetened Condensed Milk Popsicles!
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If you would like, before serving drizzle a bit of the Nutella mixture over the popsicles and shave a bit of chocolate on them. You can also take them back to the freezer again for about 5 or 10 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, in order for the Nutella drizzle to set. They will be even more scrumptious!

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4-Ingredient Fluffy Nutella Dip with Berries

A 4-ingredient, 5-minute Fluffy Nutella Dip topped with assorted berries and served with buttery shortbread cookies.

Happy Mother’s Day!  As a mother of two, I share this same special day with you… and also a love for our kids and for scrumptious treats. From one chocoholic to the other, here is something gorgeous, easy to prepare, and quite delish: A naturally gluten-free Fluffy Nutella Dip topped with assorted berries and served with buttery shortbread cookies.  I am grinning from ear to ear — are you too?

My… oh, my!  This is one of the most delicious things ever. With only 4 simple ingredients — Nutella, whipped cream, assorted berries, and shortbread cookies, this fluffy Nutella dip came to life… and was a real hit! A simple way from little ones to say thank you to me!

All we had to do was to fold whipped cream with Nutella, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.  Right before serving, the dessert was topped with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries… garnished with fresh mint leaves, and voilà!  A treat fit for a queen, ready in no time flat.  The best part was scooping up creamy, fluffy mounds of pure deliciousness with the buttery shortbread cookies.

I am not kidding… in 5 to 10 minutes, we made magic in the form of this Nutella Dip. 😉

The result? A stunning, rich dessert without too much effort! And that’s my kind of treat! Something that even a kid could make for his/her Mom.

Or an adult could put together in the blink of an eye for a sports game, a party, get-together, or a surprise guest.

For more quick and easy sweet treats and also savory dishes, visit our quick and easy recipe index. It will help you celebrate this and any other occasion without fuss.

I hope you enjoy our beautiful and delicious fluffy Nutella Dip, and most importantly, have a very…

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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A 4-ingredient, 5-minute Fluffy Nutella Dip topped with assorted berries and served with buttery shortbread cookies.
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  2. Top beautifully with assorted berries and garnish with mint leaves if desired. Serve with shortbread cookies and enjoy!
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