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A Parade of Easter Sweets

Whether you have big plans, little plans or no plans, you can whip up one of these spring-y sweets to help celebrate the day. I have rated these recipes based on difficulty and time needed so you can choose the one that fits into your life.

Braided Bread Stuffed with Lemon Curd. This soft, delicate, flaky filled bread is so tangy and sweet. It is really a perfectly beautiful bread to BRING to a brunch, one that you are not hosting and you are only responsible for ONE THING. Because this one is a solid 9/10  in difficulty level (maybe a 10…let’s not mince words) and is totally worth it if you have the time and energy.

Braided Sweet Bread

Perhaps you should try this Carrot and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake. It is honestly surprisingly scrumptious. I only say surprisingly because it is not chocolate, but it is pleasantly different, pretty and hits many notes of flavor with the sweet carrots, licorice-y poppy seeds and all in an easy to make bundt cake. This is a 3/10 for difficulty and time IF you have a food processor to grate your carrots. Otherwise, it may shoot up to a solid 7 for pain in the assness (I hate grating carrots and in my personal experience no one likes to get  a smidgen of skin in their cake from my scraped up knuckles). I NEVER claim to be coordinated. Never ever.

Carrot bundt

My Lemon Layer Chiffon Cake Filled with Lemon Curd is a stunning show piece for any Easter table and would make any hostess shout with glee if you brought it to her party. It is definitely a 10/10 for fussiness, but if you have a good brand of prepared Lemon Curd you like that helps make it more do-able.

Lemon Whole Cake

My spicy Parsnip Cupcakes with Tangy Cream Cheese Frosting are addicting, disappear in minutes and are EASY to make (3/10). Again, the easy part depends on you having a food processor. Otherwise, same problem as in the Carrot Cake above.

Parsnip Cupcakes

 And for My GF Followers, I would highly recommend making my Gluten Free Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Butter Cream.   My blog started before we started to eat more Gluten Free so I don’t have many GF recipes for the occasion yet. In my experience, most cakes and cupcakes can be made gluten free by using my GF Flour Blend 1  in place of AP flour, adding 3/4 a teaspoon of Xanthan gum and only including 1/4 a teaspoon of salt regardless of the recipe.  This tends to work well.

Cinnamon Spice cupcakes GF

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter, and to those celebrating Passover, I wish you a wonderful Passover as well.

 


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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Fudge Cupcakes {AP Flour and GF Version}

What words do you think of when you stare wantonly at these cupcakes?

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Book Review: Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise Roberts

I have only written one other book review over here at Sweet and Crumby. And basically, that’s because usually I find cookbooks very nice and inspiring, but I don’t find them something worth talking about necessarily.

But Gluten-Free Baking Classics, honestly, changed our lives and made us happier. When else can you say that about a cookbook? I have a gluten sensitive family member and trying to make things taste “as good as” was impossible…so I thought. Continue reading


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Clearing Another GF Hurdle {Lemon Blueberry Pancakes, GF and AP Flour Versions}

Hurdles; They slow us down and are barriers to get where we want to go, but ultimately, they encourage us to stretch and learn. Gluten free baking was a big hurdle for me. Daunting, difficult, and rather unrewarding…at first.

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April Fool’s Faux Fries and A Chocolate Chipped, Orange Zested Pound Cake Ticket to Crazy Place

Hi All,

Since April Fool’s Day is today, I thought I would repost this since it is a doozy, tastes YUM and will definitely fool anyone you serve them to. Make sure to stop by your local fast food joint and ask if you can take one of the little ketchup cups when you buy a soda or something, it really helps with the whole look of the fake fries. Happy fooling! —Love, Geni

I can’t do anything normally, the obvious way, the “exactly according to the recipe” way. Sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn’t. Today it worked; really, really worked.

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Stumble Out of Bed Chocolate Chip Espresso Muffins {GF and AP Versions}

Do you have one eye open most mornings, trip over the dog as you shuffle to the kitchen and barely pour your waiting pre-programmed cup of coffee into your mug? Or, if you are like one of my best friends, she can’t even get that far into her morning without a pinch hitter. Her hubby brings her a first cup of the day in bed before she can even attempt to face her day. Yeah, there are men like that, or at least men who are smart enough to know what’s good for them. ;)

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A Tale of Two Irish Soda Breads (GF and AP Flour versions)

“Challenge Accepted!”, in true Barney style, was my answer when my mom asked me to bring a GF version of my semi-famous Irish Soda Bread to her St. Patrick’s Day Themed Sunday Dinner last night.

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