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Exceptional Mother’s Day Cakes

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Cake for Exceptional Mother's Day CakesPresident Woodrow Wilson certainly knew what he was doing in 1914 when he finally got congress to designate the second Sunday every May as Mother’s Day.  A special day set aside to honor mothers certainly calls for desserts worthy of that honor.

I have selected six cakes that can be made in part or completely ahead.  As I am not a proponent of naked cakes, each is easy to finish so you won’t be tied up fussing with frosting it.

A quick note about freezing the cake layers.   Freeze them first, then wrap them completely in foil.  This will keep from smooshing the sides or tops of the tender cakes.

I am posting this early to give you a chance to get one of these special Mother’s Days cakes underway to honor your mother, grandmother or yourself. Continue reading

Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishYou’re right, Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish has nothing to do with pastry. However, before I had Pastries Like a Pro, I had another blog for which I am no longer writing. It featured all manner of food and I couldn’t help think, as I prepare for the holidays that this Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish would be something you would like also. This is one of the most popular recipes from my take out shop and we featured it every year for Thanksgiving. I still do. I think if you try it, it will become one of your traditions also.

I love cranberries almost anyway you can serve them. In fact, when I had the bakery, the staff had to restrain me because I had so many cranberry items on the menu.

I don’t know if it’s their tart taste, beautiful red jewel like color, or their ease of preparation. I suspect it is all of them. This quick to put together Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish will keep in the refrigerator for a week, so make it ahead of time so you have one less thing to do on the day of service. As an aside, we froze cranberries in season so we had them all year as we featured an appetizer sandwich of biscuits, brined roasted pork tenderloin topped with this relish. It was always a huge hit – even with people not prone to cranberries.

Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishIngredients for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish1 -12 ounce package fresh cranberries
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
1/2 cup finely cut fresh pineapple
1/4 large orange

Pick over the cranberries to remove any bad ones by placing them in a rimmed pan so they can’t roll away. Place the cranberries, water and sugar in a saucepan. Cranberries, water and sugar in saucepan for Cranberries Fresh Pineapple RelishBring to a boil, over medium heat, stirring frequently. beginning-to-boil-for-cranberry-fresh-pineapple-relish.jpegContinue to a full boil, until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Ingredients for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish coming to a boilRemove from the heat and add the apricot preserves. Apricot preserves added to Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishCool completely at this point. If you are in a hurry (as I am invariably) quick cool by thinly spreading out on a plate.Quick cooking the hot ingredients for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish

In the meantime, cut the orange including the rind into about 6 pieces. Place in a processor and Orange segments in the food processor for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relishprocess until very finely chopped.Oranges processed for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishCombine all, stirring well. All ingredients in a bowl for the Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishStore the Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish in the refrigerator up to a week.Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish

Pina Colada Cake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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The Pina Colada Cake for A Tale of One Cake LayerLast week I promised you the Pina Colada cake and here it is.  I designed this cake for a class I taught and if any of my students are reading this, I have changed the Coconut Sauce for an easier, tastier sauce.

After cleaning and cutting a fresh pineapple, I thought it might be easier if you bought a whole pineapple already cleaned and cored.  Sometimes it’s possible to take “from scratch” too far!  In any case make sure the pineapple is ripe for maximum flavor.

The coconut sauce for this Pina Colada Cake is a breeze to make and tastes just like a pina colada, a favorite drink in my youth.  It’s also great for ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Many components of this cake can be done ahead of time.  The rum syrup, the coconut sauce and the toasted coconut can be made days ahead.  The pineapple can be prepared up to the point where it is glazed. Continue reading

Fruit Basket Banana Cake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Fruit Basket Banana CakeBananas, strawberries and pineapple team up to make the Fruit Basket Banana Cake. It  is the perfect cake if you are looking for something light but with lots of flavor and it is a great summertime dessert.

The banana cake is one I worked on for a while.  Most banana cakes are heavy and I wanted one that was lighter but still had plenty of banana flavor.  It is unusual in that it uses both oil and butter.  Other than that, it is a straight forward, easy to make banana cake. The cake also makes great cupcakes with a browned butter buttercream.

The pastry cream is lightened with a bit of whipped cream.  Crushed pineapple is folded in and after it is spread between the layers, strawberries cover the cream.  The Fruit Basket Banana Cake is finished in whipped cream with a piped lattice design on top. Continue reading