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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

Make Ahead Breads For Easter

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Easter is a special time of year bringing joy to so many people around the world and Easter breads are distinctive.  Breads are of particular interest during this holiday with many nations having their own bread associated with this holy day.  I have collected these breads, sweet and savory from previous blogs that should fit right in.  There are breads for breakfast, brunch and dinner and there is time to make any of them.

All of them can be made ahead and frozen to ease the time crunch for Easter Day.

Cream Biscuits with Strawberry Balsamic JamCream Biscuits with Strawberry Balsamic Jam for Five Make Ahead Breads for Easter are a quick to make treat that fits right into any part of the day.  With only four ingredients, this is the easiest, most tender biscuit you are likely to encounter.  The Strawberry Balsamic Jam is a fast, refrigerator version that serves as the perfect foil for the biscuit.

Southern by region, beloved by the country, these biscuits and the jam can be made ahead.  The biscuits can be frozen and reheated by placing on a tray and heating in a 350°F oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.  The jam can be stored in the refrigerator and brought to room temperature before serving. Continue reading

Strawberry Buttercream

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Strawberry Buttercream This truly is a party in your mouth.  A full pound of strawberries are added to a simple buttercream and the result is just short of amazing.

The recipe calls for freeze dried strawberries which can most easily be found in camping departments or stores such as REI.  One 1.5 ounce package equals a full pound of strawberries without the juice making them ideal to introduce into a frosting.  They need to be powdered in a blender or food processor with about half the powdered sugar.

This buttercream can be used to fill a cake or for cupcakes as I have.

Strawberry Buttercream
1.5 package freeze dried strawberries
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar (200 grams or 7 ounces)
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
Red Food Coloring

Place half the strawberries and about half the powdered sugar in a blender or food processor.  Blend or process until all the strawberries are powdered.  You will have to stop the machine and stir the mixture several times.  Repeat with the second half.

Place the strawberries, powdered sugar, butter and almond extract in a mixing bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of the milk.  Mix on low until blended; turn the mixer on medium high and beat several minutes, scraping often, to increase the volume and lighten the buttercream.

Add the additional milk, a bit at a time if needed to facilitate the mixing.  Add the red food coloring as needed to get a pleasing color.

I used a # 6 open tip in a pastry bag to finish 10 cupcakes with a generous amount of buttercream since in my opinion people eat cupcakes for the frosting not the cake or maybe it’s just me.

It is important to frost the cake or cupcakes several hours before serving as the strawberry buttercream needs time to develop its flavor.  But when it does it is beyond wonderful!