Posts Tagged ‘holiday dessert’

Tasteful Tuesday: Three Fat Tuesday Recipes

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Cheers to Mardi Gras! We’re celebrating here on the blog with a roundup of three Fat Tuesday recipes – click on each heading below for ingredients and instructions!

Paczki–> Paczki Recipe

Paczki, or Polish doughnut, is a traditional treat made especially for Mardi Gras. We have found an authentic yet easier recipe that you can whip up throughout the year, and are most likely to have all the ingredients for.

–> King [Bundt] Cake

Brown Eyed Baker has a delicious Bundt Cake recipe honoring the classic King Cake.

–> King Cake

Of course, the infamous Mardi Gras Cake – will you hide anything in yours?

King Cake - Eric Wagner/Flickr

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King Cake Recipes (and a little history)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

This week’s recipe post is in celebration of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday – which just so happens to be today! We’re featuring three recipes for King Cake, a dessert served throughout the Christmas season in honor of the three kings. More specifically, this dessert is served during “king cake season,” extending from The Twelfth Night (January 5th) to the day before Lent begins, or Fat Tuesday.

This cake-making tradition was brought to New Orleans from France, and was enhanced by decorating the cake in the official Mardi Gras colors (which originated in Christianity): purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. Throughout history, a bean was baked inside of the cake as a token of good luck to the person who found it. More commonly now, a Jesus figuring or porcelain figure is baked into the cake as the lucky prize. The one who finds it becomes king (or queen) of the feast, and next year’s celebration falls into their hands.

King Cake - Eric Wagner/Flickr

Eric Wagner/Flickr

So no matter how big your celebration, or whether you choose to include the figurine or not, bake a King Cake and enjoy it with your friends.


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Tuesday Recipe: Toffee Cheesecake Bars

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

December has arrived! We are looking forward to sweet treats, holiday goodies and lively meals with friends and family, so this month we will be featuring recipes that reflect holiday cheer and comfort.

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie, pie, appetizer or main dish that makes the season complete? Share them with us, and enjoy the recipes we share with you.

What you’ll need:

  • The Christmas Barn Lighted Canvas9×13 baking dish
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate English toffee bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture becomes crumbly.
  3. Press onto the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until set.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add milk, eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  5. Stir in 3/4 cup toffee bits and pour over crust. Bake 18-22 minutes more or until center is almost entirely set.
  6. Cool on wire rack for about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining toffee bits and cool completely.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Yields about 2 dozen.
  8. Serve and indulge!

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