Growing up, I always found it to be so special when my family would take day trips to Chinatown.
I always loved the energy coming from the entire community. I was constantly amazed by the street vendors, the mini-shows, and the overall culture of good eating whenever we’d visit.
I associate Spring with fruits, colors, and anything sweet. It took awhile for the season to arrive in my neck of the woods (around here, it was still snowing mid-April and the population was pretty frustrated about it). I’ve got a lot of celebrations coming up and as you all know, I’ve been looking for recipe inspirations here and there. I decided to round up some pretty great Spring-inspired desserts – they’re exactly what I crave in these warmer months: fruity sensations, bursts of color, and ultra sweetness.
- Blood Orange Flourless Cake
- Quick and Easy Lemon Strawberry Yogurt Pound Cake
- Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
- Vanilla Rhubarb Yogurt Blue Cornbread
- Orange Creamsicle Poke Cupcakes
- Cherry Almond Clafoutis
- Berry Lemon Curd Meringue Cake
- Flower Pudding Pops
- Outshine Scones
- Baked Apple Pie Rice Paper Rolls
- Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
I’m drooling just by listing all of these recipes – which one would you want to try out? I’m pretty eager to bake all of these. Each dessert is so unique and they all put a twist to its traditional counterpart.
This year, Easter weekend was pretty crummy for me. I was hit with a bad flu and so I missed out on family celebrations and getting the chance to visit my in-laws.
As a surprise, my sister swung by my place and brought over some chocolate. The batch of treats that caught my eye the most were these “chocolate rocks” that I thought were amazing. Yes, they are 100% chocolate but they look like they could be put at the bottom of an aquarium or in a garden.
I always love seeing art through food. I remember watching chocolate competitions on television (mostly ones involving Jacques Torres) and being in complete awe with all of the masterpieces and creations made just by tempering chocolate and letting artistic skills come into play.
Recently, I’ve grown a liking to lemon-inspired desserts. I mean, it’s not like I didn’t like them before, but I’ve been more drawn to them as of late. It may also explain my new obsession for all-yellow clothing items (just ask my best friend – it seems like I’ve only been pointing out sunshine and daisies at the mall).
These lemon cookies were a wonderful way to welcome warmer spring weather. They were crisp and light, much like the temperatures outside. I love the lemon rinds that were on top because it really helped balance out the sweetness of the buttercream frosting.
What are your favorite lemon desserts?