When I invite people over for dinner or plan a family meal, I often approach the menu backwards…what’s for dessert? That’s just my inner sweet tooth driving the get-together, but I often bake a pie or tart to feature seasonal ingredients that I want to share while they are at their peak. It keeps family and friends sitting at the dinner table as long as possible, sharing stories, sipping wine or coffee. However, to make menu planning a little easier and frankly more “straight forward,” here is a primer on matching some of our best Wilton main dishes to favorite pies, marrying flavors and textures to make simple meals worth repeating or improvising to suit your taste and pantry.
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Here at Wilton, we do our best to stay on top of what’s trending in the dessert world – especially when it comes to cake! Magic cakes are now on our radar, and I had to do a little reading to discover just what they are. Turns out magic cake has been around for several years, but thanks to social media, magic cake recipes have been thrust into the spotlight.
Magic cake is a fairly simple batter that has been mixed and baked all at once. This single batter magically separates into three layers: a dense bottom layer, a custard-like middle layer, and a cakey top layer. They’re typically made in an 8×8 square pan so that they rise nice and high. The Wilton Test Kitchen is working on a new magic cake recipe that we’ll share soon, but in the meantime, check out this round up of magic cake recipes.
No feet? Cracked top? Hollow shells? If you’ve ever made French macarons, chances are you’ve experienced one (or all) of these. But don’t fret, even professionals encounter difficulties from time to time. While these pretty cookies have been touted as one of the hardest confectioners to master, they are not impossible to make. Below are some tips that I’ve learned to help you make the perfect macarons. You may not become an expert overnight, but they will help lessen some frustrations when learning how to make macarons.
Happy National S’mores Day! Can we all agree this is one of the best food holidays of the year? I practice for National S’mores Day by sharing all sorts of s’mores recipes throughout the year, so you have plenty to choose from, but today I am sharing a brand NEW s’mores recipes just for you.
Summer is not quite over, but I know I’m not the only one who is getting ready for fall! There are a lot of things to look forward to when fall rolls in: cooler days, back to school and sports are just a few. What I am most looking forward to would have to be the sweet treats; my favorite being caramel apples! Sneak a peek at these must-have caramel apple desserts before fall is in full swing.
Happy August 1st! August is “Eat Dessert First Month” so I decided to load you up with some of my favorite Wilton dessert recipes! Cakes, cookies, pies, candy treats; we have them all! There is no excuse not to dive into one of these delicious desserts before any meal this month.
It’s pretty difficult for me to pick a favorite dessert, but if I must choose one, it’s cheesecake. The soft crumb crust combined with smooth, creamy cheese is always a welcome indulgence. There are endless flavor offerings, too: strawberry, raspberry, key lime, pumpkin, chocolate, toffee, mocha…OK, I’ll stop with the word list and start with the pretty pictures. In case you didn’t know, National Cheesecake Day falls on July 30th. To celebrate this amazingly versatile dessert on its special day, I’ve gathered up 30 delicious cheesecake recipes. Let the cheesecake cravings commence.
Crumbled cake mixed with icing or chocolate gives us one sweet treat: the cake pop. This deliciousness on a stick has so many flavor and design possibilities – every time we think we’ve seen it all, a cool new design grabs our attention. If you’ve never tried making cake pops before, I have just the video to get you started along with plenty of fun, colorful, tasty ideas!
Happy Wednesday! If you’re in need of a pick-me-up to get over hump day, we’ve got just the thing: booze infused cupcakes. Yep, you can give your cupcakes a kick with these Shot Tops Flavor Infusers. Want to make them non-alcoholic? No problem, these recipes are easy to customize and still packed with flavor! Check out these three boozy cupcake recipes.
Macarons are all the rage right now. These dainty French cookies have swept our dessert table by storm and have invaded our Instagram and Pinterest feeds by many food and dessert habitués. If you’ve ever wanted to make them, we have a basic French macaron recipe that you can use as your starting point. You can also enroll in a macaron class at The Wilton School in Darien, Illinois. The lessons will cover everything you need to know from proper batter preparation and hand piping techniques to filling your macaron shells. I attended this class and learned great tips and techniques. Now I’m macaron-obsessed and want to try every color and filling that I could possibly make!