Simply Sweet

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I know we are still in the middle of Texas summer heat, but September is quickly approaching which means fall in on its way!  As the last hoorah of summer, I created an all white dessert buffet for my daughters baptism this past weekend.  I love everything white and although I cannot wait for fall weather and all fall flavors, I will miss my summer whites, including my white jeans…maybe we can transition quickly into winter whites.001 facebook_cover (1)1. lemon drop cookies 2. raspberry shortcake 3. salted caramel French macaron 4. vanilla bean cupcakes 

This was a special day for our family, so I wanted to share some of my favorite desserts for the season!  I incorporated lemon, raspberries, salted caramel and vanilla bean into the dessert buffet!

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The Art of The Pizzelle

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These little cookies look like a piece of art, but they truly do taste as good as they look!  When I was making these last night, I could not stop eating them and either could my 3 year old daughter, so great for the whole family!  What I love about these Italian waffle cookies is that you can add so many different flavors to appeal to everyone’s taste buds. 

My Favorite Flavor Add Ons:
Lemon Lavender
Chocolate
Sprinkles (for Sophie)
Coffee
Almond Extract

So what is a Pizzelle and what does the word mean?  A Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy depending on the recipe that you use and comes from the Italian word Pizze meaning round or flat. The original recipe from my Nanny creates a crispy cookie that can be enjoyed all by itself, with ice cream, coffee or dipped in chocolate!  I hope you all enjoy these as much as our family!

The Art of The Pizzelle
Yields 18
Classic Italian waffle cookie
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Eggs
  2. 4 Tbsp Sugar, Granulated
  3. 2 Tbsp Butter, Melted
  4. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  5. 1 Cup Flour
  6. 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
Instructions
  1. heat pitzelle maker (follow instructions of machine)
  2. combine and whisk eggs, sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract
  3. slowly add flour and baking powder
  4. whisk until combined and all lumps are gone
  5. add 1 Tbsp of batter to pitzelle maker and bake until golden brown
  6. serve immediately or save for later!
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Watermelon + Lime

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If I could eat watermelon for every meal, I would (and so would my husband and daughter)!  In our house, we really love popsicles.  The Texas heat requires always having something refreshing around! I chose to add lime juice and zest to these, but you can add a variety of flavors to these scrumptious cold treats.  Popsicles are definitely not only for kids, but I use it as a good way to incorporate some of our favorite fruits, herbs, and/or vegetables…be creative and enjoy!

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Watermelon + Lime Popsicles
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 6 cups watermelon, cubed
  2. ½ cup water
  3. ½ cup sugar
  4. 3 tbsp lime juice
  5. Zest of 1 lime
Instructions
  1. Cut fresh watermelon into small cubes
  2. Boil water + sugar
  3. Combine watermelon + sugar water + lime juice + lime zest in blender
  4. Puree until all chunks of watermelon are gone
  5. Pour fruit puree into popsicle molds and freeze overnight
Notes
  1. Enjoy!
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