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    Bundtwich Party Sandwich and a Father’s Day Feast (with Recipes)

    This giant party sandwich, or “Bundtwich” is made for sharing! Layers of your favorite sandwich toppings are all assembled on a scratch-made white bread bun that has been baked in a bundt pan.

    Father’s Day is coming up, and I’ve been cooking up a new menu for an all-around crowd pleasing feast. This giant party sandwich, or “Bundtwich” is the main attraction, and just perfect for the occasion. Not only is it a delicious sandwich piled high with deli meats and cheeses, it also makes a pretty great party centerpiece. Just look at it! Also, the special dads in my life are true sandwich connoisseurs, so this was a no-brainer.
    So, what’s a Bundtwich? Plainly, it’s a giant ring-shaped sandwich made by baking bread in a bundt pan and then slicing it horizontally to fill with various sandwich ingredients. Reportedly, it was invented in 1986 by Dorothy Dalquist, wife of bundt pan inventor and Nordic Ware founder H. David Dalquist. It has since been made popular by Pillsbury, utilizing their canned breads to make the bundt-shaped sandwich buns. Much as I love a shortcut, this bundtwich bun is made using a scratch-made Amish white bread recipe. It’s sturdy and slightly sweet, which makes it perfect for splitting and stacking on all kinds of savory deli meats, cheeses, and dressings. And it’s not too hard to make – promise!

    Feasting Ahead
    Along with the big, beautiful, bundtwich, there are appetizers and sides linked in this post – in case you need help making your own Father’s Day spread. Although there are some heavy, meaty items on the menu that are widely considered “Dude Food”, I think the appeal is much wider. The fare is meant to feed your guests well. And any of these would be right at home at a family reunion, potluck, picnic, birthday – you get the idea.
    Or if you’re totally up for the Father’s Day theme – complete with adorable Necktie Wreath (pictured) – then you can find Rachel Nelson’s DIY right here. It’s a no sew project to boot!
    But first – let’s make a bundtwich bun.

    Make the Dough
    Start by mixing up warm water, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. After 5 minutes, when the yeast is activated, add in bread flour a little at a time until a shaggy dough forms. Then, switch the the dough hook. Mix, adding just enough flour to form a cohesive soft dough. Knead for about 7 minutes. For more visuals, see the video just above the recipe card in this post.
    Let the dough rise until doubled, which takes about an hour.

    Shape the Dough
    Knock the air out of the dough. Then, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and pat it down, keeping its circular shape. Use a 3″ cookie cutter or pastry ring to cut a hole in the center of the dough.

    Put it in a Bundt Pan and Bake
    Place the dough in a greased and floured bundt pan, threading the hole in the bread over the bundt pan’s center tube. Use your fingertips to lightly tamp the dough down evenly. (Kind of like poking focaccia, but not as forceful.) Then, cover the pan and let rise until the dough reaches the top of the pan. About 45 minutes.

    Bake and Butter the Bun
    Bake the dough for 35-40 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer tests to 190°F (mine baked in 36 minutes). Turn the giant bun out onto a wire rack and brush it with melted butter. Not only does this add flavor, but it removes excess flour from the loaf. I chose to sprinkle the top with some sesame seeds (and you can too!) – bake for 5 more minutes to toast and set them.

    Add Your Favorite Fillings
    Prep the bun: Cut it in half and set the top aside. Use a fork to remove some of the middle of the bread to hollow it out. This makes more room for all the fillings. And save the bread scraps! They make excellent breadcrumbs.
    Begin your fillings with some mayo or other dressing to keep the sandwich bread moist and flavorful (I also like blue cheese dressing on my sandwiches). Next, fill the hollow with shredded lettuce, or other veggies. I’m a self proclaimed ‘Two Salad Sue’ so I topped mine with even more greens, some leaves of romaine.

    Create a Sampler Bundtwich
    Add a variety of meats and cheeses for the ultimate party sub sampler. Here I’ve assembled a trio of Black Forest ham, roast turkey, and roast beef deli meats. Also three cheeses: Swiss, Colby jack, provolone. Of course, you can simplify it with only one type of meat and cheese. The curation is all up to you!

    Add red onion and tomato – and anything else you’d like, such as a shake of Italian seasoning, oil and vinegar – to your party bundtwich. Let your favorite sandwich shop sub be your inspiration.

    This Bundtwich is large and in charge! It’s both a tasty sandwich and party centerpiece. It will feed at least a dozen guests, or 8 very hungry people with big appetites.

    Here’s the entire spread – complete with some easy sides, appetizers, and desserts. Following is a rundown of some menu items – with some favorite recipes from the Sprinkle Bakes archives linked.

    Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread
    This super scrumptious and EASY Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread is made with ready-made pizza dough from the grocery store. Each little pizza dough nugget is stuffed with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. The original recipe is baked in a bundt pan, but it’s just as easy to make them in a muffin tin. Instructions for making them into muffins is in the recipe’s notes right here.

    Jalapeno Poppers
    Delicious and and oh-so snackable – these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are real crowd pleasers. They’re not hard to put together, and you can assemble them a day ahead and store them in the refrigerator. So cheesy! Remove the jalapeno seeds for less heat, or keep them in for a real kick! One of our favorite appetizers, ever.

    Blondies and Brownies
    My dad loves peanut butter anything! So these a pan of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies is a must! They’re so chewy and satisfying. Or, for the beer enthusiast in your life, try my Five Ingredient Guinness Brownies which are so fudgy in their centers with crackled tops. The Guinness flavor is subtle, and somehow, makes the cocoa in the brownies taste even more chocolaty!

    A Few Convenience Foods
    To maximize the spread and shortcut the work, consider getting a couple of things ready-made from the grocery store. Pigs in blankets and potato skins from the freezer section just need a short bake in the oven. Salsa and chips and mixed nuts are party favorites, and simply need to be plated.

    I like to serve a couple of special beverages, aside from sweet tea (house wine of the south) and pitchers of ice water. Bottles of dad’s favorite beer, and mixed drinks such as well-garnished bloody mary cocktails will get the party started. For those who don’t imbibe, I often serve bottled soft drinks such as Mexican Coca-Cola and root beer.

    This Bundtwich is endlessly customizable! It’s so easy to switch up with your favorite sandwich dressings and fillings. I think an Italian themed bundtwich would be delicious, dressed with pesto, provolone, and salami. How about a Philly cheesesteak version? Or a vegetarian version loaded with crunchy veggies, greens and cheeses? I’m totally up for all of them!
    The real MVP of this dish is the scratch-made white bread bun. It holds everything together beautifully. The recipe will yield one bundt bun, or can be made into two 9×5 inch loaves. If you’re just hankering or some really good, lightly sweet white bread.
    Publisher note: From a small online publisher to freelancers and publishers for larger kitchen-centric blogs – If you are mining my blog for content ideas, please wait a few weeks to publish your very similar content so it’s not so obvious. That said, I’m truly grateful for anyone who chooses to read my blog, and I understand that online creators inspire each other. Sincerely, -h.
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    Bundtwich Party Sandwich

    Heather Baird

    This giant party sandwich can be endlessly varied to include your favorite deli meats and cheeses. The scratch-made white bread is a very basic recipe but really delivers on flavor – and, when baked in a bundt pan, it has all the structure needed to hold many savory sandwich fillings.The amounts of deli meats, cheeses, and dressings listed in this recipe are suggestions. Add more or less according to your taste or guest list. The bread recipe can also be baked in two 9×5 inch loaf pans. See the recipe notes for instructions and bake times.

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    Prep Time 30 minutes minsCook Time 36 minutes mins2 hours rise time 2 hours hrsTotal Time 3 hours hrs 6 minutes mins

    Course Main CourseCuisine American

    Servings 12

    Equipment12 cup bundt panPastry brushinstant read probe thermometer
    Ingredients  White Bread Bun2 cups warm water 110°F2/3 cup granulated sugar1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast1/4 cup vegetable oil1 1/2 teaspoons fine grain salt6 cups bread flour1/4 cup salted butter melted1 tablespoon sesame seeds optionalSandwich Fillings1/2 cup mayonnaise1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce such as romaine or iceberg10 whole romaine lettuce leaves3/4 lb. Black Forest ham deli meat3/4 lb. roast turkey deli meat3/4 lb. roast beef deli meat6 slices Swiss cheese6 slices Colby jack cheese6 slices provolone cheeseRed onion to taste (I used 10 rings 1/4-inch thick)2 medium tomatoes cut into 1/4-inch slices
    Instructions White Bread BunIn the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the warm water and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Stir in yeast. Let stand 5-7 minutes, or until yeast is well bloomed with a foamy, bubbly appearance.Add the oil and salt. Mix briefly. Turn the mixer on low and add 4 cups of flour. Mix until a shaggy dough forms. Replace the paddle attachment with the dough hook. Turn the mixer on low and add more flour a little at a time. You may not have to use all of the flour (I used about 5 1/4 cups).When a cohesive soft dough forms cleans the sides of the bowl (but may stick a little in the bottom of the bowl) turn the mixer to medium speed. Knead for 7 minutes with the dough hook. Remove dough to a greased bowl and turn over once to coat. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap that has been lightly misted with cooking spray.Place the bowl in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Use a 3-inch wide round cookie cutter to stamp a round hole in the center of the dough.Grease and flour a large 12 cup bundt pan (or use flour-based baking spray). Place the dough into the prepared pan, threading bundt pan center through the hole in the dough. Use fingertips to lightly press the dough evenly into the pan, kind of like poking focaccia, but not as forceful (see video for action). Cover the pan with a piece of plastic wrap that has been lightly misted with cooking spray. Transfer the pan to a warm place to rise until it comes to the top of the pan, about 40-45 minutes.Preheat the oven to 350°F.Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bread is fragrant. The bread is done when it reaches 190°F on an instant read thermometer (insert the thermometer into the deepest part of the well in the bundt pan). Let cool in the pans 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle on sesame seeds if desired. If using sesame seeds, bake the bread for 5 minutes more in the oven to toast the seeds, and to set them on the bread.Allow the bread to cool completely before filling.Assemble the SandwichUse a large serrated knife to cut the bread loaf in half horizontally. Remove the top. Use a fork to remove some of the middle of the bread to create a hollow in the loaf. Spread half of the mayonnaise over the bottom half of the loaf, and spread the other half over the cut side of the loaf top.Fill the hollow with shredded lettuce, then top with romaine leaves. Place Black Forest ham over 1/3 of the sandwich, followed by roast turkey over another 1/3, and then the roast beef over the final 1/3 of the sandwich.Arrange Swiss cheese over the ham, Colby jack over the turkey, and provolone over the roast beef. Top with red onion and tomatoes. Place the bun top over the tomatoes and press down lightly.Cover the sandwich with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This can be made a few hours ahead of serving, but should be served the same day it is assembled.
    NotesWhat to Expect: A giant, delicious sub-inspired sandwich with all the fixings. The bread has a light but obvious sweetness, which is nice alone, but it disappears once the entire sandwich is assembled with all those savory fixings. 
    Flour Amounts: As stated in the recipe, you may not need to use all the flour in the dough. Add just enough to make a cohesive soft dough that isn’t sticky. 
    Cutting the Sandwich: You’ll want to skewer each sandwich piece as you slice it, so individual servings don’t fall apart. So be sure to pick up some long party picks to use for serving.
    Bake as 9×5  Loaves: After the first rise, deflate the dough. Knead briefly, just a few turns, then divide in half. Shape the dough into loaves by flattening each piece into a rectangle, then folding/rolling it into thirds, until a rectangular loaf shape is achieved. Bake the loaves in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes. 
    Amish Bread Recipe: The Amish white bread recipe I used is from allrecipes with my shaping methods adapted for bundt pan baking. 

    Keyword Amish bread recipe, black forest ham, bundtwich, bunt pan sandwich, colby jack, deli cheeses, deli meat, giant party submarine sandwich, party sandwich, provolone, roast beef, roast turkey, swiss cheese, white bread recipe

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    Pina Colada Poke Cake

    Pina Colada Poke Cake is the perfect Memorial Day dessert, or serve it at any summertime potluck or picnic. With flavors of coconut, pineapple, lime, and rum, it’s refreshing chilled and serves a crowd!

    Here it is! My go-to dessert for Summer 2024. It’s a refreshing chilled confection that tastes like a tropical vacation. It is uncomplicated, baked in a 13×9-inch pan from which you’ll also serve it. Poke cakes are all about perforating the cake all over with a fork, then adding a flavorful soaking syrup that keeps the sponge moist and delicious. This cake’s syrup is a sweet coconut-lime drench, with a touch of rum flavor (extract or the real thing – you choose!). Just as the title implies, it is inspired by the classic piña colada cocktail.

    Make the Pineapple Cake Batter
    First, whisk together flour, leaven, and salt in mixing bowl. Then, combine some eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil in the bowl of an electric mixer. Alternate the flour mixture with a 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple (in its own juice), until a consistent batter forms.
    If you’re a studied cake baker, then you already know how moist oil-based cakes can be. And with the addition of crushed pineapple? This is one moist and tender cake!

    Pay Attention to the Bake Times
    Bake this cake for 45 minutes, then tent the cake with foil. This helps the cake bake through without over-browning the top. Bake 10-15 minutes longer, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean.
    Tip: Spritz the foil with a little cooking spray in case it touches the top of the cake. My foil tent sagged onto the cake’s surface and pulled a little of the browned top away when I removed it (see following image). Not that it matters, because it does get covered up. But if you have perfectionist tendencies, you’ll be happier with the end result.

    Poke Holes in the Baked Cake
    Use a fork or the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the warm cake. The fork is my preference, as it perforates the cake’s crumb all over, and helps every single square inch soak up some delicious coconut-lime syrup. Now. About that syrup.

    Put the Lime in the Coconut
    It’s SO flavorful and delicious! And this is thanks to Cream of Coconut, a product specifically for Pina Colada cocktails and wet cakes such as this one. I used and recommend Coco Lopez brand. It is a sweet syrupy canned coconut product that should not be confused with coconut cream or coconut milk. Be sure to get the right canned coconut!
    Combine the cream of coconut, the juice of one lime, and rum extract (or rum) in a bowl. Whisk together until well combined and then slowly spoon or pour the mixture over the warm cake.

    Make the Coconut Pudding Layer
    In a large mixing bowl, beat together vanilla instant pudding mix, heavy cream, and coconut extract. Whip until well combined and thickened. The mixture may look slightly grainy – this is normal.
    This creates a thick, billowy topping for the cake. Get it on there immediately, as the starch in the pudding mix will begin to firm quickly. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula.

    Follow up with some sweetened whipped cream. Which is just heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract. Spread it evenly over the coconut pudding topping. Refrigerate until the pudding and whipped cream are set, at least 2 hours. All those layers of tropical flavor? Just, wonderful!

    Make it Pretty
    Add some maraschino cherries with stems, coconut chips (or flake coconut) and some fresh lime slices before serving. The cake can be made a few days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator without the garnishes. Or, if you must decorate the cake ahead of time, add only the cherries and coconut. The lime slices will weep juices and the rinds will dry out, so add them just before serving.

    This Pina Colada Poke Cake just screams summertime! I love how simple it is to bake up and assemble in a 13×9 inch dish. Everyone that tastes it loves it – and it makes a big cake! So if you have a summer family reunion or potluck, this may serve you (and your guests) well.
    Related recipe: Pina Colada Cupcakes

    Pina Colada Poke Cake

    Heather Baird

    The flavors of pineapple, coconut, lime, and rum all come together in this chilled sheet cake. Pineapple cake is soaked with sweet coconut-lime syrup with just a touch of rum. It’s layered with coconut pudding and sweetened whipped cream. Cream of Coconut, such as Coco Lopez brand, is a sweet syrupy canned coconut product that should not be confused with coconut cream or coconut milk. Be sure to get the right canned coconut! You can most often find it in the cocktail mixers aisle at the grocery store.As written, this cake does not have alcohol. If you prefer real rum in the soaking syrup, replace the rum extract with 2 tablespoons of rum.

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    Prep Time 30 minutes minsCook Time 55 minutes mins2 hours chill time 2 hours hrsTotal Time 3 hours hrs 25 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American

    Servings 12

    Equipment13×9 baking dishColorful cocktail umbrella picks (1-2)
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Pineapple CakeNonstick cooking spray for the baking dish3 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon fine grain salt2 cups granulated sugar3 large eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 cup vegetable oil I like sunflower oil20 oz. crushed canned pineapple in juice 1 large canCoconut Soaking Syrup15 oz. cream of coconut 1 can such as Coco Lopez3 tablespoons fresh lime juice from 1 lime1 teaspoon rum extractCoconut Pudding Layer3.4 oz. vanilla instant pudding mix 1 small box1 1/2 cups heavy cream2 teaspoons coconut extractWhipped Cream Layer and Garnishes1 1/2 cups heavy cream1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract10 maraschino cherries with stems patted dry1/3 cup thick cut coconut chips or sweetened flake coconut toasted6 lime slices optional
    Instructions Pineapple CakePreheat the oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 13×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking sprayIn a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and oil. Mix well to combine.Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the canned pineapple in juice. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again briefly until well combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, until well browned on top but not yet set in the middle.Tent the cake with a large piece of aluminum foil to prevent over-browning, the bake again for 15 additional minutes, until the cake tests done with a toothpick inserted near the center.Remove the cake from the oven and remove the foil. Poke holes all over the cake using the tines of a fork. Let cool until warm, about 20 minutes.Coconut Soaking SyrupPlace the cream of coconut in a large bowl. If it has separated in the can, stir it together until consistently creamy (a few lumps are okay, or see notes for removing lumps).Add the lime juice and rum extract. Whisk together until well combined.Spoon or pour the syrup over the warm cake slowly, so that the syrup penetrates into the perforations. Set aside.Coconut Pudding LayerIn the large bowl of an electric mixer (I used a hand mixer) add the dry pudding mix and the heavy cream. Beat on low speed until combined, then increase the speed to whip the mixture to soft peaks. Add the coconut extract. Beat again until thick and billowy. (Mixture may appear slightly grainy – this is normal).Immediately scoop the pudding onto the cake and spread evenly. Refrigerate while you prepare the whipped cream topping.Whipped Cream Topping and GarnishesPlace the whipped cream in the large bowl of an electric mixer (again, I used a hand mixer for this). Whip until slightly thickened. Sprinkle in the confectioners’ sugar as you mix. Add the vanilla extract and beat until stiff peaks form.Dollop the whipped cream over the coconut pudding layer and spread evenly, leaving about 1/2 inch of the coconut pudding layer showing around the edges. Chill the cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.Before serving, add the maraschino cherries and coconut. Arrange the lime slices on top, if using.Add a fun drink umbrella to complete the theme! Serve during warm weather months for picnics and potlucks – or anytime you crave a tropical treat.
    NotesWhat to Expect: This is a moist, tropical-tasting cake that is twice topped with cold creamy coconut pudding and whipped cream. It tastes fantastic chilled and improves upon refrigeration, so it can be made a couple of days ahead of serving. It has 13×9 pan simplicity and feeds a crowd!
    Get the Right Pineapple: Be sure to get the canned crushed pineapple in its own juice, and not in heavy syrup.
    Get the Right Coconut: Also, a second reminder to get the right canned coconut product. The Cream of Coconut product is often found in the beverage aisle at the grocery store near the cocktail mixers. It is sweet and syrupy.
    Separated Cream of Coconut: Upon opening the can, it may be separated, which is normal separation of fat solids from liquid. Just stir it together before using in this recipe. You may also microwave it for 30 seconds to 1 minute to melt any lumps of fat back into the liquid

    Keyword 13×9 cake, butter rum extract, Coco Lopez, coconut whipped cream, cream of coconut, crushed pineapple, fresh lime juice, instant pudding mix, July Fourth desserts, lime slices, maraschino cherries, Memorial Day dessert, pina colada cake, poke cake, summer cake, tropical cake

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    Mangonada Recipe

    The Mangonada is a spicy-sweet frozen concoction of mango, lime, and chamoy that originated in Mexico. It comes together quickly in a blender for those hot days when a chilly treat is necessary!

    Recently I made an impulse purchase of 8 pounds of fresh honey mangos – with no real plans for them. Aside from just eating them. I couldn’t help myself! Mostly because the price was right and ripe mangoes are so sweet and juicy on their own. It’s hard to improve upon eating them out of hand. But honey mangoes (Ataúlfo) are especially good – less fibrous than other varieties. Which makes them ideal for blending up with some mango nectar, lime, and a little spicy chamoy. With just a few ingredients and a blender, you can have the spicy-sweet sensation known as the mangonada.
    Mangonadas can be enjoyed a few ways. Blend up the ingredients with no sugar added for something akin to a sweet-spicy smoothie. Or, add a little cane sugar or other natural sweetener for a more dessert-like treat. Another way to enjoy them is cocktail-style, with a splash of tequila.

    Mangonada Origins
    The mangonada is a beloved Mexican street food and chilly treat, often enjoyed during scorching summer weather. It’s a mango-based frozen beverage layered with chamoy sauce—a savory, spicy, and tangy Mexican condiment—and topped with fresh mango chunks.  Additionally, the drink is often garnished with a tamarind candy straw, which is a plastic straw covered with tamarind paste and rolled in chili powder. It is sweet, sour and hot all at once, and complements the fruity mango flavor.
    Although mostly attributed to origins in Mexico, it should be mentioned that a Hispanic couple from Chicago claim to have invented it in the 2000’s, inspired by a childhood treat. You can read more about that here. 
    Ready to try it? Let’s go!

    Prep Your Mangoes
    Begin with ripe fresh mangos. They don’t have to be honey mangoes. Use what looks, smells, and feels ripest. Ripe mangoes will smell fragrant and feel soft under gentle pressure from your thumb. You’ll need about 4-5 mangoes to get the 1 lb. of chunks needed for this recipe. Cut them lengthwise on either side of the pit, so that you have two equal sized pieces of mango. Then, score each piece into squares using a knife on the cut (flesh) side without cutting through the skin. Then, invert the mango pieces, pushing the skin side upward and exposing the squares of mango flesh. Next, just trim them off the skin with a knife. (See video for this action!)
    Frozen diced mangoes may be used to remove this step, but they may not have the same brilliant color and ripe flavor that fresh mangoes have.

    Into the Blender
    In the pitcher of an electric blender, combine the prepared frozen mangoes, freshly squeezed lime juice, mango nectar, and a cup of ice.

    Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy, ensuring all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. You can give the mixture a taste here, and if it is too tart, you may add in a little cane sugar or simple syrup to sweeten it up. (See blog notes for simple syrup recipe.)

    Rim Your Glasses
    Chamoy sauce is key for this recipe – the exact ingredients can vary, but typically chamoy recipes include a combination of fruit, such as apricot, mango, or plum. Also in the mix – chili peppers like guajillo or ancho. And lime juice, salt, and sugar. Some people make their own. But since I’m nowhere near qualified to make an authentic chamoy, I’ll rely on good old Tajín brand. As well as their chili-lime seasoning.
    Place chamoy and chili lime seasoning in two small shallow dishes. First dip a glass in the chamoy, then dip into the seasoning.

    Layer with Chamoy Sauce in Glasses
    Pour a small amount – about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon – of chamoy into the bottom of each glass. Add the pureed mango mixture to fill the glass half full. Add in another spoonful of chamoy. Fill the glass to the top with the mango mixture.

    Add a Tamarind Candy Straw
    Add a tamarind straw to each beverage. These are made with tamarind paste mixed with sugar, chili powder, and other seasonings to create a sweet, sour, and spicy candy coating on plastic yellow straws. When placed in a drink, the tamarind straw gradually softens, infusing the beverage with its flavor – or you can just nibble on it! The kind I purchased doesn’t really function as a drinking straw until you clear the tamarind paste from inside the straw – and there’s a bunch up in there!

    Garnish the Mangonadas
    Top each Mangonada with fresh, juicy mango chunks. Drizzle on a little extra chamoy and shake on a touch more chili lime seasoning. Done and done!

    Make it a Cocktail
    As I mentioned earlier, Mangonadas can easily be transformed into a cocktail. Simply add a splash of your favorite tequila or vodka to the blender pitcher, along with the other ingredients before pureeing. More on this in the recipe notes.

    Mangonadas are smooth and creamy, and somehow the tangy, salty chamoy makes the mango taste even sweeter! It seems like everyone has a different way to make them, but all have the same basic components. I kept this recipe very simple. You should be able to find everything you need at the grocery store in the international aisle, or for purchase online.
    Hopefully you’ll find this recipe helpful, as it comes just in time for enjoying a cold beverage in hot weather. We already have summer temps here in the south, so I think I’m going to need another 8 pounds of fresh mangoes soon!
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    Mangonada Recipe

    Heather Baird

    This Mexico-born sweet sip is the perfect way to beat the heat when temps rise and a chilly treat is necessary! Made with fresh mangoes, lime juice, mango nectar, chamoy, and chili-lime seasoning, it all comes together in the blender in a snap. This is often served as a smoothie-like treat with no sugar or alcohol added, which is how I prefer them. However, you can find variations for sweetening the mixture, along with instructions for turning your mangonada into a cocktail, in the recipe notes.

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    Prep Time 15 minutes minsTotal Time 15 minutes mins

    Course Dessert, Snack, Street FoodCuisine Mexican

    Servings 4

    Equipment8 oz. glasses (4)
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric 16 oz. frozen fresh mango chunks2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice11.3 oz. mango nectar 1 can, such as Jumex1 cup ice3 tablespoons chili-lime seasoning such as Tajin Clásico1/2 cup chamoy sauce such as Tajin, plus more for garnishes2 mini tamarindo straws optionalFresh mango chunks from 1 mango
    Instructions Place the frozen mango chunks, lime juice, 1 cup of the mango nectar, and ice in the pitcher of a blender. Blend until smooth. Add the remainder of the mango nectar through the lid hole as you blend. When the mixture is smooth and has a thick, sorbet-like consistency, it is ready to use. This should take about 2 minutes.Place two shallow dishes side by side. On one plate, add some chamoy, and on the other add the chili-lime seasoning. Dip the rim of each 8 oz. glass into the chamoy, then into the seasoning.Add a little chamoy (1/2 to 1 tablespoon) into the bottom of each of the glasses; fill half full with the mango mixture. Add another spoonful of chamoy, and then fill the glass to the top with the mango mixture. At this point, you can swirl the layers of mango and chamoy together with a spoon, or leave them with distinct layers.Add a tamarind straw to each glass, if using. Top each mangonada with fresh mango chunks, an extra drizzle of chamoy, and a little more chili-lime seasoning.Enjoy immediately as a remedy for hot weather, or for any sunny gathering.
    NotesPrepackaged Frozen Mango Chunks: You can absolutely use frozen mango chunks from the freezer section at the grocery store. However, it’s really difficult to judge the ripeness of the product. If you find your frozen mango chunks are tart, blend in some cane sugar or simple syrup to taste.
    Increase the Sweet: As I mentioned, cane sugar is a wonderful, natural sweetener to use to sweeten this beverage. Blend in a little sugar at a time, tasting between blending, until it suits your palate. Or you can add simple sugar, which incorporates easily into the mixture. To make simple sugar, add 1 cup of boiling water to 1 cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar is melted. Then use as a drink sweetener.
    Make it a Cocktail: The general rule for cocktails is 1.5 to 2 oz. of alcohol per 8 oz. drink. So for this recipe which makes four 8 oz. servings, you could blend in up to 1 cup of tequila or vodka. But as always, you should add this to your taste and preference.
    **This recipe was developed from research across several different websites and a travel magazine. Although attributed to origins in Mexico, it should be mentioned that a Hispanic couple from Chicago claim to have invented it in the 2000’s, inspired by a childhood treat. You can read more about that here. 

    Keyword chamoy, chili lime seasoning, easy mangonada recipe, fresh lime juice, fresh mangoes, honey mangoes, mangonada recipe, mexican cocktail, tajin, tamarind straws, tequila, vodka

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    Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders and my Mother’s Day Brunch Menu (with Recipes)

    A pan of Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders is the easiest and tastiest make-ahead main dish for Mother’s Day Brunch. Learn how to make them, and get my entire Mother’s Day Brunch menu with recipes.

    Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and I’m always eager to explore a new menu for our annual brunch gathering. This year I tested a new savory dish – Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders. They were so simple to assemble, and you can do most of work a day (or two!) ahead. This is such a time-saver and you won’t have to be tied to the kitchen. Instead, you can spend more time with the special ladies in your life.
    This isn’t the first year I’ve shared my Mother’s Day Brunch menu. You can see a previous feast from 2018 right here. This new menu reflects a few items that can be served to those with gluten intolerance. My sweet mother-in-law has a few dietary considerations. So this menu has something for everyone.

    Prep the Buns
    Start with some ready-made rolls or slider buns. Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are perfect for this. Because they are so soft and delicious, and they also fit perfectly in a 9×9 inch pan. Or, you can use brioche slider buns. They’re slightly less sweet than the Hawaiian rolls, if that matters to you. Remove the rolls from their packaging and, without separating them, slice them in half horizontally.
    Then, spread the cut side of the roll bottoms with a mixture of horseradish cream and mayo. And make sure that you’re using horseradish cream – and not straight up horseradish! The latter is too assertive to use as a sandwich spread. (Well, I think so anyway..)

    Layer on Ham and Cheese
    Assemble a layer of deli sliced ham on top. Black Forest ham is slightly smoky and very savory, which contrasts the sweetness of the rolls. It’s what I used and recommend. Next, place slices of Swiss cheese in an even layer over the ham.
    Place the roll tops on the assembled ham and swiss. At this stage, you can cover the entire pan and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days. Or, you if you’re serving the same day, you can just carry on with the recipe as directed.

    Make the Slider Dressing
    Melt a stick of butter in a saucepan, then sauté some chopped onion in the butter. Then you’ll add a little brown sugar, spicy brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and garlic powder. Mix this all up and cook until everything looks incorporated and saucy. This only takes about 5 minutes.

    Dress the Sandwiches
    Pour the mixture from the pan on top of the rolls, or spoon it over if that seems easier. There’s more than enough of the mixture to generously coat all of the rolls.

    Cover and Chill Overnight
    If you’re making this one day ahead, then you can dress the rolls then refrigerate them overnight. However, if they’re going to be hanging out in the refrigerator for a couple of days, wait to dress the rolls until the day before or the day of baking. Because the dressed sliders may become soggy over time in the refrigerator.

    Serve from the Pan
    The sliders will stay warmer longer if they’re kept together and served from the pan. These are delicious warm, but also quite good at room temperature! So even if they cool, they’re still going to taste awesome.

    A Gluten-Free Main – Triple Cheese Omelet Bake
    Triple Cheese Omelet Bake is another make-ahead gem that often shows up for our Christmas Breakfast. (Who wants to be in the kitchen all of Christmas morning?) But it’s convenient for nearly any occasion, even just for a quick breakfast that you can scoop out and heat up in portions during the work week.
    This recipe is naturally gluten-free, provided your cheeses aren’t hiding any gluten in stabilizers or thickeners (so be a label-reader!). I adapt this recipe further, replacing the cheeses and milk with dairy-free options. You can read more about my swaps in the recipe notes in this blog post.

    Chilled Bites
    Cold shrimp cocktail is a mainstay at most of my gatherings, because it’s refreshing, unfussy, and there’s little work involved. Just get yourself some large cooked cocktail shrimp (tails on) and some ready-made cocktail sauce. Portion some of the sauce in small glasses with a few shrimp arranged around the edges. Or you could put them out buffet-style – all on a plate with the sauce in the center. If you’re looking to up the ante, you could make my Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail Shooters, which is easy and a little fancy.
    Brunch needs salad, if you ask me. One of my favorites is made with already triple-washed spring mix, sliced strawberries, with a scattering of almonds (or pecans). Serve with your favorite ready-made dressing. I love blue cheese on this, and balsamic vinaigrette is tasty for those who can’t have dairy.
    Place a bowl of chilled cut fruit nearby. Melon chunks, berries, and grapes give a nice variety. And they can all be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated overnight.

    Fancy Chips
    Personally, I love chips with a sandwich. Terra Chips are made of a variety of root vegetables such as yucca, white and orange sweet potato, parsnips, and beets. These look so pretty on the table, and they go well with the ham and cheese sliders. You can find them at just about any grocery store. I serve them often!

    Sweet Things
    I think I’ve mentioned before that my mom was a pastor’s wife (now retired). So, she’s done her fair share of cooking and serving her community. She often made these Pineapple Orange Muffins for fellowships, potlucks, and receptions. We just love them. They store well and stay moist, due to the entire can of undrained pineapple in the batter. Get the recipe for them right here.

    I couldn’t resist making my Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake for this brunch! Instead of keeping it in cake form, I sliced it into easy to serve pieces. Which also better showcases its swirly interior.

    A Citrusy, Rosy Punch
    Lemon Sorbet Punch is a trusted favorite for all kinds of parties and receptions (I developed the recipe in 2015!). It starts with a can of frozen lemon concentrate, and if you use the pink lemonade variety, you’ll end up with the rosy hue you see here. Visit this recipe right here.

    This menu isn’t difficult to put together – especially the make-ahead Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders – also the Triple Cheese Omelet Bake. If you have too little time to make the sweets, I’d recommend a tall platter of your favorite purchased doughnuts (such as Krispy Kreme – the glazed originals for my crowd!)
    Happy Mother’s Day to every mom, and to every person who fills that role!
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    Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders

    Heather Baird

    These sliders are so easy to assemble, and you can customize them to your favorite meat and cheese, although the combination of ham and Swiss is not to be missed! (See recipe notes for variations). Make them ahead for an easy bake-and-serve dish. Hawaiian sweet rolls are widely available and one 12 oz. package fits perfectly into a 9×9 inch dish. If you’re looking for a less sweet options, the use brioche slider rolls, which can be found at most grocery stores in the bakery section.

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    Prep Time 25 minutes minsCook Time 30 minutes minsTotal Time 55 minutes mins

    Course Brunch, Main CourseCuisine American

    Servings 12 sliders

    Equipment9×9 inch baking dish
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric 12 oz. Hawaiian sweet rolls (1 package) or brioche slicer buns¼ cup horseradish cream sauce¼ cup mayonnaise¾ lb. sliced deli ham such as Black Forest ham8 slices Swiss cheese½ cup salted butter3 tablespoons chopped onion1 tablespoon light brown sugar1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard such as Gulden’s2 teaspoons poppy seeds2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce½ teaspoon garlic powder
    Instructions Cut the rolls in half horizontally without separating them.In a small bowl, whisk together the horseradish cream sauce and mayo until thoroughly combined. Spread the mixture over the cut side of the roll bottoms. Place the roll bottoms into a 9×9-inch baking dish with deep sides.Layer ham evenly over the horseradish mixture, followed by the Swiss cheese. Replace the roll tops.Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook while stirring, until the onion is tender and translucent. Stir in the brown sugar, mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Stir until the sugar is melted, about 1 minutes.Pour the mixture over the rolls. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. (See recipe notes for longer storage).Preheat the oven to 350F.Bake the rolls covered in the foil for 25 minutes. Then uncover and bake until golden brown and shiny on top, about 5-7 minutes more.Serve warm or at room temperature.
    NotesMake 2+ Days Ahead: If you need an even longer head start on these sliders, then assemble the sandwiches, cover and refrigerate, but do not add the buttery dressing. Dressed, these can become soggy over more than a couple of days in the refrigerator. Make the dressing and pour over the rolls the day before serving and refrigerate. Or, just do it the day of serving (it only takes about 5 minutes to cook!).
    Switch up the flavors!

    Spicy Chipotle: Use chipotle mayo instead of the horseradish sauce mixture, use deli turkey instead of ham, and add pepper jack cheese instead of Swiss. .
    Southern BBQ: Keep the horseradish sauce, but add some barbecue sauce to it for a tangy kick. Use pulled pork from your favorite BBQ joint (or grocery store), cheddar cheese instead of Swiss, and serve these with a side of cole slaw.
    Cuban-Inspired: (Tampa Cuban) Coat roll bottoms with a thin, even layer of mustard instead of horseradish sauce, and keep the ham, but add a layer of Genoa salami. Add slices of dill pickles and Swiss cheese.

    Keyword baked sliders, deli ham, ham and cheese sliders, Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, horseradish sauce, make ahead main dish, make ahead party food, poppy seeds, sliders, swiss cheese, Worcestershire sauce

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    Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes

    These Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes are inspired by the flavors of Derby Pie, which is often served during the Kentucky Derby. Brown sugar cupcakes have a bourbon-walnut praline center, and they’re topped with rich bourbon-spiked chocolate buttercream.

    The Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May each year. And as a dyed-in-the-wool southerner I can’t let it pass by without celebrating it with food. I’ve said it before – I’m not really a follower of thoroughbreds, but I am a huge fan of the food that surrounds Derby Day!
    This cupcake recipe starts with a brown sugar cake batter, which has a healthy dose of bourbon in the mix. A bourbon-walnut praline filling is baked right into the cupcake. Which gives it something akin to a ‘bourbon ball‘ center. Chocolate buttercream – again – spiked with bourbon, has truffle-like flavor and consistency. Toasted walnuts and mini chocolate chips give a nod to it’s inspiration – Derby Pie. Have you heard of it?

    Inspired by Derby Pie
    To understand the inspiration for this cupcake, you first need to know about Derby Pie. It’s a famous dessert that originated in Louisville, Kentucky. Rich and decadent, it’s typically made with a filling of chocolate chips, walnuts, and bourbon. (Think pecan pie family, but with chocolate and walnuts.) While Derby Pie is not an official dish created specifically for the Kentucky Derby, it has become strongly associated with the event.
    The Derby Pie recipe was created in the 1950’s by the Kern family, who own Kern’s Kitchen in Louisville. They are highly protective of their secret family recipe and the confection’s trademark name, which is why you probably won’t ever find a copycat recipe for it here.

    Make the Bourbon Walnut Praline
    Mix up the bourbon walnut praline filling first, since it needs to be refrigerated before use. Combine the following until well blended: toasted chopped walnuts, vanilla wafer crumbs, brown sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup (or honey), and bourbon, of course. Put it in the refrigerator while you make the cupcakes.
    Bourbon Buying Tip: Use a Kentucky bourbon that you like to drink. Or, something with a pleasing fragrance. Super fancy and expensive varieties need not apply. Just use something mid-range such as Wild Turkey 101, or a small bottle of Maker’s Mark will do the trick. 80 proof is fine. Because most of the alcohol cooks out during baking.

    Make the Brown Sugar Cake Batter
    Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt. Cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy, then add in egg one at a time. Alternate the dry ingredients with sour cream and bourbon. All of which results in a heavenly spiced fluffy cake batter.

    Divide the batter between cupcake liners using a trigger ice cream scoop (such as this one). Then, with a teaspoon measure, scoop the chilled walnut praline mixture on top of each scoop of cake batter. Press the praline mixture down into the batter with the back of the teaspoon. Next, gently swirl the cake batter over the praline. Use a butter knife for this – it works well! (See video for this action.)

    Bake and Cool
    Bake the cupcakes in a preheated 350°F oven for about 18 minutes. When they’re done, the cupcake tops will be cracked and the filling will have bubbled up a little. Cool the cakes completely on a wire rack before frosting.

    Make the Chocolate Bourbon-Spiked Buttercream
    Cream together room temperature butter with confectioners’ sugar. Then add melted unsweetened chocolate (the Baker’s Bar kind) and 2 tablespoons of bourbon. If you can’t find unsweet chocolate, you can use bittersweet chocolate as a substitute. Beat everything together until thick and consistently chocolate-hued. Add in whole milk a little at a time to thin the mixture, then whip until light and fluffy.

    Frost the Cupcakes
    Immediately transfer the frosting to a large piping bag fitted with a French piping tip (open star, Ateco #828). Pipe one swirl of frosting onto each cupcake and immediately sprinkle on chopped walnuts and mini chocolate chips.
    Note: This chocolate frosting has setting properties akin to ganache. However, not quite as firmly set. But still firm enough to clog your piping tip if you leave it at room temp for more than 30 minutes. So don’t tarry with the frosting – get to piping!

    Garnish your Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes with black cocktail cherries. Although, this can be optional. But it’s such a nice touch. And it’s a nod to the popular Old Fashioned cocktail, made with bourbon and muddled cherries. Find them for purchase right here!

    And if you’re all in for the Derby theme, then you can find the cute equestrian cocktail picks I used right here.

    I can’t help but think these would be great for Father’s Day as well. But with their bourbon ball-like centers and lightly spiced brown sugar cake? Also fall and winter holidays. (I know, too soon!)

    If you’re looking for something rich, decadent, and uniquely southern – then this may be the ticket. Make them for Derby Day, Father’s Day, or for the bourbon enthusiast/aficionado in your life. Or if you’re always looking ahead (like me!) bookmark them for holiday fare. Because nothing says special occasion like a sweet treat infused with good ol’ Kentucky bourbon.
    Related Recipe: Derby Pie Truffles

    Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes

    Heather Baird

    These Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes are inspired by the staple dessert of the Kentucky Derby: Derby Pie. Brown sugar cake batter is infused with bourbon, and filled with a bourbon walnut-praline mixture – flavors and textures that resemble a classic bourbon ball. The bourbon-spiked chocolate buttercream makes these truly decadent, and worthy treat for watching the most exciting two minutes in sports. However, you don’t have to be a Derby fan to make these cupcakes.See recipe notes for no-alcohol suggestions.

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    Prep Time 20 minutes minsCook Time 18 minutes mins30 minutes cooling time 30 minutes minsTotal Time 1 hour hr 8 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American, Southern United States

    Servings 16

    EquipmentDecorator piping tip Ateco #828Piping bag
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Bourbon walnut praline filling1/4 cup chopped walnuts toasted1/4 cup vanilla wafer crumbs3/4 teaspoon unsweet cocoa powder1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar1 teaspoon light corn syrup or honey1 tablespoon Kentucky bourbonBrown sugar cupcakes2 cups cake flour2 teaspoons baking powder1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon allspice1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature3/4 cup light brown sugar2 large eggs3/4 cup sour cream1/4 cup Kentucky bourbonBourbon chocolate buttercream4 oz. unsweet chocolate chopped1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature2 cups confectioners’ sugar2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon1/4 cup whole milk or cream1/4 cup chopped walnuts toasted3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips16 black cocktail cherries such as Amarena or Luxardo cherries
    Instructions Bourbon walnut praline fillingCombine the walnuts, vanilla wafer crumbs, cocoa powder, and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the corn syrup and bourbon. Mix well with a rubber spatula until well blended. Refrigerate the mixture while you make the cupcakes.Brown sugar cupcakesPreheat the oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with 16 paper liners.In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and sea salt. Set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs in one at a time. Mix well after each addition.Add 1/3 of the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until just combined. Add half of the sour cream and all of the bourbon to the batter; beat until just combined. Add in another 1/3 of the dry flour mixture; mix again. Add the remaining sour cream; mix until just combined. Finally, add the last 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until a fluffy consistent batter is achieved, about 2 minutes.Portion the batter into the prepared cupcake tins (use a trigger ice cream scoop if you have one, or 1/4 cup measure). Remove the bourbon walnut praline filling from the refrigerator and scoop it by the level 1 teaspoonful. Place one teaspoon of the filling on top of each portioned cup of batter. Press the filling down into the batter using the back of the teaspoon, or with a butter knife. Gently swirl the batter over the filling (see video for this action).Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the cupcakes are well risen, the tops are slightly crackled. Let cool in the pans 5 minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.Bourbon chocolate buttercreamPlace the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 1 minute increments at 100% power, stirring well in between heatings, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. (About 2 minutes total time.) Set aside to cool slightly.Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed until creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix on low speed at first, then medium speed, until the mixture is crumbly and partially combined. Add in the cooled melted chocolate and the bourbon. Mix again until a thick consistently chocolate frosting is achieved. Add milk and beat until light and fluffy. If mixture seems thick, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time until it comes to piping consistency.Immediately transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a large open star tip (also called French piping tip, or Ateco #828). Pipe one swirl on top of each cupcake. Sprinkle with walnuts and mini chocolate chips. Add one cocktail cherry to each center swirl of frosting.Store cupcakes air tight in a cupcake keeper, or well covered with plastic wrap.
    NotesWhat to expect: These cakes are rich with a sturdy brown sugar cake base filled with bourbon walnut praline. The center tastes like a classic bourbon ball. The frosting is rich and deeply chocolaty. When first assembled, you may have a slight boozy note of alcohol from the frosting, but the next day the bourbon will have mellowed and all that’s left is the nuanced flavors of the bourbon.
    No Alcohol Version: It’s difficult to find a good replacement for bourbon in baking recipes. My choice is apple juice (no sugar added) mixed with a little bourbon vanilla extract. For this recipe, replace the bourbon in the filling with 1 tablespoon apple juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.  For the cake portion, replace the 1/4 cup bourbon with 1/4 cup apple juice with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. For the buttercream, simply omit the bourbon and replace it with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
    Pipe Swiftly: This chocolate frosting has setting properties akin to ganache. However, not quite as firmly set. But still firm enough to clog your piping tip if you leave it at room temp for more than 30 minutes. So don’t tarry with the frosting – get to piping!
    What Kind of Bourbon: Use a Kentucky bourbon that you like to drink. Or, something with a fragrance that you find pleasing. Super fancy and expensive varieties need not apply. Just use something mid-range such as Wild Turkey 101, or a small bottle of Maker’s Mark will do the trick. 80 proof is fine. Because most of the alcohol cooks out during baking.

    Keyword bourbon balls, bourbon chocolate buttercream, brown sugar bourbon cupcakes, brown sugar cake, Derby Day recipe, derby pie cupcakes, Kentucky bourbon, Kentucky Derby recipe, walnut praline filling

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    Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies

    These Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies have bold peanut butter flavor with subtle sweet heat from gochujang chile paste.

    If you had asked me what to do with gochujang a couple of weeks ago, I would have told you all about my husband’s favorite Korean beef bowl recipe. It never occurred to me to incorporate the chile paste into desserts – until I saw a recipe by Eric Kim, cooking columnist for the New York Times, for Gochujang Caramel Cookies (by way of Chef John). What a brilliant idea! His recipe was often reviewed as tasting ..’like a snickerdoodle with heat”.
    Much as a spicy snickerdoodle appealed to me, I was eager to put my own spin on the idea. Recalling one of my favorite spicy peanut noodle dishes, I decided gochujang would be absolutely delicious in peanut butter cookie dough. Off to the drawing board I went, and returned with a batch of Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies that were gobbled up immediately!

    About Gochujang
    Gochujang is a staple in Korean cuisine. It’s a fermented chili paste made primarily from red chili powder, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, and salt. This mixture is traditionally fermented in earthenware pots for several months to develop its flavors: heat and spice, with a touch of sweetness. You’ll often find it in dishes like bibimbap and bulgogi marinades. Gochujang comes in both paste and sauce forms – for this recipe, be sure to use gochujang chile paste (concentrate).
    Gochu (GO-CHU) = “Chile pepper”Jang (rhymes with Tang) = “Fermented soybean”

    Make the Gochujang-Brown Sugar Mixture
    Stir together 1 tablespoon of room temperature butter, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of gochujang paste in a small bowl. Mix well, mashing the ingredients together with a rubber spatula until well incorporated. Set aside.

    Make the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
    In the bowl of an electric mixer (I used a hand mixer) cream together butter, brown and white sugars, egg yolks, vanilla, and creamy peanut butter. Use shelf-stable creamy peanut butter for the best results. Add in flour, leavens and salt, and beat until the mixture forms thick dough.

    Swirl in the Gochujang Mixture
    Scrape down the cookie dough and spread it down evenly into the bowl using a rubber spatula. Then, dot the surface of the cookie dough with the gochujang mixture. Gently swirl and fold it into the cookie dough; avoid over-mixing. This creates pockets of gochujang in the dough.

    Repeat the process with the remaining gochujang mixture (see video of the mixing process). The end result should have visible ribbons of the gochujang mixture running throughout the dough.

    Use a Cookie Scoop!
    Here I go again preaching the virtues of the cookie scoop – but it’s a real time-saver! You can find the one I use right here. Scoop dough out onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Because the spread, space them out 2-3 inches apart. And only place about six per 13×9 inch baking sheet. Which is the size cookie sheet I used.
    Add some coarsely chopped peanuts on top of each dough mound before baking. These only bake for about 10 minutes, and they’ll be soft right from the oven. So let them cool and firm up before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

    After taking these from the oven, the cookies will be slightly puffed. Rap the pan on the counter top 2-3 times to deflate them and to create that craggy, pillowed look.

    Cool on the Pans
    Wait just a few minutes before removing these from the pan – while they are hot they are soft. So give them 5 minutes to cool on the pans to firm up a little.
    I love how these cookies turned out – sweet and peanut-ty with a little hit of salt and heat from the gochujang. I almost wish I could re-write Sea Salt Sweet to include these cookies. They’d go in the same “Well Seasoned” chapter as the Miso Caramel Cupcakes with Ramen Brittle I developed for the book. (Page 177 if you have it, pictured below.)
    Miso Caramel Cupcakes from Sea Salt Sweet.

    These cookies are so deliciously peanut buttery, with mild sweet heat. The gochujang is not as assertive as you might expect. However, the heat level may vary with different brands of gochujang. So if you’re looking for a really great one, I use and recommend Mother in Law’s Kimchi brand.
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    Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies

    Heather Baird

    Sweet with a little heat and filled with peanut butter flavor, these Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies are chewy and delicious. Perfect for the gourmand or chile pepper enthusiast in your life. Gochujang is a Korean chile paste that can be found in the Asian food section at most grocery stores, and online. Be sure to buy the paste and not the sauce, the paste is concentrated and works best in this recipe.

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    Prep Time 15 minutes minsCook Time 10 minutes minsTotal Time 25 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American, Korean

    Servings 24 cookies

    Equipmentlarge baking sheetsparchment paper
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Gochujang mixture1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature2 tablespoons light brown sugar1 1/2 tablespoons gochujang fermented chile pastePeanut butter cookie dough1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature3/4 cup light brown sugar1/4 cup granulated sugar2 large egg yolks1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup creamy peanut butter shelf stable such as Skippy or Jif1 cup all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon fine grain salt1/3 cup peanuts salted variety coarsely chopped
    Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two or more large baking sheets with parchment paper.Gochujang mixtureMix the butter, brown sugar, and gochujang in a small bowl to form a paste.Use a small rubber spatula to effectively mash and stir the ingredients together. Set aside.Peanut butter cookie doughIn the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 minutes.Beat in the egg yolks. Add the vanilla extract and mix again. Add the peanut butter and beat until smooth and consistent, about 2 minutes.Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula and flatten the surface of the dough.Dot half of the gochujang mixture onto the surface of the dough; roughly swirl and fold into the dough; don’t overmix. (See video for visual.) Repeat dotting process with remaining gochujang mixture. Swirl it into the dough with a spatula or knife. Avoid over-mixing. You want to see ribbons of the gochujang running through the dough.Scoop the dough into 24 balls using a small cookie scoop. Arrange them well-spaced on the prepared baking sheets. Top each dough ball with a few of the chopped peanuts.Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately rap the bottom of the baking sheet on a work surface to slightly flatten the cookies, which creates the craggy, pillowed texture shown. (You can skip this step and the cookies will deflate slightly. But they won’t have the exact same texture shown.)Let cool 5 minutes on the pan, or until they are firm enough to move without tearing. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.Store in an airtight container, or in zip-top bags.
    NotesWhat to expect: A classic, chewy peanut butter cookie with marbling of sweet heat from the gochujang-brown sugar mixture. The peanut butter is the driving flavor in this recipe, and the subtle spicy flavor of gochujang provides a delightful grace note. 
    This original cookie recipe was inspired by food columnist Eric Kim’s popular recipe, Gochujang Caramel Cookies, which he contributed to The New York Times. 

    Keyword chile desserts, chopped peanuts, creamy peanut butter, gochujang chile paste, gochujang cookies, Korean food, peanut butter cookies, quick dessert

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    Strawberry Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust

    Strawberry Cream Pie is a classic dessert that never goes out of style! It’s made with delicious French pastry cream and the season’s best fresh strawberries.

    There are many ways to celebrate the season’s bounty of fresh strawberries, and this pie is one of the best! The silky French pastry cream filling strikes a perfect balance with the tart berry topping. The usual crust is a simple press-in-the-pan graham cracker crumb mixture. But this time I’ve opted for a chocolate cookie crust. Which gives the pie richness and makes it even more special, if you ask me.

    Thankfully, warm weather is here to stay for a while! So it’s so easy to find really great tasting strawberries right now. Farmer’s markets and berry farms are a good place to start shopping. But even grocery store berries will taste noticeably better. If you find yourself with a bumper crop, and want to preserve the in-season strawberries, then check out my article on how to freeze strawberries right here, on

    Make the Chocolate Cookie Crust
    Start with 1 1/2 cups of chocolate cookie crumbs. Since Nabisco’s Famous Chocolate Wafers are no longer in production, use Oreo sandwich cookies with the filling scraped out. That’s approximately 22-25 of the unfilled sandwich cookies pulverized in a food processor. (Dewey’s Bakery Brownie Crisp Cookie Thins are also a fine choice.) Or, if you’d rather opt for the classic graham cracker crust, then you can find the instructions for that in the recipe notes.
    Combine the crumbs with melted butter in a medium mixing bowl and stir to coat the crumbs. Press the crumbs into an ungreased pie plate and bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 7 minutes to set it. Let the crust cool on a wire rack while you prep the filling.

    Make the Vanilla Cream Filling
    Begin by whisking together a few dry ingredients in a large pot: sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Next, whisk together 3 cups of half-and-half (or whole milk), 6 egg yolks, and a little vanilla. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Then, place over medium heat and bring to a boil while whisking constantly. Cook until smooth and thickened. When it has the consistency of soft pudding, add 2 tablespoons of butter and whisk until melted and combined. Let it cool 5 minutes before pouring it into the pie crust.
    Tip: Whisking constantly should help prevent lumps. However, if your pastry cream has lumps at the end of cooking, pass it through a sieve before filling the pie crust.

    Fill and Chill
    Pour the warm cream filling into the cooled pie crust. Smooth the top and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

    Top with Strawberries
    There’s more than one way to top this pie! You can slice the strawberries as I have, and arrange them on top in a starburst design (see the video to help you along.) Or, you can simply dice the strawberries fine and pile them on top (see this recipe for example). I’ll admit, the latter is slightly easier to slice, but I am partial to a fancy arrangement.

    Glaze the Strawberries
    Like the classic French fruit tart (tarte aux fruits) make the strawberries shine with a simple jam glaze. Use a red fruit jam, such as raspberry or strawberry, and heat it in a small microwave-safe cup. Cook until liquid and glossy, about 30 seconds. Then, using a pastry brush, coat all of the berries with the jam. Apricot jam will also work well, but it will be almost clear and won’t add any color like the red jam will.

    Refrigerate another 10-ish minutes before serving to set the glaze.

    This Strawberry Cream Pie is such a lovely chilled treat to serve during warm weather. It seems just the thing to serve at a cookout or summer barbecue. The combination of chocolate crust, creamy custard filling, and tart strawberries – what’s not to love?
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    Strawberry Cream Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

    Heather Baird

    Strawberry Cream Pie is an old-fashioned dessert staple that never goes out of style! The chocolate cookie crust is filled with vanilla custard and then topped with freshly sliced strawberries. A fine glaze of melted red jam makes the berries sparkle and gives them a little extra color.If you’re partial to a graham cracker crust with your strawberry cream pie, see the recipe notes for instructions for an easy (and tasty!) graham cracker crust.

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    Prep Time 30 minutes minsCook Time 15 minutes mins4 hours chill time 4 hours hrsTotal Time 4 hours hrs 45 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American, French

    Equipment9″ pie plate
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Crust1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs such as pulverized Oreo cookies with filling removed7 tablespoons unsalted butter meltedPastry cream filling2/3 cup granulated sugar2 tablespoons all-purpose flour3 tablespoons cornstarch1/4 teaspoon fine grain salt3 cups half-and-half or whole milk6 large egg yolks1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 tablespoons unsalted butterStrawberry topping1 quart fresh strawberries washed and dried1/4 cup strawberry or raspberry jam or jelly
    Instructions CrustPreheat the oven to 375°F.In a large bowl, stir together the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Mix well until all of the crumbs are coated with the butter.Pour the crumbs into an ungreased pie plate and pack them evenly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides.Bake for 7 minutes to set. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.Pastry cream fillingIn a large saucepan, whisk together the sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. In a large measuring pitcher or another mixing bowl, combine the half-and-half, egg yolks, and vanilla. Whisk to combine.Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture while whisking constantly. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Cook until smooth and thickened, to the consistency of pudding, about 5 minutes.Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter. When the butter is melted, let the mixture stand for 5 minutes to cool slightly.Pour the cream into the prepared pie crust. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.Strawberry toppingCut 4 whole strawberries in half with the tops intact; set aside. Hull and slice the remaining strawberries. Pat them dry with paper towels. Arrange in the center of the pie in a starburst pattern (see video for visuals). Arrange halved strawberries with the green tops around the sliced berries.Heat the jam or jelly in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until liquid. Let cool slightly. Use a pastry brush to coat all of the berries with a fine layer of the jam.Refrigerate the pie for at least 10 minutes before serving to set the jam. Store covered in the refrigerator.
    NotesWhat to Expect: This pie is creamy-dreamy with French pastry cream filling that sits atop a chocolate cookie crust. The acidity of the strawberries perfectly contrasts the filling. The glaze adds a little sweetness and makes the berries shine.
    Lumpy Pastry Cream? No Problem! Make sure you’re whisking constantly as you cook the pastry cream. All that whisking should help prevent lumps. However, if your pastry cream has lumps at the end of cooking, pass it through a sieve before filling the pie crust.
    A Speedier Topping: If you’re not into arranging all those berries, you can simply dice them all fine and toss them in the melted jam, then pile them on top of the pie and refrigerate as directed.
    Weepy Berries: Arrange the berries on top of the pie within a couple of hours before serving for the freshest appearance. If leftovers remain more than a day or two, the berries will begin to weep and give off their juices. The green tops on the halved berries will also wilt. This doesn’t look pretty, but it will not affect the taste.
    For a Graham Cracker Crust: Combine 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add 7 tablespoons melted butter and mix to coat the crumbs. Pour into a pie plate and press in the bottom and up the sides; bake and cool as directed in the recipe.

    Keyword chocolate cookie crust, French pastry cream, fresh strawberries, glazed strawberries, nostalgic dessert, old fashioned pie, spring dessert, strawberry cream pie, summer dessert

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    Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake

    This Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake is covered in rich cream cheese frosting and has a cinnamon swirl inside!

    I’m always trying to make up new excuses to eat cake for breakfast. This Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake is one of the best excuses I can think of. It has a moist pound cake-like crumb with two batters layered to create a cinnamon swirl inside. My favorite cinnamon roll topping is fluffy cream cheese frosting. So I used it as a cake topping, along with some crunchy toasted pecans.
    I developed this recipe two years ago, and tested it several times. Then I tested it on family members at a Christmas party with rave reviews. After that – and for some unknown reason – I folded the sheet of recipe notes and used it as a bookmark for a book I was reading! I don’t know what was wrong with me, aside from being unorganized. But, there it stayed until recently, when I reopened that book. I’m so happy to have found it, so I can finally share it here!

    As I mentioned earlier, this cake has a tight but moist crumb, much like pound cake. It’s really great with a cup of strong coffee. I think I may add this to my Mother’s Day brunch menu this year!

    Start with Reverse Creaming
    You may remember the reverse creaming technique from my previous Costco Copycat Sheet Cake recipe. First, you’ll add all the dry ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk them together. Then you’ll add room temperature butter and beat it in the dry mixture until it has the texture of fine cornmeal. Reverse creaming works especially well for bundt cakes, because the batter doesn’t dome as it bakes. So there’s nothing to trim away or level.

    Mix in the wet ingredients, which includes eggs, milk, vanilla, and a little sour cream, to create a fluffy batter.

    Make the Cinnamon Swirl Batter
    Remove 2 1/2 cups of the cake batter to a medium bowl. Add in some brown sugar, ground cinnamon, all-purpose flour, and milk. Fold the ingredients together with a rubber spatula. Or use a hand mixer to combine everything well (as seen in the video). I’ve used both methods and both yield similar results.

    Layer the Batters.
    Begin by adding a little less than 1/3 of the plain cake batter a greased bundt pan. (12 cup capacity, I used a Nordic Ware pan.) Spread evenly using a rubber spatula. Top with half of the cinnamon batter and spread as evenly as possible (the video may help you with visuals here). Next, add another 1/3 of the plain batter and spread evenly, followed by the rest of the cinnamon batter. Last, add the remaining plain batter and smooth the top. That’s a lot of layering! But well worth the effort.

    Bake the Bundt
    Place the pan in a preheated 350°F oven and bake for about 55 minutes. As the cake bakes, the batter closest to the bundt pan’s walls will cook first, creating a swirl inside. When the cake tests done with a toothpick tester, take it out of the oven and let it cool 5 minutes in the pan.

    Turn out on a wire rack. Then cool the cake completely before covering it in that luscious cream cheese frosting.

    Make the Cream Cheese Frosting
    I’ll say it again – cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting is my favorite! So of course, the same frosting was destined for this cake. This isn’t a glaze – it’s thick and fluffy. So swirl it on top of the cake with the back of a spoon.

    Chopped pecans provide delicious crunch to this cake. Sprinkle on about 1/2 cup. And definitely toast them beforehand! Just 5-7 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven will do it.

    This cake is so fun to slice – even more fun to eat! It keeps well in the refrigerator, but bring it to room temperature before enjoying it for the best flavor and texture.

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    Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake Recipe

    Heather Baird

    This Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake is perfect for any occasion, from brunch gatherings to dinner’s dessert course. Two batters are layered together to create an eye-popping cinnamon swirl inside as the cake bakes. With its rich pound cake texture and heavenly cream cheese frosting, it is truly reminiscent of its cinnamon roll inspiration. Use a plain fluted bundt pan for this recipe – no need for ornate pans with lots of details and designs. This cake works best with the classic bundt pan shape.

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    Prep Time 35 minutes minsCook Time 55 minutes minsTotal Time 1 hour hr 30 minutes mins

    Course Brunch, DessertCuisine American

    Servings 16

    Equipment12 cup capacity bundt pan
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Cake batter3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 1/3 cup granulated sugar2/3 cup light brown sugar1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon fine grain salt1 cup unsalted butter softened4 large eggs2 tablespoons vanilla extract2/3 cup whole milk1/2 cup sour creamCinnamon swirl batter2/3 cup light brown sugar2 tablespoons ground cinnamon2 tablespoons all-purpose flour3 tablespoons whole milkCream cheese frosting1/4 cup unsalted butter4 oz. cream cheese at room temperature1 cup confectioners’ sugar1/2 cup heavy cream1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup chopped pecans toasted
    Instructions Cake batterPreheat oven to 350°F. Coat a fluted 12 cup bundt pan with flour-based baking spray, or grease and flour well.In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whisk together flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together.Add the room temperature butter to the dry flour mixture. Beat on medium-low speed with the paddle attachment until the mixture is dry and crumbly, and has the appearance of cornmeal, 5-7 minutes. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Lightly whisk, and then pour into the well of the dry ingredients. Add the sour cream. Beat the batter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat again briefly to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.Cinnamon swirl batterRemove 2 1/2 cups of the cake batter to a medium mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and milk. Beat together with a hand mixer or mix together well with a rubber spatula.Spoon in a little less than 1/3 of the plain batter into the prepared bundt pan. Spread evenly. Add in half of the cinnamon swirl batter and spread evenly. Layer in half of the remaining plain batter and spread evenly. Next, layer in the remaining half of the cinnamon swirl batter; spread evenly. Finally, top with the remaining plain batter and spread evenly.Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for about 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean.Cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.Cream cheese frostingIn the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and cream cheese. Beat until well combined. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until just combined. Pour in heavy cream as you mix on low speed, then beat on high speed until billowy and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract.Spread the frosting evenly over the top and 3/4 down the sides of the cake. Sprinkle with toasted pecans.Slice to reveal the cinnamon swirl. This cake keeps well in the refrigerator, but bring it to room temperature before enjoying it for the best flavor and texture.
    NotesI use and recommend flour-based baking spray for bundt pans, such as Baker’s Joy. It’s quick and easy, and removes the messy step of flouring the pan.

    Keyword breakfast cake, brown sugar, brunch cake, cinnamon cake batter, cinnamon roll bundt cake, cinnamon swirl bundt cake, cream cheese frosting, mini bundt cakes

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