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A fresh baked, flaky and buttery croissant, filled with a creamy custard, topped with sweet and juicy sliced strawberries…doesn’t that just sound like a dessert you want to indulge in? It did for me! You can start your morning or afternoon by enjoying this super simple treat or serve as an after brunch dessert! Everyone loves bite-sized desserts for brunch so by filling your croissants, cutting into small pieces, and garnish with powdered sugar and you have the perfect dessert brunch item your guests will enjoy! I highly recommend using freshly baked croissants from your local bakery versus store-bought croissants sold in plastic containers. You want that flaky crunch when you bite into this sandwiched dessert!
For the cream, I used my handy creme anglaise recipe. Since this smooth vanilla flavored English cream (also referred to as a sauce) is usually served as a topping for desserts, I had a feeling it would make a great tasting complement inside a croissant. To add another level of flavor, I added some almond extract to the cream. If you prefer, you can just add the usual vanilla flavor and step it up by adding the seeds of a fresh vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy!
- ½ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup whipping cream
- 1 whole egg, plus 1 egg yolk
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp, almond extract (optional)
- Combine milk and cream in medium-sized saucepan. Bring to simmer and remove from heat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, yolk, and sugar. Gradually add egg mixture while continuing to whisk. Return mixture to saucepan. Stir constantly over low heat until thickens. (Do not boil, or sauce will curdle). Strain sauce through a fine strainer into a bowl and whisk in the seeds from the vanilla bean. Cover and chill for at least 90 minutes, until very cold.
- When sauce is cold, spoon a generous amount of custard inside the croissant.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
With the upcoming 4th of July long holiday weekend, we haven’t decided whether we will making a road trip out of town or staying at home and hosting a backyard party. If we do decide to stay in town, we will host a patriotic-themed celebration with a charming outdoor gathering for a relaxed dinner and serve easy, portable food like a grilled hot dogs. I envision creating a tablescape channeling the deep blue sea and displaying a flower arrangement with red ranunculus, perhaps.
If you’re looking for cooking inspiration, keep reading for a round-up of my fourth of July summer menu idea.
Crank up the grill and make your own DIY hot dog station! Having your guests customize their own hot dog is a great way to get everyone in on the food prep and having a little fun with their food. With all these savory hot dog topping ideas, you can’t go wrong.
For a sweeter flavor, these tropical hot dog toppings are equally satisfying! Place hot dogs in a fun basket or have your guests create their own hot dog toppings with individualized hot dog holders. Organize condiments on a tiered stand or in mason jars atop a bowl of ice.
Take ordinary french fries to the next level! Display these crispy, robust oven-baked garlic parmesan potato fries in mini galvanized bucket pails for each guest to easily grab and place on their plate.
Add a punch of flavor to your cocktail with a simple summer infusion like this refreshing strawberry moscow mule recipe. You can create a large batch for your guests or make one cup at a time and display on a tray for them to self serve.
Finish the night with sparklers and a berry delicious dessert! While I could have chosen a more traditional dessert like a cherry pie, I decided with a heavy-filling entree – a lighter dessert like this raspberry gratin, would be ideal.
Take the fun outside and enjoy this fourth of July! Happy Summer!!
*featured image by Crate and Barrel
Happy Friday!! What better way to kick off the long holiday weekend than with a delicious cocktail..am I right?! Sometimes the best desserts come in the form of a cocktail and what better way to have the best of both worlds. If you love sweet and creamy cocktails, then I bet you will enjoy my decadent ‘White Chocolate-Raspberry Cream’ drink. An added bonus is the Lindor Dark Chocolate Truffle that I garnished this cocktail with…it’s a great treat to enjoy when you have reached the bottom of your empty glass! For this easy to make cocktail recipe, keep reading below.
A BIG thank you to all the men and women fighting for the security for all of us, to keep us safe. Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend!
- 1 ounce, Vodka
- 2 ounces, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
- 3/4 ounces, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
- 1/4 ounces, White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Creamer
- Crushed Ice
- Whipped Cream and a Dark Chocolate Truffle, cut the shell in half (I used Lindor brand)
- In a cocktail shaker, add crushed ice and all the ingredients.
- Shake and pour
- Garnish with Whipped Cream and top it with two halves of the chocolate truffle
- Serve and Enjoy!
Recipe + Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, I rounded-up a mouth-watering collection of floral-inspired desserts to try for Mother’s day. Today, I’m sharing a cocktail that is also floral-inspired. Roses are meant to symbolize LOVE and that was the reason behind sharing my cocktail recipe to be served on Mother’s day.
If you’re hosting a Mother’s day brunch, make it fancier by treating mom to my ‘Vanilla Pink Rose’ cocktail…perfectly paired with one of these floral-inspired desserts! A dash of rose water to the cocktail mix, a drop of pink food coloring, and garnish with an edible rose petal – transforms the appearance of this cocktail to a dainty and may I add, girly one..a beautifully simple and sweet cocktail for spring! My recipe can also be served alone as a dessert cocktail. If you’re going to serve it like this, than do what I did…in these pictures, I actually used my mini coupe glasses!
This refreshing cocktail is sweet but light and tastes even better when you pre-mix. Let the chocolate bean flavor with vanilla scent of the Creme de Cacao, the creamy flavor of the Whipped Vodka and dash of rose water combine longer.
-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
Wishing all mom’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday! xo
- 1½ oz. Whipped Vodka (I used Pinnacle brand)
- 1 oz. Creme de Cacao (I used Jacquin's brand - white color not dark)
- 1 tsp. Rose Water
- 1 drop, pink food coloring
- 1 edible rose petal to garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add all the above ingredients
- Shake, Pour, and Garnish
- Serve and Enjoy!
Indulge mom or the special woman in your life this mother’s day with an exceptional dessert!
Who doesn’t love flowers, right? I’ve rounded up a beautiful collection of 10 delectable desserts that are infused with a subtle floral flavor and others that highlight the spring season with its exquisite floral decorations! Celebrate the day and try out any of these recipes that your mom will appreciate.
via Candy Company
Edible flowers? YES! Surprise mom and bring her some edible springtime flowers by arranging them in a lovely bouquet.
via hapa nom nom
These rose-shaped desserts have all the ingredients that not only make them pretty but tasty as well!
via Sugar and Charm
Cupcakes to pretty to eat! Bring some springtime to the party by turning ordinary cupcakes into gorgeous hydrangeas with easy frosted decorating tips.
A celebration with champagne is always a good idea and it doesn’t get any better when you add it in your dessert! Presenting this cake in a champagne glass adds a touch of elegance!
Oh, how I love the subtle perfumed flavor of lavender. I imagine this cake will have your taste buds delighted as you feel you are transported to the English countryside!
via Le Petit Eats
A few drops of rose water turns any dessert into a delicacy. I love how simple and sweet these pale blush rose-shaped meringues look!
via Preppy Kitchen
Now, who doesn’t love peonies?! Especially when it’s a large bloom decorated on a classic vanilla cake! This individual-sized cake is perfect to package in a box, tied with a bow.
Oh, the combination of flavors in these macarons have me craving to try this recipe right away! Add these onto a beautiful tray to gift to your mom and add decorate by sprinkling a few rose petals and if you can get your hands on an orange blossom flower to place in the center – you have made a beautiful presentation!
via Somewhat Simple
Does your mom love to garden? Well these sugar cookie flower pots will surely bring a smile to her face! Get creative by packaging these cuties in a picket fence planter box.
via The Gunny Sack
Perfect for spring…another fun recipe and easy DIY are these adorable and fun flower pot cookies with bright pops of color!