Berry Medley Compote

If you like a bit of sweet, tart and freshness combined all-in-one over your favorite breakfast or desserts then a fruit compote is the way to go. They are perfect of pancakes, waffles and french toast, as well as desserts like ice cream or cakes. My compote recipe is very basic which to me is ideal because I can make it without much hassle. Not mention I use frozen fruit! It’s perfect to use when certain fruits are not in season or you simply do not have 3-4 different types of berries laying around on a given day! However, you can make a compote with different fruit combinations and if you have fresh fruit available you can still use this recipe without much difference.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

This is my all time favorite frosting! It’s the best in my opinion…I feel like it can go with pretty much any type of cake flavor, white, vanilla, chocolate, carrot, etc. Just 4 ingredients and a couple of minutes you can easily whip up a frosting you can enjoy. Side note! this frosting can melt easily if left out in the heat, so I do recommend that you place it in the refrigerator after making it and keep the frosted cupcakes/cake refrigerated right before and after serving.

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4th of July Cupcakes

Happy 4th of July!! Here is a little and simple cupcake recipe. It’s nothing fancy and its super cute for a Independence day get together…or any get together. Personally I enjoy cake mix boxes, it’s easy and fast to make and most of the times I can’t taste the difference between homemade and cake mix boxes. The cream cheese frosting is actually my favorite frosting to make because it is absolutely delicious and the berry compote is awesome to have around as a topping for basically anything. Seriously try this recipe for a summer day!

I will have individual posts for cream cheese frosting and berry compote.

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Capirotada/Mexican Bread Pudding

Capirotada is a Mexican bread pudding that is very common during the religious season of Lent leading up to Easter. It was a traditional dish I would see on the table as a child whenever we would have a big family dinner for Good Friday. After I got married I wanted to bring that tradition into my new home and made it the first year of marriage. It was a hit for my husband…unfortunately for the next couple of years for one reason or another I let go of those traditional dishes. However! now that I see my children getting a little bigger I figured I would start making this again….that and my husband bugged me for days to make this! So I figured it would be a good opportunity to make him happy with more food, introduce it to my kids and have another recipe to share.
Of course like any other dish there are different versions in making this. My family usually adds sliced cheese like Queso Fresco…I’m not about that life and neither is my husband so it’s not in my recipe. But you can find cheese along with shredded coconut, nuts, fresh fruits like bananas, dried fruits and even sprinkles for a more festive look! A lot of versions toast the bread before adding the Piloncillo syrup and bake it in the oven, my mom never did it…not sure if she was lazy and didn’t want to do the extra work or preferred softer bread, but that’s how I learned to make Capirotada and it’s now my preferred method of making it. This is definitely a traditional Mexican dish to make during Lent season or any time of the year!

Happy Easter Friends!

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Arroz con Leche/Rice Pudding

A childhood favorite of mine is Arroz con Leche, a simple yet sweet treat that has different variations throughout Latin America! Even within the same country everyone makes it their own way and it’s amazing how a dish like this can be so familiar but different at the same time. For example, a lot of people use condensed milk and/or evaporated milk. Some make the pudding itself runnier, like a thick soup and others (like myself) make it thicker like a custard. There are also different toppings, cinnamon, dried fruits, coconut flakes, etc. So the base of this recipe comes from my mom, of course with my own tweaks. Personally I like my Arroz con Leche to be custard like with pretty much only milk, sugar and the ONLY topping…ground cinnamon. It does take time and effort but I promise it’s so worth it!

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Chewy Cocoa Brownies

Brownies. Enough said.

Actually! I believe brownies are seriously one of the most versatile desserts out there. There are countless ways of making them and the extra goodness you can add to them such as nuts and marshmallows. My personal favorite are chewy brownies with walnuts, it’s hard to pass those up. Another favorite are the brownie and cheesecake combo, two of my favorites in one…yay! This particular brownie is wonderful too especially if you are looking for a basic cocoa brownie recipe, from here you can add what you heart desires. Of course my kids devoured them…so it’s safe to say it was a hit.

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Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Hello! Let me just say that it’s almost Christmas!!! Like everyone who isn’t a Grinch, I love Christmas! Too be honest I’ve gotten more into the holidays now that I have children than before, it’s just a fun and exciting experience overall. Since my kids are getting bigger I’m trying to find new traditions to do together as a family. Our usual is decorating a gingerbread house and this year my son has been reminding me that we NEED to bake cookies for Santa. I figured this would be a great way to start a new tradition with the kids…cookie decorating!

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