Cronuts

Today there will not be a recipe, but more of a public service announcement. The Cronut is probably the most amazing combination ever made in food history. It is a Croissant Donut that has a cinnamon sugar coating. I finally got to try this amazingness at Epcot in Disney World yesterday.

For all my Michiganders out there, this tastes just like an apple orchard donut! This made me very happy since now I can have a taste of home in Florida. You can get this donut 2 ways, plain or topped with ice cream. We got it both ways, and since I can’t have ice cream, I let Dad tackle that one. It is hard to eat with a fork or spoon though. Can’t really cut into the Cronut very easily. I would suggest just eating the ice cream first and then picking up the Cronut and eat it with your hands.

CronutCronut with ice cream

Both ways are super delicious and there were a lot of people ordering them when we were in line. This is a MUST try. It is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or if you just want a snack. This doesn’t weigh you down like a normal donut does. So go to Disney World now, or for those New Yorkers, go to the bakery that sells them. These need to be eaten by all!!

Enjoy!

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

Happy Sunday everyone!! Hope everyone had a good weekend. This post is a little late because I needed to wait to serve it after dinner to get some opinions. I always have Disney on my brain and I have been looking at this recipe for weeks now and I figured it was time.

They serve this Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom. I have never had it so I can’t compare the taste of my outcome to theirs, but I imagine it comes pretty close. We had a big family dinner tonight so I had a few more mouths to please. Everyone said they really liked it and some even had seconds! It is a very easy dessert to make. Recipe below!

Cake Bottom

Serves: 5-6
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min

Ingredients
1 box yellow cake mix
1 large egg
1 stick butter (softened)

Instructions
1. Mix ingredients.
2. Spread mixture evenly in greased baking pan.

Cake Top

Serves: 5-6
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 50 min

Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter
1 pound powdered sugar (sifted)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Bar pieces

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Mix cream cheese until smooth.
3. Slowly add eggs and vanilla.
4. Add butter and mix well.
5. Add powdered sugar, slowly.
6. Add chocolate chips and toffee pieces.
7. Mix until ingredients are all just incorporated evenly — do not overmix!
8. Put on top of Cake Bottom ingredients in pan. (Usually a large muffin pan can work well for this.)
9. Bake for 35 minutes. Inside should just be slightly gooey, but not liquid.

I used an 8×8 pan and I am thinking it wasn’t the best idea. It took a lot longer to bake (an hour and 40 minutes). I definitely suggest you all use the muffin pan. On the outside it doesn’t look good (I don’t want to talk about it).

Toffee Cake

It did actually come out and was delicious!

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I served mine with ice cream, and I am sure the Liberty Tree Tavern does as well. It is very rich, so I suggest using the muffin pan because then the size is a bit smaller. Everyone should definitely try it!

Toffee Cake

Enjoy!!

 

Disney’s Home & Garden Festival

Good Morning! Hope you all remembered to turn those clocks forward! On Saturday I spent the day at Disney World in Epcot at the Home & Garden Festival. The Disney character topiaries are always so beautiful. I also took in a presentation from HGTV’s Design Star Judge and former Trading Spaces host, Vern Yip. Along with the topiaries, each Country has their own food booth. Below are the different foods I tried. (There is a lot of sugar below!)

In the UK Pavilion I tried the Fresh Baked Lemon Scone with Berry Preserves and Creme Fraiche. You could not pass this booth without smelling the scones. The smell alone draws you in and it is definitely a must have! The scone was amazing. The combination of the scone and the berry preserves made it taste like lemonade. The creme was so delicious. Such a great combination of dipping options for an already great scone. This was a great dish to share because it came with 2 scones! (Lot’s of double dipping going on here)

Lemon Scone

I also had the Chilled Rose Blush Lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade with Raspberry. This was so refreshing and you actually got a pretty good size for the price. I loved every moment of this lemonade.

Rose Blush Lemonade

Next booth on the list was France. I tried the Macaron a la Fleur d’ Oranger. It is an Orange Blossom Macaron with White Chocolate Ganache. For the price of this, I would have expected more than one, but it was good anyways. It wasn’t my favorite thing I tried, but not bad. It comes on a cute plate too. (Hand not included)

Macaron

Next up, and my favorite of all. I headed to Japan for some Frushi! It is fresh seasonal fruit (pineapple, strawberries, and cantaloupe) rolled with coconut rice, served with raspberry sauce and sprinkled with toasted coconut with whipped cream on the side.  I tried it last year and it was a must have this year. It is the most amazing sushi I have ever had, mostly because it’s not made of fish! It is fruit wrapped up in rice, 2 of my favorite things! I found a recipe on the Disney Food Blog so if you want to try at home, you can.

Frushi

Here is the link to the Frushi recipe on the Disney Food Blog. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013/06/05/disney-recipe-frushi-from-epcots-international-flower-and-garden-festival/

If anyone is traveling to Disney before May 18th, you should definitely check out the Home & Garden Festival at Epcot. It is a must see!