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Archive for June 21, 2013

JULY 4th: Triple Berry Shortcake ~ Red, White & Blue

What’s red, white and blue—and delicious? A triple berry shortcake!

You can serve this mixed berry shortcake classic style, with whipped cream, or turn it into an “ice cream shortcake” with vanilla ice cream.

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RECIPE: Spiced Triple Berry Shortcake


For The Berry Filling

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

    Triple Berry Shortcake with ice cream instead of whipped cream. Photo courtesy


    For The Shortcakes

  • 1-1/2 cups reduced fat baking mix
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 tablespoons fat free milk
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

    1. MIX berries and vanilla extract in large bowl. Mix sugar, cinnamon and ginger in small bowl. Sprinkle over berries; toss to coat well. Let stand 30 minutes to allow berries to release their juices, stirring occasionally.

    2. PREHEAT oven to 425°F. Mix baking mix, sugar, cinnamon and ginger in large bowl. Add milk; stir to form a soft dough. (If necessary, knead dough in bowl to incorporate dry ingredients.) Drop dough by 6 spoonfuls onto baking sheet sprayed with no stick cooking spray.

    3. BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on wire rack. To serve…

    4. SPLIT warm shortcakes. Place 1 shortcake bottom on each plate. Top each with 2/3 cup berry filling and 1/3 cup whipped cream or 1-2 scoops ice cream. Cover with shortcake tops.

    TIP: If you have leftover fruit and cream but no more shortcakes, use up the ingredients on split muffins.


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    TIP OF THE DAY: S’mores DIY Dessert Party Bar

    Above: Just one of the options for a s’mores party bar. Image courtesy McCormick.


    Since the Girl Scouts popularized s’mores (the first published recipe is in their 1927 handbook), they have been a happy tradition around the campfire. Two marshmallows toasted on a stick, a square of chocolate and two graham crackers make a delicious chocolate marshmallow sandwich.

    The heat from the toasted marshmallow melts the chocolate a bit to add more lusciousness. The name of the sweet sandwich snack comes from its addictive quality: You’ll always ask for “some more.”

    These days, the grill most often replaces a campfire, but the treat is just as sweet. And the original concept has given way to different riffs on s’mores.

    This set of s’mores-inspired recipes, from McCormick, doesn’t even need a grill. It uses marshmallow creme, and sets up a build-your-own s’mores bar that offers different cookies in additional to graham crackers.

    Want more than a cookie sandwich? Make “ice cream s’mores” by crumbling the cookies and piling the ingredients atop a scoop of vanilla.

    Of course, you can use your own favorites instead of these ideas. Brainstorm with family and friends to come up with winning combinations:

  • Banana Split S’mores: vanilla wafers + vanilla marshmallow creme + chocolate sauce + chopped grilled bananas and strawberries
  • Chocolate Pretzel S’mores: graham crackers + mini chocolate covered pretzels + vanilla marshmallow creme + caramel sauce
  • Peach Melba S’mores: shortbread cookies + vanilla marshmallow creme + raspberry jam + chopped grilled peaches
  • Peanut Brittle S’mores: peanut butter cookies + vanilla marshmallow creme + caramel sauce + toffee bits and chopped peanuts
  • Raspberry Lemon Bar S’mores: sugar cookies + vanilla marshmallow creme + lemon curd + halved raspberries



    We love the combination of chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers in any combination. You can:

  • Make s’mores on a stick by dipping plain (not toasted) marshmallows in chocolate and rolling them in graham cracker crumbs.
  • Make s’mores pie by filling a graham cracker crust with marshmallow ice cream (see below) and topping with chocolate sauce.
  • Make a s’mores sundae or parfait with marshmallow ice cream (see below), chocolate sauce and crushed graham crackers.
  • Here are variations on the classic s’mores recipe:

  • Cinnamon S’mores & Cappuccino Cocktail
  • Classic S’mores Recipes
  • Grilled Banana S’mores
  • Ice Cream S’mores Recipes
  • S’mores On The Grill

    S’mores sundae: crumble the cookies on top. Photo courtesy


    If you can’t find marshmallow ice cream in the store, here are two ways to create it:

    Vanilla Ice Cream + Marshmallows: Soften a container of vanilla ice cream enough to be pliable, mix in halved mini marshmallows and return to freezer.

    Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream: For even more flavor, toast the marshmallows first. Here’s a recipe for toasted marshmallow ice cream.


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