SIMPLE & SWEET EASTER DESSERTS

We all know what seals the deal for any Easter brunch menu….SIMPLE & SWEET EASTER DESSERTS!

SIMPLE & SWEET EASTER DESSETS!

Easter Desset Collage

EASTER DESSERT COLLAGE

I have spend the day planning my Easter parties menu.  I say “parties” because at this house we actually have two Easter parties.  The first party we have the Saturday night before Easter Sunday.  This party is where we make our traditional Easter Pizza just like Grandma used to make.  We also decorate the Easter eggs at this party.  Hey why not right…a party before the party…the “pre-Easter party”!  The second party is actually a huge brunch we throw on Easter Sunday.  So anyway, I have spent the better party of today finalizing our menu’s and putting together the dreaded grocery list.  Today, I wanted to share with you the most important party of any Easter party menu….the SIMPLE & SWEET EASTER DESSERTS!  Some of these desserts have started out as a family tradition like my Grandmother’s “Taralli” or Italian Lemon Knots.  Some of these desserts have become a tradition in our family over the last few years such as the Walnut Citrus Twists.  Some of these desserts/sweets I know will become a tradition after this year because the recipes look so darn good….the Layered Berry Cake or the Carrot Cake Bars.  So without further adieu I bring you this years La Mia Tabella SIMPLE & SWEET EASTER DESSERTS!  If you need me…don’t call….I will be baking!!!!

 

Here is a link to my old blog (www.lamiatabella.blogspot.com). I have not yet transferred all my recipes over from that blog yet.  A few years back I posted a recipe for my Grandma’s “Taralli” or Lemon Knots.  These are a must on our Easter menu every year!

"TARALLI" EASTER LEMON KNOTS

“Taralli” Easter Lemon Knots

 

These Walnut Citrus Rolls are also a must have at our Easter Sunday brunch.  I found the recipe on a Rhodes Dough magazine advertisement over 10 years ago and I have been making them ever since!

Walnut Citrus Rolls

WALNUT CITRUS ROLLS

 

I have been  making these Cake Mix Blueberry Muffins for several years. I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Six Sisters Stuff…check them out! I make them in the shape of eggs using a special baking pan I found.  Not only are they delicious,  but they are super simple to make and darn cute too!

Cake Mix Blueberry Muffins

SIX SISTERS STUFF – CAKE MIX BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

 

This year for our Easter “pre-party” I have added these adorable Carrot Strawberry Pudding Cups for the kids (ok us adults too) to each for dessert!

Carrot Strawberry Pudding Cups

LIL LUNA – CARROT STRAWBERRY PUDDING CUPS

 

I took one like at this photo of Berry Layered Cake over at Home Is Where The Boat is blog and I knew I just had to add this to my Easter dessert menu!  How gorgeous!!!

Berry Layered Cake

HOME IS WHERE THE BOAT IS – BERRY LAYERED CAKE

 

No “pre” Easter Party would be complete without these Carrot Cake Bars w/ Cream Cheese Frosting! I found the recipe at Lovely Little Kitchen.

Carrot Cake Bars w/ Cream Cheese Frositng

LOVELY LITTLE KITCHEN – CARROT CAKE BARS W/ CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

 

My mom needed to get into the dessert action and she found this recipe for a Lemon Sour Cream Pie that I cannot wait to dig my fork into!  This and other fun recipes can be found at Tastes Better From Scatch.

Lemon Sour Cream Pie

TASTES BETTER FROM SCRATCH – LEMON SOUR CREAM PIE

 

Last but not least…. Easter Oreo Bark….because I just don’t think we have enough sugar! Come on, could you blame me?  Find this and other fun recipes at Lil Luna.

Easter Oreo Bark

LIL LUNA – EASTER OREO BARK

 

 

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CRANBERRY ALMOND STREUSEL CAKE

CRANBERRY ALMOND STREUSEL CAKE…add a little gorgeous to your morning meal!

CRANBERRY ALMOND STREUSEL CAKE

CRANBERRY ALMOND STREUSEL CAKE

Cranberry Almond Streusel Cake

My children’s grade school for the last three years has hosted a Winter Wonder Fest.  The gym is filled with carnival games, Santa is in a chair waiting for pictures to be taken with him and vendors set up shop with home-made holiday goods for all to buy. It really is one of the best days of the year for the kids and families of our town.  Although I enjoy every last bit of the holiday fest my most favorite is the “Mrs. Claus’s Bakery”.  This my friends is where the bake sale takes place.  Every year I look forward to not only letting my kids pick a special treat from the bake sale, but I love volunteering and making stuff for the bake sale.  This year my first pick was this Cranberry Almond Streusel Cake.  I found the recipe on www.sweetpaulmag.com and for once I actually did not change a thing!  I usually make a recipe my own and change the ingredients or change the cooking time or add a little something.  This time the ingredients were spot on?  The freshness and bright color of the cranberries drew me in, the creaminess of the sour cream lured me even further, but the almond flavor and the inch thick streusel topping just did me in….put a fork in me I am done….sign, sealed and delivered!  Have you ever been baking something and thought to yourself “this cake is Heaven”?  Well I did as soon as I started mixin’ up the batter of this cake!  After I popped the first one in the oven I decided I had to make a second one!  The first one was going to be sold in a bake sale and it would be lost to be forever!  A second one had to be made, frozen and eaten on Thanksgiving morning! 

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