Last week I tried to make a dinner with phyllo dough, my first time working with the stuff, and it really wasn’t anything noteworthy. It was a baked dish and the phyllo just tasted like paper. I was quite unimpressed, especially considering the preparation was confusing to me and therefore time consuming. So back into the fridge went the remaining unused dough to be used at a later date or just left to age so that I can find it acceptable to throw it out. (It has a 10 day expiration date once thawed).
Cheesecake Phyllo Fruit Cups
Last night, I looked in the fridge and saw that I had unused whipped cream cheese (with no bagels), an overabundance of sweet summer berries, that lemon curd jar that we found to be too sweet for our liking, and of course the phyllo dough. So I went online, found various recipes, and then experimented. I made the phyllo cups the night before, and the cheesecake filling. I left the phyllo cups out on the counter, and the filling I put back into the cream cheese container and returned to the fridge for the next day. The next day… spoon the filling into cups, top with sweet berries… heaven!
Cheesecake Phyllo Blueberry Cup
The cups were light, sweet, crispy, and made a surprisingly loud crunch sound when bitten. The filling was rich and worked so perfectly with the fruit topping. This would be an easy dessert to serve for company since it could be prepared the night before (with very little effort). Once the cups are filled with the cheesecake filling they have about 1 to 2 hours before the bottoms start to get a little soft.
Whats better than a cinnamon bun? Cinnamon bun donuts.. shaped like Easter Eggs!
These couldn’t have been more easy to make. All you need is 1 can of the refrigerated Cinnamon Roll Dough that comes with the icing. Not only is the dough and icing already prepared for you, but the dough is also divided into perfect sized portions. The donuts can be made quickly so you can spend less time making the donuts and more time decorating them.. turn it into a fun decorating project with your kids!
I have been on a recent kick of making our usual food dishes into something more fun and pretty to eat. It makes my family a little more happy when they sit down at the dinner table. We try to eat one seafood meal a week so this time I tried decorating with puff pastry.
I chose a recipe by Rachel Ray called Salmon En Croute. Since it’s dinner for 2 and one toddler in this house… I halved the recipe, used 1 sheet of puff pastry. I also made a few ingredient changes, including a generous helping of chopped fresh spinach instead of the parsley. Rather than making individual portions, I created one large family style puff pastry fish. This dish was extremely tasty, thank you Rachel Ray! I will definitely be making this one again.
My 2 year old son also had a blast watching me build this fish. He helped with cutting out the circles for the scales and absolutely loved “painting the fish” with the egg wash. Overall, it took about 15 minutes to assemble (after preparing the ingredients).