Coconut Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bourbon Sauce

When I was in New Orleans I had a coconut bread pudding at Deanie’s and also a creole bread pudding at Commander’s Palace with whiskey sauce. I wanted to make my own version and combine the two. I’ve made bread pudding in the past and I have to admit, the results were not that great at times. I find it hard to make sure the bread pudding stays moist after baking. I had my fingers crossed the entire time it was in the oven! I was really happy with the results and hope you guys give it try especially if you love bread pudding.

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White Chocolate Cheesecake Bites with Red Velvet Swirl

Red velvet, cheesecake, white chocolate, how can these not be amazing! Well, I have to say, while these bars came out pretty delicious, this recipe is not perfect. I think I went a little overboard with the amount of red velvet. The next time I will definitely limit the amount of swirl so that the flavor of the cheesecake comes through a little more. This recipe does take a little prep, but it is well worth it in the end. Trust me!

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Citrus Scented Olive Oil Cake

This cake takes me right back to Florence. It’s laced with lemon and orange zest and super moist from the olive oil. It’s light and fluffy and a perfect end to a summer meal. This cake is also a great breakfast treat. Top with pine nuts as I have or with a dusting of powdered sugar. Either way is delicious and I’m sure this will become one of your favorite cakes.

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Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and this margarita is perfect! For this recipe I used my ice cream machine to get these margaritas nice and icy. I hate when margaritas are watered down, which is why I hate adding regular ice cubes. When you use this method, your margarita can also double as a dessert. After about 15-20 minutes in the ice cream machine, the mixture is the perfect consistency for a great margarita. If you freeze the mixture, it becomes refreshing hibiscus margarita sorbet. Try serving the frozen sorbet with a little tequila or champagne on top.

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Red Wine Brownies with Raspberry Swirl

Wine+chocolate+raspberries=pure deliciousness! I actually wanted to us cherries for this recipe, but I guess it’s not really cherry season so I couldn’t find any. Next time I make these I’ll try them with cherries. I used Apothic red wine for this but you can use your favorite. This is a fairly simple recipe with just a little preparation and waiting for the raspberry swirl. The results are definitely worth it!

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