Amazing Guest Blogger Snixy Kitchen with Peach Financier recipe!

We are so honored! The talented and amazing Snixy Kitchen has created a mouthwatering Peach Financiers recipe using our Rodelle Vanilla and Almond Extract!!

“In an effort to reduce my chronic tension headaches and to live a healthier lifestyle in general, my friend Cas and I have a standing Monday morning yoga date. Some weeks, we’re better than others about actually getting together early enough to make it to class by 8am. Mostly because I’m not a morning person, and I’m even less of an exercise person (but I’m trying!). In fact, on our first attempt remained just that – an attempt. We took the first step of waking up and meeting each other around 8am, but wound up taking a brisk neighborhood walk when we realized we were going to be late. Cas’s birthday fell on one of our off-weeks from class. So as a slightly belated birthday breakfast, I baked these peach financiers to celebrate.

If you know me, you have probably heard about my vendetta against breakfast pastries. These financiers aren’t pretending to be something they’re not; they pack all the delicious cake flavors to make every calorie worth it. And who doesn’t like cake for breakfast? Exactly.

Note: these are not on the pre-wedding diet, but in my defense, I didn’t yet know I’d be getting married next year when I served them up with our tea. Plus, you get to make exceptions for your best friends’ birthdays.

I chose these financiers without actually knowing how to properly pronounce the word “financier,” but trusting that peaches plus browned butter would produce something incredible. I also wanted to try my new almond and vanilla extracts that Rodelle generously sent me to test out. The gift box arrived with several baking  goodies and a very sweet hand-written note; I could barely wait five minutes before turning on the oven to begin baking with the contents. Incredible is an understatement for these decadent bites. Each bite was packed with rich sweetness from the baked peaches and intense nuttiness from the almond meal and extract and browned butter. There was no denying how much browned butter went into each one, but the flavors were so mouth-watering that you didn’t even care. A perfect way to indulge for your birthday.

A week or so later, I made a second half-batch to thank my friend Spike for feeding my kitties. This time adding a hint of baking soda just to see what would happen. As expected, they puffed up a bit and I think the fluffy texture made them even more delicious than the first time! Spike may have eaten half a dozen in one sitting (even though he’ll argue that it was three sittings because he spent 10 minutes walking home before eating a second financier and then 10 more minutes eating cheese before gobbling down the rest).”

Snixy Kitchen’s Peach Financier recipe!

Lindsey Cook: our 2012 GAICC Honorable Mention!

Our 2012 Great American Ice Cream Challenge Grand Honorable Mention: Lindsey Cook with Pecan Peach Ice Cream!

“Fresh beautiful peaches are abundant at my local farmer’s market during the summer. And because I absolutely love their sweet & juicy taste, I always seem to end up with more peaches than I know what to do with! After tiring of making peach crisps, cobblers, and strudels, I finally thought to try and make a homemade peach ice cream. My fiance and I cheated a little bit and used one of our wedding gifts before our wedding, the ice cream maker. I am so glad we did! My peach pecan ice cream recipe will be one I always cherish during the summer time and will always remind me of the summer we spent engaged.”

Lindsey’s Pecan Peach Ice Cream Recipe

JEREMY FLORES: our 2012 GAICC “Most Unique yet Surprisingly Good Award Winner!”

Our 2012 GAICC “Most Unique Yet Surprisingly Good Award Winner!” by Jeremy Flores with a Blackberry Blue Cheese Ice Cream recipe!

“I had blue cheese and honey for the first time at a wine & cheese tasting event and was amazed by the flavor combination of the two. I had some huckleberry honey in my kitchen which I’ve paired with blue cheese on occasion since then with great results. I decided to try making an ice cream with blue cheese, honey, and the more common blackberry, and could not have been more satisfied with the results. Creamy, sweet, tangy, and fruity, this is a one of a kind flavor combination.”

Don’t miss out on this deliciously unique recipe: Blackberry Blue Cheese Ice Cream!


Guest Blog and Recipe by Nicole Weston from Baking Bites!

We are so honored to have Nicole Weston from Baking Bites guest blog for us! She has whipped up an amazing recipe using Rodelle: Strawberry Almond Shortcakes with Vanilla Yogurt Whipped Cream!! Mmmmmm!

A quick bio about Baking Bites: This blog is written by Nicole- a pastry chef, food writer and recipe developer based in Los Angeles, California. Baking Bites has been created for “those who love cooking and baking, whether your preference is to whip up simple chocolate chip cookies, decorate fanciful cupcakes to slow-rising artisan breads,” and more!! It has been ranked one of the best 50 food blogs in the world by the London Times… more about them.

Let the delicious fun begin!
Strawberry Almond Shortcakes with Vanilla Yogurt Whipped Cream

“Strawberry shortcakes are a classic summertime dessert. While it is easy to enjoy fresh, ripe strawberries no matter how they are presented, the cake portion of strawberry shortcake desserts often leaves a lot to be desired. These Strawberry Almond Shortcakes showcase strawberries with a tender almond cake that really compliments them and turns an everyday dessert into something to get excited about.

The almond cakes are made with almond meal, also known as ground almonds or almond flour. The almond meal gives the cake a dense and moist crumb, without making the cakes too heavy. A bit of almond extract highlights the almond meal even more, and each of the cakes is topped with a sprinkle of sliced almonds to add a little texture. The cakes are baked in muffin cups and are just the right size for a single-serving dessert when they are sliced and filled with fresh berries!

To take this dessert over-the-top, I filled the shortcakes with Vanilla Bean Yogurt Whipped Cream and macerated the berries in Rodelle Vanilla Sugar before using them. Macerating the berries in a little bit of sugar helps them start to release their natural juices and gives every berry a little extra sweetness. The juices from the berries will start to be absorbed into the cake as you plate each portion, which helps to tie everything together. The flavors of almond, vanilla and strawberry work perfectly here and put a beautiful twist on a summertime favorite.”

Nicole’s Strawberry Almond Shortcakes with Vanilla Yogurt Whipped Cream Recipe

LYNDSY HASSETT: our 2012 GAICC 3rd place winners!

Our other 3rd place winner is Lyndsy Hassett with an amazing Sweet Olive Oil Ice Cream with Honey-Vanilla Roasted Apricots & Pistachios recipe!

“I love homemade ice cream and have for so long wanted to try it! I decided to get the ball rolling this summer and create a batch using some ripe apricots I had. I paired them with the likes of sweet olive oil and pink sea salt roasted pistachios. The result was one heavenly batch of slightly fruity and creamy ice cream, with roasted apricots in vanilla & honey. I’m in love with this combination; salty & sweet. It is perfect for a warm summer evening!”

Sweet Olive Oil Ice Cream with Honey-Vanilla Roasted Apricots & Pistachios