Ice Cream Cake

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Pickle Relish

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Giant Cinnamon Roll

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This giant cinnamon roll recipe is made with the most delicious soft dough, cinnamon-sugar filling, and a tangy cream cheese icing. Ready to go in one hour from start to finish!

Giant Cinnamon Roll

Only thing more delightful than a pan of cinnamon rolls?

One giant cinnamon roll. ♡

Seriously, we’ve been having such a fun time serving up this variation on my 1-hour cinnamon rolls recipe over the past year. People are downright delighted each time this giant roll emerges from the oven. And when topped with my favorite cream cheese icing, sliced into wedges, served up nice and warm, and drizzled with a little extra icing for good measure (I insist), this giant cinnamon roll will definitely be stealing the show at your next brunch!

The great news for all of us is that this recipe is pretty simple to make and comes together easily in just one hour. There’s also no stand mixer required (although you are welcome to use yours if you own one), and the giant roll can be baked in a skillet, pie plate, or any other oven-safe pan that you prefer. We’ve also included detailed step-by-step instructions in the video below for exactly how to wrap this giant roll, so I recommend giving it a quick watch before you begin.

If you love cinnamon rolls as much as we do in our house, you simply must give this one a try. Enjoy!!

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Fruit Skewers

Fruit skewers are a fun and festive appetizer or snack! This healthy treat is easy to make and pleases everyone.…

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Fruit skewers are a fun and festive appetizer or snack! This healthy treat is easy to make and pleases everyone.

Fruit Skewers

Looking for a fun appetizer idea or healthy snack? Try Fruit Skewers! Everything tastes better on a stick, right? This is a simple concept that’s more like an idea than a recipe: but it makes everyone go crazy for pure, fresh fruit. Use whatever fruits you like and if desired, serve with our favorite 3 ingredient fruit dip! The skewers are perfect for a summer appetizer, snack ideas or even a healthy dessert. We recently served these after a summer meal al fresco and it was the perfect after-dinner treat!

Ingredients for fruit skewers

Fruit skewers work with just about any fruit: so you can get as creative as you like! There are a myriad of artistic ways to combine fruits and thread them onto skewers. For our version, we picked fruits our family loves: because to be honest, we’ve got a few picky fruit people (sorry cantaloupe, you’re not a fave!). Here’s what we chose and a few other ideas:

  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • 12-inch wooden skewers
  • Other fruits that work well: Cantaloupe, oranges, kiwi, honeydew melon, purple grapes, blackberries, and raspberries
Fruit Skewers

Tips for threading fruit skewers

It’s easy to make fruit skewers and you can go in many different directions! Choose a rainbow of fruit, or go more monochrome with just 2 or 3 colors of fruit. The way you cut the fruit changes the look as well! Here are a few tips and ideas for threading the skewers:

  • A 12-inch skewer or smaller is a nice size. Avoid skewers that are very long as they are awkward to eat off of (especially for children).
  • Pre-cut fruit makes for quick prep. We got pre-cut pineapple and watermelon here, which is easy to find in the produce section of your grocery store. Or you can cut from the larger fruits: here’s how to cut pineapple and how to cut watermelon.
  • If desired, cut strawberries into a heart shape. Cut a notch into the top when you remove the stems, and you’ve got an instant heart shape! It looks nice on a skewer.
  • Determine a theme. Are you going rainbow? Red white and blue? Anything goes in skewer-land: just get creative.
  • Use cookie cutters. Want to get over-the-top cute? Use cookie cutters to cut shapes into watermelon or cantaloupe (like stars or hearts).
Fruit Skewers

Serve with fruit dip if desired

It’s optional, but we love serving fruit skewers with our famous 3 ingredient fruit dip. It’s so simple whip up and tastes incredible: tangy, lightly sweet and perfect for fruits of all kinds. All you’ll need is Greek yogurt, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract. Head to the recipe below: and we promise it will become a favorite in your house! We’ve got it memorized over here.

Fruit Skewers

More easy appetizer recipes

These fruit skewers are perfect as a summer appetizer: but they work in any season and for any occasion! They’re also perfect for healthy snacks and even a refreshing treat after a meal. Here are a few more fun appetizers you’ll love:

This fruit skewers recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based and dairy-free (without the dip).

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Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 skewers

Description

Fruit skewers are a fun and festive appetizer or snack! This healthy treat is easy to make and pleases everyone.


Ingredients

For the fruit skewers

  • 16 strawberries
  • 16 watermelon chunks (fresh or pre-cut)
  • 16 pineapple chunks (fresh or pre-cut)
  • 16 green grapes
  • ¾ cup blueberries

For the fruit dip (optional)

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Cut a notch into the strawberries to remove the stems and create a heart shape (see photos). If necessary, cut the pineapple and cut the watermelon into bite-sized chunks (buying pre-cut fruit makes for speedy prep).
  2. Thread the fruit onto 12-inch wooden skewers.
  3. If desired, make the dip: stir together the Greek yogurt, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 day before serving.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Homemade Lemonade

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Perfect Peach Crisp

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This peach crisp recipe with fresh peaches is a classic! It’s got a sweet, vanilla-scented fruit filling and a golden crunchy crumble.

Peach Crisp

Here’s a treat for eating al fresco on the porch as the summer sun sets: this Peach Crisp recipe! This nostalgic dessert is pure summer bliss. Ripe, juicy peaches star in a vanilla-scented gooey filling that’s covered with just the right ratio of crunchy golden crumbles. Top with a dollop of melty vanilla ice cream and it’s summer dessert heaven! Recently we enjoyed it on the patio with dinner guests, who helped themselves to seconds…then thirds! Here’s how to make this tasty summer treat.

Ingredients in this peach crisp recipe

Peach crisp is a summer tradition around here (though I grew up eating this fresh peach pie as our seasonal treat). The great part about crisp? It’s simple, requires no baking technique and is a knock-out hit every time you serve it. People never tire of crisp: we promise! Here are the ingredients you’ll need for a good peach crisp recipe:

  • Ripe fresh peaches: don’t compromise on ripeness! See the notes below. You can also substitute frozen peaches in this recipe if desired.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch (or arrowroot starch)
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • All purpose flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter (cold)
  • Salt
Peach Crisp

How to ripen peaches

Ripe peaches are key to any peach recipe. At the store, there’s a lot of variation in ripeness: you might find them rock hard or so juicy they’re almost bruising. If they’re even a bit hard, you’ll need a few days to ripen them. Here’s what to do:

  • Place the peaches in a paper bag.
  • Add a banana inside the bag. The banana emits ethylene gas, which helps the peaches ripen at the same time.
  • Gently close the top of the bag and wait 1 to 4 days, depending on the ripeness of the peaches. Check each day by gently squeezing the fruit to see if the flesh feels soft.
Peach Crisp

Tricks for peeling peaches

Traditionally, a peach crisp uses fresh peeled peaches. You can make crisp with skin-on peaches, but it does add an extra texture element that some eaters might not enjoy. Here’s what to know about peeling peaches: you can’t use a vegetable peeler! It destroys the delicate fruit in the process. Here’s a quick way to perfectly peel peaches (which I learned from my mom in this peach pie recipe):

  • Boil batches of peaches for 45 seconds each. Drop 3 peaches into a pot of boiling water, so that the water fully covers them and boil for 45 seconds.
  • Place into ice water. Remove the peaches from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Drop in the next batch and repeat.
  • Pull off the skin with your fingers. Once the peaches are cooled, use a sharp knife to puncture the skin of the peach, then peel it off in large sheets with your fingers.

Make it gluten-free or vegan

Want to make this peach crisp recipe work for gluten-free or vegan diets? Here are a few easy substitutions that work perfectly:

  • Use almond flour for gluten-free. Almond flour is perfect for crisp recipes: it makes an even crunchier crumble topping.
  • Substitute vegan butter or coconut oil for vegan. Vegan butter is the best option for the crunchiest crumble. Coconut oil comes out softer and not quite as crisp. We recommend refined coconut oil, which has a subtler coconut flavor.
Peach Crisp

Leftover storage info

Got a big pan of peach crisp and want to save it? This dessert saves well at room temperature, refrigerated or frozen.

  • It can stand for 1 day covered at room temperature. The topping stays crisp with this method.
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 days. It holds up pretty well in the fridge, and tastes even better when reheated.
  • Freeze up to 3 months. You can freeze peach crisp for up to 3 months in a sealed container. Reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.

More peach recipes

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Perfect Peach Crisp


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

This peach crisp recipe is a classic! It’s got a sweet, vanilla-scented fruit filling and a golden crunchy crumble.


Ingredients

  • 5 cups sliced ripe peaches (2 ½ pounds; about 5 large or 7 medium)*
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (or almond flour for gluten-free)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold salted butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter)
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve (required!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel the peaches: Prepare a medium saucepan of boiling water. Drop 3 peaches into the pot so that the water fully covers them and boil for 45 seconds. Remove the peaches from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Drop in the next batch and repeat. Once the peaches are cooled, use a sharp knife to puncture the skin of the peach, then peel it off in large sheets with your fingers. Repeat until all peaches are peeled.
  3. Make the filling: Slice the peaches. In a medium bowl, mix them with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
  4. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use your hands to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while so be patient; you can also use a fork or pastry cutter if you prefer. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Pour the crumble on top and smooth it into an even layer with your fingers.
  5. Bake: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then serve warm. You can leave out your crisp on the counter for up to 1 day (covered, at night) so the crisp topping can stay crisp. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers. It also freezes well for several months in a sealed container; reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.

Notes

*This recipe also works with the same amount of sliced frozen peaches.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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