Many people think brunch when it comes to Easter Sunday but this year, we’re thinking about dessert too. When it comes to the springtime holiday, Easter is full of treats. It’s not quite as indulgent as Halloween but still calls for something both pretty and sweet. The spring harvest is especially a lovely time to look forward to as produce such as Ojai Pixie Tangerines and rhubarb are happening and plentiful. Why not incorporate them into your favorite Easter-themed desserts? From a classic carrot cake to a showstopper Crepes Suzette, we’ve got you covered this year in the confection category. We’ve rounded up our favorite elegant treats that are sure to beat out anything from the Easter Bunny this year.
Although not normally eaten on its own, rhubarb when combined with strawberries is one exquisite combination. With the intense tartness of the rhubarb balanced by the sweetness of the strawberries, you could almost say they’re a match made in heaven. For our celebration of all things rhubarb, we bring you Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars! Its crisp, buttery top and bottom layer combined with the sweet-sour and jammy filling makes these scrumptious, little treats are one of our all-time favorite springtime snacks! With such simple ingredients, these bars are as easy-as-pie to put together.
Nothing says Easter like a classic carrot cake for dessert. It’s fresh, delectable and full of warm, delicious, cinnamon flavors. However, carrot cake can be somewhat of a polarizing treat. Bunnies may enjoy any carrot cake but everyone else seems to have their own preferences. Though some may prefer their carrot cakes simple and unadorned, that’s not how we’re doing it today. To celebrate all things Easter and spring, we’re making ours fully loaded with carrots, coconut and pineapple and plenty of our dried goodies and finishing it off with a traditional cream cheese frosting.
Crepes Suzette with Ojai Pixie Tangerines
A popular breakfast item, Crepes Suzette has its origins tracing back to Paris at the turn of the twentieth century where a waiter accidentally lit crepes on fire while serving the future King Edward VII of England and his lovely dining companion named Suzette. Whether the story is true or not, it’s no wonder this classic French recipe has withstood the test of time. Crepes Suzette is a simple dish made with thin crepe pancakes tossed in an exquisite Ojai Pixie Tangerine, butter, sugar and Grand Mariner sauce. The method of flambéing the crepes at the end makes this very much a showstopper that’s sure to wake anyone up in the morning. To save on time, our version calls for our ready-made crepes which skips the extra, arduous task of making your own crepes at home.
For days when you’re craving something sweet but could do without the extra mess in the kitchen, look no further than a homemade green apple crumble. Although any combination of fruit and pastry is delicious, a crumble is a home cook’s more laid back cousin of a pie with half the fuss. While the crumble is baking in the oven, the fruit filling bubbles and cooks underneath a crispy streusel topping. The results are a warm, luscious dessert you’ll can’t resist diving into. With a recipe that’s so easy to make, you may find yourself forgoing more complicated pastries in favor of simple crumbles in the summer.
This Easter, keep things elegant and simple with our Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake. It’s bright and flavorful with fragrant notes of Meyer Lemons and incredibly moist from the addition of tangy, creamy yogurt. Serve up a slice or two of this light and easy coffee cake with a freshly brewed cup of your favorite coffee. This quick lemon yogurt cake is the perfect springtime sendoff before we bid adieu to Meyer Lemons for the time being. After all, while you can enjoy conventional lemons year-round, Meyer lemons are one of the highly coveted citrus you don’t want to miss out on before the season finishes.
Ginger Cake with Apricot Sticky Sauce
This ginger cake is a triple threat–perfect for dessert, breakfast AND brunch. Ginger may taste more like the holiday season but this homemade apricot sauce made with organic apricots, dried apricots and vanilla soy milk takes things down the spring and summer route. It isn’t overly sweet like a traditional cake and the warm punch of spices from the ground ginger, ground cinnamon and allspice give it that homestyle, rustic feel. Enjoy a slice or two of this cake with a cup of your favorite coffee or tea on Easter morning.
Not to worry, the crepe cake is not as labor intensive as it may look. Although you can certainly stand over a hot stove and make your own crepes, our ready-made crepes makes it easy to put together this beautiful and elegant cake. The crepes are assembled layer by layer with freshly-made chocolate buttercream and topped off with juicy, tart raspberries and Melissa’s chocolate dessert sauce for one exquisite flavor combination that’s sure to wow at the Easter dessert table.
Aren’t apple roses some of the prettiest foods you’ve ever come across? You and your guests deserve a bouquet or two of these gorgeous edible roses for this week’s Easter celebration. You don’t need to be a professional pastry chef to put these together. Once you master the technique of rolling the puff pastry dough and Organic Ambrosia Apples together, you too can create these sweet floral-themed treats. Our Chocolate Dessert Sauce along with fresh strawberries and mint leaves make for a bright and spring themed presentation.