Saturday, March 3, 2007

Ultimate Blog Party! Day 2

Well, here we are in day 2 of our Ultimate Blog Party! Step on in, take a look around.

Here is a little treat to start your day with.

Frozen Fruit and Yogurt Cups

2 Almond Biscotti
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup frozen raspberries, unthawed (or any type of frozen fruit)
4 teaspoons orange blossom honey
4 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Coarsely crumble the biscotti into 2 small bowls. Puree the yogurt and frozen raspberries in a blender until smooth and thick. Spoon the yogurt mixture over the biscotti. Drizzle each bowl with the honey and sprinkle the almonds on top. Serve with a cup of Americano coffee, if desired.

(recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentis)

I personally prefer semi-homemade chocolate almond biscotti. They taste so good crumbled with the frozen fruit and yogurt, and then the honey and almonds... Mmmmmmm!

1 box Devil's Food or Chocolate Fudge cake mix
1 cup all purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 stick melted butter
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds.

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Pour your cake mix and flour into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the eggs, butter and vanilla. Mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in nuts. This dough will be very stiff but will not stick to the bowl when properly mixed. The consistency will be like children’s play dough. Divide dough into two halves. Roll each half into a log, and place on a lined 11” x 15” x 1” baking pan. Gently press the top of the cookie log into a rectangle, about 3 inches wide. Repeat with the second half of the dough. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove cookie pan from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Do not turn the oven off. Remove cookies from baking pan and cut into 1 inch piece logs. You will be cutting this on the width. Place cookies on their cut side on the lined baking pan. Place pan back into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove cookies to cooling rack to cool completely. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.

While you're here, check out some of these other great sites!

Karla at Looking Towards Heaven. She even has a prize on the list! So check her out!

Lauren at Baseballs and Bows. Check out her birth story here.

Milehimama at Mama Says... is expecting very soon, so go wish her happy delivery!

That's all for now, so come back later in the party and look for more!