Savory Rosette Brunch Tart with Polenta Crust | Swirls and Spice

Savory Rosette Brunch Tart with Polenta Crust

Twirl up some veggies (and bacon if you like) to make rosettes that add to a lovely brunch experience with this savory egg tart.  The polenta crust can even be gluten free if you select the proper cornmeal. Flowers make food prettier, do they not? Recently I’ve enjoyed seeing the many ways that flowers can garnish a springtime dish.  If you like floral garnishes too, don’t miss my … Continue reading Savory Rosette Brunch Tart with Polenta Crust

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Rolls | Swirls and Spice

Upside Down Cinnamon Rolls

Brown sugar glazed cinnamon rolls hearken back to a simpler time, when most households had a baking schedule.  Taste one and realize why home baked sweet rolls still merit their own day of the week. Though I haven’t shared about my mother and grandmother for a while, I remain thankful for these two remarkable, faithful women who continue to influence me in matters of faith and … Continue reading Upside Down Cinnamon Rolls

Pandan Crepes with Coconut Sauce {Gluten Free} | Swirls and Spice

Pandan Crepes with Coconut Sauce

Delicate crepes infused with aromatic pandan and coconut make a lovely brunch for springtime celebrations.  Topping them with edible flowers is optional, yet adds an elegant touch of natural color and beauty. Two things I love are crêpes and violets, so putting them together on a plate made for a happy day.  April showers have given us an abundance of wild violets this year.  While some people might want … Continue reading Pandan Crepes with Coconut Sauce

Flourless Mango Mini Muffin + Donuts | Swirls and Spice

Flourless Mango Mini Muffins and Donuts

The surprising thing about these flourless mini muffins (and donuts) is that they actually taste better the next day.  Is that hard to believe?  Then you had better verify my statement. What happens is that the moisture levels even out, resulting in a surface layer that is moist enough so that ginger-sugar coating clings beautifully.  Just be sure to dip them in the sugar coating shortly … Continue reading Flourless Mango Mini Muffins and Donuts

Cashew Celery Salad | Swirls and Spice

Cashew Celery Salad

Celery stalks, with the help of a chef’s knife, transform into a celebration of vegetables and crunchy cashews accented with a light sesame dressing. Though I don’t come from a tradition that celebrates Fat Tuesday, I thought it would be educational to try some sweet pàczki for dessert on Tuesday night.  I picked up a box of six pàczki at the local supermarket, and the sheer size of each … Continue reading Cashew Celery Salad

Chocolate Raspberry Crepe Cake

Layers of chocolate crêpes and raspberry whipped cream make a rich and airy dessert that is perfect for sharing and celebrating.  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, followed by Pancake Tuesday, so get your crêpe pan out and enjoy tucking into this sweet-but-not-too-sweet delight of a cake. Do you eat crêpes often?  My kids absolutely love them, and every once in a while I will … Continue reading Chocolate Raspberry Crepe Cake