Mexican Dessert Recipes - Coyotas

Grocery stores frequently have a section devoted to Hispanic food. Not just tortillas and frijoles, but a wall filled with hanging bags of herbs and spices. Things like dried tamarindos compete for space with ten or fifteen different sorts of chilies. Then there are the little things that look like a small thread cone, the sort that are used on commercial sewing machines. The label reads: Piloncillo, Panela, or Panocha. What it is, is sugar.

When sugar was first being processed around 600 C.E., it was made into three forms: molasses, moscovado cones, and sugar loaves. Molasses is of course the liquid state of processed sugar cane. By cooking the molasses another step, it begins to crystallize. This is moscovado sugar. It is dark and molasses flavored. Sugar loaves are compressed cones of refined white sugar.

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Panela is moscovado sugar. It is usually sold two to a package, and keeps very well on the shelf, so long as it is packed in airtight containers.

Mexican Dessert Recipes - Coyotas

Coyotas are not a feral breed of canine. Coyotas are a dessert empanada. They take a little bit of work, but they are well worth the time.

Before you begin, you will need to crush the panela. The easiest way is to put it in a doubled plastic bag and hit it with a knife handle or the flat of a hammer (being careful with fingers and counter tops of course)


You will need:

  • 2 ½ cup crushed panela
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup cold water

How to do it:

Mix together the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening (you can use vegetable shortening, but the traditional recipe calls for leaf lard. Calm down. It is the same calorie content as shortening, and is actually lower in saturated fats than vegetable shortening. It also gives a flakier, more tender crust.) Once the fat is cut into pea sized bits, make a well in the center and add about ½ cup of water and begin to pull the flour in from the sides. Add more water as needed. Knead the dough with your hands as you mix.

Once you have a ball of dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide it into 20 even pieces. Roll out each ball into a 5" circle.

Put a tablespoon of crushed panela onto half of the circle. Wet your finger with water and dampen the edge of the dough. Fold over in half and seal the dough with a fork.

Bake the Coyotas on a lightly greased baking sheet at 375° for about 15 minutes, until they begin to turn golden brown.

Serve while still warm.

The panela will turn into a caramelly, gooey center while they are warm. Once the coyotas cool, the filling begins to solidify again. Not bad, but not as good as warm.

Mexican Dessert Recipes - Coyotas

Mexican dessert recipes may seem a little different than what we are accustomed to. Like many Mexican recipes though, some of the food we eat every day is a variation of the Hispanic tradition. The Sweet Side of Mexican Food

Decorated Easter Cookies

For those of you looking forward to Easter time, the one thing that makes Easter incredibly special are decorated Easter cookies. Just like Christmas cookies have become a staple of Christmas time, so have Easter cookies become a part of Easter tradition. There are many great ways to adorn the Easter season and decorated Easter cookies are just one of them. Here are some tips on putting smiles on the faces of your children or friends this Easter season.

Decorated Easter Cookies Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

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Decorated Easter cookies can come in many shapes and sizes and if you can conceptualize it you can truly prepare it. For most people Easter is associated with bunnies, rabbits, chicks, lambs and Easter eggs. For the most part you can usually find most of these shapes and more in the form of cookie cutters.

Decorated Easter Cookies

Cookie cutters are usually easy to purchase at all discount shops, supermarkets, and craft shops. Or you can generally make them yourself- you just need some pliable metal and an idea. If you don't have a cookie cutter, no big deal. In fact a lot of people that are artistically gifted choose to cut their own shapes out of cookie dough by hand, without using any cookie cutter.

Decorated Easter Cookies Start Out with Delectable Cookie Dough

The most essential thing about the embellished Easter cookies that you create is that must taste just as great as they look. No one likes a nasty tasting cookie. For many chefs, a great cookie begins with delicious cookie dough. Yes, you can purchase the dough already pre-made and ready to cut, but for the purists out there, start with a family recipe that is either chocolate chip or of the sugar cookie variety.

Decorate Your Cookie Using the Tools of the Trade

It's easy to adorn your Easter cookies, just make sure you have all the accessories of the trade. They usually include, food coloring, colored icing, sprinkles, delicious candies such as licorice, M& M's, nuts, marshmallows, etc. Once you have gotten the cookie shape, let yourself or your kids use their creative magic to make cutely decorated Easter cookies. You can find food coloring and many cool decorating accessories at your local grocery store. You can even purchase pre-made Easter embellishments to add to your cookies, cakes or Easter eggs.

Presentation is Key

Once your newly designed Easter cookies are finished, make sure to show them off to the rest of the family and even give them away to your coworkers and friends. Savor the Easter spirit by showcasing your delicious and beautiful decorated Easter cookies.

One creative idea is to take some photographs of your adorned Easter cookies and include them in your annual Easter scrapbook, so you can always look back at the delicious and beautifully adorned Easter cookies that you have made.

You can also print the cookie recipe on an attractive recipe card and include a photo of your Easter cookies to give to family and friends. Most everyone appreciates handmade gifts, especially when it's a beloved family recipe.

If you are looking to magnify your gratification of Easter this year, take part in creating wonderfully decorated Easter cookies.

Decorated Easter Cookies

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Diabetic Dessert Recipes - Delicious Sugar Free Desserts That Anyone Can Eat

We've all heard it before, avoiding exercise and eating lots of fats and sugar as well as being overweight can cause type 2 diabetes. The good news however is that if you act now you can prevent this form of diabetes from occurring, or reduce and even cure the condition if you've been recently diagnosed.

As type 2 diabetes is usually in direct relation to your lifestyle it's important to make changes to the way you live your life to see improvements. Now this isn't as bad as it sounds and in most cases you can continue eating the foods you like; you just need to be more selective.

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One of the ways to follow a diabetic diet is to consume foods from all of the four food groups, as well as limiting your intake of alcohol, fat, and sugars. You can incorporate a wide variety of nutritious foods into a diabetic diet plan and combined with regular exercise will help you control your condition.

Diabetic Dessert Recipes - Delicious Sugar Free Desserts That Anyone Can Eat

Now don't think that desserts and snacks are out of the question. In most cases they're not. If you've got a sweet tooth then check out these delicious diabetic desserts.


1/3 c. plain flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp. shortening

2 tbsp. peanut butter

1 tsp. Sweet 'n Low

1 egg, beaten

Mix and stir all ingredients in order (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, shortening, peanut butter and Sweet 'n Low). Add beaten egg and mix well. Drop by large teaspoon on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.


1 14 1/2 oz. evaporated milk

3 tbsp. cocoa

1/4 c. oleo

Liquid Sweetner to equal 1/2 c. sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs

1/4 c. nuts

Combine milk and cocoa in saucepan. Beat well. Add oleo, sweetner, salt. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients except 1/4 cup graham crackers. Cool about 15 minutes. Divide mixture into 32 balls. Roll in remaining cracker crumbs and chill.

These recipes look delicious don't they? Believe me, they taste even better too. So by combining sensible eating with regular exercise you can control and even beat your type 2 diabetes for good. It just goes to show that with a little research you can still eat the delicious types of foods and snacks that you did before.

Diabetic Dessert Recipes - Delicious Sugar Free Desserts That Anyone Can Eat

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Bunny Bites and Egg Delights - Kids No Bake Easter Recipes

Kids love Easter and decorating eggs but they also love to get in on the fun of making all the yummy treats. These kids Easter recipes are the perfect way to let them participate in the fun and make some delicious bunny bites and egg delights. The instructions for each of these are no-bake methods. You can bake your own items if you wish or just buy them store bought and then add the decorations to turn them into fun treats for this coming holiday.

Kids Easter Recipe #1

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Easter Bonnet Cookies

Bunny Bites and Egg Delights - Kids No Bake Easter Recipes

These bonnets are made for eating and not for wearing even though they look so pretty.


  • Sugar Cookies
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Frosting
  • Decorating Gel
  • Fruit Roll Ups
  1. Take a vanilla wafer and spread frosting on the bottom of the wafer.
  2. Place it in the center of a larger sugar cookie frosting side down.
  3. Now frost the entire thing (both cookies).
  4. Wrap some fruit roll-ups around the center (where the wafer is) and gently tie it into a bow.
  5. Finish it off with some fun designs using the decorating gel.
If you want different colors for your bonnets simply add some food coloring to the frosting before you cover the cookies.

Kids Easter Recipes #2

Easter Egg Spinach Dip

This traditional bread and dip recipe is perfect for your party this coming holiday.


  • Large Oval Shaped Loaf of Bread (Rye or Pumpernickel)
  • Spinach Dip (store bought or make your own)
  • Yellow Food Coloring
  1. Cut the loaf in half lengthwise.
  2. Hollow out the middle of both halves.
  3. Take half the spinach dip and place in a bowl.
  4. Add yellow food coloring and blend in until you have the desired color.
  5. Place the yellow colored spinach dip directly in the middle of the bread bowl.
  6. Place the remaining spinach dip all around the center.
  7. With the bread pieces taken from the middle, tear into small pieces and place all around the bread and serve.
Tip: Add some cheese amongst the bread by using a small scoop and block cheese. These will look like jelly beans placed in with the bread pieces. If you want you can decorate the outside of the bread (egg) using a spray cheese.

Kids Easter Recipe #3

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

These adorable bunnies won't last long once the kids see them. With their floppy ears and whisker noses, they look so cute and cuddly.


  • Cupcakes (store bought or make your own)
  • White Frosting
  • Black and Red Licorice strings
  • Nutter Butter Cookies
  • Brown and Red M & Ms
  1. Frost the cupcakes (if not already bought that way) with white frosting.
  2. Place 2 Nutter Butters on each side of the cupcake at the back (these are the ears). You can add some pink frosting to highlight the bunny ears.
  3. Place 2 brown M & Ms in the cupcake for eyes and a red one for the nose.
  4. Add some whiskers using the black licorice.
  5. Finish this yummy bunny of with a smile using the red licorice.
Kids Easter Recipe # 4

Rice Krispie Easter Baskets

Rice Krispie treats make the perfect ingredient for shaping into fun designs. These Easter baskets are so fun to make and decorate.


  • Rice Krispies
  • Marshmallows
  • White Frosting
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Jelly beans or Oval Shaped candies
  1. Make the Rice Krispie treats as directed on the box.
  2. Use a small bowl and place up side down.
  3. Spray with cooking spray.
  4. Press the Rice Krispies treat onto the bowl to shape it into a basket. Let it cool before removing.
  5. On a sheet of waxed paper press some Rice Krispie treats into the shape of a handle. You may need to measure the bowl to make sure you make this long enough.
  6. Turn it right side up and place on waxed paper.
  7. In a mixing bowl combine the frosting and green food coloring.
  8. Spread the frosting on the inside of the bowl to make it look like Easter grass. You can use other colors if you want.
  9. Press the candies into the frosting to fill the basket with eggs.
  10. Take your Rice Krispie handle and place frosting on both ends. Press on each side of the basket to hold in place.
To brighten up this kids Easter recipe you can use fruit roll-ups and wrap it around the handle for some added decorations.

Bunny Bites and Egg Delights - Kids No Bake Easter Recipes

Here are some fun and adorable kids Easter crafts for even more fun this holiday.

Julie Barros is the author and creator of Cool Kids Craft Ideas where you can find lots of kids crafts, coloring fun, games, activities and more.

Easy Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

Valentine's Day is the sweetest day on Earth, every February 14th gifts are exchanged between lovers. The sweetest gift you can give is a homemade gift, and what better then homemade desserts. Who doesn't love chocolate so here is a list of easy chocolate Valentine's Day desserts. Chocolate dipped strawberries are a favorite for Valentine's Day and they are easy to make and will look so impressive.


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• 1 3/4 to 2 cups (11.5- to 12-oz. pkg.) Chocolate, Milk Chocolate or White Morsels
• 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
• 36 Strawberries Directions LINE baking sheet with wax paper.

Easy Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

MICROWAVE morsels and vegetable shortening in uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted; cool slightly.

DIP strawberries about halfway into melted morsels; shake off excess. Place on prepared baking sheet; refrigerate until set.

For a Decorative touch:

MICROWAVE 1/2 cup White or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels or Baking Bars, in small, plastic bag on MEDIUM-HIGH for 1 minute; knead until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to drizzle over strawberries. Refrigerate until set.

You can use many other kinds of fruit such as orange segments, apple slices, or banana slices. To package your gift try looking for inexpensive tins or heart shaped boxes at your local craft store. If you are looking for an interactive dessert you may want to try chocolate fondue. This is another easy yet impressive treat.


• 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
• 2 Dark Chocolate baking bars (8 oz.) finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (optional) or orange juice
• 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
• Items for dipping: Marshmallows, fresh fruit (strawberries, orange segments, kiwi, melon and / or banana), cake cubes, pretzels, potato chips

Directions HEAT cream in small, saucepan over low heat; bring just to a boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; stir until smooth. Add liqueur or orange juice and orange peel; mix well.

TRANSFER fondue to fondue pot; place over low heat

Skewer items for dipping and enjoy

If you are not into making your own desserts but want the feel of homemade there are many companies online that offer homemade fudge, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate dipped pretzels among other confection for delivery. You can purchase these items and add your own touches to them like a handmade card or repackaging them into a box that you made with a picture of the two of you one it. Have fun with it and be creative.

Easy Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

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Tasty Edible Easter Crafts For Kids

Edible Easter crafts are a fun activity for kids of all ages. These Easter recipes are a great way to spend some quality family time together and satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. So get out the Easter candies, get ready to bake and let's make some edible Easter treats.
Easter Craft Idea #1
Edible Easter crafts are always a favorite in our house. Not only do we have a blast making these items but eating them is just as much fun. One of our favorites is an edible bird's nest. This is a finger licking good craft project for kids of all ages.
How to Make an Edible Birds Nest
Chocolate Cake Mix
Paper cup cake holders
Cup Cake Pan
Crumbly Chocolate Bars (like Butterfingers)
Easter Candy Eggs
Marshmallow Peeps
Bake the cupcakes as directed and let cool. Give each child a cupcake, candy bars, Easter candy eggs, frosting and peeps. Have the kids frost their cupcake and then add the crumbly chocolate bar (breaking into stick like pieces) around the outer edge to form the nest. Then add Easter egg candies and the marshmallow peeps. These cute nests are totally edible and will look great at your Easter dinner table.
Edible Easter Craft Idea #2
This Easter egg "treat" tree is easy, inexpensive and delicious.
How to Make an Egg Treat Tree
Broken Tree Branch or Sticks
Empty Plastic Container (like from margarine)
Floral Foam or Styrofoam ball
Plastic Easter Eggs
Easter Candy
Hot Glue
Construction Paper
Decorate the outside of your plastic container by covering with colored construction paper. Place the floral foam in the container and stick your tree branch part way through the foam. Fill up several plastic eggs with Easter Candy. Hot glue a piece of ribbon to the top of the Easter egg. Hot glue a loop at the top of the ribbon and hang on the branch. Repeat adding eggs until you have a fun and tasty looking "treat" tree. Place this cute little tree out where everyone can grab an egg for their tasty treat.
Edible Easter Craft Idea #3
Have a wiggly, jiggly good time with jell-o mold Easter treats.
How to Make Jell-o Easter Treats
Easter Shapes Jell-o Mold
Cool Whip
Easter Candies
Make up the jell-o and pour into the mold. Let this set up. Then remove from the mold and set them on the plates. Plop on some whip cream and get ready to decorate. Using the Easter candies, decorate your jell-o Easter shape. For Easter eggs use different colored candy to make them colorful. For Easter animal shapes, add candies for the ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Eat right away or refrigerate for later.
These tasty edible Easter crafts will have you and your kids "hopping" with tons of fun. Although edible crafts are fun and yummy, they won't last long. So don't forget to make some Easter crafts for kids using other craft supplies so you can decorate your house with these crafts your kids make. 

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Tasty Edible Easter Crafts For Kids
Tasty Edible Easter Crafts For Kids

Once you have satisfied your sweet tooth with these edible Easter crafts, check out these other fun and easy Kids Easter Crafts.

Julie is the author and creator of Cool Kids Craft Ideas where you can find holiday crafts, learning crafts, activities, coloring pages and more.

Easy Easter Bonnet and Hat Ideas

When it comes to making Easter bonnets or hats it can fill many parents with dread. There will always be a parent who has the time and the pocket to create a masterpiece. But for most of us there are lots of ideas for Easter bonnets and hats that are not only easy and cheap to make, but fun to do as well.

Making Easter bonnets and hats is all about being creative and imaginative. The first step in how to make Easter bonnets and hats is to see what you already have around the home to make your hat with. You may already have the base for your hat such as an old straw sun hat, a baseball cap, hair bands etc. Check your draws and sewing boxes for scraps of material, buttons, sequins, ribbon, wrapping and tissue paper. Even old greetings cards come in handy.

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Once having collected together as many useful items as you can, think about what type of hat or bonnet you can make from them. Your collection can grow by checking out your local store or craft shop for items such as candy eggs, chicks, feathers and paper and card. Cake decorating shops are often very useful when making an Easter bonnet or hat.

Easy Easter Bonnet and Hat Ideas

Here are some very simple ideas for your Easter bonnet or hat that are easy to make.

Easter plate hat

A paper or plastic plate can make a great inexpensive base for your hat. Before you start to decorate, make two holes either side of the plate to tie ribbon, elastic or string through.

Either cover your plate with tissue, paint or leave plain. Glue a selection of Easter related items to the plate such as candy eggs, chicks and bunnies. Or cover in scrunched up brown paper, to resemble a nest and fill with chicks and eggs.

Using card (a cereal packet will do), cut out petals to create a flower such as a daffodil or sunflower. Color yellow and stick to your plate. Fill the center using cut up egg boxes painted yellow or black. And finish with green ribbon for the tie to resemble the stem.

Straw hat

If using an old straw hat make or buy some flowers to stick on the hat to create a spring garden. Fill with Easter chicks and eggs. Candy eggs are better as they are less likely to melt and stick better. Finish with pretty ribbon in pastel shades.

Let your child make their own hat by crunching up paper and sticking it to the hat until it is completely filled. A rainbow effect can be made using different bands of colored tissue paper, or completely cover it in paper flowers.

Boys are perhaps more reluctant to wear an Easter hat, so using an old baseball cap removes the problem of the occasion when making Easter hats for boys. They can be decorated as animal or other themes very easily.

Baseball cap Easter hat

To make a nest using a baseball cap, cover the cap in brown paper or tissue. Make an extra nest shape at the top with scrunched up paper and fill with chicks and candy eggs as with the plate hat.

To make an animal such as a chick, cover in yellow paper and make a cardboard beak in orange to stick to the peak of the cap. Stick on some yellow feathers and make some eyes out of black material or card.

Easter cone hat or bonnet

This can be made simply by your child.

Give your child some card and let them decorate it with whatever materials you have such as coloring pencils, markers, ribbons, glitter, paper flowers etc. Once they have finished, fold the card into a cone shape and secure the edges with sticky tape. Make two holes in the end and thread some ribbon or elastic through to tie under the chin.

Rabbit hair band bonnet

This is particularly good for small children who perhaps do not like wearing a hat. It is easy to make and uses very little materials.

Make some large cut out rabbit ears and cover them in either gray felt or material. Cover the inside with pink material. If you don't have any material, simply them in with markers. Cut strips of pink or gray paper or material and wind them round your hair band until completely covered. Bend the end of the rabbits ear to make a flap and stick securely under the hair band.

Some of the best ideas can be the easiest. So when it comes to making your Easter bonnet or hat start from what you have or know you can easily source. Most of all it should be fun for you and your child.

Easy Easter Bonnet and Hat Ideas

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Diabetic Dessert Recipes - Sugar Free Dessert Recipes to Prevent Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the pancreas does not make enough insulin (insulin is a hormone that helps glucose to enter cells) or muscle cells are unable to use insulin properly. As the result, a diabetic patient has very high blood sugar levels. When the sugar or glucose level is over 600 mg/dl, it's dangerous to the diabetic's health. Untreated diabetes affects the eyes, nerves, kidney, heart and blood vessels.

Type 2 Diabetes is usually controlled with exercise and an appropriate diet. Are you suffering from Type 2 diabetes? In such a case, you absolutely need to manage a healthy diet in order to help control blood sugar concentration. And what about if you are free from diabetes? It is wise to prevent diabetes planning healthy meals. Try to avoid food high in sugar, saturated fat and carbohydrates (carbs).

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Can people with diabetes enjoy sweets and desserts?

Diabetic Dessert Recipes - Sugar Free Dessert Recipes to Prevent Diabetes

Are you craving for something sweet to eat such as desserts? Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to give up great tasting food. You can still enjoy your favorite deserts. Learn how to make special and delicious diabetic sweet treats, cakes, pies, ice cream, pudding and cookies by yourself!

Fortunately, easy diabetic dessert recipes are available and can be very helpful to diabetics. What you can do is collect sugar free desserts recipes. After collecting these diabetic recipes, just try them! Develop healthy eating habits and enjoy great tasting food! You can live a normal life controlling properly your glucose sugar level.

Tasty Diabetic Dessert Recipes Sample


> 2 cups fresh unsweetened strawberries
> 4-oz frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping
> Substitute sugar equivalent to 60 grams of sugar
> ½ package sugar-free pudding mix


Place strawberries and sugar substitute in a blender and process until smooth. Strain seeds and discard. Return strawberry mixture to the blender and process again. Add sugar-free pudding mix and process until smooth. Transfer to large bowl. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon evenly into desert dishes. Refrigerate until serving time.

Whether you want to prevent or cure diabetes naturally maintaining a special diet, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the dishes and favorite desserts you like! You just have to make them a different way.

How can I collect tasty diabetic dessert recipes?

Actually, there are two different way to collect sugar-free dessert recipes in order to prevent oneself from getting Type 2 diabetes.

1) The first one consists to copy them from any site on the web. It's free of charge but unfortunately not all the diabetic recipes found on the web are written by professionals such as nutritionists!

2) The second way is to buy for a reasonable price a complete and professional cookbook. How would you feel if you had a collection of 500 different diabetic recipes? With such a specific cookbook, it will be very easy to cut down on the sugar in your diet. Download an awesome collection of over 500 Diabetics Recipes including desserts, entrees, snacks and more!

Diabetic Dessert Recipes - Sugar Free Dessert Recipes to Prevent Diabetes

Feel free to read also the Diabetes Reversal Report, a new diabetes discovery backed by science that is able to normalize you blood sugar levels naturally! Alexis Roger is a French biochemist who loves investigating and teaching. He has studied various fields of science such as pharmacology, physiology, endocrinology, chemistry, bacteriology, anatomy and botanic. He displays a great interest in international alternative medicine therapies.

Quick Napoleon Dessert Recipes

A traditional Napoleon is a French dessert made from layers of puff pastry spread with a vanilla pastry cream. The top of the rectangle or triangular shaped sweet is drizzled with chocolate and or dusted with powdered sugar. Historians say that the Napoleon was created by a Danish royal chef in honor of a visit by a French emperor. And that Emperor Bonaparte's defeat at Waterloo was the result of an overindulgence of his now famous namesake pastry.

You may have a hard time distinguishing after eating a Napoleon what part is the best part. Is it the puff pastry or the pastry cream? I think all of the flavor combinations work very well together, so, I say all of it! This is a very quick and easy dessert recipe, and you will not spend all day in the kitchen. We are going to take the shortcut method and make it work for our recipe.

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Making puff pastry from scratch is not an easy task to undertake. It is a labor and time intensive endeavor. Perfectly chilled ingredients, repeated rolling to the correct thickness, and precision folding are the keys to faultless puff pastry. Not to mention working in a kitchen that is not humid. The meticulous rolling and folding, along with the moisture in the butter, creates steam which causes the dough to puff and separate into the flaky layers that the pastry is known for. Some chef's recommend anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours chilling time between rolling and folding. Consider that the roll, fold and chill process is done four times, you need to block off two to eight hours to make puff pastry. Or, take a trip to the frozen food section of the grocery store and buy it.

Quick Napoleon Dessert Recipes

Ready made puff pastry is available in sheets or shells. To thaw it at room temperature takes about thirty minutes, in the refrigerator about four hours. It will keep in the refrigerator up to two days. When shaping the dough, work with one sheet at a time, refrigerating remaining sheets until ready to use. As with all dough handle as little as possible. A pastry wheel, pizza cutter or sharp knife are the best utensils for cutting the dough. Cut edges should be crisp to keep the layers separate so that they puff during baking. Always bake puff pastry in a conventional oven and keep in mind that darker baking sheets cook faster.

Vanilla pastry cream is the standard filling for a Napoleon. This is a very short recipe for making quick Napoleons.

1 Package of frozen puff pastry dough

2 Packages of Vanilla instant pudding

1 Bottle of a good chocolate fudge or chocolate drizzle

3 Ounces of confectioners sugar

Prepare instant pudding according to package directions. While pudding is chilling follow directions for thawing, unfolding and baking puff pastry sheets. Cut into desired shape at bake at 400° for twelve minutes or until golden. Pay close attention to baking time, sheets burn easily. Let cool to room temperature.

To assemble you will place a layer of pastry in bottom of a sheet pan. You will then gently spread with a layer of pudding, then another layer of pastry. Repeat the layering process until ingredients are used up. You will then heat your chocolate fudge until it is at a pouring consistency. You will pour or drizzle over the tops of your Napoleons, and dust very lightly with the confectioners sugar. You will need a serrated knife to cut these into bars to sreve. Keep refrigerated until serving time.

If you want to substitute a low fat, or zero fat pudding in this recipe, there is still enough sugar to give it flavor with half or no fat in the pudding.

Quick Napoleon Dessert Recipes

Chef Shelley Pogue, a Cum Laude, Le Cordon Blue graduate and Executive Research and Development Chef, for Vertical Sales and Marketing, San Ramon, CA. Shelley is also the desserts editor for

Christmas Party Tips and Christmas Dessert Ideas

Christmas, the most magical time of the year - the season of merriment is here again! The season of new beginnings, where forgotten vows are renewed and love fills the air around us that transcends above all. Especially children who wait in much anticipation for their favourite guy - Ole' Santa Claus! Don't you just love the growing merriment and excitement filling the air as the big day draws near? Breathe in...ah, how can you not love the aroma of delicious gingerbread, cakes and cookies baking and other food which are specially prepared only during the Christmas season?

Time for parties and celebrations and you are probably scratching your head for ideas or small little parties for family and friends. This can be a challenge especially if you are looking at coming up with something fresh and new. Some tips here if you plan to hold a party at home:

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  • Firstly, have the right mix of music. Have lively Christmas music to create the right festive mood of party cheer as your guests enjoy the food and laughter. Can you picture your guests having fun with Silent Night playing in the background?
  • Next, decorate your house with traditional Christmas decorations to set the right atmosphere. Don't forget Christmas stockings, mistletoes and Christmas ribbons. Have plenty of lightings, especially outdoors. Pay special attention to the Christmas Tree. Make it sparklingly grand!
  • Kids will be at your party? Arrange special activities to occupy them and ensure sufficient supervision of them. Leave the tv on with Christmas cartoons or movies.
  • And most importantly, some Christmas dessert ideas if you're planning to serve your guests.
  • Prepare a wide spread of food and desserts, in other words, something for everyone. Dress desserts up with pretty traditional Christmas colours. Include cream cheese desserts, chocolate desserts and the traditional Christmas cake or puddings and even homemade candies for kids. Prepare great fruit punches so that everyone can enjoy them. Always prepare more than expected. That's the spirit of Christmas - giving and abundance.

Christmas Party Tips and Christmas Dessert Ideas

Easy chocolate desserts work best as they are a favourite with most folks, so you will almost never go wrong. You can also easily find many favourite Christmas dessert recipes that are available online or from recipe books if you are keen on making your own homemade cakes, cookies or pies. Again, easy is the keyword here, as you will want time to mingle around.

I have a simple recipe for you too - it's called the Delicious Yuletide Fruit Cake which took me less than 30 minutes to prepare so you'll have plenty of time for your guests too.

Ingredients :

1/2 cup Self-raising Flour; sifted

1 can Condensed Milk

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

1 1/2 cups Dessicated Coconut

2 1/2 cups Pecans; coarsely chopped

1 cup Dried Apricots; chopped into small bits

1 1/2 cups Dates; coarsely chopped

300 g Candied Cherries; red and green; chopped

2 tbsp Icing Sugar; for decoration


Mix chopped pecans, apricots bits, dates and cherries together. Drizzle condensed milk over fruit mixture and keep stirring. Add in vanilla essence. Now add in dessicated coconut. Fold in sifted flour until no more flour lumps.

Spoon cake mixture into greased tube pan. Bake in preheated oven at 150°C for 20 minutes before upping heat to 170°C and bake for another 30 minutes.

Allow cake to cool a little before removing from pan. Dust cake lightly with icing sugar. Keep cake in air-tight container.

Sarah Chew


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Jello Pie Recipe: Classic Jello Pie

Here is the classic Jello pie recipe that makes a lovely presentation for any occasion. You can use practically any flavor of gelatin and fruit to create a rainbow of fruity goodness.

2/3 cup boiling water

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1 package Jell-O brand gelatin (any flavor)

Jello Pie Recipe: Classic Jello Pie

1/2 cup cold water

1/2 cup ice cubes

2 containers Cool Whip

1 ready made pie crust


Pour gelatin mix into a large bowl. Bring water to a boil. Pour hot water over gelatin until completely dissolved. In a separate bowl, mix together the cold water and the ice cubes to make one cup. Combine cold water with the gelatin mixture and stir until all the ice melts.

Stir in one container of the whipped topping and beat with a wire whisk until mixture is nice and smooth. Refrigerate the gelatin for 15 to 20 minutes or until gelatin thickens. Spoon the gelatin mixture into the pie crust.

Refrigerate pie for 4 hours or overnight.

=> Jello Pie Recipe: Jello Strawberry Pie

When strawberry season hits, this is a wonderful way to display those red beauties and enjoy their sweet freshness surrounded by a beautiful red shimmer. Oh, and there's a tasty surprise on the bottom, which doubles your enjoyment.

1 package strawberry gelatin

1 pint strawberries

1/2 pint whipping cream

1 cup sugar

1 cup hot water

1 (9-inch) ready made pie shell


In a bowl, dissolve the gelatin in hot water. Wash and hull the strawberries; place strawberries in a separate large bowl and pour the sugar over them; toss lightly until well coated. After the gelatin has cooled (but not set), add gelatin mixture to strawberries. Let mixture chill in the refrigerator until it has congealed.

With a wire whisk, beat the whipped cream, adding 4 tablespoons of the gelatin mixture as you go. Spoon the cream mixture into the bottom of the pie crust.

Pull out the strawberries from the cooled gelatin mixture and lay them on top of the cream mixture. Pour the congealed gelatin into the pie crust. Refrigerate pie for 4 hours or until completely set.

=> Jello Pie Recipe: Cherry Jello Pie

Cherry fans everywhere will enjoy this quick-to-make dessert pie. This pie is literally bursting with cherry flavor.

2 1/2 cups canned red cherries, drained

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 package Cherry gelatin

2 1/4 cups warm cherry juice and water

1 (9-inch) ready made pie shell


In a large bowl, combine the cherries and the sugar. In a separate bowl, dissolve gelatin in the hot water. Add the cherries, cherry juice and the salt to the gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until gelatin thickens. Pour cooled gelatin mixture into the pie shell. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until gelatin is set. Serve with whipped topping

=> Jello Pudding Pie Recipe: Jello Chocolate Ice Cream Pudding Pie

How can something so delicious be so easy to make? This is a perfect dessert to serve on a hot summer night, or any time you are in the mood for ice cream. For a different flavor of pudding pie, just change the flavor of the pudding mix and the ice cream: i.e. Pistachio pudding and Pistachio ice cream.

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup chocolate ice cream

1 large package instant Jello chocolate pudding mix

1 ready made graham cracker crust pie shell


In a large bowl, mix milk and ice cream together; stirring until well blended. Add pudding mix and stir until mixture is creamy and smooth (note: DO NOT use electric mixer).

Pour chocolate mixture into pie shell. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Jello Pie Recipe: Classic Jello Pie

Easy to make – fun to drink