7 Ganache Flavor Ideas

Ganache is a sweet dessert filling or frosting made by using heated heavy cream over chocolate.

You can make more than just white, milk, or dark chocolate ganache.

You can add fruit puree, extracts, or zest to flavor chocolate ganache to use for cakes, cupcakes, tarts, fondue, or truffles.

You can make raspberry ganache, caramel ganache, Irish cream ganache, peanut butter ganache and more!

chocolate ganache recipes and flavors


Raspberry ganache is a sweet white chocolate ganache infused with raspberry puree.

Raspberry ganache is made by making raspberry puree, and then straining it through a strainer to remove the seeds.

Raspberry puree is heated with heavy cream until just before it begins to boil.

White chocolate is chopped into small pieces, and then heated raspberry cream mixture is poured over the white chocolate.

Whisk until smooth, and then cool to room temperature. Place ganache in the fridge overnight, and then it will harden up. If it’s too hard to work with, you can microwave it to soften it.

  • macaron filling
  • cupcake frosting
  • cake filling and frosting
  • filling for chocolate
fruit Ganache Flavor ideas


Caramel ganache is a sweet ganache you can pour over fruit for a special treat, or drizzle over ice cream.

Caramel ganache is made by melting sugar in a saucepan until it becomes a golden brown color.

Heavy cream is heated in the microwave, and then carefully poured over caramelized sugar.

Cream sugar mixture is stirred together, and then let to come to 226 degrees F.

Caramel ganache is removed from the heat source, and then cubes of butter are melted into the ganache.

Butter is mixed into ganache, and then it’s cooled in an ice bath.

Caramel ganache is whipped with a hand mixer, and then it’s ready to be used.

  • topping for apples
  • topping for ice cream
  • cake frosting
  • chocolate cupcake frosting
  • macaron filling
caramel ganache flavor recipes


Matcha ganache is a green tea flavored white chocolate ganache.

White chocolate and heavy cream are heated in the microwave until the chocolate has fully melted.

Matcha powder is added to the white chocolate ganache and whisked until smooth.

You can place matcha ganache in the fridge for a harder ganache, if needed.

  • macaron filling
  • chocolate cupcake frosting
  • vanilla cupcake frosting

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter ganache is a creamy ganache you can use for filling tarts or even making truffles.

Heavy cream is heated until it almost begins to boil.

Hot heavy cream is poured over chopped white chocolate, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.

As the cream melts the chocolate, whisk the mixture together until it’s smooth.

Cool the ganache to room temperature, and then it’s ready to use used for desserts.

  • tart filling
  • drip cake topping
  • cake frosting
  • truffles
  • macaron filling

Chocolate Orange

Chocolate orange ganache is a citrusy chocolate ganache you can use for cakes, tarts, or truffles.

Chocolate orange ganache is made by heating heavy cream in a saucepan with orange zest until heavy cream begins to simmer.

Pour hot heavy cream over chopped chocolate and whisk together until smooth.

Cool chocolate orange ganache, and then place it in the fridge for 1 hour to firm up prior to using.

  • truffles
  • cake frosting
  • tart filling
  • glaze
  • vol au vent filling
chocolate orange ganache flavor

Mint Chocolate

Mint chocolate ganache is a rich chocolate ganache you can use for a lovely hint of mint in your dessert.

Heavy cream is heated until it almost begins to boil. Pour over mint chocolate chips and whisk until the chocolate is melted and mixture becomes smooth.

Let mint chocolate ganache cool to room temperature, and then it’ll be ready to use.

If you’re wanting to make mint chocolate truffles, place the ganache in the fridge. When it hardens up, you can use a melon baller, and remove a ball of chocolate to make into a truffle.

  • cupcake frosting
  • cake frosting
  • truffles
  • ice cream topping
  • dessert waffle topping
mint chocolate ganache flavor ideas

Irish Cream

Irish cream ganache is a chocolate ganache infused with Irish cream alcohol.

Irish cream ganache is made by heating Irish cream in a saucepan over medium heat.

Irish cream is poured over milk chocolate chips, and let to sit for 10 minutes to fully melt chocolate.

A little heavy cream is poured into the ganache, and then whisked together until smooth.

If you’re using Irish cream ganache for fondue, serve your ganache warm. Warm it up in the microwave if needed.

You can dip fresh fruit, rice Krispy squares, brownies, angel food cake into Irish cream ganache.

Irish cream is cooled to room temperature, and then it’s ready to be used for cake frosting or cupcake frosting.

If you’re wanting to make truffles, you can firm it up in the fridge and then use a melon baller to form your truffles.

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  • dipping sauce for dessert fondue
  • truffles
Irish cream ganache flavor

5 Make Ahead Seafood Appetizer Ideas

Seafood appetizers can be made ahead of time when preparing for a summer BBQ, birthday party, or cocktail party.

You can make alluring appetizers for your guests including seafood mousse, smoked salmon phyllo cups, tzatziki avocado salmon rolls and more!

Make Ahead Seafood Appetizers

Seafood Mousse

Seafood mousse is a chilled mousse that is served with accompanying crackers.

Seafood mousse is made by blooming gelatin in a bit of white wine. This will help the mousse solidify, and maintain it’s shape when it’s being served.

In a separate bowl, crab meat, shrimp, diced celery, whipped heavy cream, sour cream, green onions, mayo, dill weed, lemon zest, and paprika are mixed together to until they’re fully combined.

Gelatin and wine mixture is microwaved until it forms a liquid, and then is added to the seafood mousse.

Once gelatin is mixed into the mousse, it’s placed into a prepared mold or bowl and chilled in the fridge for a few hours.

You can prepare seafood mousse the day before, and then unmold it right before serving.

Unmold the seafood mousse, and serve with crackers or baguette slices.

Seafood Spread

Seafood spread can be prepared ahead of time, and served with baguette slices, crackers, or prepared crostini’s if desired.

Seafood spread is made by combining softened cream cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese, crab meat, minced garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, and fresh pan fried shrimp pieces.

Make Ahead Seafood Appetizer ideas

You can place the prepared spread in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Serve seafood spread with baguette slices, crackers, or crostini’s.

Make Ahead Seafood spread Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Phyllo Cups

Smoked salmon phyllo cups are a creamy appetizer served in a phyllo dough cups.

Smoked salmon cream cheese mixture is made by adding softened cream cheese, sour cream and fresh lemon juice to a food processor and blending together.

Smoked salmon, fresh dill, chives, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper are added to the food processor and blended together until smooth.

Place filling in the fridge overnight to chill.

Phyllo cups only take a few minutes to bake. You can bake them any time the day of your event.

Place smoked salmon cream cheese filling in a piping bag, fitted with the star tip and pipe the filling into the prepared dough cups.

Place smoked salmon phyllo cups in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them.

Tzatziki Avocado Salmon Rolls

Tzatziki avocado salmon rolls are a creamy appetizer you can make ahead of time.

Tzatziki is mixed together with chives and fresh lime juice.

A piece of plastic wrap is placed on a cutting board, and smoked salmon is placed on top of the plastic wrap. Smoked salmon should have overlapping edges and be patted down, so that the roll will turn out later on.

Tzatziki is spread over the salmon, and then slices of avocado are arranged in the center of the salmon. A couple of cucumber strips are added on top of the avocado, along with a few more chives.

Roll up the salmon roll, using the plastic wrap to help guide you. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the edges, and place it in the fridge covered until you’re ready to serve.

Unwrap the salmon roll and slice off bite sized pieces when you’re ready to serve your seafood appetizer.

Smoked Salmon Bites

Smoked salmon bites are creamy toothpick appetizer you can easily make ahead of time.

In a bowl, cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, lemon zest, salt, and dill are mixed together.

Cream cheese mixture is spread in the center of a tortilla creating a square shape.

Smoked salmon pieces are placed on top of the cream cheese mixture,

With another tortilla, spread a thin layer of butter. Place the butter side down onto the smoked salmon.

Spread cream cheese mixture on top of the tortilla, and layer again with more smoked salmon.

Butter another tortilla, and place it butter side down onto the smoked salmon.

Press down on the appetizer using a plate or cutting board to flatten out the appetizer.

Cover the appetizer and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

When you’re ready to serve, use a serrated knife to trim the edges into a square.

Cut the appetizer into strips, and then into squares. Place a toothpick into each smoked salmon appetizer for easy serving. Garnish with a bit of dill weed if desired.

7 Whipped Cream Dessert Ideas with Fruit

Whipped cream is a rich, creamy base for making desserts with fruit.

You can make berry mousse, raspberry cream puffs, pineapple crème brûlée, trifle, strawberry soufflé, and more!

Raspberry Mousse

Raspberry mousse is a rich, fruity, decandet mousse.

Raspberry mousse is made by heating raspberries in a saucepan and adding sugar and water to make raspberry puree.

Raspberry puree is strained to remove the seeds of the raspberries, and only have the pure raspberry sauce left.

Gelatin is added to raspberry sauce, and then it’s thickened in a saucepan over medium heat. After raspberry sauce has thickened, it is left to cool to room temperature.

Whipped cream is whipped until stiff peaks form. Raspberry puree is added to the whipped cream and folded together to make raspberry mousse.

You can pipe raspberry mousse into ramekins, and then add a couple of raspberries on top as a garnish.

Whipped Cream Desserts with Fruit

Angel Food Cake Trifle

Angel food cake trifle is a layered dessert with cake, custard, whipped cream, and fruit.

Vanilla pastry cream is placed in the bottom of a dessert glass.

Angel food cake is cut into small 1″ squares, and then sprinkled on top of the pastry cream.

Add raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries.

Repeat the layers until it reaches almost the top of the glass.

Top with freshly whipped cream and a couple of berries as a garnish.

Raspberry Cream Puffs

Raspberry cream puffs are fruity cream puffs made with choux pastry.

Raspberry cream puffs are made by combining raspberries and icing sugar in blender and blending on medium speed, creating raspberry puree.

Whipping cream is whipped together with raspberry puree to create the filling for the cream puffs.

Pipe raspberry cream mixture into the cream puffs.

You can add a chocolate ganache icing on top, or simply dust with icing sugar.

Blackberry Mousse

Blackberry mousse is a fruity mousse with memorable blackberry flavoring.

Blackberry mousse is made by adding pureed blackberries and hot water in a blender and mixing together.

The blackberries must be strained and then the remaining blackberry sauce is cooked to thicken it into a puree.

Gelatin is bloomed in a bit of water, and microwaved together.

Heated gelatin is added to blackberry puree and and whisked together.

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, heavy cream is whipped with vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.

Fold blackberry puree with gelatin into the whipped cream and chill until you’re ready to serve.

Pineapple Crème Brûlée

Pineapple crème brûlée is a creamy, citrusy dessert with a brûléed sugar top.

Pineapple crème brûlée is made by cooking the pineapple with a bit of water and brown sugar.

Once the pineapple has caramelized with the brown sugar, it is pureed using a food processor.

Whipped cream is heated in a saucepan with brown sugar, lemon zest and salt until it begins to simmer.

In a separate bowl, egg yolks, an egg, and lemon juice are whisked together.

Hot cream mixture is poured into the egg mixture and whisked together to temper the eggs.

Vanilla extract is mixed into the cream mixture, along with caramelized pineapple puree to make the crème brûlée base.

Crème brûlée is placed into ramekins and then baked in the oven. After they have been cooled and chilled in the fridge, they are ready to be brûléed with granulated sugar and a cooking torch.

The pineapple is added, along with lemon zest for a citrus flavored pineapple crème brûlée.

Whipped Cream Desserts with Fruit flavors

Strawberry Soufflé

Strawberry soufflé is light and fruity whipped cream dessert.

Whipped cream is whipped with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Whipped cream is placed in the fridge to chill it while preparing the rest of the soufflé.

Strawberry puree is heated in a saucepan over medium heat with gelatin. Strawberry puree is cooled, and then whipped with an electric mixer. Strawberry puree will expand and add a ton of air to it.

Strawberry mixture is gently folded into the whipped chilled cream.

In a separate bowl egg whites are beaten with an electric mixture with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form.

Granulated sugar is added to the egg whites, and then beaten until stiff peaks form.

Fold egg whites into strawberry cream mixture.

Strawberry cream mixture can be piped into ramekins, and then frozen for a few hours.

Place the soufflé in the fridge for 2 hours, right before you’re ready to serve it.

Add a little whipped cream dollop on top, as well as a few sliced strawberries right before serving.

Blueberry Mousse

Blueberry mousse is made by making blueberry puree.

Blueberries are heated together with sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat.

After the blueberry mixture has thickened, it is blended together and strained through a mesh sieve.

In a stainless steel mixing bowl, egg whites, sugar, and cream of tarter is mixed together. Heat the mixture over a pot of water simmering with a few inches of water in the bottom.

Once the mixture has thicken, it is removed from the heat source, and beat until the egg whites become stiff peaks.

In a stand mixer, heavy cream is a placed in a metal bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, and whipped until soft peaks are formed.

Gelatin is bloomed with a bit of water, and then whisked into the blueberry puree.

Egg white meringue is folded into blueberry puree to add a ton of light airiness to the mousse.

Finally, fold soft peak whipped cream into the blueberry mixture and chill for a few hours prior to serving.

Best Tomatoes for Pizza Sauce

San Marzano tomatoes are the best tomatoes for making pizza sauce because of their sweet and rich flavor.

San Marzano tomatoes pizza sauce is a thick and lush pizza sauce with a sweet finish that you can use for pizza, pizza pretzels, or as a breadstick dipping sauce.

San Marzano pizza sauce recipe

San Marzano Tomatoes for Pizza Sauce

San Marzano tomatoes are less acidic than Roma tomatoes, and have a more powerful flavor.

San Marzano pizza sauce is a little on the sweeter side.

If you were to make pizza sauce with Plum or Roma tomatoes, you would have to add more sugar or add butter to the pizza sauce to balance out the acidity.

San Marzano tomatoes were first grown in volcanic soil from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius close to Naples in Italy.

San Marzano tomatoes have very thick walls, thick fleshy inside, and very few seeds. Therefore, when the tomatoes are broken down to make pizza sauce, it creates a paste like consistency.

This makes San Marzano pizza sauce extra thick and creamy.

Best Tomatoes for Pizza Sauce

Breaking Down San Marzano Tomatoes

There are 2 ways you can break down San Marzano tomatoes for pizza sauce.


You can use your hands to break apart your tomatoes for pizza sauce. It will feel slimly and wet! But you need to break down the tomatoes in order for you not to have a chunky sauce.

best tomatoes for pizza sauce san marzano

Pastry Blender

A pastry blender will easily cut tomatoes into small pieces while keeping your hands clean!

Press the pastry blender into the tomatoes and cut them into bite sized pieces. Then you’ll be ready to make your pizza sauce.

what Tomatoes to use for Pizza Sauce

Draining San Marzano Tomatoes

You should drain off tomato juices of San Marzano tomatoes when you’re making pizza sauce.

Draining off the juices will make the pizza sauce have a thicker consistency, and you can always add the juice drippings if the pizza sauce is too thick for your liking.

draining san marzano Tomatoes for Pizza Sauce

You have more control over the pizza sauce consistency by draining the San Marzano tomatoes.

To drain your tomatoes, place a strainer on top of a glass bowl. Add your tomatoes into the strainer and let them sit for about 20 minutes prior to making your pizza sauce.

Should you drain San Marzano tomatoes

Coleslaw Recipe for Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp tacos are spicy, and juicy tacos that you can pair with a creamy avocado coleslaw.

Avocado coleslaw is made with an avocado cream sauce mixed with a coleslaw base of shredded carrots, red and green cabbage.

Avocado cream sauce is made out of avocados, blended with yogurt and herbs to make a tangy, citrusy sauce for creamy avocado coleslaw for shrimp tacos.

Coleslaw Recipe for Shrimp Tacos

How to make coleslaw for shrimp tacos spicy

Add 1 diced jalapeno with the seeds removed to avocado crema sauce and blend in the food processor.

Add jalapeno avocado crema to coleslaw and use inside your shrimp tacos.

coleslaw recipe for shrimp tacos

Avocado cream sauce can not only be used for coleslaw, it can also be used to drizzle over top of shrimp tacos as a creamy sauce.

You can use avocado cream sauce instead of guacamole or salsa on shrimp tacos.

avocado Coleslaw Recipe for Shrimp Tacos

Coleslaw Recipe for Shrimp Tacos

How to make avocado crema coleslaw recipe for using in shrimp tacos.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: dinner
Keyword: tacos
Yield: 2 cups


  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp lime juice fresh
  • 1/2 cup yogurt plain
  • 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, green and purple cabbage (coleslaw base) this blend of coleslaw can be found in a bag in the grocery store


  • Cut a ripened avocado in half.
    Remove the pit and scoop out the insides of the avocado. Place the insides of the avocado in a food processor.
  • Add 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, 3 cloves minced garlic, 3 tbsp fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 3 tbsp olive oil, and 1/2 tsp salt to the food processor.
  • Pulse only for 1 second at a time. Pulse until the avocado cream sauce comes together. It should take about 8-12 pulses before the avocado crema is ready.
  • In a medium sized bowl, add coleslaw mixture of shredded carrots, red cabbage, and green cabbage.
  • Pour a little bit of avocado crema over the coleslaw and mix together. Add more crema sauce if needed.
    avocado crema Coleslaw Recipe for Shrimp Tacos
  • Your coleslaw is ready to be added to your shrimp tacos. More avocado crema can be drizzled on top of your shrimp tacos as a sauce if desired.
    avocado Coleslaw Recipe for Shrimp Tacos
creamy Coleslaw Recipe for Shrimp Tacos

Flower Macarons

Macarons can be used just like a blank canvas to make flower macarons. You can paint macarons to color tulips, round petal flowers, or pointed tipped flowers.

You can use a food safe paint brush to make beautiful brush stokes on macarons to paint flower petals, vines and leaves. See video here.

how to make flower macarons

How to Make Flower Macarons

Paint for Flower Macarons

You can paint on macarons to create flower macarons by using either powdered food coloring or gel food coloring with a couple of drops of almond extract.

You don’t want to use too much almond extract. If you pour too much, the color will be more like watercolor paint.

If you just use a little almond extract, the color will be strong and easily painted on the macaron. The color will not run.

how to decorate flower macarons

Paint Brushes

You’ll need to use a food safe paint brush to make painted flowers on macarons.

A flat brush is critical to painting flower petals. See video below to watch how to make a pointed tipped flower, a round tipped flower, or a tulip shape.

To make leaves or vines on macarons, use a long fine tipped paint brush. This will let you create fine leaf shapes, or narrow vines underneath flowers painted on macarons.

Flower Macarons with vines

When painting on macarons, make sure you have let the shells fully cool, then fill the macarons.

After you’ve filled all of your macarons, you’re ready to paint on your designs.

decorating Flower Macarons

Edible Marker

Edible markers can be used to draw flower petals onto macarons.

You can get many different colors in edible markers to use to create beautiful flowers on macarons.

You can also use black edible markers and lightly touch the marker in the center of flower petals to make the center of the flower. It adds a bit of textured look to the flower on the macaron.

how to make flower macarons

Flower Petal Shapes

Pointed Flower Petals

  1. Dip a flat paint brush into food coloring.
  2. Touch the flat brush to the macaron.
  3. Drag the top tip of the flat brush 45 degrees to the right to create a point for the flower petal.
  4. Repeat to make 5-6 flower petals.
  5. Make dots in the center of the flower using a black edible marker.

Round Flower Petals

  1. Dip a flat paint brush into food coloring.
  2. Touch the flat brush to the macaron.
  3. Push the brush in an upwards and to the right slightly, then bring it back down to the original starting point.
  4. Repeat to make 5-6 flower petals.
  5. Make dots in the center of the flower using a black edible marker.
Flower decorated Macarons


  1. Dip a flat paint brush into food coloring.
  2. Touch the flat brush to the macaron.
  3. Push the brush in an upwards and to the right slightly, then bring it back down.
  4. Put the brush in the original position, and then push the brush downwards and to the right. Bring the brush back up and line it up with the first brush strokes to create a tulip shape.
how to color Flower Macarons

Espresso Mousse Cake Filling Recipe

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Espresso mousse is a rich, creamy coffee flavored cake filling.

Espresso mousse has a base of melted white chocolate infused into heavy cream.

See video here.

Espresso Mousse Cake Filling

Freshly brewed espresso is whipped into white chocolate mousse, giving it a light coffee flavor.

White chocolate espresso mousse is easily pipeable, and will create delicate designs on the edge of the cake using the star tip.

Espresso Mousse Cake Filling recipe

Whipped heavy cream gives the mousse an airy texture, and adds a light coffee flavoring to chocolate cake, or vanilla cake.

Espresso Mousse Cake Filling recipe

White chocolate adds a touch of creamy sweet chocolate flavor to espresso mousse.

Espresso Mousse Cake Filling

Espresso Mousse Cake Filling

How to make espresso mousse for filling a cake
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: mousse
Yield: 2 cups


  • 30 ml espresso freshly brewed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 80 g white chocolate melted


  • Place metal mixing bowl in the freezer for 1 hour prior to making espresso mousse. Do not miss this step, or your espresso mousse will not be pipeable.
  • Place 80 g white chocolate in a medium sized heat proof bowl, and microwave in 30 second intervals. In between each interval, use a spoon to mix the white chocolate until it's fully melted.
  • Brew espresso, and measure out 30 ml. A double shot is usually about 30 ml's. Add espresso and 1 cup of heavy cream to white chocolate. Mix together with a spoon until it's almost combined.
  • Remove metal bowl from freezer. Place white chocolate mixture into the metal bowl, and whip together until stiff peaks form.
  • Place espresso mousse into a piping bag fitted with a piping nozzle. You can use the star tip for a bit of a design to the mousse if desired.
    Espresso Mousse Cake Filling recipe
Espresso Mousse Cake Filling recipe

How to Use Garlic Aioli

Garlic aioli can be used as a dipping sauce, as a spread on burgers, or on crostini’s.

You can add garlic aioli on salmon burgers, cauliflower tacos, and more!

Garlic aioli is made by adding fresh minced garlic or roasted garlic, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to your aioli base.

what to use garlic aioli for


Garlic aioli gives a hint of garlic flavor for French fries, sweet potato fries, or truffle fries.

You can use roasted garlic or minced garlic to create different strengths of garlic to use in your aioli.

You can also add lemon, paprika or hot sauce to garlic aioli for a spicy or citrusy flavoring.

Garlic Aioli Uses fries

Cauliflower Bites

Cauliflower bites are small pieces of cauliflower that are either baked or deep fried.

Cauliflower bites typically have a spicy sauce on them, which makes garlic aioli a good pairing.

Garlic aioli will help tone down the spice, balancing out the flavors.

Garlic Aioli Uses cauliflower bites

Beef Burgers

Beef burgers are are summer favorite, and you can use garlic aioli in place of mayo for your burger.

Garlic aioli goes well with burgers toppings such as caramelized onions, jalapenos, Havarti cheese, mushrooms, and bacon.

How to Use Garlic Aioli on burgers

Salmon Burgers

Salmon burgers are specialty burger you can use garlic aioli on.

Garlic aioli can be flavored with lemon, pineapple, or avocado to use on salmon burgers.

Garlic aioli goes well with salmon burgers toppings such as red onions, arugula, avocado slices, jalapeno slices, and cucumber slices.

Cauliflower Tacos

Cauliflower tacos are spicy tacos made with chipotle or hot sauce.

Garlic aioli can be drizzle over the tacos at the end for a delicious savory sauce to tone down the spice of the tacos, or spread over the tortilla.

You can add coleslaw, avocado slices, diced tomatoes, radish slices, or cilantro leaves to cauliflower tacos.

Garlic Aioli Uses for cauliflower tacos

Zucchini Bites

Zucchini bites are slices of zucchini that have been dredged and breaded, and then deep fried.

Zucchini bites are crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside.

Crispy zucchini bites can be dipped into garlic aioli sauce right after they have cooled down.

Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a delicacy food that are served in upscale restaurants.

Crab cakes are formed into a patty shape, and then fried in olive oil until both sides have a crispy outer layer.

Crab cakes can be dipped into lemon garlic aioli for citrusy garlic dipping sauce.

Garlic Aioli Uses for crab cakes

Chickpea Fritters

Chickpea fritters are patties or sticks made with chickpeas.

Chickpea fritters are cooked to create a crispy outer layer, and then can be dipped into garlic aioli for a warm savory appetizer.

Bacon and Egg Crostini

Bacon and egg crostini’s have a thin layer of roasted garlic aioli on top of a freshly made crostini.

Eggs are hard boiled, and then cut into slices. Sliced eggs are placed a slice on top of the roasted garlic aioli crostini.

Crispy bacon bits are sprinkled on top with a few pieces of chopped up avocado to finish off the crostini.

Garlic Aioli Uses for crostinis

Celery Snack Ideas

Celery is a go to snack food that can be used to make celery “fries”, stuffed celery, or use it for dipping.

Celery can be dipped into more than just ranch! You can use it to dip into hummus, cheese balls, baked brie and more!

Stuffed celery can be filled with cream cheese infused foods like buffalo chicken, everything bagel, and bacon cheddar flavors.

Celery Snack Ideas

Celery Sticks and Dip

Celery sticks can be cut into 2-3 pieces per stock. Each celery stick can be dipped into savory dips likes hummus or a cheese ball for a filling snack in the afternoon.

Baked brie is a versatile snack you can dip celery sticks into.

Brie cheese has the rind cut off of the top of it, and then it can be topped with pesto or sundried tomatoes if desired.

Brie is baked in the oven until it completely melts and is a soft, gooey texture.

After baked brie comes out of the oven, it can be topped with almonds, pecans, fig jam, dried cranberries, honey, basil leaves, bacon bits, or apple pieces to flavor it how you like.

Use your celery sticks to dip it into the melted cheese and flavorful toppings for an easy go to snack.

Celery Snack dipping Ideas

Stuffed Celery

Celery sticks can be cut into 2-3″ pieces, and in the center of the celery is a well that can be filled to create a stuffed celery snack.

Stuffed celery is easily filled with cream cheese that has been infused with savory foods such as buffalo chicken, bacon and cheddar, or everything bagel.

Celery Snack Ideas and recipes

Softened cream cheese spreads easily inside the well of the celery stick.

You can also fill celery sticks with tuna salad or egg salad for a change. It’s a lighter snack than if you were using bread.

easy Celery Snack Ideas

Peanut butter or hazelnut spread can be placed inside stuffed celery and then topped with pretzels, raisins, hazelnuts, almonds, or banana slices.

stuffed Celery Snack Ideas

Celery Fries

Celery fries are cooked celery sticks, and then served with dipping sauce for a warm celery snack.

Oven roasted celery fries are cut into 2-3 pieces, depending on how big you want your “fries” to be.

Avocado oil, oregano, thyme, sea salt, and pepper are mixed in a bowl. Celery stocks are added to the bowl to fully coat the “fries” in oil and herbs.

Arrange the celery on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.

Bake the celery for 40 minutes until they are tender.

You can dip your celery fries in different types of aioli flavors.

Celery stick Snack recipe Ideas

9 Vanilla Flavored Dessert Ideas

Vanilla flavors are derived from vanilla beans to infuse their aromatic flavors into decadent desserts.

Vanilla beans are cut in half, and then the seeds from the center of the pod are scraped out.

The pod itself, and the seeds can be used to infuse vanilla flavor into desserts, or it can be made into vanilla extract.

Vanilla extract can be used for making fancy bakery worthy desserts.

Vanilla Flavored Desserts

Vanilla Custard Filled Croissants

Vanilla custard filled croissants have a rich and creamy custard filling.

Croissant dough is first made by laminating butter in between layers of dough, and then cutting a triangle out of the dough. The dough is rolled into a croissant shape, and then brushed with egg wash to create a sheen on the outside of the croissant. Croissants are baked in the oven, and then set to cool.

Vanilla bean custard is made by cutting a vanilla bean in half, and then the seeds are scraped out and infused into milk, as well as the vanilla pod. The milk is set to warm in a saucepan over medium heat, and the vanilla flavors ooze into the milk.

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After 15 minutes of infusion, hot vanilla flavored milk is tempered with eggs to create a vanilla infused rich custard.

The custard needs to chill for a few hours, and then it can be placed in a piping bag fitted with a 1/4″ round tip. You could also use a cookie press as well.

Place the baking tip into the croissant about 1/3 of the way up from one side, and pipe vanilla custard into the croissant.

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Repeat on the other side so both sides of the croissant are filled with vanilla bean custard. Serve immediately.

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Vanilla Scones with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Vanilla scones with vanilla bean glaze are flakey scones with a luscious vanilla flavoring.

Vanilla scones are made with vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste to infused vanilla into the scones.

Vanilla scones are made using a pastry blender to cut in the butter. The small pieces of butter will create flakes of pastry, making a buttery scone.

Vanilla bean glaze is drizzled on top of the scones, giving them a sweet finish.

Vanilla bean glaze is made by adding vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste to milk and powdered sugar.

The glaze will dry after about 20 minutes.

You can also make mini vanilla bean scones if you’re wanting your dessert to be a bit smaller for your guests.

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Vanilla Danishes

Vanilla Danishes are a specialty dessert, that look eye catching from their unique pastry shapes.

Vanilla Danishes are made with buttery puff pastry dough, and creamy vanilla bean custard.

Puff pastry dough is rolled out until it’s quite thin, (1/4″ in thickness).

You can shape Danishes into intricate designs, like the one pictured below (Duchess shape).

Once you decide on your design, cut the dough out, and then place it on a baking it. Fill the Danish with vanilla bean custard, and then egg wash the pastry to give it a sheen while it’s baking.

Vanilla bean Danishes are finished baking when the pastry turns golden brown.

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Vanilla Cream Puffs

Vanilla cream puffs light airy cream puffs with a vanilla cream filling.

Vanilla cream puffs are made with choux pastry, piped into 1 1/2″ rounds. Choux pastry rounds are coated in an egg wash, and then baked in the oven to create a sphere shape.

Vanilla cream filling is made by whipping together heavy cream, vanilla extract, and icing sugar until stiff peaks form.

Cream puffs are cut in half, and then vanilla cream filling is piped onto the bottom half of the cream puff. After the filling has been piped, the top part of the cream puff is placed on the the cream filling creating a sandwich shape.

Garnish vanilla cream puffs with a dusting of powdered icing sugar for a beautiful finish to the dessert, or a chocolate ganache topping.

You can make fancy shaped cream puffs like this swan if you’re looking for more of a bakery worthy dessert.

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Brioche Donuts with Vanilla Cream Filling

Brioche donuts with vanilla cream filling are sweet donuts with a creamy vanilla filling.

Brioche donuts are baked and then rolled with granulated sugar.

Vanilla cream filling is made by mixing together vanilla bean seeds with some granulated sugar to make vanilla sugar.

Vanilla sugar is whisked together with cornstarch, salt, milk, eggs, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Vanilla cream filling will thicken, and then it can be set to cool, and refrigerate until you’re ready to fill the donuts.

Vanilla cream is piped into the donuts, and then served immediately.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Vanilla bean sugar cookies are soft, chewy, and melt in your mouth.

Vanilla bean paste is added to sugar cookie dough. Cookie dough is shaped into a ball, and then rolled in granulated sugar.

Vanilla bean sugar cookies are baked in the oven, and then set to cool. They are best served still a bit warm.

You can even add vanilla buttercream icing to the tops of the sugar cookies if desired.

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Vanilla Brownies

Vanilla brownies are a dense, chewy dessert with aromatic vanilla flavoring.

White chocolate is melted together with butter, and then it’s mixed together with brown sugar and granulated sugar. Yes! These are sweet brownies!!

A couple of eggs are added to the batter, along with flour and salt to create the base of the brownies.

Vanilla bean paste is mixed into the brownie batter to add the vanilla flavoring for the brownies.

Vanilla brownies are baked in the oven for about half an hour and set to cool.

Vanilla icing is made by mixing together melted butter, icing sugar, salt, vanilla bean paste, and milk.

Vanilla icing is spread over the top of the vanilla brownies, and then it’s ready to be cut into squares for dessert.

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Vanilla bean cheesecake is a heavy, thick vanilla flavored dessert.

Vanilla bean paste is infused into cheesecake batter, and then it’s baked in the oven with a vanilla wafer crust.

Vanilla bean cheesecake is topped with vanilla bean white chocolate mousse.

Heavy cream is whipped until stiff peaks form with a little bit of granulated sugar.

White chocolate is melted in the microwave, and mixed together with softened cream cheese.

White chocolate is gently mixed into the whipped cream, and then the topping is poured over the vanilla cheesecake.

Vanilla cheesecake needs to be chilled for a few hours prior to serving.

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Vanilla Soufflé

Vanilla soufflé is a light and fluffy dessert that puffs up, outside of the ramekin it’s baked in.

Ramekins are prepared by buttering them, and placing granulated sugar all over the butter to coat the inside of the ramekin. By preparing the ramekins, this helps the vanilla soufflé dessert rise in the oven.

To make the soufflé, milk is warmed in a saucepan over medium heat.

In a separate bowl, egg yolks, sugar, flour, and additional cold milk are whisked to make a smooth batter.

Warmed milk is whisked into the egg mixture to temper the eggs, and then the entire mixture is placed back into the saucepan. The saucepan is heated on medium to thicken the batter.

Once the batter has been thickened, it is removed from the heat source, and a couple cubes of butter are whisked into the batter and it’s let to cool.

Vanilla bean paste is mixed into the batter to add the vanilla flavoring to the soufflé.

Egg whites are whipped with some granulated sugar until stiff peaks form. The egg whites are gently folded into the soufflé.

The soufflé batter is then placed into the ramekins and baked in the oven for an airy vanilla flavored soufflé dessert.