Nacho Topping Ideas

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Nachos can be topped with some of your favorite foods, taking them to the next level with a burst of flavor.

We’ve complied a list of cheeses, meats, protein, vegetables and fruits for nacho topping ideas for you to try out.

Some pairings work better than others, so you’ll have to make your own custom nachos at home to figure out your favorite nacho toppings.

Nacho Topping Ideas

Cheese for Nacho Toppings

Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar cheese is a sharp, hard cheese that melts well in the oven over nachos. Since it has such a strong flavor, it’s best paired with mozzarella cheese to balance out the strong and mild flavors. Blending them together makes the nachos have more of a depth of cheese flavors.

Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella cheese has a mild flavor and melts well in the oven over nachos, giving it a creamy taste. Mozzarella cheese has a bit of a tangy, sour flavor, that pairs well with strong cheddar cheese over nachos.

Nacho Topping Ideas

Cotija Cheese

Cotija cheese is a specialty cheese to put on your nachos. It’s unique in that it doesn’t melt, it just softens. Therefore you get a burst of cheese on your nachos when you bite into it. It’s a salty and creamy cheese that is fairly mild and goes well as a nacho topping.

Meat or Protein for Nacho Toppings

Ground Beef

Ground beef can be flavored with your own version of taco seasoning (cumin, chili powder, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper). Once you’ve browned your ground beef and flavored it with taco seasoning, the beef should be drained. Then you can layer it on top of your nachos for a filling, satisfying, flavorful nachos.


Chicken can be marinated, BBQed or fried for nachos. There are a ton of different marinades you can make such as: Mexican grilled chicken, Sheet pan chicken nachos, BBQed chicken nachos. Chicken is a mild meat that you can flavor to make it spicy, sweet, or taco flavored.


Shrimp can be flavored with bit of garlic and chili powder for nachos. Shrimp have a dense, chewy texture to them, which is quite the contrast on top of nachos. If you’re wanting to try something a bit different on your nachos, add a few shrimp to your nacho toppings.

Black Beans

Black beans can be flavored with a simple taco seasoning using paprika, chili powder, and garlic. Fry them until they are fully coated, and then you can put them on top of your nachos. Black beans are soft when you bite into them and have a bit of a sweet flavor to them.

Vegetables for Nacho Toppings


A classic addition to the top of nachos are adding green onions. You can also use red onions which have a bit of a pungent flavor to them. Onions should be cut up into small pieces so you only get a little bit of flavor on top of your nachos.


Corn adds a ton of color, texture, and flavor to nachos. Corn goes well with beef, chicken, or black beans on top of nachos. Corn can also be paired with a little bit of chopped jalapeno and red onions for a flavor burst on top of your nachos.


Bell peppers that are sweet such as red or yellow peppers work well on top of nachos. Peppers add texture, color and a sweet flavor to the top of nachos.

Fruit for Nacho Toppings


Jalapenos add hot and spicy flavors to nachos. You can slice up jalapenos in rings for a nice look to your nachos but this adds a ton of heat to the nachos, so it can be overpowering. If you chop up the jalapeno into tiny pieces this adds the perfect amount of heat to the nachos so they will have a little bite to them.


Pineapple is sweet and tart flavor to add on top of nachos. It’s best to chop up the pineapple into small pieces and them use paper towel to remove the juices from the pineapple prior to putting them on top of nachos. The water can leak out of the pineapple pieces and make the nachos soggy! Pineapple can be paired with red pepper, red onions, and jalapenos for an incredible nacho topping flavor.


Tomatoes have a neutral flavor that add some tang to the nachos. Tomatoes should be cut up into small pieces for nachos so the juices don’t leak too much on the nachos. Tomatoes can be paired with green onions and jalapenos for classic nacho toppings.

Garnishes for Nachos


Cilantro can be added to nachos after it comes out the oven for an earthy citrusy flavor. Cilantro adds depth of tanginess to nachos. Salsas are typically made with cilantro, which in turn makes it pair well with nachos.

8 Shortbread Cookie Flavors

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Shortbread cookies are buttery and melt in your mouth when you bite into them. You can add extracts, zest, chocolate, toffee, or nuts to flavor shortbread cookies into your own custom cookies.

Here a few of our favorite shortbread cookies flavors to try out.

Shortbread Cookie Flavors

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Lemon shortbread cookies have a tart, citrusy flavor.

Lemon shortbread cookies are made by adding lemon zest and vanilla extract to shortbread cookie dough.

An optional addition is to add lemon extract, but you don’t need to add this to have a pungent lemon flavor to your lemon shortbread cookies.

These sharp lemon shortbread cookies are topped with a plain icing.

The icing adds a bit of sweetness to the tart cookies.

A little bit of lemon zest is sprinkled on top of the icing for a beautiful look to the lemon shortbread cookies.

Almond Shortbread Cookies

Almond shortbread cookies have a lovely nutty flavor to them.

Almond shortbread cookies are made by using almond extract to flavor the shortbread cookies.

To decorate the tops of the cookies you can add a couple of sliced almonds to the top of the cookies prior to them cooling out of the oven.

Otherwise they look like the same flavor as plain shortbread cookies.

Shortbread Cookie Flavors

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender shortbread cookies have a hint of an earthy lavender flavor.

Lavender cookies are a unique flavor that are more of a specialty cookie.

Lavender shortbread cookies are made by using a mortar and pestle to grind up culinary lavender into a powder.

By grinding up the lavender, this creates the aroma of lavender to be infused into the shortbread cookies

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate orange shortbread cookies are made by adding orange zest to the shortbread cookie dough.

Orange is a flavor that entices your senses, and when paired with chocolate it’s an absolutely divine shortbread cookie flavor.

The orange shortbread cookies are half dipped into melted semi-sweet chocolate.

Chocolate orange shortbread cookies have a rich flavor that you’ll love!

Mint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Mint chocolate chip shortbread cookies are full of minty flavor, with a hint of chocolate chips throughout the shortbread cookies.

Mint flavor is added by chopping up fresh mint leaves and adding them into the butter when it’s creaming with the sugar.

By chopping up the mint leaves, the flavor will release from the leaves and infuse the butter with the incredible mint flavor for your shortbread cookies.

Chocolate chips are added to the dough for the perfect combination of chocolate and mint in a shortbread cookie.

Another option would be to dip the shortbread cookies halfway into melted semi-sweet chocolate for a beautiful look to the cookies.

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry orange shortbread cookies are packed with a few different flavors to give them a unique flavor.

Cranberry orange shortbread cookies are flavored with almond extract, and orange zest. You can also add a little bit of orange juice for more of an orange flavor, but it’s not necessarily needed.

The orange zest will give a hint of orange flavor to your shortbread cookies.

Dried cranberries are added to the shortbread dough for a chewy texture and holiday flavor to your shortbread cookies.

To give these cookies a sweet finish, they are dusted with a bit of granulated sugar.

Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Coconut shortbread cookies have a hint of coconut flavor to them, so it’s not too overwhelming.

Coconut shortbread cookies are made by adding coconut extract and toasted shredded coconut to shortbread dough.

By toasting the shredded coconut it enhances the flavor of the coconut which adds more flavor to the cookies.

To decorate your shortbread cookies you can add a couple of pieces of shredded coconut to the tops of the shortbread cookies before they begin to cool.

Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Toffee pecan shortbread cookies have a caramel, chocolate and nutty flavor to them.

Toffee pecan shortbread cookies are made by adding toffee bits and chopped pecans to shortbread dough.

Once the cookies have finished baking and are cooled, they are half dipped into semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkles with a few more toffee bits and pecans.

The shortbread cookies have a unique texture and flavor to them that will be sure to impress your taste buds!

Types of Cookies Made without Chocolate Chips

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There are many types of cookie that are made without using chocolate chips. Cookies can have nuts or raisins added to them instead of chocolate chips. Some cookies don’t have any fillings at all, and may have an icing on top or jam added to them for some added packed flavor.

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Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies only have a few ingredients, and are full of buttery creamy flavor. When you place one in your hand, you can see the greasy film it leaves. Shortbread cookies can be flavored many different ways including with: earl grey, lemon, lavender, orange or chocolate. Shortbread cookies are made without chocolate chips because they have their own unique, powerful flavor.

types of cookies without chocolate chips

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are made with a similar dough to chocolate chip cookies, except instead of filling the dough with chocolate chips, they are glazed with icing stead. Sugar cookies can be decorated with royal icing, buttercream icing, sprinkles, or edible markers to make them beautiful and eye catching.

types of cookies without chocolate chips

Gingersnap Cookies

Gingersnap cookies are made with molasses, ginger and cinnamon. Instead of adding chocolate chips to sweeten it, they are rolled in granulated sugar. Gingersnaps are packed with ginger flavor, and are wonderfully sweet to serve during the fall or winter.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are made by adding brown sugar and creamy peanut butter to cookie dough. The brown sugar gives a caramelized sugar flavor, therefor you do not need to add any chocolate chips for this delicious cookie dough. Peanut butter cookies are best served with a fresh glass of milk, due to their rich and creamy flavor.

Danish Butter Cookies

Danish butter cookies are made using only 4 ingredients. Danish butter cookies have a delicate dough that are piped using the flower tip. These cookies are crisp, buttery and melt in your mouth!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies are made by adding rolled oats, raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to cookie dough. Oatmeal raisin cookies are chewy and have a cinnamon raisin flavored finish to them.

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are made by creating cookie dough and rolling the dough into circles. Roll the dough in granulated sugar to give the cookie and sugar coating. Using your thumb, press the center of the cookie to create an indent in the cookie dough. Using your favorite jam, place a spoonful in the center and bake the cookies. The result is a jam filled decadent cookie.

Texture of Donuts

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The texture of a donut will tell you how fresh it is, and how it was made. A donut should be crumbly, delicate and melt in your mouth when you bite into the donut.

Texture of the Inside of the Donut

The texture of the inside of a donut should be moist, crumbly, and fluffy.

As you bite into the donut, the donut will crumble and be delicate. The donut should not be dense and hard, this can indicate overmixing of the donut dough, or it can be an older donut.

Donut dough should only be mixed until just combined, so it remains airy and light when it bakes.

When you touch the outside of the donut with your finger, you should be able to press it, and it will bounce back, or it may not come back fully. This will indicate a fresh donut with a fragile outside.

Texture of Donuts

Texture of Glazed Donut

The glaze of the donut will be a smooth, thin layer. When you bite into the donut, the glaze should be effortlessly pierced by your teeth and be well adhered to the donut.

The glaze of the donut should be much thinner than frosting or icing. Glaze is a thinner version of the these types of sugared toppings.

Chocolate ganache is also a topping that is used for glazing donuts. For donuts, the ganache is thinned with butter to create a chocolate ganache glaze that is much thinner for topping donuts.

You should be able to grasp the donut, and easily dip the donut into the glaze, and let it dry on a cooling rack. If you’re adding a garnish, you’ll want to add it prior to the glaze drying.

Texture of glazed donuts

Texture of Garnished and Glazed Donut

A garnish for a glazed donut can add both a unique flavor and texture to your glazed donut.

By adding toasted shredded coconut or nuts, this will add a crunchy texture and enhance the flavor of the donut, which will balance out the texture of the smooth, crumbly donuts as you bite into it.

By adding sprinkles, or lemon or lime zest, this will add a sweet or tart flavor to the donut. The texture of the donut won’t really change by adding these garnishes to your donuts.

Donut topping ideas

You can add many different toppings to glazed donuts including:

  • shredded coconut
  • sprinkles
  • nuts
  • lemon or lime zest
  • crushed cookies
Texture of Donuts

9 Best Donut Flavors

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When you think about a donut, what flavor comes to mind? Donuts are best eaten fresh, so they have that airy, delicate, texture that crumbles apart when you bite into them.

The glaze of the donuts will enhance the flavor of the donut.

From chocolate ganache to matcha topped donuts, here are 6 of the best donut flavors to try!

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Chai Tea Donuts

Chai tea donuts are made by infusing chai tea into warmed milk.

The milk is added to the dough of the donuts to create the chai tea flavored donuts.

Allspice, cinnamon and vanilla extract are added to enhance the flavor of the chai tea donuts.

The donuts are finished off by making a chai tea glaze using the same milk you made to make the donuts.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

Cinnamon sugar pumpkin donuts are made by adding pumpkin puree to the donut dough.

Pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon are added to the donut dough to add more flavoring to the donut.

After the donuts are cooked, then are brushed with melted butter.

The donut is dipped in a mixture of cinnamon and granulated sugar to finish off the coating of the donut.

You’re left with a spiced donut flavor, combined with a sweetened sugar coating.

Key Lime Coconut Donuts

Key lime coconut donuts are made adding fresh lime zest, coconut oil, and coconut milk to donut dough.

The lime and coconut flavors added to the donut dough make the donuts have tangy and citrus flavors.

The key lime coconut donuts are topped with a layer of key lime glaze. The key lime glaze is made by added fresh lime juice and lime zest to powdered sugar.

To garnish the donut, add a little shredded coconut before the key lime glaze dries.

The shredded coconut adds more of a coconut flavor and texture to finish off this unique donut.

Boston Cream Donuts

Boston cream donuts are made by baking circular donuts.

The donuts are filled with rich vanilla pastry cream.

The pastry cream is placed into the donut with a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip.

A small slit is made in the side of the donut, and then the pastry cream is piped into the side of the donut.

The donut is topped with chocolate ganache for a rich chocolate and vanilla donut.

Chocolate Donuts

Chocolate donuts are made by adding rich cocoa powder to donut dough.

Brown sugar is added to give the chocolate donuts more of a caramel sugar flavor.

The chocolate donuts are topped with rich chocolate ganache which has a bit of butter added to the ganache.

The butter smooths out the ganache, and adds more of a rich, buttery flavor to the chocolate glazed donuts.

Chocolate donuts are garnished with chocolate sprinkles, giving them a beautifully textured look to the donuts.

Ginger Matcha Donuts

Ginger matcha donuts are made by infusing warmed ginger beer in a saucepan with vanilla bean paste.

This vanilla infused ginger beer is added to the donut dough to give it its unique donut flavor.

The ginger vanilla donuts are topped with matcha glaze.

Matcha glaze is made by adding matcha tea powder and vanilla extra to a thin buttercream icing.

Ginger matcha donuts are one of the most unique, flavorful donuts you can eat.

Coffee Chocolate Donuts

Coffee Chocolate Donuts are made by adding fresh hot coffee, espresso powder, and cocoa powder to create this rich donut flavor.

Coffee chocolate donuts are topped with espresso chocolate ganache.

The espresso chocolate ganache is made by adding espresso powder to chocolate ganache.

The combination of coffee and chocolate gives the donut a rich mocha flavor with a sweet chocolate ganache finish.

Red Velvet Donuts

Red velvet donuts are made by adding vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and red food coloring to donut dough.

Red velvet donuts are topped with tangy cream cheese glaze.

This gives the chocolate and cream cheese flavors a balance in the donut, making it irresistible.

Carrot Cake Donuts

Carrot Cake Donuts are made by adding freshly grated carrots to donut dough. Ginger, cinnamon and vanilla extract are added to create the spiced carrot taste of the donuts.

Carrot cake donuts are topped with cream cheese icing, and garnished with toasted shredded coconut.

The coconut gives the donuts a crunchy texture, with the delicate inside of the donut, making it a flavorful and unique donut flavor.

11 Pancake Flavor Ideas

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Pancakes can be filled with a ton of different extracts, fruits, spices, and chocolate to make them full of flavor.

Here’s a list of our favorite pancake flavor ideas to try out for your next Sunday brunch!

Pancake Flavors

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Chocolate chip pancakes are made by adding mini chocolate chips to the dry ingredients right before adding the liquid ingredients.

Mini chocolate chips start to melt when they are being cooked in the frying pan.

The chocolatey flavor works well in fluffy pancakes for an extra sweet pancake flavor.

Cinnamon Pancakes

Cinnamon pancakes are made by adding cinnamon to the dry ingredients.

Molasses is added to the liquid ingredients which makes these cinnamon pancakes quite sweet, especially with brown sugar.

It’s more of a cinnamon bun flavor to the pancakes with the brown sugar and molasses combination.

Cinnamon pancakes are best served with cream cheese frosting which compliments the cinnamon flavored pancakes well.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Pumpkin spice pancakes are made by added pumpkin puree to the liquid ingredients.

Nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar act as the complimentary pumpkin spices that go well with pumpkin pancakes.

Pumpkin spice pancakes are the perfect fall flavored breakfast to serve to your family.

Red Velvet Pancakes

Red velvet pancakes are beautifully red and eye catching from adding a hint of red food coloring.

Red velvet pancakes are made by adding cocoa powder, vanilla extract and buttermilk to make them extra fluffy and have a chocolate flavor.

Red velvet pancakes are best served with cream cheese frosting for a more balanced flavor to go with the chocolatey pancakes.

Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes are made by adding mashed banana to the pancake batter.

Bananas are considered one of the liquid ingredients, therefore the pancake batter is quite thick.

Banana pancakes are made with buttermilk, therefore they are light, fluffy, and airy.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes

Peppermint hot cocoa pancakes are specialty pancakes that are best served over the winter holidays.

Hot cocoa mix and peppermint extract are added to the pancake batter to create these decadent pancakes.

To garnish, you can add crushed candy canes for a beautiful look to your holiday breakfast.

Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate pancakes are my by steeping hot whole milk with cocoa powder.

Whole milk will make your chocolate pancakes extra creamy.

Once the hot whole milk has cooled down, the pancake batter is made by adding Greek yogurt and vanilla extract to thicken and flavor the batter.

To make the chocolate pancakes extra chocolatey, add some mini chocolate chips just before mixing the batter together.

Chocolate pancakes are one of the most filling, satisfying pancakes you can eat!

Serve chocolate pancakes with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and slices of fresh bananas to balance out the chocolate flavor.

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Lemon poppy seed pancakes are flavored by adding poppy seeds, lemon juice and lemon zest to the pancake batter.

These pancakes have a burst of lemon flavor when you bite into them.

Lemon poppy seed pancakes have a lemon poppy seed glaze to sweeten the pancakes and balance out the sharp, tart lemon flavor.

Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread pancakes are a deliciously sweet and spiced pancake.

Gingerbread pancakes are made by adding molasses to the batter – similar to how you would make gingerbread cookies.

Gingerbread pancakes are spiced with ginger, nutmeg, brown sugar and vanilla extract making them flavorful and filling.

Coffee Pancakes

Coffee pancakes are flavored by adding instant espresso to the pancake batter.

Instant espresso is concentrated coffee flavor that will enhance the flavor of your pancakes, and not make it too overpowering.

Coffee pancakes go well with caramel sauce, the flavor combination is sweet and bitter coming together.

You could also serve coffee pancakes with chocolate sauce, or with syrup to give the pancakes a bit of a sweeter finish to them.

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry pancakes are made by folding fresh blueberries into your pancake batter.

When you bite into your blueberry pancakes the blueberries burst to give you a flavor packed bite.

Blueberry pancakes are sweet, savory, and satisfying.

18 Light Lunch Ideas

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Light lunch recipe ideas are made with a variety of foods including wraps, soups, or sandwiches made with whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean poultry.

A light lunch has a smaller portion or less heavy foods than a regular lunch. A light lunch is perfect for something to fill you up for a couple of hours, and not for the whole day.

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Light Lunch Recipe Ideas


Sandwiches are best made right before serving, or they should be kept refrigerated to keep the contents fresh.


Soups with a broth base are lighter than soups with a cream base, therefore try to pick a chicken, vegetable or turkey broth based soup for your lunch.


Wrap with hummus, tzatziki or salsa work well for a sauce for your lunchtime wrap. Add turkey, chicken, or chickpeas and a few of your favorite vegetables to create your own custom wrap. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado work well for a light lunch wrap.

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Salads and Bowls

Salads made with lettuce or quinoa, and that have an olive oil based dressing are your best choice for a lighter lunch. Salads with creamy dressings like ranch or Caesar dressing are more of a regular lunch. Try for a balsamic vinegar based dressing for more of a lighter salad for lunchtime.

Puff Pastry Desserts with Apples

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Puff pastry is made with laminated layers of butter, making it a creamy and flakey pastry to serve for dessert. Apples go well with puff pastry dessert, given their versatility. Apples can be combined with brown sugar to give them a sweetened taste for a pastry dessert.

Here are 4 of our favorite puff pastry desserts using apples.

Apple turnovers

Apple turnovers are made by baking the apples into a brown sugar and cinnamon sauce.

The sauce coats the apples as they bake in the oven to soften them.

The apple filling is transferred into a piece of puff pastry.

The puff pastry is folded over the apples and is sealed closed.

Egg is brushed onto the apple puff pastry to make it have a glossy look when it comes out of the oven.

Granulated sugar is sprinkled over the pastry to make it have a sugary crust while it cooks.

A few slits can be made in the top of the pastry to let the filling ooze out as the apple puff pastry dessert cooks.

Once the dessert cools down, a vanilla glaze is drizzled on the top of them right before serving.

Puff Pastry Desserts with Apples

Puff Pastry Apple Tart

Puff pastry apple tart is made by rolling out a sheet of puff pastry dough.

The dough is scored around the rectangle shape to make it have an edging around the dough.

This creates the sides of the tart that keep the apples in place as it cooks.

Egg is brushed onto the tart to have a barrier in between the apple mixture and the pastry. The edges of the tart will have a sheen to them when brushed with egg, making it have a professional look to it.

Sliced apples are mixed together with a combination of brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and lemon juice.

The apples are arranged to lay on their side, giving the tart a uniform look to it.

The tart is baked in the oven and then it set to cool.

Once the tart has cooled, a vanilla frosting is drizzled over the tart prior to serving.

Apple Strudel

Apple strudel is made by combining sliced apples, lemon juice, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and raisins into a sauce.

Roll out the puff pastry into a sheet. It should be about 1/3 cm in thickness. Place the dough on a cutting board.

Place the apple mixture down the middle of the puff pastry. Cut the edges of the dough into strips.

Arrange the strips to criss cross over one another. Seal the dough onto itself with a little bit of water.

Brush the apple strudel puff pastry with egg to give it a buttery look to it once it bakes.

Bake the puff pastry apple strudel and let it cool.

Once the apple strudel is cooled, you can add a drizzle of vanilla glaze if desired.

Cut the strudel in slices to serve.

Apple Puff Pastry Roses

Apple puff pastry roses are made by first preparing the apples. The apples are sliced and dipped into a bowl of lemon juice and water mixture to prevent the apples from changing color.

The apples are cooked by placing the the bowl into the microwave and cooking for a 2-3 minutes. This makes the apples soft and more malleable to work with.

The puff pastry is rolled out and cut into 2 x 9″ strips. Spread a layer of apricot jam on the puff pastry. This acts to adhere the apples to the puff pastry.

Arrange the apple sliced on top of the dough, with the skin side poking out. Place 3 layers of apples, alternating over it for more of a layered look.

Fold the dough over to enclose the apples and seal the edges with a little water.

Roll the puff pastry dough into a circle and seal it together with a bit of water.

Place the roll in a muffin tin and sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon.

Bake the apple puff pastry roses and serve immediately.

Puff Pastry Desserts with Apples

6 Pastry Shape Design Ideas

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Pastry shape ideas can be made from using either puff pastry or croissant dough.

Since both of these types of pastry are made with layers of laminated butter, they create flakey, creamy pastries.

They also hold up well to hold custard or jam as center fillings for your unique pastry designs.

How to shape and design pastry

Roll out your dough until it’s about a 1/3 cm in thickness. It should be about as thin as a piece of cardboard. This is a good thickness to work with – not too thin, not too thick for creating shaped pastries.

Here are 6 ways of cutting, designing and shaping pastries.

It’s best to place the pastry on a cutting board, and then cut the pastry using a sharp knife.

Use a tape measure for rough measurements for designing your pastry shapes.

Pastry Shape Design Ideas

How to make a curled shaped pastry

  1. Cut a rectangular shape of pastry dough ~ 2″x4″.
  2. Fill the center will jam or custard.
  3. Pinch 2 opposing pastry dough together to create the curled pastry

How to make a butterfly shaped pastry

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut 2 small triangles on opposing sides of the square.
  3. From the edge of the triangle you just cut, slice the pastry at an angle to create a point. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Fill the centers with custard.
  5. Fold the pastry over the custard downward on one side.
  6. Fold the pastry over the custard upward on one side.
  7. Pinch the ends of the point together.

How to make a duchess pastry shape

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut the square 1 inch from the edges of the square giving a 1 cm border.
  3. Continue cutting into an angle shape.
  4. Repeat on the other side.
  5. Fill the center with custard.
  6. Fold the cut corner over the pastry.
  7. Fold the other cut corner over to the other side.

How to make a windmill pastry shape

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut 4 slices into the pastry starting at the points. Leave a 1″x1″ box in the center for the filling.
  3. Fold the corner of one of the points into the center.
  4. Fold all of the corners into the center.
  5. Fill the center with custard.

How to make an envelope pastry shape

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Fold the corner of one of the 4 points into the center.
  3. Continue folding each corner into the center of the pastry.
  4. Fill the center with custard.

How to make a center filled pastry shape

  1. Cut 2 pieces of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut a circle in the center of one of pieces of pastry.
  3. Remove the circle.
  4. Place the cut pastry on top of the square pastry.
  5. Fill the circle with custard.

How long to bake shaped pastries for

Bake your shaped pastries for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F.

How Does Chocolate Cake Taste

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Chocolate cake tastes rich in flavor. Chocolate cake has a chocolatey hint of flavor from cocoa powder. Chocolate cake has a creamy and buttery taste to it.

What frosting goes best with chocolate cake

Chocolate cake can be frosted with a variety of different icings including: vanilla buttercream icing, cream cheese icing, chocolate icing, chocolate ganache, etc. The frostings can enhance the flavor of the chocolate cake or compliment the flavor depending the choice you make.

Chocolate Icing

Chocolate icing will make the chocolate cake more rich and heavy due to the buttercream base with cocoa powder. Chocolate icing is luscious and buttery and will make your chocolate cake have even more of a heavy chocolate flavor.

Chocolate Ganache

If you’re going for a sweeter and stronger chocolate flavor, top the chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. Chocolate ganache hardens onto the cake, making it have a solidified layer when you cut through the cake. Chocolate ganache is full-bodied, and has a creamy chocolate flavor which will enhance your chocolate cake taste.

Vanilla Buttercream

By using vanilla buttercream for your chocolate cake, it will compliment the flavor, making a more balanced taste to it. Vanilla buttercream is a light, fluffy icing that will tone down the flavor of the chocolate cake, making it a desirable choice of frosting.

Cream Cheese Icing

Cream cheese icing has a unique tangy flavor when paired with a hint of vanilla extract. Cream cheese icing is thick and velvety when added to the top of chocolate cake. It compliments the flavor of the chocolate cake, making it light and sweet.

How does chocolate cake taste

What is chocolate cake

Chocolate cake is flavored with cocoa powder. Chocolate cake is made by adding a series of wet and dry ingredients to create an airy, soft, spongy texture.

Chocolate cake is only mixed until just combined, this creates the crumbly consistency of the cake. If the chocolate cake is overmixed, it can combine dense.

A chocolate cake should be rich in flavor, and easily bounce back when you press your finger it.

What goes well with chocolate cake

Chocolate cake is best served with coffee, tea or milk to help wash down the rich flavor.

Chocolate cake goes with with fresh berries like strawberries or blueberries for an after dinner dessert.

Chocolate cake goes well with vanilla ice cream served alongside it. Vanilla ice cream added to chocolate cake is the perfect addition of texture and flavor.