Peach Crumb Cake

If you’ve been following along with me, for a while. Or have done any of my recipes, you know for me it’s always quick and easy!

Peach crumb cake
With two little ones who are always on the go, plus summer vacation just around the corner. I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen. On the weekends I like to make a little something special for Sunday dinner dessert. So, things I can throw together quickly are definitely the ones that stay on recipe rotation around here!

Summer time means fresh fruit and a family favorite around here are peaches! I’ve been working on this recipe for a while, and I’ve finally got it exactly how I wanted it. Dare I say even better than I imagined?

Give it a try and let me know if you love this super simple summertime recipe as much as we did! Don’t forget to add a scoop or two of ice cream!

Peach crumb cake
Peach Crumb Cake

Peach Center 

  • 2 1/2 Cups peeled and sliced peaches (canned that are rinsed and drained are ok )
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar

Crumb Base

  • 2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 Tbsp cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp + 1/8 tsp all spice (divided)

Preheat oven to 350

  1. Grease an 8” cake pan or spring form pan.
  2. Mix together your peaches and sugar in a medium bowl, set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mix together your flour, sugar, baking powder, 1/8 of all spice and salt.
  4. Add your butter using a pastry blender, fork or electric mixer. To form a crumbly mixture.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time. Your mixture will still be extremely crumbly but don’t worry.
  6. Add about 2/3 of your crumb mixture to your prepped pan. press into pan gently.
  7. Top with your peaches
  8. Add the remaining all spice to your remaining crumb mixture and mix well. sprinkle on top of your peaches.
  9. Bake for about 40 mins. Until the top is golden brown.
  10. Let cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Overnight cinnamon roll casserole

If you’ve been following along with me for a while, then you know cooking breakfasts is not my thing.

For many reasons…. Mainly because I move at a snails pace in the morning. Which means zero energy for big elaborate meals first thing in the morning. That’s why overnight breakfast are right up my ally! Prep the night before, pop it in the oven when you wake up and BOOM!! You’re the best breakfast maker ever!

Overnight cinnamon roll casserole
This recipe uses store bought cinnamon roll dough (I used pillsbury, but you can use the brand of your choice. You can also top your casserole with berries ,chocolate chips, sliced almonds or walnuts right before you pop it in the oven for a little something extra.

  • 1 or 2 packages of refrigerated cinnamon roll dough (12 in total) cut  into quarters
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Prep a medium casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place your cut cinnamon rolls into your dish, spreading them out evenly.
  3.  In a medium bowl, mix together your milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Pour over your cinnamon roll pieces.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. (at least 7 hours)
  5. Preheat your oven the 375.
  6. Remove plastic wrap and cook for 35 minutes. Or until the cinnamon rolls are golden brown.
  7. Drizzle with cream cheese icing that comes with the rolls! Serve warm.

A breakfast favorite, turned into a super easy, super delicious casserole!

It’s quickly turned into a favorite around here, and a breakfast that I actually don’t mind making!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

Berry Torte

Berry Torte
This beautiful weather has me dreaming of summer.

Dinners outside and fresh fruit, are a must in our family once the warm weather hits!

After dinner, of course there’s dessert!!

This super simple torte combines all of the flavors of summer. With Easter and Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it would be the perfect addition to a dessert table!

You can substitute the berries for whichever ones you prefer. In our house Strawberries and blueberries are the favorites!

Berry Torte

  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 pound berries of your choice. sliced
  • powdered sugar for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 475 and grease a 9 inch round cake pan or spring form pan.
  2. Using a mixer, beat your eggs, sugar and vanilla on medium for approx 3 mins.
  3. Sift your flour into the egg mixture and gently mix until the batter is combined.
  4. Fold in your berries until combined, try not to over mix. Pour into your prepared pan.
  5. Bake your cake for 5 minutes at 400, then lower the oven temp to 350 and continue to bake for an additional 30 mins. (or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean)
  6. Allow cake to cool before removing it from the pan.
  7. Sift on your icing sugar before serving.

This cake is delicious alone, but even better with some whipped cream. Hey how about a scoop of ice cream??  Why not treat yourself!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

Avocado “Mayo” Spread

I’m finally back to blogging after house hunting and FINALLY finding a new house that we’ll be moving into this summer!

Today I’m sharing another super easy family favourite!

This recipe came about on a day when we were out of mayo, mustard and any other condiment that you’d put on your sandwich.

This “mayo” is dairy free and definitely a healthier and in my opinion a tastier addition to any lunch.

We use it on sandwiches, wraps,burritos and burgers!

It’s honestly good on anything. It’s so easy to make we usually always have a jar in the fridge and if not we whip some up right away!

  • 2 Medium avocados peeled
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • a dash of cayenne pepper (adjust to your taste)
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil

Add all ingredients to your blender or food processor and puree until smooth and creamy! Store any left overs in an air tight container or mason jar.

That’s it!

I’m avocado obsessed and this is just another one of the ways our family enjoys them!

Enjoy,

Fran

Nutella Swirl Muffins 

Nutella swirl muffinsSo I don’t know about you, but when I’m stressed out I bake! (And bake and bake and bake…)

Some people smoke, some have a drink, and some clean. In my case I head right to the kitchen.

If you’ve been following along with me on  Instagram You’ll know it’s been crazy around here. We are house hunting and getting our house ready to sell. It’s exciting, but also scary and VERY stressful.

So out of that stress came this sweet treat! I love Nutella and I really wanted muffins! (They would definitely help ease my stress! Ha!)

So these beauties came to be!

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup Nutella
  1. Preheat oven to 350F grease and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl combine egg yolk and vanilla and stir until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, combine vegetable oil, sugar, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract, stirring until well combined.
  5. Add flour mixture to vegetable oil mixture and stir until just combined
  6. Fill muffin cups 1/2-way full with muffin batter. Top with 1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp of Nutella and then top with another spoonful of muffin batter so that muffin cups are about 3/4 full.
  7. Use a toothpick to swirl the Nutella with the spoonful of muffin batter added to the top.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean)

Nutella Swirl Muffins

There you go! These muffins are guaranteed to relieve your stress! (Until they’re all gone at least!)

Enjoy,

Fran

Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

creamy avocado pasta

My name is Francesca and I’m addicted to avocados….

Anything I can add them to, I definitely do! 

Seriously, I love them so much!

In this I recipe paired them with just a few fresh ingredients and had a delicious pasta sauce the whole family loved!
This recipe came out of one of those days when you are in desperate need to go grocery shopping and need to make a quick dinner. Honestly,I think some of the best meals come out of those days!

It doesn’t take a bunch of fancy ingredients to make something delicious, and this sauce is proof of that.

This sauce was served with 2 Cups of cooked pasta (whichever you choose)

  • 2 Ripe avocados pitted and peeled
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • 3 Large leaves of basil
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. While your pasta is cooking, combine all ingredients in a food processor .
  2. Mix until you reach your desired consistency, I prefer it creamier but a chunkier sauce would be good too!
  3. Adjust taste with more salt and pepper if you prefer.
  4. Toss your pasta and sauce together right after draining your pasta. While pasta is still hot.

It’s fresh taste is amazing and my kid’s loved the green colour of the sauce! Frankie said it looked like ninja turtle ooze (I promise it doesn’t!!!) 

Whatever makes them eat dinner right..?

(kid’s are weird lol!)

Enjoy,

Fran

Chocolate Pound Cake + Fudge Glaze

I think it’s pretty much a given that chocolate and Valentines Day go hand in hand!

I can tell you from experience that if you give me chocolate I’ll definitely be your friend! If that chocolate comes in the form of cake….. Well then you just guaranteed yourself a new bff!

This classic chocolate pound cake is perfect for any time of year. The glaze gives it an extra fudgey, rich finishing touch that is absolutely amazing! Top with your favorite berries to add a festive feel and dig in to this dessert with your Valentine!

chocolate pound cake

  • 1 1/4 Cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 4 Large eggs,beaten

Glaze

  • 1/2 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp corn syrup

Pre heat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda mix until well combined. Set aside
  2. In a small bowl mix together sour cream, vanilla and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add your eggs one at a time.
  4. Then add half of your flour mixture, combine well. Add your sour cream mixture, mix well. Then add remaining flour mixture. Mix until well combined.
  5. Pour into your prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Let cake cool about 20 minutes before removing from pan, then allow to finish cooling on a wire rack

Chocolate glaze

  1. Combine your glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook on low heat, constantly stirring until smooth. Pour over your cake evenly allowing the glaze to drip down the sides.
  2. Top with berries or sprinkles of your choice!

Seriously, every chocolate lovers dream!

I would definitely be someone’s valentine if they made me this cake!

Enjoy,

Fran

Love Your Charcuterie With San Daniele and Riserva Salami + Giveaway 

Charcuterie board mastro

 

Growing up in my Italian family, charcuterie boards weren’t some huge trend. To be honest I had never even heard the term charcuterie before !

What did we call it?

That’s easy, Sunday lunch at Nonna’s house!

They are the perfect spread for family gatherings, game nights or just a casual Sunday at home. While they can look complicated and overwhelming to assemble, they’re really not! The more simple the better, Follow my easy steps and you’ll have a delicious selection that you wont be able to stop snacking on!

  • The center piece of this whole ensemble is of course THE MEAT !! With Mastro you’re never short on selection. The variety is amazing, spicy, mild, or even infused with so many new and delicious flavors there’s something for everyone. Ideally you’ll want to have two or three different kinds of cured meats.

Mastro Charcuterie

I included:

  •  San Daniele prosciutto
  • Mastro Genoa Salami
  • Riserva smoked paprika salami
  • Riserva chianti wine and fennel salami

These new Riserva Salami varieties are so amazing! There is also roasted garlic one that is definitely next on my list to try!

charcuterie

  • Next you’ll add some bread, bread sticks, crackers or flat breads.

It’s nice to have something to add a little crunch. I used a baguette, some black olive bread sticks and some sun dried tomato croistini. People also can use the bread to make sandwiches. Bread is definitely a charcuterie must!

  • Say Cheese!!!

Who doesn’t love cheese?

Cheese is the perfect compliment to these cured meats! A variety small variety will give your guests the option of trying different parings to see which ones they like best! You don’t have to go overboard with fancy cheeses, pick whatever you like !

charcuterie

 

I added:

  • Cocktail bocconcini
  • Marbled cheddar cheese (my kids favorite)
  • A cream cheese ring covered in sweet and spicy peppers

charcuterie

  • Garnishes! More is more!

Just like when you make a pizza, the toppings are the finishing touch to your masterpiece! Again, you don’t have to get too fancy! Often just taking a walk through the condiment section or olive bar will give you so much inspiration! These are all family favorite snacks and were no brainers to include in our house!

  • Pimento olives
  • Cream cheese stuffed jalapenos
  • Sweet gherkins
  • Pickled peppers
  • Marinated artichokes
  • Sun dried tomatoes

 

  • Fruit for thought

The addition of fruit balances out the saltiness of the meat and garnishes. Figs and apricots are great go to additions. Again, don’t get too fancy. If you like it use it!Charcuterie

These steps will insure a delicious and gorgeous charcuterie spread that everyone will love!

If you want to give it a go and put together your own charcuterie, Mastro and I have teamed up to get you started!

You can’t have a delicious spread without including San Daniele proscuitto Canada’s #1 Brand! Don’t forget to try out the new Riserva Salami in Roasted Garlic, Chianti Wine and Fennel and Smoked Paprika flavors!

I’m giving one lucky follower their own genuine maple wood charcuterie board, two packs of Mastro sliced meats and Two coupons for a pack of sliced meat!

Head over to my  Instagram page to enter to win!

xo,

Fran

 This is a sponsored post, as always the opinions expressed are true and my own.

 

My “Replay” On Hummus. Italian Style Hummus and Re-Play !


Teaching our kids about healthy snacking is super important to us! Teaching our kids about making sure our planet stays “healthy” is just as important!

I’ve known about Re-Play for a while now and loved their products! Not only are they adorable and literally come in a rainbow of colors, they are durable, affordable and best of all made from recycled milk jugs!

I had no question in my mind where to go when looking for a new “big girl” set for Emilia’s meal times.

Their “no spill” cups are SERIOUSLY no spill! (can i get an AMEN fellow parents!) The fork and spoon are perfect to help her little hands master the skill of self feeding. Although she still eats like a little barbarian shoveling food into her little mouth….. but hey, we’re working on it!

These plates are so durable, you can actually run them over with your car! Even though I feel like I’ve been run over at the end of most days, I would never dream of doing that to this adorable set!

At the end of the day , the things that are important to most parents are the same things that this company believes in.

  • affordability for families
  • sustainability
  • durability
  • functionality
  • safety

You can purchase your own adorable Re-Play set directly from their website. You can also find them on Amazon, or at Walmart, Target, Whole foods and various other specialty stores!

 
Once you get your Re-Play set, why not whip up a delicious and healthy snack?

Our Family loves to snack and hummus is one of our favorites! I had such an awesome response to my Guaca-Hummus recipe that I decided to share another super easy spin on the classic!

My Italian Style Hummus is a hit with our family and I know yours will love it too!

  • 1 can cannellini beans  (white kidney beans)
  • 1/4 Cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Place all of your ingredients into your food processor or blender and blend until smooth!

That’s it!

A healthy snack for your little ones while helping to create a healthy planet!

Enjoy,

xo Fran

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Greek Yogurt Dip

Chocolate Greek yogurt dip
Valentines day is right around the corner!
I love to treat my mini Valentines with a special dessert….. Then the mom conscious kicks in and I gotta make it at least a little bit healthy!

So this year I’ve come up with the perfect chocolaty treat that is pretty much guilt free! Not to mentioned sooooooo good!

I served the dip along with some pound cake and strawberry skewers. Adorable right?

It pairs so well with both the fruit and the cake. It’s not too sweet but you get that creamy cocoa flavor to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

  • 1 Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  1. In a small bowl mix together all of your ingredients, until well blended and smooth.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 10 mins before, serving to settle.

How easy is that?

A super easy, super delicious treat that even your pickiest little valentine will love!

(Minus the chocolate sugar rush of course!)

Enjoy,

Fran