What Moms Want: Caramelized Fruit and Mascarpone English Muffins

This post is sponsored by Bays® English Muffins. All thoughts, opinions, and original recipe photos are my own.

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We definitely need to talk about Bays® English Muffins. Immediately!

The thing is, it’s a bit of a love story. I didn’t realize you could fall madly in love with English Muffins, but you CAN! These are SO good! You can have them with butter next to scrambled eggs, and be completely happy. My kids like them with butter AND peanut butter (a new one for me, I admit) and have them every morning. I wanted to play, though! I love English Muffins for French Toast recipes, for Eggs Benedict, and for making Crispy Cinnamon Toast. There are endless ways to enjoy Bays® English Muffins. They have the perfect shape and perfect consistency. I knew I had to get fancy for Mother’s Day.

Gorgeous, right? Cassidy taught me how to caramelize the muffins in butter, sugar and cinnamon until they’re golden and crispy. Separately, we make a mean mascarpone topping. Then we add freshly sliced fruit! In terms of English Muffin toppings, this is the way to go for special occasions. A little basil and nutmeg on top, and you’re in flavor country. You can’t imagine the taste when you take your first bite! This is what moms want for Mother’s Day! And we have a lot to celebrate, so stay tuned for a recipe and sweepstakes. We’re talking all things Mother’s Day right now, and I couldn’t be happier!

Just for a quick shoutout, Cassidy bought this tablecloth/flowers for Passover, and they are still going strong:

Caramelized Fruit and Mascarpone English Muffins

Caramelized Fruit and Mascarpone English Muffins

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 stick butter (room temp)
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  4. Mascarpone spread:
  5. 8oz marscapone cheese
  6. 1/2 vanilla bean
  7. 2TBSP honey
  8. 1/4tsp cinnamon
  9. 1/8tsp nutmeg
  10. strawberries (sliced)
  11. bananas (sliced)
  12. fresh basil (finely chopped for garnish)

Instructions

  • 1. Put cheese in stand mixer and cut open vanilla bean, and then scrape vanilla bean seeds into the mixer too
  • 2. Add honey, cinnamon and nutmeg and beat until combined
  • 3. Combine butter, sugar and cinnamon
  • 4. Butter up Bay's English Muffins and place facedown on saucepan over medium-high heat
  • 5. Monitor closely and remove when sugar starts to caramelize, and muffins are crispy
  • 6. Top English Muffins with Mascarpone spread, and then fresh fruit
  • 7. Garnish with chopped basil and a dash of nutmeg. Enjoy!
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As always, feel free to email me with any recipe questions. We got it pretty perfectly on the first shot, but learned a lot along the way. Considering that we have three moms to cook for, we wanted to get it just right for Mother’s Day!

Tada! It’s like magic. You can do no wrong with English Muffin toppings, if you put that much care into them. Speaking of which, let’s talk about Mother’s Day. You can celebrate it with breakfast in bed, courtesy of Bay’s® English Muffins, and with a chance to win a spa gift card for a special mom in your life! Whether it’s your mom, your daughter, your grandmother, your aunt, your mother-in-law, your sister, your neighbor, and so on, make that beloved mom feel special all day long!

Enter the sweepstakes now, and every day until May 13th, for a chance to win a $200 spa gift card. There’s no purchase necessary. Simply enter the sweepstakes here from April 24th – May 13th. Official rules are at bays.com.

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5 Party Hacks and the BEST Cookies Recipe You’re Going to Want to Try

These 5 party hacks will show you how easy it is to entertain this spring and summer! Also, these brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies are the BEST on earth! People will be begging you for the recipe! #ad #RKPlasticWrap

You know by now that we’re party people!

Right? Right. We love attention to detail. Like at our wedding when people started getting hungry again, long after the cake was cut, and we served mashed potatoes in martini glasses with a rolling cart filled with toppings. That was magical. And I’ll never forget the kids’ birthday party a few years back, when we had had games, bounce house time, cake, and presents, and then Cassidy came out with a cotton candy machine. Right then and there! Details matter. And we love parties a lot.

To put it mildly.

Recently we fell in love with the new Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap! I was reading about how 64% of consumers (us) use plastic wrap at least a week. I’d say in my case it’s more like once a day! And yes, the experience is frustrating, or at least it used to be frustrating! I’m well known for my uneven tears, unusable sheets, sharp sheet cutters (ouch), and other headaches. This new plastic wrap eliminates those headaches for good! Look how easy it is:

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Tada! It’s pretty awesome. Now let’s talk party hacks. This Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap is actually going to help you with more than one party hack. Ready? Ready. Here are our five favorite party hacks for spring and summer!

1 – Having ice cream at your party? Of course you are! You can banish ice cream freezer burn by draping a sheet of plastic wrap over ice cream before sealing and storing. There’s nothing worse than freezer burn with party ice cream!

2 – Having flowers at your party? Of course you are! Keep your flowers fresh by wetting a paper towel, wrapping it around the bottom of the stems, and wrapping it completely in plastic wrap to keep them fresh until you can display them.

3 – Cooking for your party? Cover your tablet or phone in plastic wrap to create a “splatter guard” when you’re using online recipes in the kitchen. With plastic wrap around your touchscreen, you’ll still have full functionality!

4 – Are you using bananas for your party? You should! Banana bread, banana pudding, banana ice cream, and banana splits all make wonderful party recipes. To slow down the ripening process for bananas, wrap the stem in plastic wrap, which acts like a greenhouse. Plastic wrap helps contain ethylene gas, which bananas produce naturally when they ripen.

5 – Make one incredible recipe to have everyone talking! These Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies are UNREAL.

Brown Buttered Toffee Chocolate Chunk Chewy Cookies

Brown Buttered Toffee Chocolate Chunk Chewy Cookies

Ingredients

  1. 2 sticks (1 cup) sweet cream butter
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  5. 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  6. 1/2 cup sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  9. 2 chocolate covered toffee bars, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  10. 1.5 cups baking chocolate - wafers, discs, etc.
  11. Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  • 1. Brown butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat by stirring it often. It will foam and then brown and it will take about 6-7 minutes. It moves fast!
  • 2. Pour browned butter into a bowl to cool
  • 3. In another bowl, whisk flour, kosher salt and baking soda
  • 4. Then add brown sugar and white sugar to the cooling butter
  • 5. Use a mixer on medium speed, beat the browned butter and sugars for about a minute
  • 6. Then add eggs and vanilla extract and beat for about 30 seconds
  • 7. Change mixer speed to low and add dry ingredients until it's combined
  • 8. Mix in chocolate covered toffee pieces and chocolate wafers (or disks, etc.) with a wooden or rubber spatula/spoon
  • 9. Let dough sit and thicken for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days
  • 10. Scoop out balls of dough with an ice cream scoop and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  • 11. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown
  • 12. Cool and make the next batch!
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When you’re done, of course, wrap them in Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap and take them to your party, or if you’re hosting, they’ll save well in the plastic wrap. In fact, this product is truly frustration free with these features:

• Built-in slide cutter ensures a clean cut, every time

• Starter edge™ makes it easy to find the start of the roll

• Each roll is automatically held in place to keep it from jumping out of the package during dispensing

• Long-lasting tight seal keeps food fresh

Tiny victories unlocked! Other party miracles would be getting your kids to bed on time, having all of the food on the table at the right times, and having guests RSVP! Find out more about Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap with this store locator!

What’s one of your favorite life or kitchen hacks?