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A sneak peek at the first craft show for Sugar & Thyme along with some tips and ideas for new crafters looking to start doing craft shows. 

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I did it!  

A few weeks ago I attended my first craft show as a vendor.  

What.  A.  Rush.  

It was a total adrenaline rush, seriously.  I feel so in my element.  I love getting out there, seeing my vision come to life , showcasing my designs and meeting people.  I love it!

After weeks of preparing, designing, and late nights printing and matting with Mr. Mother Thyme working as my “assistant”, everything came together.  

I thought it would be fun to share my story since I found many people have an interest in learning and seeing what others do to create their booths for craft shows.  I’m one of those people.  I am grateful for the wealth of information I found on the internet and Pinterest with some great ideas and looks.  

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Me at my booth moments before the doors open. #stressingout

Just to catch you up, on top of being a mama to 3 year old twins, and developing recipes for MT, I am now designing printable artwork which can be found in my shop Sugar & Thyme on Etsy.  If you want a little back story about how Sugar & Thyme started, click HERE

Mr. Mother Thyme and I have loved attending art and craft shows for years.  Even before the twins, we would spend weekends wandering local shows.  It’s just fun.  We have had this idea for years.  We would often say to each other that this would be a fun thing to do.  I have a new appreciation for crafters and the time it takes to prepare for each event.  When I decided to start doing local craft shows I honestly had no clue where to start.  One day I spent hours trying to find upcoming shows.  I found a few, but I knew there had to be more out there.  The question was, how do you find out?

When I coordinated the Buffalo Baby Expo, I met a lot of awesome vendors.  I got to chatting with one vendor who eventually told me about an upcoming show she was doing.  I got in contact with that show and luckily I was able to get into the show as well.  

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Available matted prints from the Laundry Collection (I love these!)

The next few weeks I was working night and day on my inventory, printing my designs, matting and packaging them.  In the midst of it all, I had to visualize my entire store on an 8 foot table.  You just can’t toss everything on the table and cross your fingers that people will come.  You have to make it look inviting and have a presentation that will draw shoppers to your booth.  

It is common to have a 10×10 foot space for craft shows.  You need to design your shop within that space.  Since the show I was doing was only an 8 foot table, my space was even more limited.  Thankfully I was able to snag a corner spot and was able to do an L shape booth to give me a little more room.  

I set up my “shop” in our basement ahead of time so I new how I wanted it to look.  I found cute baskets and wire baskets to hold some of the prints.  I also used crates from Joann’s and plate holders to create different vignettes on the table.  I purchased banquet tablecloths on Amazon and topped them with a cute runners from HomeGoods.  

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Loved this idea I found on Pinterest, of course!

Where our plan kind of fell apart, or I should say is still a work in progress is with the panels (which are set behind me in the pictures).  Craft show panels can be very expensive.  You need something easy and portable.  I found a great idea on Pinterest using 3 doors on hinges to create a backdrop where we could hang some of the framed designs for sale.  Mr. Mother Thyme and I went to Lowe’s, grabbed 3 doors for about $25.00 each, and a few packages of hinges and put them together.  Success!  I loved the look of just the solid wood, I didn’t even paint or stain them.  

The day of the show, it was freezing cold and super windy.  It was a long haul from our van to our booth.  Carrying the panels didn’t go quite as expected, but Mr. Mother Thyme got them in.  When he went to hang one of the framed prints the next thing I heard is crash!  Yep, it came crashing down.  The doors were hollow (which he knew) and the nails didn’t have anything to grasp onto.  With the clock ticking, we didn’t have any time for to come up with a backup plan, so I decided not to hang the prints.  No biggie.  We know now, if we decide to continue to use this idea, he is going to use screws instead.  

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I loved chatting with shoppers about cooking too!

Another thing I learned from doing a show is not only is your booth/shop design essential, but you want to be able to easily get everything in and out.  I realized having a ton of bins for different supplies was too much, especially for a one day show.  Finding portable products to quickly and easily move your items in and out are essential for setting up.

I designed my own logo, business cards and banner.  Business cards are great to have visible on the table or in the booth.  I got the idea of tucking them in some chocolates along with the little sign, thanks to Pinterest, of course.   

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The prints that started it all – Sugar and Spice available in the Kitchen Collection.

Some other things you want to have on hand if you are looking for ideas to do this yourself is a locked cash box (Obviously.  I ordered the SentrySafe through Amazon), pens, credit card machine if you are accepting credit cards (I am working with Square), tablet or smartphone fully charged plus an extra charger, sign up sheets if you want to create a mailing list, receipt book, inventory book, extra price tags, ribbon or yarn, tape, duck tape, safety pins, push pins, stapler, scissors, cough drops (yes!), bottled waters.  I have a large bag just for these little supplies.   Not that I needed all of it, but it’s good to have on hand.

On the business end of starting a craft or vendor show business, you will also want to check with your local county and state about collecting sales tax if applicable, along with a Federal Tax ID.   You should also get a DBA for your business (which I did) so you are legit.

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Framed print from the Laundry Collection.

The best part about the day was our booth was next to Marie, an Independent Representative for Miche, who I enjoyed chatting with all day.  She had a wealth of information for me about doing shows and how to find out about shows.  If you are new at doing craft shows like I am, find out join local Facebook vendor groups and chat with other vendors to find out about local shows.  I had no clue these existed but they do and now I have the rest of the year planned of shows I’ll be at.  Exciting!

I hope you get a chance to check out my shop Sugar and Thyme on Etsy.  All the prints are currently instant download, meaning you can download it right to your computer and print it at home or your local print shop.  I am always adding new designs, so make sure you keep checking back for what’s new.  Matted prints are available to have easily shipped to you directly.   You can also enjoy a 20% discount on any order!  Enter coupon code MOTHERTHYME at checkout.  <3

Cheddar Bay Egg Nests

Fluffy Cheddar Bay Egg Nests, mixed with cheddar, garlic powder and parsley and topped with an egg yolk for an easy and delicious low carb breakfast.  

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The first time I ever had Egg Nests or Eggs in Cloud, the whipped egg whites always reminded me of Cheddar Bay Biscuits.  Silly, I know.  That gave me the idea of adding in some of the ingredients like cheddar cheese and garlic powder which are often found in Cheddar Bay Biscuits into the fluffy egg whites.  

Wow, is it good!  

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If you love eggs, looking for a yummy edition to your Easter brunch menu, or following a low carb diet like I am, you will absolutely love these!  It reminds me of eggs and biscuits all in one.  

Let me not forget to mention how easy they are to literally whip up too.  You simply separate the eggs and whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold in the yummy cheddar ingredients and mound them on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Pop them in the oven for a few minutes, then top with the egg yolks and bake for a few minutes longer.  Easy peasy, and so good!  

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Cheddar Bay Egg Nests

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Cheddar Bay Egg Nests

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place egg whites in a large mixing bowl. Using a whisk attachment. whip egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Using a spoon, gently fold in cheddar cheese, garlic powder, parsley flakes, salt and pepper until just combined.
  4. Spoon mixture into 4 mounds on parchment paper. Gently make a well in the center of the mound.
  5. Bake in oven for about 3 minutes.
  6. Carefully remove from the oven, add in the egg yolk into each mound. Return to the oven and bake for 2-3 minutes longer until egg yolk is set.
  7. Serve warm.
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Lemon Ricotta Danish

 Simple and delicious Lemon Ricotta Danish that uses puff pastry so it only takes a few minutes to make!    

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I have fallen in love with this Lemon Ricotta Danish.  I swear I could devour the entire thing.  It is simply ricotta mixed with some sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and a splash of lemon juice and wrapped in a puff pastry.  How easy is that?  It only takes a few minutes to put this together, and about 25 minutes to bake.  Before you know it, you have a delicious danish ready to serve.  Once you try this, you will be amazed how tasty it is.  

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I have a love for puff pastry.  It is something I always have in the freezer.  I love using it for so many sweet and savory recipes.  Some of my favorites are Roasted Garlic Flatbread and Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Flatbread.  The funny thing is, I actually had planned on sharing another puff pastry recipe today when I created this.  I thought this was perfect for Easter brunch, that I didn’t want to wait.  

With just a few simple ingredients, you can easily create this delicious danish that you will love making again and again.  

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Lemon Ricotta Danish

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Lemon Ricotta Danish

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups whole ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Unroll and lay puff pastry flat on baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut 1 1/2 inch slits 1 inch apart. Do the same on opposite side.
  3. In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice.
  4. Spread in the center of pasty leaving about 2 inch border.
  5. Cross strips over filling, alternating from each side making sure ends overlap.
  6. In a small bowl mix egg and water. Brush over the top of pastry.
  7. Bake on the center rack for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before adding glaze.
  9. Glaze
  10. In a small bowl mix confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Slowly add a little more lemon juice until mixture is creamy but not runny.
  11. Drizzle on top of pastry.
  12. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Lemon Love
Lemon Sugar Cookies
Lemon Cake Pie
Lemon Angel Food Cake
Lemon Wedding Cookies

If you try this recipe, leave a comment below, send me an email, or get in touch with me on Facebook, Twitter or Google + and tell me how you liked it.  I would love to hear from you!  

Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

If you love oatmeal or blueberry muffins, you will love this Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal.  Creamy oatmeal mixed with fresh blueberries, complete with a buttery crumb topping.  This is one bowl of oatmeal you don’t want to miss!  

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I know I haven’t been posting my recipes as much as usual.  I have been busy working on so many projects.  Last month, I was the event coordinator for the Buffalo Baby Expo.  It was so much fun to be involved coordinating this successful show for new and expecting parents.  We had over 55 vendors from mommy clubs to photographers at the show.  

Since that show Mr. Mother Thyme and I have been working hard preparing for my next show.  This weekend I am doing my first craft show for Sugar & Thyme.  Mr. Mother Thyme and I have talked about doing this for years.  We are so excited to see our vision come to life.  We have been working hard on our setup, preparing inventory which I also still need to add to my Etsy shop, and all those little details I get compulsive about has been taking up the majority of my free time.  I love how our display looks, and I look forward to sharing that with you after the show.  

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In the midst of it all, Mr. Mother Thyme and I have enjoyed a trip to Sarasota last month, I went to visit friends out of town last weekend, and Mr. Mother Thyme and I are heading to Fort Myers for a few days next week.  At the end of the month I am so excited to be touring the Vidalia Onion farms and attending Vidalia Onion Festival along with several other talented food bloggers.  I love, love, love Vidalia onions, so I am going to be in heaven there!  

I guess you could say my schedule has been full.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I have been following a low carb, sugar free (mostly) diet.  I am happy to say I am still following this diet.  Of course I’m human, and a foodie that loves sweets, so I do allow for “cheat” days.  What is life without an occasional piece of cake, right?  For those of you that have so kindly emailed me asking me to post some of my low carb recipes, they’ll be coming soon!  

On this diet I have been eating a lot of eggs for breakfast.  I am now officially burned out on eggs.  I have made them every way possible, but at the end of the day they are still eggs.  What has been working for me is every few days instead of eggs, I switch it up a and enjoy a bowl of oatmeal.  

This Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal tastes like a blueberry oatmeal muffin complete with a buttery crumb topping.  It is so good!  If you love oatmeal, or have tried my recipe for Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal, you are in for a real treat.  It is a simple recipe for oatmeal, mixed with fresh blueberries.  It is then baked in the oven with a crumb topping for one tasty bowl of oatmeal.  

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Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large saucepan add milk, sugar, vanilla and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Stir in oats, return to a boil and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes until oatmeal begins to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat, gently stir in blueberries and cover. Let sit for about 3 minutes.
  5. Topping
  6. Mix sugar, flour and butter in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut butter into sugar and flour until mixture resembles small crumbs.
  7. Spoon cooked oatmeal into ramekins or oven safe bowls.
  8. Generously sprinkle topping over oatmeal.
  9. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and place in oven for about 10-15 minutes until topping begins to brown.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm.
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Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats

All the flavors of carrot cake mixed into yummy rice krispie treats and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.

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If you like carrot cake and rice krispie treats, you are going to love the blend of them both in these yummy Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats.  With Easter just around the corner, these tasty little treats are perfect for all your Easter and spring festivities.

These rice krispie treats are made with box carrot cake mix.  I used Betty Crocker, however you can use whatever brand you can find.  I seem to use box cake mix for everything but cake.  I love making cakes from scratch such as my recent Coconut Cream Cake or the popular Cinnamon Roll Cake.  For fun little treats like these rice krispie treats, even truffles or dips, I use box cake mix.  

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What is carrot cake without cream cheese frosting.  Even though these are just rice krispie treats, the frosting literally tops these off.  Sprinkle them with some shredded coconut and some chopped walnuts and they will be a great little treat everyone will love.

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Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients

  • 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup box carrot cake mix
  • 6 cups rice krispie cereal
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extra
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with butter or cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Melt butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until marshmallows are melted.
  3. Reduce heat to low and stir in cake mix.
  4. Mix in rice krispies and stir until combined.
  5. Pour into prepared baking pan and press down until even (spraying your hands with cooking spray or using parchment paper works best to get them firmly pressed into the pan.)
  6. Allow to cool completely.
  7. Frosting
  8. Using an electric mixer, mix butter and cream cheese until combined.
  9. Mix in vanilla extract
  10. Gradually add in confectioners sugar until creamy.
  11. Spread over rice krispie treats.
  12. Garnish with shredded coconut flakes and chopped walnuts if desired.
  13. Cover and store in the refrigerator.
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Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Simple Coconut Cream Cake topped with a whipped Coconut Cream Frosting — a little slice of heaven! 

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I have a confession to make.  You know those little frozen Pepperidge Farm Layer Cakes? 

I love those.  Especially the Coconut. 

When I was growing up my great-grandmother always had those, so they bring back sweet memories of enjoying a slice of cake with her.  It also brings back memories of my 35th birthday.  I just found out I was pregnant and expecting twins.  It was such a special time.  I’ll never forget the cake I wanted was a Pepperidge Farm Coconut Cake.  It was quite funny.  I remember Mr. Mother Thyme asking me if I was sure that was the cake I wanted for my birthday.  I’m sure he was expecting I would request some fancy, gourmet cake from the local bakery.  I could have probably eaten that entire cake myself.  Looking back, I think that was actually the last time I had one of those cakes. 

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Simple, single layer cakes are my favorite dessert to make.  They can easily be prepared on a whim, or when the craving for a slice of cake hits.  Because I am such a fan of coconut cake, this Coconut Cream Cake is probably one of my favorites.  It is moist and delicious and topped with a whipped Coconut Cream Frosting, which you may just want to eat alone with a spoon. 

The secret ingredient in the cake and the frosting is coconut cream instant pudding mix.  I admit, I have an obsession with using pudding mix in many of my desserts.  The coconut cream pudding mix gives both the cake and the frosting a great flavor with just the right amount of coconut in each tasty bite. 

If you want to get a little fancy and layer this cake, simply double the recipe.  If you double the frosting, you will have extra leftover after you fill and frost the cake, but leftover frosting is never a bad thing.

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Don’t miss these other simple and easy cakes
Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting
Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Easy Pumpkin Cake with Butter Pecan Frosting

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3.4 ounce box coconut cream instant pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Coconut Cream Frosting
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 3.4 ounce box coconut cream instant pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup powder sugar
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly dust an 8-inch round cake pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, pudding mix, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another medium bowl mix sugar, milk, butter, egg, sour cream and vanilla until blended.
  4. Gradually stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for about 40 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pan.
  7. Coconut Cream Frosting
  8. Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat heavy cream on high speed for 3-4 minutes until it becomes thick and creamy. Reduce speed to medium, and stir in sugar and pudding mix until combined.
  9. Pour all the frosting on top of cooled cake and using a spatula, frost cake. Sprinkle with shredded coconut flakes if desired.
  10. Cover in cake carrier and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Shortbread S’mores

Enjoy these delicious Shortbread S’mores by the fire, or easily whip these up right in your own kitchen!

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Who said you can only use graham crackers to making delicious s’mores?

Walkers shortbread rounds are the perfect canvas to load up a piece of chocolate and a marshmallow to make one tasty s’more.  If you live in the Northeast like I do, a little taste of summer is a welcome treat.  Even if we can’t get outside to roast marshmallows, you can easily make these right in your own kitchen.  You just need to pop them under your broiler for just a few minutes, and voila!  You have an ooey, gooey toasted marshmallow.

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If you get a craving for one of these, Walkers has the perfect 2 pack of these delicious shortbread rounds, so you can make just 1, or however many you would like.  The 2 pack shortbread are great for on the go.  Tuck into your purse for a little snack with your afternoon tea, or to take on a weekend picnic in the park.

I love having Walkers on hand.  They are great for entertaining, especially for Spring brunches such as bridal showers, baby showers, Easter and Mother’s Day.  Put these beautiful Walkers shortbread on a tray and dessert is served.  You can even get a creative and serve these with some toppings on the side like melted chocolate, hazelnut spread and jams and lemon curd or have fun with your guests and make these yummy and easy Shortbread S’mores.  

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Don’t miss these other easy Walker recipes!
3 ingredient Chocolate Cookie Butter
Millionaire’s Shortbread

Walkers is offering Mother Thyme readers 20% your entire order (excluding sale items) from 3/20-3/27 2014.  Use promo code MTSPRING2014 at checkout.  Click HERE to order a few boxes of these delicious cookies and have them delivered directly to your doorstep! 

For the latest updates, follow Walkers and Mother Thyme on Facebook! 

Shortbread S’mores

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Shortbread S’mores

Ingredients

  • Walkers Shortbread Rounds
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Bar or Hazelnut spread
  • Strawberry jam (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Put a piece of chocolate on top of one shortbread and top with marshmallow. Place on baking sheet.
  3. Place baking sheet under broiler for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully until marshmallow is toasted.
  4. Remove from oven and carefully top with shortbread and press down.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Optional
  7. Spread strawberry jam or your favorite jam on shortbread before placing on top of marshmallow.
  8. Note
  9. If using hazelnut spread instead of chocolate, spread on shortbread not going in oven. Place marshmallow on 1 shortbread and toast. Spread hazelnut spread on second shortbread and press down on toasted marshmallow.
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Disclosure — I have a partnership with Walkers Shortbread.  I received product to review but was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own. 

Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Puff Pastry Flatbread

Crispy puff pastry topped with sweet mascarpone, fresh berries and a hint of lemon — so simple, yet so good!

Mixed Berry & Mascapone Puff Pastry Flatbread from Mother Thyme

Puff pastry is one of my favorite go to items, especially when I’m entertaining.  I always have a few sheets of puff pastry stashed in my freezer to make a variety of sweet or savory dishes. 

Over the holidays I featured my Roasted Garlic Puff Pastry Flatbread, which is out of this world.  It is great to cut up into little squares to serve to guests, or to enjoy on a dinner and movie night. 

Mixed Berry & Mascapone Puff Pastry Flatbread from Mother Thyme

My trick for making puff pastry flat is to bake it with a baking sheet on top of it.  The result is a rustic and buttery puff pastry flatbread, perfect for a variety of toppings.

My latest puff pastry flatbread creation is this Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Puff Pastry Flatbread.  With the long winter we have had in Buffalo, fresh berries are a welcome addition in my kitchen.  It’s a taste of summer, plus my kids love them.  This flatbread is similar to a Fruit Tart or Fruit Pizza.  It is topped with a sweet mascarpone, fresh berries and a pinch of lemon zest.  Not only does it make a pretty presentation, it tastes so good too.

Mixed Berry & Mascapone Puff Pastry Flatbread from Mother Thyme

Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Puff Pastry Flatbread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Puff Pastry Flatbread

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest plus additional for garnishing
  • 2-3 cups fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place puff pastry on a parchment lined baked sheet and prick with a fork.
  3. Spray the bottom of another baking sheet and place on top of puff pastry. This helps to keep the puff pastry flat. Bake for about 12-15 minutes until bottom to brown.
  4. Remove baked puff pastry from oven and set aside until cooled completely.
  5. In a small bowl mix mascarpone cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest.
  6. Spread on top of cooled pastry.
  7. Top with fresh berries and sprinkle with lemon zest or a dusting of confectioners' sugar.
  8. Cut into squares and serve.
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