Bourbon Vanilla Cake

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Sweet vanilla cake with a hint of bourbon. 

Vanilla Bourbon Cake via Tsiporah Blog

You all – this cake. It is dangerously good. It is pure delicious madness and danger and unicorns all in one pan. I developed it with the sole purpose to create a cake that was the perfect accompaniment to lemon curd – I love lemon curd enough to do just that, but what resulted is a cake that shines all by itself (although I won’t judge you if you still want to use it as a vessel for your lemon curd).

Vanilla Bourbon Cake with Lemon Curd

Some comments that I’ve received about this cake include the texture is velvet; it tastes like sugar cookies, only better; and that it reminds my Dad of something my Granny used to make when he was a kid. One friend said it couldn’t be better and that I’d outdone myself. I’ll let you decide.

Velvety Bourbon Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd - Garden Party Recipe via Tsiporah Blog

This cake would be great to bring to a party or brunch, but it is so easy that you could make multiple batches in one weekend  because you accidentally ate the first all by yourself because it is too good not to share. Enjoy one mini cake and gift the other to a friend. Kindness!

Bourbon Vanilla Cake

Ingredients

1/3 cup white sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp bourbon vanilla, homemade or store bought*
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 + 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
Optional: 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Baking spray and 2 tbsp flour to prepare pans

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare two mini loaf pans: spray with baking spray and scoop 1 tbsp of flour in each pan. Tilt the pan so that the flour coats the entire inside of the pan. Tap the bottom of the pan over your trash can to get rid of any excess flour. Set the prepared pans aside.

Combine sugars, egg, vanilla, bourbon vanilla and softened butter in a mixing bowl. Beat to combine on low, then on high for 5 minutes.

Combine flour and baking powder in a separate small bowl. Alternately add the flour/baking powder and milk into the sugar mixture, mixing well between each addition.

Use a rubber spatula to stir in chopped nuts. Pour batter evenly into the two prepared mini loaf pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Bourbon Vanilla Cake Recipe via Tsiporah Blog

*If you don’t have bourbon vanilla, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of bourbon and 1/4 tsp extra vanilla extract. Making bourbon vanilla at home is easy and fun! (I think all kitchen experiments are fun) – simply make vanilla extract, but use bourbon instead of vodka. It takes about 8 weeks to infuse the alcohol with the vanilla flavor, so plan in advance!

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Spring Market Chopped Salad

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Clean and satisfying tomato and cucumber salad inspired by the farmers market, with fresh basil, lemon juice, olives and sea salt.

Spring Farmers Market-Inspired Chopped Salad via Tsiporah Blog

Spring is here! I love simple chopped salads like this when the weather starts to warm up and my body craves cool, clean foods. This is my favorite type of meal to make when I get home from the farmers market and I have a bag full of fresh, crisp produce just begging to be eaten. This little salad is light, nourishing and clean.

This past week a sweet woman at the farmers market gave me two whole bunches of these gorgeous orange and yellow flowers with edible petals. What a luxury! I added them to this salad for a pop of beauty – if those tomatoes weren’t beautiful enough.

Farmers Market Tomato Salad via Tsiporah Blog

Lately I’ve especially appreciated simple, healthy meals to nourish my body and my mind. I value my quiet moments in the kitchen when I get to prepare beautiful foods, or when I have the honor of creating a meal for someone I love. Cooking is my meditation. My joy. I’ve been bursting with creative energy and I’m grateful for easy and fresh salads like this one.

Market Inspired Spring Tomato Salad

One of my favorite parts about Spring is the energy of renewal. If you don’t feel it inside, you can certainly feel it in the air, see it in the greenery, and witness it in the abundance that’s overflowing at the farmers market. I’m excited because I have a thriving mini container garden this year! I’m growing sweet bell peppers, mint, yams, potatoes, onions, thai basil, thyme, rosemary and a few pretty flowers. I’m excited to see what, if any, produce I get this year! I’ll keep you all updated :)

For now, enjoy this Spring Market Chopped Salad.

Spring Market Chopped Salad

Ingredients

1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
2 chopped persian cucumbers
1 tbsp chopped red onion
1/4 cup quartered castelvetrano olives
4 slivered fresh basil or thai basil leaves
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional: pinch of dried chili flakes or minced fresh chilies, to taste

Directions

Combine quartered cherry tomatoes, persian cucumber, red onion, castelvetrano olives and basil in a bowl. Toss to combine. Squeeze lemon juice over the salad, add olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning and enjoy! You can eat this salad as is, spoon it atop crisp-tender butter lettuce (my favorite!), or have it as a side along with fresh grilled fish.

Spring Chopped Salad

What’s your favorite Spring recipe? Share in the comments, I’d love to know!

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Kitchen Essentials: Ceramic Fruit Baskets

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Anthropologie Ceramic Fruit Baskets for Less!

Anthropologie Style Ceramic Fruit Baskets for Less!

Anthropologie Style Ceramic Fruit Baskets!

I found these two adorable aqua blue ceramic fruit baskets for less than $10 combined! I’ve been eyeing these fruit baskets at Anthropologie for a long time, but I wasn’t about to spend $14 just on the tiny one alone, so they’ve always remained on my wishlist from Anthropologie.

That list is pretty long, so I’m happy that I finally crossed this one off. I was able to get these because I found a knock off at another store – Michael’s Craft Store.

Anthro Hack: Ceramic Fruit Baskets!

If you are able to use two coupons, you’ll score this set for less than $10! They also have other colors,  but I love this bright and happy aqua blue.

I get excited when I can add beautiful and useful items to my kitchen collection, especially on a budget. These ceramic fruit baskets are great for rinsing and storing berries, tomatoes, lemons or any smaller fruit. I love how they brighten up our kitchen counter.

Anthropologie Style Fruit Baskets

I hope these cuties are available at your local Michael’s, too!

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Crushin’ on Waffle Crush!

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If you live in Phoenix this is one food truck you MUST seek out.

Waffle Crush Review

We recently went to Phoenix Flea, a super adorable outdoor market offering vintage and new handmade treasures. It was fun to shop and explore the market, which took place in Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix, but the true highlight of the day was Waffle Crush. I’m pretty sure that anytime I eat Waffle Crush it’ll be the highlight of my day. Dare I say of my month…!?

hanging out at Phoenix Flea

I enjoyed the Berry Waffle, a gourmet Liege Waffle topped with Biscoff (cookie butter!!!), fresh whipped cream and strawberry slices. The waffle itself is delicious, almost caramelized, with a perfectly crisp outside and soft, fluffy inside. The Biscoff melts into the waffle in the most delicious way, while the strawberries brighten the flavors. And anything with handmade whipped cream is divine. This is waffle heaven.

About to enjoy my first Waffle Crush

The Berry Waffle from Waffle Crush

It was absolutely the best waffle I’ve ever had. They also have chocolate filled waffles.
You read that right.

Waffle Crush

Waffle Crush Food Truck Information

Websitehttp://mywafflecrush.com
Hours & Location: Find their location & schedule via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @mywafflecrush
Phone: (480) 304-5636
Pricing: The Berry is $7.50

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