Easter

Recipe: Fast and Fancy Lemon Biscuits — Quick and Easy Baking

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This play on classic cream biscuits gets a fresh upgrade with help from sunny citrus and a finishing touch of coarse sugar. They skew slightly sweet, making for tender, pillowy biscuits that instantly feel a little bit more fancy. I love them with a spread of jam in the morning, or piled high with fruit and cream for dessert.

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Recipe: Four-Layer Carrot Cake with Scalloped Cream Cheese Frosting — Video from Kitchn

Carrot cake already has a charming earthiness to it. The warmth of cinnamon, the vegetal sweetness of carrots, and the pop of raisins (their particular sweetness fruity and mellow in their own right) — all come together to make a dessert easily enjoyed on many occasions. Bake up four towering layers, pipe on the cream cheese frosting with a pretty technique, and decorate with garden-fresh flowers, and suddenly that charming, earthy cake takes on an air of pure elegance. In this video, you'll see just how the piping is done.

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Recipe: Easy Lemon Cake with Whipped Raspberry Frosting — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Spring demands lemony desserts, and boy do we have one for you. It's a team effort between layers of sunny lemon cake and the lightest, just-sweet-enough whipped raspberry frosting with the prettiest pink hue. Scatter some fresh berries and extra lemon zest over top and you're good to go. Best of all, this impressive cake comes together with a single bowl (you'll need one more for the whipped cream) and a lineup of basic ingredients from the pantry and fridge.

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Recipe: Easy Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes with Cardamom Whipped Cream — Recipes from The Kitchn

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If the combination of strawberries and rhubarb wins your heart the way it does mine, then this is the only dessert you'll need from now through the end of summer. Made with tender cream biscuits, these individual shortcakes start off like the basic version you know, with a few twists that will dazzle your tastebuds. A quick roast in the oven tames the tart bite of the rhubarb and heightens the sweet flavor of the strawberries. But what really takes it over the top is the cardamom whipped cream. That's a game-changer.

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Recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Swirly Buns — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Ready to be the hero of the brunch potluck that everyone talks about for months to come? Skip the casserole and go straight for the breakfast treat of the moment: sweet strawberry swirly buns. Think: fruit and cheese danish meets your favorite cinnamon roll, but way better. Not only do they look seriously impressive, but they're also known to elicit squeals of delight with a single bite. Go for it and bite right in, or take it slow and unravel the swirl. Either way, each mouthful offers the promise of soft dough, sweet cream, and juicy, rich berries.

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How To Make the Best Strawberry Trifle — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Trifles are a British classic, but they're also the scrappiest no-bake dessert around. Built from leftover cake (or brownies, or cookies), layered with pudding, and served with a queenly crown of whipped cream, trifles are amazing at pleasing a crowd with their towering layers. They're also surprisingly manageable to make when you've got all the basics down.

Here we are showing you the basics on trifle-making with a strawberry shortcake version. Rich with creamy vanilla pudding, studded with ripe strawberries, and perfumed with a vanilla syrup that revives even the stalest of cakes, it will make you love strawberry shortcake even more.

Any home cook who considers dessert better when there's a make-ahead element needs to know how to make one so today, we are diving deep into the layers that make trifle a triumph of no-bake dessert.

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