Fruit

How To Make Date Syrup — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Date syrup is a thick, caramel-colored sweetener made from dates. You may have seen it on the shelves in your local health food store, as many cooks embrace it as an alternative sweetener. Date syrup is incredibly easy to make at home, can be more affordable than store-bought, and has the lush caramel hue and heady date flavor of its namesake fruit.

Here is everything you need to know about making date syrup at home.

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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: Pink Champagne Poke Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Be prepared to fall hard for this cake. If not for its soft-pink hues, then for the moist, tender crumb lightly spiked with Champagne and wells of strawberry syrup. Or maybe it will be the rosé buttercream that really does it for you. What I'm trying to say is that this cake is the whole package — a dessert primed for celebration and yet surprising easy to pull together.

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Recipe: Pink Champagne Poke Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Be prepared to fall hard for this cake. If not for its soft-pink hues, then for the moist, tender crumb lightly spiked with Champagne and wells of strawberry syrup. Or maybe it will be the rosé buttercream that really does it for you. What I'm trying to say is that this cake is the whole package — a dessert primed for celebration and yet surprising easy to pull together.

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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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