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16 delicious Easter baking treats

Why not make an afternoon of it with these fun-to-make treats?
Looking to create some fun Easter eats that the whole family can get involved with making? Fill the house with the smell of these tasty treats.
1. Easter cupcake swirls Love icing? You'll love the icing-to-sponge ratio on these beauties. Enjoy piling it high, or simply licking it from the mixing bowl and spoon afterwards. Cupcakes rule. See recipe for Easter cupcake swirls.
2. Surprise chocolate fairy cakes Grown-ups and children alike will love these chocolate fairy cakes with their fudge frosting, mini-egg topping and surprise centres. See recipe for Surprise chocolate fairy cakes.
3. Carrot cake cupcakes Adorable individual-sized carrot cakes couldn't get much more Eastery (or delicious). See recipe for Easter cupcakes.
4. Easter cookies These spicy, fragrant and deliciously fruity cookies are perfect for an Easter tea-time treat. See recipe for Easter cookies.
5. Easter flower cookies These are really simple to make and m…

Chocolate Easter nest cake recipe

Ingredients 200g (7oz) dark chocolate, minimum 60% cocoa solids, broken into pieces
150g (5oz) unsalted butter, cubed
4 medium eggs
150g (5oz) light soft brown sugar
150g (5oz) self-raising flour
25g (1oz) cocoa powder
To decorate 50g (2oz) white chocolate cake covering
125g (4oz) white chocolate
75g (3oz) butter, softened
275g (9oz) white icing sugar, plus a little extra
75ml (3fl oz) semi-skimmed milk
mini chocolate eggs, to decorate

Preheat the oven to Gas 4, 180°C, fan160°C. Line a 20cm (8in) springform cake tin with nonstick baking paper. 
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl resting over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn't touch the water. Cool a little.
Whisk eggs and sugar together for about 10 minutes until light and foamy. Whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture, then whisk in the flour and cocoa.
Pour into the tin and bake for 40 minutes. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove and cool on a wire rack.
Melt the white chocolate cake covering in a bowl resting over…

A Midnight Street Food Tour of Queens with Jeff Orlick

A Midnight Street Food Tour of Queens with Jeff Orlick:
From Serious Eats: New York






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[Photographs: Max Falkowitz]

The 3+ mile stretch of Roosevelt Avenue in Queens between Sunnyside and Flushing is home to some of the best food you can eat in New York, plenty of it right there on the street. $10 will buy you a meal (or two) (or three) from street vendors hailing from, well, everywhere. There are over 130 languages spoken in Queens, and each of those language

Apple Meringue Pudding & Pomegranate Margaritas Delicious links for 12.16.2011

Apple Meringue Pudding & Pomegranate Margaritas Delicious links for 12.16.2011:
A homey pudding, bright red cocktails for the holidays and more in today's Delicious

On Keeping Food Scraps Out Of The Trash

On Keeping Food Scraps Out Of The Trash:
I love when an easy solution to a household problem is a green one. Recently a friend decided to start collecting kitchen scraps because they were growing mold in her trash can and attracting fruit flies. Not fun. She found herself having to take the trash out more often or she'd come home to

Spot of Tea: Numi Holiday Chai

Spot of Tea: Numi Holiday Chai:
From Drinks
[Photograph: Alice Gao]
I'm not in favor of holiday creep, but this spiced-up Assam tea has such a delicious winter-appropriate aroma that I'm almost feeling ready to deck the halls.
Cinnamon, ginger, anise, and cardamom come together with brisk, malty tea flavors for a spicy, eye-opening cup. It's bold without being bitter, and the gingery spice lingers in your mouth. It's more gingery than peppery—perfect for sipping with a gingerbread cookie. You could add some steamed milk and sugar for added richness, and to mellow it out a bit, but those who enjoy spicy chai will like this tea as-is, whether they are ready to hang up the stockings or not.
Numi also makes a rooibos-based herbal version of this tea.
Are you a chai tea drinker? Do you have a favorite brand?
$3.50 to $6.99, available online and at grocery stores. Sample provided for review.


Macworld readers' pumpkin carvings: Remembering Macworld Readers' landmark

Chili...or Chicken Noodle: What's Your Favorite Soup?

Chili...or Chicken Noodle: What's Your Favorite Soup?:
We are equal-opportunity soup slurpers in my house. Simple vegetable soups, hearty chilis, and chowders rich with cream, they all have a place at our table. Having said this, we can't help but have our tried-and-true favorites. What

#143987 - Roasted Sweet Potato Coconut Soup

#143987 - Roasted Sweet Potato Coconut Soup:

Perfect warm-up for fall - Roasted Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup

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#143988 - Mexican Chipotle Spiced Sweet Potatoes

#143988 - Mexican Chipotle Spiced Sweet Potatoes:

Yams and cinnamon bring the sweet; chipotle powder and cayenne pepper bring the heat.

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#143990 - Vegan Pumpkin Pie Overnight Cereal

#143990 - Vegan Pumpkin Pie Overnight Cereal:

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Overnight Cereal + I need your help

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#143996 - Crispy Squid with Garlic Mayonnaise

#143996 - Crispy Squid with Garlic Mayonnaise:

Crispy Squid with Garlic Mayonnaise - toCrispy Squid with Garlic Mayonnaise - toss everything in a zip lock bag and you're half way there!

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#143998 - Roasted Heirloom Baby Carrots

#143998 - Roasted Heirloom Baby Carrots:

Roasted heirloom baby carrots - a flavorful side dish for the fall season

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