Welcome Spring! We're so happy you've arrived, though in some parts of the country (and world) it may a reality only on the calendar. Despite what the thermometer or forecast might report, we know that your arrival is a promise of warmer days to come!
Just when it seems the winter will never end and we'll be layering sweaters, coats, hats scarves, etc. forever - suddenly spring sneaks in. Without warning, tiny, almost imperceptible buds begin to appear on long barren branches. Crocus and daffodil shoots, a wonderful sight for winter-sore eyes, can be spotted here and there, magically emerging from the seemingly dead earth. Sweet sounds of songbirds begin to fill the morning spaces and spring rains create a delicious, earthy perfume that isn't replicated in any other season.
Scott and I spent a few days this week vacationing with friends on Bald Head Island, a beautiful little getaway destination just off the coast of North Carolina. It's a bit warmer there, as it's a couple hundred miles south of our home in Raleigh, so we saw lots of lovely signs of spring; with redbuds, daffodils and rosemary blooming as we biked and explored the island. Of course, Scott had his camera in tow everywhere we went!
With spring comes all sort of special occasions; like Easter, Mother's Day, graduations, showers for June weddings, etc. And special occasions always call for extra special desserts. Thought I'd share a few of our favorite sweet treats for springtime.
Carrot Cake Bars - you'll flip twice for these amazing delights; first, when you see how super-easy these delicious bars are to make, and second, when you discover what the secret ingredient is! When I first made these bars, I gave a pan of them to my daughter and asked her to let me know if they were, "blog worthy" she texted me later that day; "110% blog worthy!"
Poppy Seed Citrus Tea Cake - everyone seems to love this yummy loaf cake with a delicious double glaze. It's perfect for snacks, brunch, dessert or just when you have a need for something sweet and full of citrusy spring sunshine!
Chocolate Pots de Créme - every recipe round up needs to have something decadent and chocolatey. These French-inspired little desserts are so easy, and come together (minus refrigerator time) in less than 10 minutes. There's an optional (but heavenly) Mint Basil Syrup that can be drizzled over the top to add a delicious freshness.
Key Lime Tarts with Coconut-Pecan Crust - if you're a key-lime lover, you'll go CRAZY over these. It's a classy step up from your ordinary key lime pie.
Lemon Chess Tart with Shortbread Crust - the fresh taste of lemon always seems to shout "spring!" to me. This tart is an updated version of a wonderful, but simple "generational" family recipe and it's simply delicious! Honestly, this one of my favorite desserts ever!
So there you have it! Five Delicious Springtime Desserts for your upcoming celebrations. They can all be made in advance and are definitely crowd pleasers. Bon Appetit and Happy Spring!
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