Back to School!

Start the school year off right with a pencil cake.  These little guys are so fun and your kids will love them too!  

Build Your Own Churro Bar

This was such a fun part of a recent event I catered.  It was a mexican themed book club for teenage girls and we did a “build your own churro bar” which was so much fun and interactive, not to mention very easy!

Healthy Banana Chocolate Baklava Recipe

This is a delicious and very healthy dessert idea derived from a recipe from UCSD’s cancer cooking class.  Instead of layering each piece of phyllo dough with melted butter which is typical in a traditional baklava we use canola oil spray.

 

Ingredients:
2 bananas cut in slices
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoon brown sugar
4 ounces dark chocolate
1 package phyllo dough you will use 6 sheets (cover with damp paper towel when using)
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
Canola oil spray
Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

Slice banana and mix with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Chop chocolate and set aside in another bowl.  On a kitchen towel place one sheet of the phyllo dough.  Spray with canola oil and sprinkle a teaspoon of chopped pistachios.  Repeat 5 times giving you a total of 6 sheets of phyllo dough.  Arrange banana mixture horizontally, on the lower third of the phyllo, leaving a 1 inch border on both sides (You are mimicking how sushi is made).  Top the bananas with the chopped chocolate and the rest of the nuts.  Fold the sides up on top if the bananas (only 1 inch).  Take the edge of the towel where the bananas are and fold the bottom over the bananas and roll up to make a log.

Transfer, seam side down to a baking sheet lined with parchment and spray the top with canola oil.  Cut  the log every two inches half way down the baklava  (make sure you do not cut all the way through).  Bake in the oven until golden, about 12-15 minutes.  Cool and dust with powdered sugar.

Restaurant Review: Plum’s

Plum’s Cafe is located in Costa Mesa and is one of my favorite breakfast spots.  Typically they are famous for their breakfast, but now are open for dinner.  Breakfast is still my preference to enjoy the spinach and feta cheese omelet and the raspberry pancakes with vanilla cream.  Their scones are also to die for offering flavors such as boysenberry, lemon poppyseed and maple.  There most popular item is their dutch baby which is a deep dish pancake skillet.  My boyfriend and I usually share and enjoy every last bite!

Next time you are looking for a great breakfast spot, check out Plum’s Cafe!


369 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 548-7586
Open Weekdays 7am-3pm; Weekends 8am-3pm