Monday, April 22, 2013

Treat of the Week: A Light Springtime Meal






Nothing hits the spot more, sometimes, than a Mexican-inspired meal. Pork loin flavored with cumin and a brown gravy with onions lime, lime zest, black beans and corn makes a great burrito. Add rice seasoned with lime zest, sauteed onions, parsley and tumeric with some freshly made guacamole, sour cream and a side of asparagus topped with compound butter and you've got a flavorful, filling, but light springtime meal.







And for dessert...why not have the perfect coffee cake? With a light, fluffy texture and a crunchy praline topping, this coffee cake is a great alternative to heavier, frosted pastries. If you’re a fan of pralines, you’ll really like this.

This gorious coffee cake is topped by a thick crust of brown sugar, pecans, bourbon and chocolate chips. The result of a carefully-timed tanning session under the broiler, the praline topping is bursting with a rich caramel flavor—accented by the creaminess of chocolate chips. The secret, according to my mother, is to put the chocolate chips on the cake at the last minute so that they retain their structure, but become soft as they absorb the sugars around them.

This blending of textures makes for an exciting piece of cake! Served with stiffly whipped cream, this is a treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea and makes a wonderful after-dinner bit of sweetness or, even, a perfect breakfast pick-me-up. How could a day be bad when you start it with a gorgeous, big hunk of cake?





12 comments:

Angelo said...

Yaya. I would eat that.

Doug said...

Loos really good. I think I would love a piece of that cake.

Sam P said...

I'm going to go out for Mexican tonight. I'm inspired. Too bad there's no where to get some of that cake,

Barb said...

Talk about perfect.

Beth Ann said...

I never had pork burritos. Tonight, I'll try this. Wish I had some cake.

Renee said...

This is my kind of meal. Again such a beautiful job.

Book Gurl said...

Everythiing your mom makes always looks so much better than anything I ever make.

Matty said...

Great Texas-style meal just like my mama makes, too. That cake is a Southern treat too. Love it!

April said...

Beautiful!

Carolyn said...

Your mother is the Queen of Yumsy Land.

Gregg said...

I bet the cake is really good.

Kathy said...

Wow! Good idea!