IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF YOU AIN’T GOT THAT CLING


When it comes to pretty presentations for baked goods…I am familiar with fancy doilies:

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And more recently I have been introduced to “cake plate clings” — which are liners that are intended to dress up cake stands and serving dishes:

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But I had not heard of…MONOGRAMMED cake plate clings:

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Now this is something that I HAD TO HAVE!

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Exclusively from WH Hostess, they are available in a rainbow of assorted colors:

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…and a variety of punchy patterns (are those Goyard and Kelly Wearstler inspired “clings” that I spy?):

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These “couture” liners certainly take pastries to new heights.  They are washable, reusable and can be purchased in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Clearly, no home is complete without one!  While you are stocking up on this bespoke bakeware, some other sweet packaging options that might strike your fancy:

Lovely bakery boxes

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Which can be secured with your favorite shade of Divine Twine:

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And sealed with a personalized sticker for a special presentation.

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Colorful “loaf pans“…for petite carrot cakes or banana breads.  These are also large enough for a hot dog or for individual, small lunches at a child’s birthday party.

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Gift boxes and bags:

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Which would be so cute for Easter treats with the addition of a bunny or egg shaped tag.

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Special cupcake toppers:

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Colorful liners:

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And cheerful gable boxes to deliver the cupcakes to their lucky recipients:

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This is the signature packaging of Sweet, one of my favorite cupcake shops in Boston:

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Berry baskets — which are also perfect for Easter treats or for serving sandwiches at rustic or garden themed parties:

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I served chili pepper shaped sugar cookies in ceramic versions of these baskets at a chili cook off that I hosted.

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“Milk and Cookies” can be elevated to a truly sophisticated snack with these delightful mini milk jugs.  I love these – paired with your favorite cookies – for a late night party favor!  Or, set them out with a selection of small cereal boxes when you’re hosting a sleepover…or pack them along for breakfast on the go.

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Finally, don’t underestimate the versatility of mason jars.  At my “Mom’s Arts & Craft’s Camp” party I served “S’mores” in them:

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And, following my neighbor’s creative lead, I used them to package homemade granola and, of course, jams:

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You can dress the jars up with ribbons, fabric and stickers but there is also a darling pre-fab kit available on Shop Sweet Lulu to make life a little easier:

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If you’re going to have the prettiest presentation in town AND put your initials on your baked goods (!!!) — said treats had better be tasty.  To unleash your inner Betty Crocker, try celebrated baker John Baricelli’s new book: The Seasonal Baker.  Or, if you are pressed for time, just pick up a selection of beautiful baked goods from his always inviting SoNo Baking Company.

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Another great bet for recipes is: “Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe.”  Flour Bakery – with its original location in Boston’s South End- is always brimming with nostalgic treats such as banana bread, homemade cream filled doughnuts and spectacular sticky buns. Owner Joanne Chang majored in Economics at Harvard and eschewed a career in consulting to pursue her passion for baking.  I can personally attest that she has found her calling!

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Last but not least, so that you don’t think that I am holding out on you…I am including my Aunt Peggy’s homemade granola recipe.  This a great granola and is a terrific alternative for children with nut allergies.  My son is allergic to nuts and we stick to adding our favorite dried fruit…but you can certainly add whatever you like.

Enjoy your sweet and stylish creations!

xo,

Cath

 

Aunt Peggy’s Granola

Line a cookie sheet (with sides) with foil and spray lightly with a non-stick baking spray.

In a glass measuring cup, melt 1/2 stick of butter in the microwave.  Add 1/4 cup honey and 1 tsp vanilla.  Stir together.

In a large bowl, mix 2 cups old fashioned oats,
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbps wheat germ
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
When combined, add liquid mixture and toss until coated.
Spread flat onto pan
Bake at 325  for 8 minutes — then mix the granola around to make sure it is baking evenly
Bake for another 8 minutes — some granola should be getting darker around the edges of the pan.  Take granola out and let it cool for at least one hour (a lengthy cooling time generally results in crispier granola).  Break granola into clumps and add dried fruit and/or nuts.  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

 



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