Spring is our favorite time for get-togethers. There’s no need for tedious layers or car warm-ups, no time wasted on trying to mentally will ourselves out the door and into the cold, no getting discouraged by the early onset of night. Everything that required a write-up on a To Do list and a good dose of mental fortitude in the winter, suddenly transforms into a candy-colored breeze of an activity come spring. That includes hosting.
Spring visits from friends don’t require big, hearty meals to make up for the effort of travel. Sweet bites, paired with refreshing drinks, are more than enough to fuel long conversations on the porch or (in our big city/small apartment case) perched on the windowsill with one leg dangling rebelliously over the fire escape.
To stay visitor-ready, we make sure we have the key baking essentials (butter, eggs, sugar, flour) always stocked, and then swap whatever fruit we have on-hand into a set of trusty recipes. Don’t have your own go-to recipes yet? You’re in luck. This week, a few of our elite members shared their favorites. Let’s take a look at some of their suggestions.
“In the past we have made banana bread, apple bread, and cranberry bread. I love using whatever fruit is in season to bake a up a delicious loaf of bread. This spring, I have been seeing cartons of fresh, juicy strawberries at local farmer’s markets and I was inspired to try them in some baking” says Vicky P. on her blog, MessForLess.
That kind of willingness to improvise is exactly what we’re talking about!
Have blueberries on hand instead? Dorothy K. of Crazy for Crust just shared an [even-quicker] blueberry bread version! Take a peek at this drool-inducing creation.
As she points out, there are SO many brunches in the spring. “From Easter to Mother’s Day, Sunday brunch is a spring tradition. Blueberry bread is a great addition to any table.”
If you’re looking for something creamier, this lemony torte may soothe your cravings.
“The lemon torte definitely scratched my itch for something citrusy and wasn’t overly sweet. The cool whipped layers with that buttery crunchy crust was just perfect. Even better, the whole thing came together in just a few minutes. It’s the perfect buffet dessert to add to your spring party!” advised its creator Tiffany D. on her blog, Peanut Blossom.
What’s your spring hosting hack? Which of these creations are you most tempted to try? Are you also thinking about how good that bread recipe would be with some peaches added in? Tell us all your thoughts below!