11 Creative Toast Recipes Better Than Avocado

Whether you’re a jam-and-butter kind of person or an avocado toast apologist, it’s easy to take this simple snack from boring breakfast to full-on entree. Here, we rounded up 12 toast creations that are perfect for a weekend brunch, an indulgent breakfast, or even a take-to-work lunch.

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Summer Berry Tarts

It’s berry season again! I used blackberries, sunshine raspberries, strawberries and blueberries to make a colorful tart that is perfect for hosting. The crème patissiere filling gives it a soft center and the almond crust is an excellent vessel for this vibrant dessert.

Almond Crust:

  1. Cut 1/2 cup cold butter into small pieces and place in bowl. Or stand mixer with paddle attachment. Work butter to homogenize then add each ingredient fully before the next one: 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup ground almonds, pinch of salt, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 egg and 1 2/3 cup flour.
  2. When dough comes together, form a ball and place in fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Roll out dough into desired tart pan. Poke holes with fork.
  4. Place in preheated oven 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Crème Patisserie:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup milk to a boil over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk 3 egg yolks and 3 tbs sugar together in a small bowl. Add 3tbs flour, and mix until smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Thin egg-yolk mixture with approximately 1/4 cup of warm milk. When remaining milk begins to boil, add it to egg-yolk mixture, and stir well. Return to saucepan, and place over high heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until pastry cream thickens and boils, about 1 minute. (Turning the pan as you whisk helps to easily reach all areas of pan.)

  3. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, whisking constantly, until cream becomes shiny and easier to stir, about 2 minutes more. Pour into a bowl, and stir in vanilla. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming, and allow to cool.

 Fill tarts with crème patisserie once the crust is cool. Top with your favorite berries, nuts, honey or mint!

Rustic Apple Tartlets

This was my first “go” at creating a dessert for a wedding. These apple tarts made the perfect accompaniment to an adorable boho dessert spread. All you need is a few ingredients to make the easiest treat ever: puff pastry, Fiji apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Seasonal Fig Tart

This Fig Frangipane Tart brings all the sweetness of almond pastry crust, almond filling, and juicy figs together. See recipe below 👇🏼

Almond crust:
Cut 1/2 cup cold butter into small pieces and place in bowl. Or stand mixer with paddle attachment. Work butter to homogenize then add each ingredient fully before the next one: 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup ground almonds, pinch of salt, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 egg and 1 2/3 cup flour. When dough comes together, form a ball and place in fridge.

Frangipane Filling:
Mix 6 tbs softened butter with 1/2 cup sugar. Then add 2 eggs, 1 cup almond flour and 2 tbs regular flour.

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 365 degrees F.
Take crust dough out of fridge, roll out or press into tart pan. Poke holes with fork. Place in oven until edges are slightly hardened. Take out and fill with Frangipane filling. Place desired fruit on top. Bake until filling is slightly browned. Voila!

Healthy Juice Recipes to Make at Home

Is your juicing habit costing a small fortune? Try these easy recipes, and you’ll seriously reduce the cost on your healthy habit. Using seasonal fruits and veggies (and a blender or juicer), you can have your very own colorful drink at home that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients. Scroll through for 11 refreshing juice recipes that will have you feeling amazing inside and out.

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Summer Punches to Enjoy Poolside

Take refuge from the summer heat with fresh, fruity punches that will have you inspired to throw your own backyard fete. Whether you like wine sangrias, rum-infused cocktails, or blueberry spritzers, one of these party punches will surely appeal. Here, we rounded up the tastiest (and prettiest!) punches that are best enjoyed al fresco.

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