The Campanella – a Paloma Cocktail Variation

The Campanella is a delicious, Italian Paloma Cocktail Variation that is a little bitter and a little sweet – it’s the perfect cocktail to sip on this Cinco de Mayo and all throughout the summer.

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The Campanella - a Paloma Cocktail Variation - old fashioned glass of orange cocktail, another in the background, garnished with half a grapefruit wheel  

Margaritas are great, there’s a very good reason that they’re so popular – it’s a simple and delicious formula that will always be a good choice. But, why not shake things up a little (literally), and swap out your margarita this Cinco de Mayo for an amazing tequila cocktail that is just as easy and delicious, but a little bit different.

 The Campanella - a Paloma Cocktail Variation - two old fashioned glasses filled with orange cocktail, bottle of tequila is in the background on the right, a cut grapefruit and lime is in the background on the left

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The Best Recipes of 2016

15 of the most popular recipes in 2016!  Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

Giraffes Can Bake's Best of 2016 - 15 of the most popular recipes in 2016! Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

2016! What a year! There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but overall it’s been a pretty good year for me. I experimented a lot more with my second love, mixology, and you guys loved it as much as I did – 6 of the most popular recipes this year were cocktails! There will definitely be more to come in 2017, I can’t wait to get mixing! I also learned to bake gluten free, which was a big, and often frustrating, challenge but I mastered it in the end – 5 of the top 15 recipes were gluten free, I’m glad you liked them as much as I did!  Let’s take a look at the 15 recipes you loved the most in 2016, in no particular order…

  1. Gluten Free Cookie Dough Salted Caramel Brownie Bombs

Gluten Free Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel - These Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel are indulgence on top of decadence! Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough is dipped in salted caramel, then enclosed in chocolate salted caramel brownies, and dipped in chocolate. They're gluten free, so easy to make and absolutely to die for!

These were the first of gluten free baking successes – and it definitely started my 2016 gluten free baking with a delicious bang! They’re egg free cookie dough, dipped in salted caramel, wrapped in brownie and covered in chocolate! Holy awesomeness batman! I mean you can’t go wrong with these little balls of heaven, especially since they’re so easy to make!

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Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots

Layers of meringue, fresh whipped cream and berry compote make up these adorable Berry Eton Mess Dessert shots. These dessert shots are not only a treat for the eyes, they combine the deliciousness of Eton Mess with homemade berry compote all in one cute, individually portioned dessert! These little Eton Mess desserts only take 15 minutes hands on time to make, and they’re no bake – making them the perfect summer get together dessert!

Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots - The easiest, most delicious and cutest dessert you'll ever make! Layers of meringue, fresh whipped cream and berry compote make up these delicious Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots - the perfect, easy summer dessert for Fourth of July!

Watch me and Betty from Slow The Cook Down make it together

 

Phew! What a crazy few weeks it has been over on the British side of the pond! Whether you live in the UK or not, I’m sure you’ve not been able to avoid all the drama surrounding the UK’s decision to leave the EU! It’s not the smartest decision the country has ever made as a country, but I think we’ve all heard enough about that! And I have the perfect post-Brexit treat for you all today – it’s delicious, it’s adorable, it’s no bake and it really couldn’t be easier. Seriously, I’m fairly certain these Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots are the easiest recipe on the blog to date!

They take 15 minutes hands on time to make (I say “hands on” as the berry compote does need extra time to cool, but if you make that a day in advance you’re laughing!). What could be better than this? A dessert that will impress even the fussiest of guests that takes you almost zero effort? I think we all need more of that in our lives!

Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots - The easiest, most delicious and cutest dessert you'll ever make! Layers of meringue, fresh whipped cream and berry compote make up these delicious Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots - the perfect, easy summer dessert for Fourth of July!

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Rhubarb and Apricot Crumble

This Rhubarb and Apricot Crumble is a summery, comforting dessert with tangy rhubarb, sweet apricots and a crunchy, buttery crumble topping. This is a really easy dessert to throw together, with the flavours of summer and perfect for big crowds. Serve with ice cream or custard for a real treat.

Rhubarb and Apricot Crumble - a really easy summer dessert, with tangy rhubarb, sweet apricots and a crunchy, buttery crumble topping. All the flavours of summer, with a comforting satisfaction.

Crumbles aren’t usually what come to mind when you think of summer desserts, the warm fruit and buttery topping have the comforting vibes you want on a chilly night. But when you throw in some classic summer fruits, you bring it into the sunny season and look at it in a whole new way – or at least I do! This Rhubarb and Apricot Crumble is full of sweet and tangy flavours that just taste like summer. Serving it with a huge scoop of ice cream always helps too.

Rhubarb and Apricot Crumble - a really easy summer dessert, with tangy rhubarb, sweet apricots and a crunchy, buttery crumble topping. All the flavours of summer, with a comforting satisfaction.

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Peaches ‘n’ Cream Margarita Popsicles

Creamy and fruity, with just a hint of tequila – these Peaches ‘n’ Cream Margarita Homemade Popsicles are really easy to make and are the perfect treat for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long!

Peaches 'n' Cream Margarita Popsicles -Creamy and fruity, with just a hint of tequila - these Peaches 'n' Cream Margarita Popsicles are really easy to make and are the perfect treat for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long!

So, I’m a bit late with this Cinco de Mayo recipe – since it’s tomorrow! Oops! Time just continues to get the better of me, but better late than never, right? And these amazing Peaches ‘n’ Cream Margarita Popsicles can be enjoyed all summer, hell, all year! They’re really easy to make with just a few ingredients, pop them in the freezer today and they’ll be ready to enjoy tomorrow!

Peaches 'n' Cream Margarita Popsicles -Creamy and fruity, with just a hint of tequila - these Peaches 'n' Cream Margarita Popsicles are really easy to make and are the perfect treat for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long!

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