Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: CakeLove Healthy Bites by Warren Brown

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be here before you know it! We’re counting down the days, and soon, we’ll be Eating and Drinking our way Around the World with you guys!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

And recently, we shared a TON of info with you! We now know the full list of Booths, Menus, and Special Events. But best of all, we know booking dates! Mark you calendars for July 20!

We are still awaiting schedules for Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars, and Hand On Workshops, we’re sharing a closer look at some of the fantastic events that we enjoyed at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

While the Marketplace Booths are great for grazing and tasting food from all over the globe, we love the opportunity to take in Culinary Demonstrations — and possibly learn a little something new. In addition, it’s fun to check out suggested pairing. And you always leave a culinary demo armed with a brand new recipe.

Place Setting with Recipe

Place Setting with Recipe

This demo actually offered guests something a little different — a sweet treat that’s both delicious and healthy. Join us as we head into Festival Center to check out Chef Warren Brown on the Chef’s Showcase stage! [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Warm Wild Berry Buckle from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom right now, and this year The Berry Basket joined the Outdoor Kitchens.

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Berry Basket is the place for berry lovers, offering savory and sweet dishes! The Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet is one of our Best of the Fest! The warm cake topped with cool and spicy sorbet was amazing! [Read more…]

How to Make Mickey Waffles at Home!

Sometimes, nothing but a plate with This Guy on it will do. Yep. We’re talkin’ about a Mickey Waffle the size of your head.

Jumbo Mickey Waffle

Jumbo Mickey Waffle

Or do you prefer the Mini Version? So cute, I could just eat them up! (And I doooo!)

Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles!

Regardless of whether your tastes run to the Jumbo or the Mini, say it with me:

Mickey Waffles Are The Best Waffles.

And that’s why you want to — YOU NEED TO — make them at home. [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Hummingbird Cake from Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming in Disney Springs

Last summer, Chef Art Smith opened Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine in Disney Springs — and it quickly became one of our new favorite dining spots at Walt Disney World. The menu is full of Southern comfort foods including Church Lady Deviled Eggs, some of the best Fried Chicken we’ve ever tasted, and just-like-mom-used-to-make Macaroni and Cheese.

The dessert menu showcases several Southern specialties but two of the items absolutely stand out! When you’re there, you MUST try the Shine Cake and the Hummingbird Cake!

Disney Recipe for Hummingbird Cake from Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming in Disney Springs

Hummingbird Cake — Up Close

Today we have the recipe for the amazing Hummingbird Cake, a southern specialty combining a moist pineapple and banana cake with luxuriously thick cream cheese frosting!

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Disneyland Recipe: Warm Apple Butter Cake from Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel

SO excited about this perfect-for-winter recipe.

This time of year, where I come from, Apple is the King of Winter Flavors!

Warm Apple Butter Cake. ©Disney

Warm Apple Butter Cake. ©Disney

So I was super psyched to see this amazing recipe from Steakhouse 55.

Warm Apple Butter Cakes

Warm Apple Butter Cakes have it all — Caramelized Apples, moist Butter Cake, and a drizzle of Caramel Glaze spiked with Jack Daniels (!!) to top it all off. And what’s better? Since you make the cakes in individual portions, you don’t have to share. Sweet! [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Booth

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a great place to sample new and exciting food and drinks from around the world!

Every year at the Food and Wine Festival we find delicious dishes that keep us coming back for more. And since most of the menu items are only available at the Festival, we often find ourselves craving a particular dish in….oh, January. To help curb those cravings we love cooking up some of our favorite dishes at home.

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

Trying out a new recipe is always a fun excuse to have some friends over for a dinner party – think of it as your very own private Food and Wine Festival, without the crowds or the Florida heat and humidity.

Today’s recipe for Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Marketplace booth might look a bit daunting, but don’t let the list of spices for the Berbere Spice Mix deter you. If you aren’t up for that big of a challenge, you can find pre-made spice mix online (but we think homemade is better)! Invite some friends over, pop open a nice bottle of South African wine, and let’s get cooking!

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap

Africa Marketplace Booth
Serves 4

Ingredients: [Read more…]

Epcot Flower and Garden Recipe: Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans

We’re back with another delicious taste from the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

Flower and Garden Festival

With all that’s happening this Spring at Disney, you may have forgotten that the Festival is still going strong! Yep — there’s still time to see all of the beautiful flowers and informative exhibits in person. But even better — you can still get out there and experience the Outdoor Kitchens! [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Colcannon Soup from Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

It’s c-c-cold out there, and wouldn’t some buttery, creamy soup hit the spot? Here’s a great option from Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.

From their creamy Wild Forest Mushroom Chowder to their Potato Soup, every single soup I’ve tried at the Disney Springs hotspot has been incredible (mostly due to the copious amounts of butter and cream involved). And today, we’re sharing with you another must-have recipe.

Colcannon Potatoes — a traditional mixture of silky mashed potatoes and cabbage — are one of the classic Irish sides that you can enjoy at the Pub. But they also serve as inspiration for this warming Colcannon Soup.

Winter is with us for a few more months, so take the opportunity to whip up a batch of this indulgent soup for your next evening in. [Read more…]

Disney Holiday Recipe: Gingerbread Beignets

One of our favorite holiday flavors has to be gingerbread! Whether it’s in cookie form, or cake, or gelato, or even a life-size gingerbread display, it’s an obvious and beloved flavor of the season.

And as much as we love making cute little gingerbread people-shaped cookies, it’s always fun to try something new during your holiday baking session. So this year we’re going to make these Gingerbread Beignets.

The beignets are dusted with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar, but the Eggnog Crème Anglaise is a must as a dipping sauce!

This recipe hails from Cafe Orleans at Disneyland, where Gingerbread Beignets were available during the 2014 holiday season.

gingerbread beignets

Gingerbread Beignets from Disneyland ©Disney

The recipe calls for chilling the dough at least 4 hours or overnight, so plan your baking day accordingly!

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Disney Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot-Orange Sauce

When it comes to holiday dessert, the more pies the better we say!

Of course, as much as we love pie, it’s always fun to bring a new dessert to the table – especially at the holidays! And today we have the perfect holiday dessert to share with you.

This Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot Orange Sauce was featured at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival a few years ago, and we really enjoyed it.

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce

The recipe has a few steps, but it’s worth a little extra time in the kitchen!

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot Orange Sauce

Serves 6 to 8

Struesel

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted

Apricot-Orange Sauce
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup orange juice

Pumpkin Mousse
1 egg yolk or 1/4 cup pasteurized egg yolks
3/4 cup canned pumpkin pie filling
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream

Other ingredients:
Store-bought spice cake mix, prepared per package directions and cooled.
1/2 cup Ocean Spray Craisins

Instructions

For Streusel:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a sheet pan with foil and set aside.

2. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and stir until mixture is crumbly.

3. Pour onto prepared sheet pan and bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

4. Set aside to cool. Crumble into small pieces.

For Orange Sauce:

Combine apricot jam and orange juice in a medium bowl. Whisk together until smooth.

For Pumpkin Mousse:

1. Whisk egg yolk into pumpkin pie filling. Melt white chocolate chips in microwave or using a double boiler. Whisk melted chocolate chips into the pumpkin mixture.

2. Whip heavy cream to medium peaks. Gently fold whipped cream into pumpkin mixture.

To serve:

1. Cut spice cake into cubes. Place a dollop of mousse at the bottom of a serving dish. Top with cranberries and a drizzle of sauce.

2. Place a few cubes of cake over the mousse. Top with another layer of mousse, cranberries and sauce, then top with streusel.

This sounds like a great addition to your holiday meal! Will you be making this pumpkin mousse this holiday season? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!