Your online baking classes can come in handy during the month of June as you put your skills to use making some fun dishes. Your annual calendar, believe it or not, is dotted with numerous national food holidays, some of which are more obscure than others. Finish off June or prepare for next year by whipping up delicious desserts for one of the following five holidays:
1. Applesauce cake day
Bring together two beloved treats on June 6: applesauce and cake. This confection is moist, dense and delicious, and is the perfect way to practice those baking skills. To make this treat, use a traditional cake batter, but swap the eggs for applesauce. The texture and moisture content is a great alternative to eggs and allows you to create an egg-free cake. Your batter should also include cloves and cinnamon. You can choose to add raisins and chopped walnuts as well.
2. Peanut butter cookie day
This holiday occurs annually on June 12 and features peanut butter cookies, a favored American treat. These cookies are incredibly simple to make, but are sure to please the taste buds of anyone who eats them. Use a basic cookie dough recipe, but add peanut butter. You can choose chunky or creamy, depending on whether or not you’d like a little texture in your treat.
3. Cherry tart day
Tarts are delicate and delicious desserts that come in numerous varieties. Every June 18, people across the U.S. enjoy a cherry version of this much-loved dessert. Start by making the crust as you would for any other pie. Then create a delectable filling. You can combine several types of cherries from tart to Bing. Consider including pistachios for added texture and flavor. You’ll also need cherry preserves, almond extract and lemon peel to complete the filling.
4. Chocolate eclair day
These long and thin desserts are stuffed with custard and totally irresistible. Bakers all over America will be making them on June 22 in honor of the national holiday. Eclairs are a more complicated confection than the aforementioned desserts, so be sure to practice your baking technique. There are four parts to a successful eclair: the custard, pastry, egg wash and glaze.
5. Almond buttercrunch day
Food holidays take a departure from baking on June 29 to bring you almond butter crunch. This delightful candy combines butter, sugar and almonds – easy right? Heat the three ingredients together in a saucepan until the mixture reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit, then let it cool on a cookie sheet.