Chocolate Rolls With Roasted Strawberry Sauce Recipe

Are you ready for a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe? Hi everyone, it’s here with a new recipe for you to indulge in. I suppose after a festive period like Easter, where chocolate is the key player, something healthy should be in order, but these breakfast rolls are just a little too good not to share, and I can promise they will soothe your soul. I have been traveling like mad recently with quite a few journeys still planned in the coming months. As much as I love and thrive during travels, I have been longing for the comfort of my own walls and have been savoring every minute I get to be home these days. Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Very few things make me feel at home after travels more than the scent of fresh pastry, slowly finding it’s way to every corner of the house. Whenever I’m back, I spend every morning baking. These chocolate rolls have become sort of a tradition to be the very first thing I make, but then again chocolate is the answer to everything in my world. The weather has also been very generous of late and we got to have our first “al fresco” breakfast this weekend, dipping hot chocolate rolls into roasted strawberry sauce with a wonderful mountain view. If there is a breakfast heaven, I’m sure this was pretty close to it.

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

A word must be said about the roasted strawberry sauce. The taste of fresh strawberries we are getting here still leaves quite a bit to be desired so slowly roasting them, not only concentrates their flavor, but also leaves a bit of freshness. In short, they are the perfect companion for the gooey chocolate-filled rolls to savor precious moments.

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Ingrediants 5 tablespoons/ 75 g butter, softened 2 tbsp sugar pinch of salt 1 cup / 250 ml milk 0.25oz/7 g instant yeast 15.8 oz/450 g all purpose flour 1 egg 1 tbsp water Filling 6 tbsp/90g butter, softened 6 tbsp light brown sugar 3 tbsp raw cacao powder ½ cup chopped dark chocolate Roasted strawberry sauce 2 cups quartered strawberries 2 tbsp light brown sugar 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out

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Process Sift flour, sugar, salt and yeast together. Warm the milk till it is just luke warm (anything more will kill the yeast). Stir the milk into the dry ingredients, using a mixer will speed things up here, if you prefer. Continue to knead the dough adding a few cubes of butter at a time. If the dough is too wet, add more flour. Continue to knead the dough till it no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, about 5-8 minutes. Cover with a damp towel, place in a warm spot and allow rising for about an hour, till double in size. You can make the chocolate rolls directly or if making the dough the evening before, place it in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 120C/250F. Dust some flour on clean surface for rolling, give the dough a quick knead, then roll out a rectangle. Combine butter with cocoa and sugar and spread onto the dough, sprinkle the chocolate on top. Next roll and slice the dough, arrange in a buttered tin, cover with a tea towel and allow proofing for another hour. While the dough is proofing, toss the strawberries with sugar and vanilla in an ovenproof bowl and roast for about an hour, then blend. Preheat the oven to 230C/445F. Beat egg with water and brush the rolls and bake for 10-12 minutes. Serve warm with roasted strawberry sauce.

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

I'll see you back here on April 27 with another delicious recipe, so nice to visit you here today! -

(Photography, Styling, Text, Recipe: Gintare Marcel. Editor: Holly Becker)

DIY Candle Holders From Furniture Legs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs

I'm particularly excited to share a fun DIY project with you today, to kick off the week, because it's a quick and effective one... You can't go wrong! In fact, the results are also comparable to what you can find in the design stores. I'm always on a look out for interesting objects that could be repurposed and transformed into something else. I look at everything with curious eyes, "Hmmmm... What could this become?". This time I tried using my imagination with wooden furniture legs. I spotted them in a local hardware store and instantly fell in love with their shape. I knew they could become something fun and useful and then, the idea of candle holders came to mind.

What I really like about them is that they are stylish but don'’t try to look too fancy. They are great both for special occasions like holidays and birthdays, and casual Saturday dinners with friends. I like the look of raw wood, however if you prefer more finished look, you can paint them in your favorite colors. I kept two raw and painted one with white paint.

SUPPLY LIST (for raw, add paint and a brush if you intend to paint them) - 3 different sizes (shape and color) of wooden furniture legs - A drill - Screwdriver - Golden metal wire - Golden curtain ring for decoration (and wood glue)

Agata Dimmich for cattledogs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs

HOW TO: 1. Some furniture legs already have screws inside so you will need to take them out before drilling - I've used a screwdriver for this, but depending on the leg you might find other tools more useful. 2. Once the screws are out, drill holes in the legs, big enough to hold your candles. I recommend checking (keep trying to fit the candle) while you drill to make sure the hole is not too big. 3. Wash all 3 legs well (to remove the dust from drilling) and wait for them to dry. 4. I have decorated one of the candle holders with a golden metal wire and glued a golden curtain ring on top of the other with hardware glue, however this step is optional.

Agata Dimmich for cattledogs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs

That's it! I can't tell you how much I love the atmosphere created with candlelight. I have a lot of candle holders at home, including some pricey ones by favorite design firms, but right now these three are my absolute favorites! So little money and time, yet so much happiness!

How do you like this idea? Is it your kind of DIY? Wish you all a beautiful day with lots of creative energy! See you here again with my next DIY column on May 9th!

Love, .

(Photography, DIY Idea, Styling, Text: Agata Dimmich, Editor: Holly Becker)

White Chocolate + Passionfruit Cheesecake Recipe

Hi everyone! It's and this month I'm sharing a super simple, but impressive White Chocolate and Passionfruit Cheesecake. This recipe was inspired by my recent trip to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland (on the East Coast of Australia) a couple of weeks ago with my family. We stayed right on and enjoyed a week that felt much like summer. The sun in the Northern parts of Australia rises and sets quite differently to how it does in Melbourne, and it would poke its rays above the horizon just a little after 5.30am. I am usually not a morning person, but the lure of golden rays dancing over the breaking waves at dusk was just too enticing. Every morning I strolled down to the beach with my camera in hand and soaked up the sun as it shone on my face. I watched the surfers catch a break or two before they headed to work, fisherman trying their luck knee deep in the surf and others just simply there to enjoy the sound of the ocean. Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

This recipe was inspired by that and I'd like to show you how to make it. But first, for the passionfruit topping, you can either use fresh passionfruit, (maybe you even have some growing in your garden?), or you can opt for the quick and dirty passionfruit pulp with syrup in a can. The tinned variety will spread easier onto the top of the cake, however a little bit of orange juice added to fresh pulp should help break it up a little. A thin layer will look more appealing for serving.

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If you’d prefer to have a more traditional cheesecake look by just using the biscuit mixture for the base, you can halve all of the base ingredients I've listed below. A spring form pan is such a lifesaver for a recipe like this so if you don’t have one, please change that! I’m known to take shortcuts whenever I can, and there is nothing worse than buying all of the ingredients, prepping and cooking only to find the cake is stuck in the tin! Trust me, I have been there many times (and I am food photographer, but we all have to learn the hard way I guess!).

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Food for me is as much about colour as it is taste. When a dish is bright and fun, it only adds to the experience. Blue skies and sun filled days are ahead for a lot of you (lucky readers!) and I hope this dish makes it onto your as the warmer weather approaches.

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Ingredients BASE 2 1/2 cups Butter Snap biscuits (or any light coloured biscuit), crushed 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 shredded coconut 100g butter, melted 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

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Cheesecake Filling 500g cream cheese, softened and cubed 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 teaspoons gelatine, (dissolved in boiling water and allowed to cool slightly) 200g white chocolate, melted 1 cup cream Topping + Garnish 1/2 cup passionfruit pulp, (or passionfruit pulp + syrup) Mint to garnish

Method Using a spring form cake tin, 20cm, lightly grease and line with baking paper. In a bowl, combine the crushed biscuits, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, coconut, melted butter and coconut oil. Press into the tin so there is a thin layer at the bottom and around the sides. Freeze for 20-30 mins to set. Remove.

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Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, sugar and orange zest with an electric mixer until smooth and combined. Add the white chocolate and cream. Stir in the gelatine (whilst warm and still dissolved but not boiling). Pour the cheesecake mixture into the base. Allow to set in the fridge for at least three hours or overnight. Once ready to serve, top with passionfruit pulp and a few sprigs of mint.

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

I hope you love this recipe and will make it! I'll meet you back here on May 4th with another recipe from my kitchen. Take care and enjoy!- .

(Photography, Styling, Text, Recipe: Rachel Korinek/Two Loves Studio. Editor: Holly Becker)

Home Tour: Colorful + Chic Family Home In Nashville

Hey readers, how are you? I always love when I get fan mail, especially from a part of the world that I know well since I was raised in South Carolina... I heard from a lovely designer from the south, only in Nashville, who wanted to share her home with me and of course, all of you. After checking it out, I instantly agreed because it's colorful, happy, family-friendly and filled with gorgeous pattern and texture. I also spotted a ton of great decor ideas so as you study each photo, try to play interiors editor in your mind and pull out a few ideas that you spot. Principal interior designer Jessica Davis and her team are creative minds behind the thriving  firm, a residential and commercial interior design company with a special focus on creating functional, interesting spaces in chic contemporary and retro styles, blending both style and comfort. If I could put "the south" into a box I would title it "style and comfort" now that I think of it because southern homes are known for being very stylish, whether it be over-the-top old south or a more modern preppy style, it's still got a certain gloss that feels so very southern. Comfort is another hallmark of southern design. Texture, lush materials, squashy seating, lounging on the front porch in a hammock... See what I mean? home_nashville

So let's get started with this ginormous home tour today. I asked interior designer and homeowner Jessica to walk us through each room and share what she loves and so I've inserted her comments below. The photos were all taken by . There are many photos below so grab a cup of tea and relax for a moment as you're about to go on a little journey into a sunny and very charming family space. Oh and make sure you check Jessica out in her roller skates. That is definitely my favorite photo from the bunch!

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"My living room really supports intimate conversation and reading books with the children. I enjoy the slip covered sofa because it allows me to easily wash when needed."

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2nd floor hall "This is actually a shot of an area in our entry. I love having the bench there to catch a jacket or a place to sit and put on my shoes."

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chair2 "It was imperative for me to create family room that we could all enjoy. My boys are very young and I want them to feel like they are welcome to play throughout our home. I needed to mix and balance mature textures like the leather and seagrass and layer those with the more playful patterns and textures found in the hop scotch rug and bright pillows."

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"The blue patterned rug in our dining room was really important to ground the other pieces in the room. The vintage Superman topped it off!"

 

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"I love the clean white palette in our kitchen and unexpected pops of color and mmix of materials like the butcher block island and glass globe fixtures."

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"In the bathroom, I love the contrast between the rustic vanity and chic fixtures and finishes."

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JD Room 2Jessica Davis's room

 

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"I love having the antique pieces in my bedroom that tell a story from my family’s history. The rocker and the vanity are both heirlooms."

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"I like to do neutral/ monochromatic for children, especially when they are young. I find it helps create a calming environment and promotes sleep. My son and I enjoy a book before bed each night in the rocker in his room".

Davis has been featured on , and and for good reason, what lovely glimpses of her well curated and very organized and chic home! Thank you for sharing this tour with us today on cattledogs!

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Decorate With Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

April is here! Hello dear cattledogs readers, this is with some fresh tabletop ideas for you today. I am already dreaming of rela on a green summer meadow which is why I've decided to create a green garland for my table theme this month. Everything else was inspired by my garland which was made using several branches of my all-time favorite eucalyptus and shepherd's purse along with white wax flowers and tender pink flowering boronia anemonifolia (called "Duftsternchen" here in Germany).

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But first things first – I wove a long braid out of raffia which served as a basis. Next, I attached the shorter branches and flowers in small bundles, overlapping them as I secured to the raffia with wire. I suggest choosing flowers that can do without water for a few hours, otherwise your garland may look wilted once guests arrive! This is one reason why I use and suggest eucalyptus as a base. In the image above I have shown it on my wall but you can also lay it down the center of your table as you can see below.

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I've used large, flat bowls from Nordic Sand series because I love their surface, rustic look and organic shape. In my opinion, they are just perfect to beautifully present food especially pasta but also lush green salads! Just in time for spring, I served a lukewarm pasta salad made using chopped smoked salmon, green peas, sliced baby pickles, chopped apple, sour cream dressing and a lot of dill! This delicious recipe comes from magazine. Just my taste!

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As a Welcome to my guests (and to the brand new month of April) I placed small printed, green marbled cards on everyone's plate. Tender patterned napkins (from ) took my garland theme up a notch and the trendy brass cutlery added a little glamour to the decoration.

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Finally, a promise – no more eucalyptus when I see you again in May! Instead, I'll develop a tabletop theme focusing on color and lush blooms. I'm looking forward to this already! I'll meet you back here with that column on May 2 so stay tuned.  Have a beautiful and hopefully sunny month of April everyone! Love -

(Photography, Styling: Anke Illner. Editor: Holly Becker)

Shop: Affordable Art By Leslie Weaver
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I realized today that my blog lost a little of that special something when I stopped blogging so much about the products I love. I dunno, I just stopped and the blog changed focus from being largely product and home tour driven to a tighter and more reliable format of stories you can count on each week from DIY to recipes and yeah, still home tours... And you guys love those stories and so do I.... But what about products - like the things I love and find and can't stop talking about to my friends during coffee breaks on weekends? That's the stuff I want to know about and see so why wouldn't you? So each week I will have a shop post like this one where I highlight a great find that deserves to be in the spotlight. This week, it's colorful affordable art by American artist (mostly originals!) that I'm deliriously crushing on. Take a look... art2_weaver

You can buy her work in her , so definitely head over there to see her dozens of works. Here are some more of my favorites from her portfolio below...

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"Creativity has always been a part of my life. As I child, I would spend hours drawing faces and figures. I paint because it makes me happy and my desire is to share that happiness and a piece of myself with others.  I am drawn to vibrant color, pattern, texture, fashion, design, quirky composition and global culture. I enjoy exploring various subject matter, but the female face is my most favorite muse. I've used a variety of mediums to create art but primarily work with acrylics. My art is constantly evolving as it is reflective of the many things that I find inspiring which is always changing. " - Leslie Weaver

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One of these on an art wall would look SO SO good.

(Artwork Copyright Leslie Weaver)