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Blue Diamond is my Golden Egg, or How I Made an Easter Coffeecake Using Coffee Almonds

Alexandra Williams, MA

Disclosure:I have been a long-time fan of Blue Diamond almonds. Because of this, I was asked to write a sponsored post for them. My opinions are all my own, as are my recipe fails & successes. You are welcome to both!

Golden Beehive Bread

Golden Beehive Basket with Golden Eggs (Bacon Buns)

Two baking events occurred recently. One: my brother-in-law gave me a bread cookbook that had been my older sister’s. Two: Blue Diamond sent me a package of almonds and crackers.

To honor my sister’s love of baking, I decided to use some of the recipes for our family’s Easter get-together. My way of choosing recipes seems to follow a specific pattern of questions I ask myself:

* what recipe looks potentially tasty for whomever the bread is intended
* what ingredients do I have in the house (or am I trying to use up), and
* do I have the skills (or time) for that recipe?

Easter Bake-A-Thon Time

Since I had lots of ingredients in the house, and a variety of people coming, I chose the most time-consuming, foolish, logical path and decided to make five different items in one day!

pic of Onion-Nut, and Multi-Grain bread

Top: Onion Bread
Bottom: Multi-Grain Whole Wheat

 

Lithuanian Ausytes: Bacon, and Jam filled

Ausytes: Lithuanian Jam Buns

 

Bacon Buns

Ausytes: Lithuanian Bacon Buns

 

 

Easter bread basket, also known as golden beehive

Beehive Bread – Turn it upside down – Voila: Easter Basket

Blue Diamond Coffee Almonds

Add to Brown Sugar & Cinnamon and Chop to Make Coffeecake Topping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll focus on the coffeecake, as that’s the one where I felt super relatively creative when I switched out some of the chopped plain almonds for the Blue Diamond coffee almonds in the topping. If you like coffee or mocha, you might try this idea in some of your recipes.

Even though it was more work than I anticipated (it always is), I am so glad I went to the trouble of baking so many things from my sister’s cookbook. She died 8 years ago, and I think and hope it made my brother-in-law happy to see her love of baking passed along through her book. Blue Diamond’s theme for the Spring is “Get Your Good Going,” and my way of doing that was to show love to my family through my baking creations.

My sister would have especially enjoyed the beehive basket. Even more so, she would have enjoyed watching my boys hunt for their Easter baskets. When we were kids, she’d bribe us to find her basket for her. For her, the thrill was definitely NOT in the hunt. She just wanted the candy.

P.S. The golden egg in this story is the cookbook, as every single thing I made turned out perfectly. There is no goose or moral, except the one that comes right… about… now…
However you show love, do that today.

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21 Responses to Blue Diamond is my Golden Egg, or How I Made an Easter Coffeecake Using Coffee Almonds

  1. Jody - Fit at 56 April 24, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    I wish I had been there to eat all that yumminess!!!! I have to find those almonds – have not tried the coffee – a must! :) Very creative Alexandra!!!!
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    • AlexandraFunFit April 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      I have seen them on occasion in our local Safeway/ Vons, Jody. And as a coffee lover, you might also like the mocha (if you also like chocolate).
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  2. Natalie J Vandenberghe April 24, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    I’ve never even heard of Coffee Almonds! I think they sound delicious and I would love them!

  3. Yum Yucky April 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Bread porn! I just had an eyeball-gasm from viewing the deliciousness. ahhhhh…..
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    • AlexandraFunFit April 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      hahahahah. Yes, bread porn it is. That is the feeling I get when I see bread & pictures of bread. My sister simply doesn’t understand. As to the coffeecake, it’s long gone.
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  4. Sharon Greenthal April 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    That beehive bread looks killer!!
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  5. Rena McDaniel April 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    What a wonderful way to honor your sisters memory!
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  6. Carol Cassara April 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    I wish I could eat nuts, they sound terrific!
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  7. Jody - Fit at 56 April 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    PS: HUGE HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  8. Kathy April 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Need to try the coffee almond nuts and it sounds like a great ingredient in coffee cake. Have to say the Bacon Buns look delicious. Thanks for sharing

  9. Kathy Radigan April 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Coffee almond nuts! Wow, can’t think of anything too much better!
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  10. Karen @BakingInATornado April 27, 2014 at 5:01 am #

    What a beautiful job you did with all of your baking. I am a believer that cooking and baking for people is a form of showing love. I think that using your sister’s recipes were a beautiful way to honor her. I hope you have them well preserved and they continue to make their way through your family.
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  11. Janie Emaus April 27, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    I’m not a baker, but these look delicious.

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