Recipe: Tres Leches Cake

Mrs. Fields Secrets Tres Leche Cake
Cinco de Mayo is coming up next week and if you’re hosting a fiesta, we’ve got just the dessert to serve your guests. Traditional tres leche cake is simple, decadent and easy to make ahead of time, so it’s perfect for a busy host. The longer it sits soaking up the delicious three milks (evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and half-and-half), the better. Top it with freshly whipped cream, some toasted coconut and fresh strawberries and serve to adoring crowds.

Tres Leches Cake
adapted from Marcela Valladolid

1 1/2 cups  flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
2 cups heavy cream, divided
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup toasted coconut (for garnish)
fresh strawberries (for garnish)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray and flour a square baking pan, then line with parchment paper with plenty of overlap.
Stir the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl, then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until light and frothy. Gradually add the sugar and beat to stiff peaks, mixing all the while. Next beat in the yolks one at a time until each one has been incorporated into the batter. Add the flour mixture and the milk in portions, alternating back and forth a few times until complete.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a serving dish with at least a 1-inch lip. Use bamboo skewers or chopsticks to pierce the the cake all over, all the way through. In a medium bowl, whisk the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and 1 cup of the heavy cream together with the Grand Marnier. Pour the milk mixture evenly over the entire cake while still warm, then cover and refrigerate overnight or at least four hours.

Before serving, whip the remaining heavy cream with a pinch of powdered sugar until thick. Spread the whipped cream on top of the cake, then sprinkle with toasted coconut and serve with fresh strawberries.

Thanks for Teachers and Nurses

Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation are coming right up and we’ve got fabulous new gifts from Mrs. Fields to let them know just how special they are! Check out these new mouthwatering offerings…

Feel Better Bear

For the one who makes everyone feel better, day in and day out, our Feel Better Bear is always there for a supportive snuggle. Arriving with freshly baked treats, he’ll make a great addition to any Nurse’s Station.

Nurses Week Nibbler Tin

Whether you work daily with dedicated nurses, or had them make a difference during a particular period of time, our Nurses Week Nibbler Tin is a great way to treat a nursing staff who’s gone above and beyond.

Personal Nurses Week Tin

And maybe there is one special nurse who needs to be thanked in a more individual way. Our Personal Nurses Week Tin is just the ticket.

Teacher’s Appreciation Basket

Every teacher deserves an apple and this Teacher’s Appreciation Basket comes with two! Our frosted cookies dressed up as bright red apples are accompanied by an entire class of original cookies.

Teacher’s Chalkboard Crate

With cookies, brownies and a fun reusable container, our Teacher’s Chalkboard Crate is headed for top of the class, so make like a valedictorian and get yours now.

Check out these and other great appreciation gifts at Mrs. Fields. We bake fresh and deliver right to the door to make every gift occasion easy and special!

Don’t Forget the Bus Driver!

As the school year begins a wind down to the end and thanks are given to teachers and coaches and others who serve our kids each day, don’t forget the one who gets them to and from school safe and sound each day. We’ve gathered a handful of great ideas to treat the bus driver to a load of thanks.

Every driver needs a great keychain and this one is perfect.

A great reminder on this T-shirt that the most special deliveries are the kids.


We love these DIY goodies made from chocolate candies.

Sunny Day Satchel

And finally, our Sunny Day Satchel is a spot of sunshine for the one who greets each day (and each busload of noisy kids) with a smile.

Recipe: Homemade Lemon Curd

Mrs. Fields Secrets Homemade Lemon Curd
Lemon curd should be the official condiment of spring. This sweet, bright, tangy spreadable delight is perfect for waking up your taste buds after a long, cold winter. Spread it on toast or in between layers of cake, use it as a dip for berries or a substitute for your favorite jam. It’s easier than you think to make it yourself and have it on hand anytime. The key is to use fresh lemons. No back-of-the-fridge bottled lemon juice allowed.

Homemade Lemon Curd
adapted from Alton Brown

5 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
zest of lemons
1/2 cup cold butter, sliced into pats

Directions
Fill a medium saucepan with an inch or two of water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. In a metal bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar, whisking until smooth, about one minute.  Add juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk smooth. Place the bowl on top of the simmering water in the saucepan, like a double-boiler. Whisk mixture until thickens, approximately 8 minutes, or until it is light yellow and coats the back of a spoon. Remove promptly from heat and stir in butter pieces one at a time, allowing each one to melt before adding another. Transfer to a jar or airtight plastic container and cover before cooling in the refrigerator before serving. Makes two cups and lasts up to two weeks in the fridge.

Great Gift Ideas for Coaches

Mrs. Fields Secrets Coach Gifts

 

Don’t let the next sports season end without taking a moment to acknowledge the coach. All those hours and hours of dedication deserve a hearty thanks, so we’ve gathered up some of our favorite gift ideas from around the web to help show your gratitude in a big way. And the best part? Each of these ideas can be personalized to make the sentiment truly sincere.

1. Personalized Word Art
2. Personalized Whistle 
3. Coach Pint Glasses
4. Thank You Big Cookie Cake
5. Personalized Tin with Cookies

Gifts with (Re)Purpose

Next week is another Earth Day and another chance to recommit to keeping our planet healthy and happy! At Mrs. Fields, we love creating unique packaging for our gourmet gifts that can be repurposed after the goodies are gone. Because giving something a second use is one of the best ways to be smart with our resources.

Here Comes the Sun Tote

Our felt totes like Here Comes the Sun are always a popular gift because they can be used again and again. It’s the perfect size for a reusable lunch bag or a toddler purse.

Spring is in the Air Planter

April showers will quickly turn to May flowers, which is why our Spring is in the Air Planter is a favorite gift right now. After the cookies are gone, the bright planter is the ideal spot for some spring blooms.

Bright Side Basket

We have a long reputation for our incredible gift baskets, not only for the gourmet goodies but the sturdy beautiful baskets. We choose beautiful baskets in useful sizes that can easily find new uses around the house.

Wishes Come True Box

More than just a gift box, our Wishes Come True Box was designed to become a fun decoration for every birthday. Let it store your favorite birthday decorations and decorate the room when those special days roll around.

Classic Tub

And finally, our Classic Tub has been a customer favorite for years, transforming into a beverage container, toy box, shoe bin and much more. Sturdy and bright, it fills so many functions!

Those are a few of our favorites, but what about you? What are your favorite ways to repurpose gifts? Share your ideas with us!

Recipe: White Cheddar Cracker Jack

Mrs. Fields Homemade Cracker Jack
In honor of the new baseball season upon us, today’s recipe is an old favorite with a homemade twist. This sweet, crunchy treat is the perfect game-watching fare whether you’re at the baseball park or on the couch. Our twist is to add a savory side to this caramel flavored classic by starting with white cheddar popcorn. The result is a home run all the way.

White Cheddar Cracker Jack

10 cups of white cheddar flavored popcorn
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup lightly salted peanuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking liner and spread popcorn in an even layer. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat then add sugar, corn syrup and water, stirring frequently. Bring mixture to a bubble that reaches 250 degrees on a candy thermometer, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Immediately pour the caramel over the popcorn and fold it in with the popcorn, sprinkling the peanuts throughout. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway between. Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes, before breaking into pieces and serving or placing in an airtight container.

Mother’s Day Preview + Discount

Mother’s Day Keepsake Tin

Mother’s Day is coming up fast and there’s no better way to thank the moms in your life than with scrumptious cookies and brownies that she didn’t have to make herself! Our entire collection is ready to shop, and we’ve selected our favorites right here for you. (Plus, check below for a special discount.) And don’t forget, you can shop now and have your gift delivered whenever you like—you choose the delivery date!

Sweet Spot Gift Box

More than just a pretty box, this Sweet Spot Gift Box is fully loaded with Mom’s favorite cookies, brownies and frosted cookies. She’ll love every bite, and you’ll love that it ships for free! (That’s right, Mom would be so proud of you!)

Message to Mom Box

Short, sweet, and to the point, the Message to Mom Box says it sweetly. It’s just the right size to share a little something special with Mom. Plus, it also ships for free, so that’s a little something special for you.

Happy Mother’s Day Bites Box

Delivered right to her doorstep, Mom will love this spring-inspired gift box blooming with our bakery-fresh best. Theres an assortment of cookies and brownies, enough to share if Mom is feeling generous. (And when isn’t she?) And you guessed it, this gift ships for free too!

Shop our entire line of Mother’s Day gifts now and save 15% on your order using code MOM15, good through May 1, 2015.

Now go on, make your mama happy!

 

Spring Gifts That Wow

Spring is busting out all over, including at Mrs. Fields. We’ve got some bright, new colorful gifts to put on your radar because you never know when you’re going to need to brighten someone’s day with a happy delivery of gourmet goodness. (Like Mother’s Day? Hint, hint.) Take a look at some of our new favorites.

Welcome Spring Gift Box

Our favorite way to send a little something special is the Welcome Spring Gift Box, containing two delectable frosted cookies and an assortment of our favorite bite-sized best. This is a favorite gift idea for teachers and friends.

Signs of Spring Box

Bright blooms on the outside, and a scrumptious bouquet of your favorite cookies and brownies on the inside is our Signs of Spring Box. Choose from two different assortments and share this gift with someone special. We especially love this gift for Mother’s Day.

Spring is in the Air Planter

We love gifts that can be repurposed like our Spring is in the Air Planter. This bright pink planter arrives with freshly baked cookies, and then be used to plant an herb garden or an orchid. This is a chic, delicious gift for that chic friend who needs a pick-me-up.

Flower Power Tower

Big and bold and ready to please, our Flower Power Tower packs a lot of wow for any crowd. Each layer contains the best of our best, cookies, brownies and frosted cookies in either our original or bite-sized varieties. This gift is our favorite way to turn any occasion into an instant party.

Shop all of our spring gifts and take advantage of special offers going on now!

Recipe: Strawberry Oatmeal Tart

Mrs. Fields Strawberry Oatmeal Tart

When swimsuit season is just around the corner, but you’re still craving a sweet dessert, this strawberry oatmeal tart has got you covered. It’s got bright, rich flavor with a little bit of crunch, and is so healthy you could get away with eating it for breakfast. Try it with a dollop of tart yogurt on top for an extra thrill.

Strawberry Oatmeal Tart
adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

filling:
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
2 cups diced fresh strawberries
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1 tablespoon sugar

base and topping:
2 1/4 cups quick oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup almond butter (unsalted)
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup apple butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions
Prepare the strawberry filling by stirring the cornstarch and water together until completely dissolved and set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the strawberries, maple syrup and sugar together. Stir well and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and stir in the cornstarch mixture, making sure to incorporate evenly and avoid clumps. Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch round cake pan with foil or parchment (with enough overhanging the sides for easy removal) and spray with cooking spray, then set aside. In a large bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, almond butter, maple syrup, apple butter and egg. Mix with a large spoon or spatula until well combined. Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture, then press the remainder into the cake pan evenly. Spread the strawberry filling on top in an even layer. Finally, add the sliced almonds to the reserved oats to create a crumbly mixture to sprinkle evenly over the strawberry filling and pressing it gently to keep it stable. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until topping begins to barely brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the cake pan to cool on a rack before serving. Cut into pie-shaped slices and serve with yogurt or ice cream.

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