Category Archives: Afternoon Tea

Almond-Pineapple Stuff in My Face Croissants

Almond Pineapple Stuff in My Face Croissants

Our favorite for the holidays and especially for guests!  If you are looking for a yummy new breakfast, brunch addition to your weekend you are going to love my mouthwatering and delish crossiants which are simple, quick and totally YUM!  They are a staple at my house and I love finding creative ways to make both sweet and savory for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or that special treat with tea or coffee.  You will be delighted once you bite into one!

Let’s Do It:

6 large Croissants: Toast Croissants open-faced under broiler. Set aside to cool.1/

Prepare Pineapple Fruit Filling: {or apples/berries/bananas/peaches}

Pineapple Fruit Filling: 

4 cups of fresh pineapple diced,
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup sugar*
1/4 cup light brown* sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
*scant drop of almond extract
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

Dice pineapple and cook in butter in saucepan until tender; add sugars, spices and stir and until sugar has blended, remove from stove, add vanilla/almond, stir and set aside.

Prepare Cream Cheese filling:

Cream Cheese Filling

1 8 oz package cream cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg


1. Soften cream cheese in Microwave, mix all ingredients unto smooth; spread on toasted bottom of croissant.

2. Fill each croissant bottom with generous portion of Pineapple Filling  [Note: remove excessive liquid before filling]

3. Place top of croissant on top, place all on cookie sheet under broiler for a few minutes until tops are “toasty” and “crusty”; remove from oven. Cool for 3-5 minutes and then add glaze.

Glaze (Icing)
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Cream or milk by teaspoon until right glaze consistency achieved. 2/
Sliced almonds for top of croissants

Drizzle glaze over warm Croissants.  Sprinkle sliced almonds on top. Set aside to cool slightly.  Serve warm.


1/ Use your favorite Croissant recipe or buy from bakery, Costco (Costco’s are huge and fresh) or grocery store (or even frozen ones)
2/ If you like “frosting” use less cream.
*/  Sugars can be substituted with Splenda (for Splenda brown sugar, half the amount)

[Optional: you can add raisins, craisins or crunched sliced almonds for more punch!]

See my Chocolate Almond Croissant version here.

Bon appetit!


Dinner, Wine & Biltmore


We adore the Biltmore Estate, just everything about it from Christmas at Biltmore to the Festival of Flowers in Spring but one of the most alluring attractions is the wonderful food, wine, tea and dining at Biltmore. Did you know you can make wonderful recipes from their excellent cookbook as well as recipes online? Their collection of recipes are scrumptious, paired with their wines and more, a delight of senses. Check out their recipes here:

Biltmore Estate Recipes

Love afternoon tea — see our Afternoon Tea at Biltmore here!

Oh Pastries, You are Adored!

Good Morning Pastry Lovers!  As I sip my lovely cup of Boca Java “Maple Bacon Morning” coffee,  I turn on PBS and what is before my eyes, Vienna and pastry houses!  Oh my!  Tiramisu in the fridge and I am drooling from those infamous pastries of Demel and the great pastries of Vienna and France.  As I continue working my way through several excellent french pastry books, I am now on the hunt for the best of Vienna and France in desserts.  (How will I ever get back to those delicious main course meals waiting in the folder to post if I am bathed in these desserts?)  So then what could a pastry lover do but post about it? Here are a few pastry shop images of Demel for your morning coffee or tea!  Drool with me with no  pounds added by drooling.

p.s. Did you see those yummy cupcakes in my “almost midnight” post…go see!

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