So what do I do to celebrate the first day of Spring? My plans for today include moving my plants back outside (optimistic, I know), staining our new deck and stairs, baking cupcakes (of course), decorating Spring flower sugar cookies and firing up the Big Green Egg to grill something yummy for dinner tonight.
Now that I see my to-do list written down - I'm feeling a little overwhelmed so I guess I better get started. Just in case you choose to celebrate the first day of Spring a little more leisurely :) - I recommend baking a batch of these cherry rum biscotti and relaxing in the sun with a cup of tea a crunchy snack this afternoon.
1 and 1/4 cups dried tart red cherries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup spiced rum
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups whole almonds
Place cherries and rum in saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let sit 15 minutes.
Cream together butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs.
Combine dry ingredients and add to batter slowly.
Have a great week. Ciao!