With her Strawberry Basil Coffee Cake, Giada De Laurentiis gives dessert a ‘Springy Spin.’

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With her Strawberry Basil Coffee Cake, Giada De Laurentiis gives dessert a ‘Springy Spin.’

Summer is on its way, and spring is definitely in the air.

Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis takes advantage of the abundance of fruits, vegetables, and fresh herbs in season by creating a unique dessert that tastes as good as it sounds: Strawberry Basil Coffee Cake.

Another herbaceous dessert by De Laurentiis

If you’re new to putting herbs in desserts but want to branch out, De Laurentiis’ Lemon Thyme Bars are a slightly savory option. The springy thyme pairs well with the tangy lemon in this cake made with butter, flour, thyme leaves, salt, sugar, eggs, lemon, and vanilla.

Combine the flour, thyme, and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar on high speed. Only the egg yolk should be added, followed by the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla, according to De Laurentiis. The flour mixture is slowly added at a low speed. It’s then pressed into a greased square baking dish and baked at 325 degrees for about half an hour.

After the dish has cooled, a glaze is applied, and the baked crust is cut into bars.

You’ll need the following ingredients to make De Laurentiis’ Strawberry Basil Coffee Cake.

The other herby recipe from the Giada at Home star sounds just as fresh as her Lemon Thyme bars. This cake, served with a cup of coffee or tea, honors the ripeness of the season’s strawberries as well as the sweetness of the basil.

The ingredients for De Laurentiis’ coffee cake are: brown sugar, salt, flour, almonds, butter, regular sugar, eggs, vanilla, sour cream, baking powder, baking soda, whole milk, strawberries, basil, and lemon. The full recipe can be found here.

Kitchen items you’ll need include a 13″ x 9″ baking dish, nonstick cooking spray, one medium and one large bowl,… This story is a short summary. Hope you enjoyed.

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