Cakes & Pies, Recipes

Strawberry & Lemon Bundt Cake

Filled with fresh strawberries!

Who doesn’t love a cold glass of strawberry lemonade on a hot day. Now think about that as a delicious slice of cake. All of the same refreshing flavors, but in cake form. Count me in!

This cake is perfect for brunch, a picnic or patio party! It is made with fresh strawberries and fresh lemon zest and a sour cream cake batter, this moist and tender strawberry cake will make your day. Guaranteed! 

I love fresh strawberries with this recipe but you can use frozen ones.  Just make sure to thaw them before using, then dry off and toss with the flour.

INGREDIENTS

For the cake:

  • 2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 2 and ¾ cups all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup full fat sour cream, room temperature

For the lemon glaze:

  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  •  1/4 cup lemon juice
  •  1 zest of one lemon
  •  1 teaspoon salted butter

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Add the strawberries and 1 tablespoon of flour to a mixing bowl and toss together until all of the strawberries are coated with the flour. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar for about 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.

Mix in the eggs one at a time until well combined, then mix in the vanilla. Slowly mix in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and oil.

Add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients on low speed. 

Mix in each addition until just combined, making sure not to over mix the batter. 

Then add the strawberries and gently fold them into the batter until just combined.

Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan or cake pan and evenly spread it around.

Bake at 350°F for 50-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. 

Cover loosely with foil if needed for the last 5-10 minutes of baking to prevent excess browning.

Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then invert the cake onto the wire rack to finish cooling.

The Lemon Glaze

While the cake cools, make the glaze.

In a large microwavable measuring cup, the 4 cup capacity ones are the best, combine the sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Add in the butter then microwave on high for 45 seconds.

Take out the measuring cup and whisk until smooth, making sure there are no lumps.

Let it sit for a few minutes. 

Top with the lemon glaze. 

On the Side, Recipes, Small Bites

Fresh Herb Ricotta Cheese Bread

A no yeast bread that is super quick to prepare! 

Ready in less than an hour, this Herbed Ricotta Cheese Bread is sure to become a favorite!

This quick bread is loaded with fresh herbs, ricotta cheese, and a dash of smoked paprika. 

Ricotta is a fresh, soft, Italian cheese with a small curd and a light, mild, slightly sweet flavor. In the United States, it is most commonly known as an ingredient in lasagna. I honestly love ricotta even just by itself. For this recipe, I decided to use ricotta instead of heavy cream or milk, the ricotta gives the bread a light texture that practically melts in your mouth!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
  • ½ cup green onions or scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water (for egg wash)
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • smoked paprika

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. 

Grate butter into the flour mixture and stir with a fork until the consistency of coarse meal.

Stir in scallions and fresh herbs. 

Add ricotta cheese, then add milk and stir until just combined.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. 

Knead 2 to 3 times, then pat dough into a 9-inch rectangle. 

Transfer bread to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush tops liberally with egg wash. Sprinkle top with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and smoked paprika.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

Cakes & Pies

Lemon Mascarpone Tart

This tart is made with lemon and mascarpone for a deliciously creamy, citrus-y sweet treat which is the perfect end to any dinner.  It has shallow sides, a crumbly, sweet, cookie-like crust, and creamy lemon filling! 

This tart requires 2 simple steps.

Make the tart crust. This recipe is great for any tart you’re making. It’s crumbly and sweet with a firm cookie-like texture. 

Simply drop the vanilla wafers in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Next pour the melted butter in and pule until the crumbs are moist. 

Press the crumbs into a greased pie pan with a removable bottom. Press firmly into the bottom and up the sides. Bake the crust until lightly browned and set, 10 to 12 minutes. 

Or To make things easy, you can use a store-bought tart shell, and then you’ll only need to make the lemon filling. 

Make lemon filling. In a clean food processor, blend ricotta, ,mascarpone cheese, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla and lemon zest and juice until smooth. Pour into the hot tart crust; using a spatula smooth out. Bake until filling is set and browned in spots, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Just before serving, sprinkle top of tart with crumbled vanilla wafers. 

Ingredients

  • 72 vanilla wafers (from a 12-ounce box)
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½  teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • Crumbled Vanilla Wafers for topping (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven 375 degrees. In a food processor, pulse vanilla wafers until finely ground (to yield 2 cups). Add butter and pulse until crumbs are evenly moistened.

Transfer crumb mixture to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Press firmly into the bottom and up the sides. Place pan on a baking sheet; bake crust until lightly browned and set, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven.

In a clean food processor, blend ricotta, mascarpone cheese, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest and juice until smooth. Pour into a hot crust in the pan; bake until filling is set and browned in spots, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Just before serving, sprinkle top of tart with crumbled vanilla wafers , if desired.

Cookies, Recipes

Chocolate Espresso Biscotti

My Meme and Papa loved Biscotti!

Do not get scared away from making these classic, twice-baked Italian cookies at home! Biscotti cookies are incredibly easy to make and can be customized with your favorite add-ins. Biscotti remind me of my grandparents, Meme and Papa. They would always dip a biscotti in their coffee. If you’ve ever had biscotti before, you already know that it’s not soft at all; instead it’s hard and crunchy. Perfect for dipping into your morning coffee or a glass of milk.  See I just gave you an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast!

Tonight, I wanted to make a cookie that I could drizzle my leftover orange chai cream cheese from my Orange Chocolate Chai Roll so I created this Chocolate Espresso Biscotti recipe.  Let me tell you, the batter was to die for! I seriously could have eaten the entire bowl! Rich in chocolate and espresso… the perfect combination! You can either drizzle the tops of these with the orange chia cream cheese, melted chocolate or just eat them as are. Honestly they are that versatile. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ¾  cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • ¼  cup plus 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Hershey’s
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾  teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Espresso instant coffee, such as Café Bustelo
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾  cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. 

Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl and mixing well after each addition. 

Beat in the vanilla. 

Add the dry ingredients And stir on low speed until just combined.

Dust a work surface with cocoa powder. 

Using a rubber spatula, scrape the sticky dough out onto the work surface and dust the top of the dough lightly with cocoa powder. 

Using your hands, shape the dough into a rough ball (if it’s still too sticky, dust with a bit more cocoa powder) and cut into quarters. 

Form the dough pieces into four short logs by rolling back and forth. Place the logs onto the prepared baking sheet and shape into longer logs about 3/4-inch high and 2 inches wide. 

Allow enough space for the logs to spread a few inches while they bake. 

Bake for about 30 minutes, until firm to the touch. 

Let the biscotti logs cool on the pan for about 5 minutes, or until just cool enough to touch (if you wait any longer, the biscotti will be difficult to cut); then, using a sharp knife, slice the logs on the diagonal into 3/4-inch slices (I do this right on the baking sheet). They will crumble just a bit; don’t worry about it. 

Turn the biscotti on their sides (so that the cut sides are down) and place back in the oven for 10 minutes to dry and crisp up. 

Let cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Once cool, drizzle with your choice or leave as is. 

Cakes & Pies, Recipes

Orange Chocolate Chai Roll

I’ve always wanted to make a swiss roll cake. Every time I watch a baking show on Food Network or my favorite show the Great British Baking Show, I’m memorized how they roll the cake and fill it with deliciousness. So when my friend Adam told me he made one, we started talking about different flavors to put together for a Christmas one. He inspired me to create my own. 

I used cocoa powder, brewed chai tea, and orange zest for the cake batter. For the filing, I used cream cheese, pumpkin spice seasoning, more zest and orange juice. 

When I sliced into the orange to add the juice, I realized I accidentally bought blood oranges at the market. I was so excited, I actually did a little dance. When my Papa and I were in Sicily, we would eat a blood orange every morning with breakfast. It was like he was sending me a little sign from heaven! 

INGREDIENTS

CAKE:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chai tea
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons juice from orange
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar to aid in rolling

FILING 

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy whipping cream

INSTRUCTIONS

MAKE THE CAKE:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line (10×15”) pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Beat eggs at high speed for 3 minutes, until frothy and dark yellow. 

Beat in sugar, tea, and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together cocoa, salt, baking powder, and flour. 

Blend the dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

Spread in the prepared pan. Batter will be in a very thin layer and you will need to use a wooden spoon or spatula to spread it to all the corners of the pan. 

Bake for 10-15 minutes. You’ll know it’s done because if you lightly poke the top with your fingertip it will slightly bounce back.

While the cake is baking, set a clean kitchen towel out on a large work surface, lay a sheet of parchment paper on top of the towel. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar and cocoa powder (about ¼ cup). 

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, turn it over on the kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar and cocoa. Remove parchment paper carefully.

Working at the short end, fold the edge of the towel over the cake. Roll tightly, rolling up the cake into the towel. Let cool completely while rolled, at least one hour (or you can wrap it and chill it overnight).

MAKE THE FILING

Combine cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, and 1 teaspoon orange zest in a medium bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. 

Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream, beating well after each addition until smooth and creamy.

Gently unroll cooled cake. Spread filling over cake to 1/2 inch from all edges. 

Starting at the 10-inch side, gently roll up the cake. 

Sprinkle with additional orange zest just before serving. 

Cut into slices. 

Cookies, Recipes

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

A soft and chewy, chocolate cookie topped a chocolate mint drizzle and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes. 

Chocolate and peppermint is a popular combo, especially during the holiday months. This is another recipe that I created for my brother. He loves chocolate and peppermint! I basically took my red velvet cookie recipe that I adapted from Paula Deen, and just switched out cake box mix and the topping!

These chocolate cookies are soft, chewy, and a bit fudgy in the center. I love the addition of the peppermint flavor because it really awakens the cookie. Crushed peppermint candies make a festive, crunchy topping for these festive cookies. They are the perfect holiday cookie and  will get you in the holiday spirit ASAP. Perfect for cookie exchanges, holiday gatherings or alongside a cup of iced cold milk. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 (18 oz) box moist chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (8 oz) package room temperature cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick room temperature butter

Chocolate Drizzle 

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 
  • 2 large candy canes, crushed

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 °F. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. 

Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. 

Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls. 

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes. 

The cookies will remain soft and gooey. 

Cool completely 

Melt semi sweet chocolate in a double boiler (or in the microwave, just be careful to stir frequently so chocolate doesn’t burn) until it’s smooth.

Add peppermint extract and whisk together. 

Drizzle a dollop of semi-sweet chocolate over each cookie.

Sprinkle a few pieces of crushed candy cane on top of the chocolate cookie centers while the chocolate is still warm. Let chocolate set for 30 minutes to an hour.

Cookies, Recipes

Triple the Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Lovers, this cookie is for you!

These cookies are so easy to make and will satisfy every chocolate craving!

For these cookies, I start with natural unsweetened cocoa powder, then add in milk chocolate chips and my favorite white chocolate chunks. I love the triple effect from the cocoa powder, chocolate chips and white chocolate chunks- it adds an extra depth of richness.

You could also use semi-sweet chips instead of milk chocolate or dark chocolate instead of white chocolate. Seriously, use your favorite chocolate!

Here’s the gist on how to make these Chocolate lover cookies! 

CREAM. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Mix in the eggs and vanilla until smooth.

MIX. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips and white chocolate chunks,  chill the dough in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.

BAKE. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes, or even until edges are slightly crisp and the center is soft.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk 
  • 1 ½ cups chopped white chocolate bar, 2 bars
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color. 

Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. 

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together until combined.

With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour into the wet ingredients. 

Beat on low until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. 

Beat in the milk, then the chocolate chips and chunks. 

Cover dough tightly with plastic wrap and chill for 15-20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper .

Scoop and roll into balls. Arrange 2-3 inches apart on the baking sheets. 

The cookie dough is sticky, I like to keep a cup of water next to the bowl and dip the scoop in to help the dough from sticking. 

Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes or until the edges appear set and the centers still look soft. Allow to cool completely. 

Cookies, Recipes

Pecan Maple Bacon Cookies

My brother, Robert and I have this little tradition where we like to uniquely wrap each other’s Christmas and Birthday presents. He loves to use TONS, and I mean TONS of tape but not just scotch tape, he uses packing tape! So as I got older, I thought it’s pay back time! I knew I needed to start to come with unique ways to wrap his presents. The first year, I placed a gift card in a bowl of water and froze it. He had to wait for it to melt to get his present. Each year, I try to get more and more clever! Opening presents on Christmas and birthdays at our house is definitely an adventure! 

Robert loves bacon so for his birthday, I made all things bacon… Maple Bacon cake, Candied bacon and these cookies… Maple Pecan Bacon Cookies! 

That year, I slid his gift card in the bacon cake so when he sliced into it, there was his gift card. I’ll share that recipe, another time. 

If you are a sweet and salty fan and love bacon, this recipe is for you! The smokiness of the bacon, combined with the brown sugar, the chocolate chips and the maple flavor . . . . It just doesn’t get any better!

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 5 ounces cooked bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, kosher
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, (1 stick) melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar, packed light-brown
  • 1/2 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract- if you can’t find, just use maple syrup 
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips

For the maple glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

Place bacon in a cold pan. Turn heat to medium and cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Once cooked, remove to a bowl to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and kosher salt.

Combine melted butter, bacon and any bacon drippings in the bowl of a stand mixer. 

Add brown and granulated sugar and mix. 

Once combined, add egg, then add maple extract. 

Using a large kitchen spoon or ¼ cup measure, slowly add the dry mixture to the mixer. 

Once combined, add the chopped pecans and chocolate chips. Mix, then divide dough in half. 

Place one piece of dough on a large sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll up into a 10-inch long tube. Repeat with remaining dough.

Refrigerate dough to chill for at least an hour. 

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. 

Slice cookie dough into ½-inch-thick slices and place them onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes or until they start to become brown around the edges.

For the glaze, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup, cream and salt. 

Dip the tops of each cookie into the glaze and sprinkle with chopped nuts. 

Let the glaze set for a few minutes before serving.

Cookies, Recipes

Espresso Chocolate Cookies

I love the way coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate, which is why I decided to add some espresso powder to my chocolate cookie recipe. These cookies are a perfect companion for morning coffee or after dinner drinks. To get a nice, dark coffee flavor I used a Café Bustelo® espresso coffee.  But you could use any coffee or espresso powder.

You definitely want to leave a few of these for Santa. They will give him the pep he needs to continue delivering presents!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate baking chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, for topping the cookies

Instructions 

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the semi-sweet baking chips and butter. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir and then heat for another 15 seconds. Stir. If the chocolate is mostly melted do not heat again. (If the chocolate seizes or hardens a bit it is ok.) Set aside.

Add sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla to a large bowl. Whisk well until they are completely incorporated, light, and airy.

Add the slightly warm chocolate to the egg mixture and whisk continuously until fully combined and smooth.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder. Stir well to incorporate, but don’t over mix. The mixture should be very loose, just like a brownie mix.

Set in the freezer for 15 minutes or refrigerated for at least 2 hours. 

Using a 2 tablespoon, scoop out balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. .

Press 5-9 chocolate chips on top of each cookie and press down slightly. 

Bake for 11-14 minutes. 

Allow cookies to cool on the pan for at least 3 minutes before moving.

Cookies, Recipes

Root Beer Float Cookies

I love finding new and interesting products on Amazon. One night I was looking through the different extracts that are out there and I came across ROOT BEER! 

Immediately my dad popped into my head, he loves root beer floats. I knew I had to order it so I could create a Root beer float cookie for him!

These cookies are soft, sweet and creamy with a buttery glaze drizzled over the top giving you that familiar root beer flavor! These cookies go great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a cold glass of milk! 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon root beer extract (found it on Amazon)
  • 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

The glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoon root beer extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot water

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, egg, milk and root beer extract. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. 

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl, whisking to combine. I add a cup at a time.

Drop the dough by teaspoons 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. You can use a small cookie scoop or spoon. 

Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes. 

Cool completely before adding the glaze. 

For the glaze

Mix together all of the glaze ingredients in a small bowl. 

Stir until well combined. 

Using a fork, drizzle the glaze over the top of the cooled cookies. 

*if glaze is too thick, add another tablespoon of hot water, until you get the consistency you desire.