A Sweet Start to Spring

There may be a fresh coat of snow on the ground, but here’s some news that will surely put a spring in your step: The spring 2013 issue of Allergic Living Magazine has been been unleashed! Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate with our calendar-assigned seasonal switch, a responsible publication will always follow the rules. Like clockwork, the latest quarterly will hit newsstands near you well before the flowers bloom.

It was my pleasure to work with the incomparable Alisa Fleming once more, illustrating her latest batch of tempting recipes. For this issue, it was all about bringing a bit of sweetness to the early hours of the day, all without any gluten or dairy, and easy options to accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Crisp on the outside but light and fluffy within, Strawberry Shortcake Waffles are sure to pull anyone out of even the deepest winter funk. Softly whipped coconut cream tops off each ridged breakfast cake, complete with gently macerated and fork-tender ripe strawberries. It’s the complete package for anyone who’s craving a bit of decadence first thing in the morning.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes were clearly designed with the voracious sweet tooth in mind, satisfying that sugar craving without starting the day in a sugar coma. Luscious ripples of brown sugar and cinnamon are swirled throughout each and every flapjack, perfectly fitting their namesakes both in taste and appearance. The whole short stack wouldn’t be complete without a light drizzle of icing, of course.

Recipes this good really shouldn’t be relegated only to the morning’s first meals… Either of them are more than worthy of a dessert or after dinner treat, too!

21 thoughts on “A Sweet Start to Spring

  1. Ugh, you got more snow too? I’ve just realised that the first time I was in snow in Canada was five months ago. FIVE MONTHS. That’s almost half a year of winter. I am OVER THIS.

    1. Even for a east coast dweller like me, that is simply unbearable! I don’t know how you manage, Hannah. You’re a real trooper. That had better be one freaking amazing summer coming your way to make up for it. *Shakes fist vaguely threateningly at Canada*

      1. i see your shaking fist & lift mine in solidarity, then hang my head with some sort of guilt since i live in northern ontario, the home of winter. but on the bright side, those glowing strawberries!!

  2. Wow, you sure know how to honor recipes with amazing words and images. Thanks so much Hannah!

  3. Beautiful photography Hannah. I think I would love to start my day with those cinnamon pancakes. We kind of have the absolute opposite issue in Hong Kong. We have only about 4 months of moderate weather we do not have to run the aircon and the rest of the time it is unbearably hot and humid. No snow to shovel but you might actually faint from the heat while waiting for the bus about 8 months out of the year.

  4. Those look so good. Much more tempting than what I had this morning.
    Alisa has a book on her site “Gluten Free Dairy Free”. I have a person in mind that would be
    PERFECT for!

  5. These are gorgeous. What a great treat to welcome Spring. I agree, they are not just good for breakfast, but good enough for dessert or any time treat. :)

  6. I am just gasping with astonishment at how beautiful food becomes in front of your lens. The food sounds delicious, of course, thanks to Alisa, and it looks spectacular!

  7. These look absolutely delicious! I was just thinking, though, that you could probably make the most unsightly thing on the planet look gorgeous with your spectacular photography skills.

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