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Cooking for the cure

Family Features | 10/15/2017, 12:51 p.m.
If you love to entertain and want to support a good cause, now you can do both at the same ...
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If you love to entertain and want to support a good cause, now you can do both at the same time.

Currently in its 16th year, Cook for the Cure is a program that gives those with a passion for cooking a way to support the fight against breast cancer. Through culinary-based fundraising, events, auctions and the sale of select products, the partnership between KitchenAid and Susan G. Komen for the Cure has raised more than $10.7 million for the cause.

“It adds another layer of purpose to one of life’s great pleasures, cooking and enjoying food with family and friends,” said Anthony Pastrick, brand manager for KitchenAid. “The program continues to fuel passionate cooks with simple, creative ways to support a meaningful cause.”

You can make a difference by hosting a party that lets you Cook for the Cure by raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Invite guests for an evening of appetizers, such as these Mini Fruit Tarts, and drinks. Encourage fundraising by awarding a prize to the guest with the highest donation, or let donors enter their names into a drawing to win a restaurant gift certificate or spa treatment.

Organize a fundraising bake sale. Get the neighbors involved in baking, promoting and selling – it’s a great way to bring people together. Your contribution could be these Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars.

Host a potluck brainstorming party. Invite people who share your passion for helping others to bring their favorite dish and think up creative ways to support the cause as a group. Vote on a project, then let everyone pitch in to get started. Cooking good food, sharing time with friends and giving back to the community – that’s a recipe for a truly great party. Learn more at http://www.cookforthecure.com.

Mini Fruit Tarts

Recipe courtesy of Kelly Kwok of Life Made Sweeter on behalf of KitchenAid

Makes: 6 pastries

Pastries:

1 frozen puff pastry sheet (17.3 oz.), thawed

1 large egg

1-2 teaspoons milk

Toppings:

Assorted fresh fruit

Powdered sugar, for dusting

(optional)

Frosting:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

8 ounces cream cheese, chilled

1-2 tablespoons coconut cream or full-fat canned coconut milk, plus additional (optional)

1 teaspoon coconut extract

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus additional (optional)

To make pastries: Heat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place puff pastry sheet on lightly floured work surface and cut each sheet into 12 3-inch squares.

In small bowl, beat egg with milk to make egg wash and lightly brush onto each square.

Transfer pastries onto baking sheet and bake 10 minutes, until pastries have puffed up and are golden.

Cool completely on wire rack.

To make frosting: In stand mixer bowl fitted with flat beater, beat butter on medium speed until light and creamy, about 3 minutes.

Add cream cheese and beat until smooth and fully incorporated. Add coconut cream, coconut extract and vanilla extract, and beat until smooth.