First Kiss Cupcakes

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These cupcakes look delicious, and would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat!

The perfect way to celebrate National Cherry Month!

Here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, our bakery is closed up tightly for the winter, but our homes are bustling with baking, cooking and all kinds of fun!  Winter in Door County is a busy time, but a different kind of busy than the summer season.  We are always thinking about cherries however, no matter what time of year it is!

The recipe is below.  It may look long and complicated, but it’s really quite simple, and very delicious!

Enjoy the cupcakes!

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Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CAKE:
1 cup cocoa
2 cups boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
Paper baking cups
Vegetable cooking spray
24 milk chocolate kisses

CHERRY FROSTING:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons cherry jam
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar

TOPPINGS:
24 red maraschino cherries (with stems)

CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
1 cup whipping cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cocoa and 2 cups boiling water in a large heatproof bowl, stirring until blended and smooth; cool completely. Beat butter with a mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in chocolate extract.

Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not cool.
While cupcakes are still warm, press 1 chocolate kiss into the center of each. Let cool completely.
To prepare cherry frosting, beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Makes 3 cups.
Frost each cupcake with Cherry Frosting.

To prepare ganache, cook cream in a heavy non aluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until it begins to steam (do not boil); remove from heat. Place chocolate in a glass bowl. Slowly add hot cream to chocolate, beating with a whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is well blended. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Makes about 2 cups.
Dip cherries in Chocolate Ganache, and place 1 on top of each cupcake.

(recipe from southern living.com)

 

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National Cherry Month!

It’s National Cherry Month!  We love February!

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It’s National Cherry Month! It seems to come every February, doesn’t it? We thought it would be fun to share news, fun facts, and even fictional information regarding cherries. You may need this info some day!

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The view down Seaquist Road may look a bit dreary today, but we don’t mind it!  Our cherries are resting, getting ready for another summer bursting with cherries, hopefully!

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Do you know the name of the most popular tart cherry? It makes up about 95% of the tart cherries in the world, with the Morello coming in a very distant second. It’s the Montmorency cherry!  If you intend to do some baking, these tart cherries are the ones to use, because they have such a wonderful flavor! Here in Door County, Wisconsin, we at Seaquist Orchards raise Montmorency cherries, and lots of them! We have them fresh, when it’s cherry season, and frozen in a variety of sizes at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market. We also put them into our jams, pie fillings, and salsas at Seaquist Canning, along with pies, doughnuts, and other baked goods, not to mention our smoothies too! They are delicious!

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Time to make pies!

Time to make pies!

Buy 5 pie fillings of your choice, and we will send you a quart size jar of our homemade peach pie filling.                                                                                         Yep!  Our pie fillings are made right here at the Seaquist Orchards Production Facility in Sister Bay, Wisconsin Processed locally, loved worldwide!                                    Order soon, this offer expires July 13,2013

$9 Shipping!

 

How’s your appetite these days?                                                                    Do you need a lumberjack size breakfast?  For only $9 shipping, (regularly $14) our “Door County Lumberjack Gift Box” is perfect, with Door County Maple Syrup, two of Uncle Tom’s delicious pancake mixes, Door County Crème Coffee, and a jar of Seaquist Orchards Apple Butter.  That will fill you or some friends up, for sure!                                                                                                                                   This offer expires July 13,2013

MOM is worth it!

MOM is worth it!  Especially when there is free shipping!  Place an order for $65 or more, and you will get free shipping!  Just think of it, a few things for yourself, some treats for your mom, and we’ll pay to get it to you!  What a gift!  This special begins today and ends May 10th, so order soon please! We will take off the shipping.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Soup’s On! Who can’t always eat soup?

 

Spring is coming real soon, but we know we will still have chilly days ahead!

This is your chance to stock up on the award winning soups from Maggie and Mary! You’ll find all their delicious flavors on our website, at www.seaquistorchards.com. Do a search on our online store for Maggie and Mary, and the selection of soups will be available to you. We will send you a free box of the #1 winner, Creamy Wild Rice Soup Mix, with every 3 boxes you order! There isn’t a better soup mix out there– so if you haven’t tried them, – this is the perfect opportunity! Eat well and be well, with our delicious soup mixes! This offer is available March 19 through March 31. You will not see this in your cart.  We will just add it. 

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It’s a sweet deal! Free fabulous fudge!

It’s a sweet deal! Free fabulous fudge! 

Place an order of $30 or more, and we will send you a piece of homemade fudge, – made right here in our fudge kitchen by Joy!

Enter promo-code JOY.  Offer ends 10-13-2012

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Grand Opening September 29,2012

Sale – bration!  Really? Yes!  In conjunction with the Grand Opening of our production facility, you will receive a 10% discount on all Seaquist Canning products purchased Saturday, September 29, 2012 in store or online.   Only on Saturday September 29, 2012.

Get cozy!

Get cozy!  Warmup with a free soup mix from Seaquist Orchards Farm Market with purchase of $35 or more.

Enter promo code GETCOZY at checkout, and we will include a free Cream of Wild Rice Soup mix.

Offer end 9-22-2012

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Meet Heather, at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market

Meet Heather, at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market

Heather is our next family member we would like you to meet!  She is married to Zach, and mother to Collin.  Heather has many different responsibilities at the market, – depending on the needs, and on the day.  Some days may be spent fixing computer problems, – or any other technological issues.  She also works diligently on improving and maintaining our website, works with the online store, our fundraising program, and can be found working all over the market, doing whatever needs to be done.  The computer is froze. Call Heather.  Need office supplies?  Ask Heather.  Need help receiving products?  Ask Heather.  Is the smoothie/slush machine not working correctly?  Tell Heather. Need a break?  Ask Heather to fill in.  Need help making pies?  Ask Heather.  Need a photo taken? Just ask Heather.  Heather has been heard to say that she thinks her job is mainly to help Kristin, and that is exactly what she does!  Thank you Heather, – for helping make things run smoothly at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market!

It may be warm in Door County!

It may be a warm day in Door County, but you can cool off with a delicious Cherry Almond Smoothie, or Apple Cider Slush at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market!

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