Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts with Cocoa Sugar

Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.

A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts filled with rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Eggs.  Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone.  

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Well hello there. The temperatures have taken a turn for the warmer here in Boston, beckoning a flurry of activity strangely reminiscent of a year ago.  The little daffodils are hesitantly peaking their bright yellow heads out from beneath the cool soil that just weeks ago was carpeted by snow cone like crystals of frozen water.  Bright eyed tourists are starting to invade every nook & cranny.  And the sea birds. . .well they have returned from their furloughs in warmer climates and are starting to gear up for busy days spent foraging for oysters, leaving a graveyard of broken shells in their wake.

Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.
Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.

I am ashamed to admit that it was these very same birds that duped me last year. You see, I was complaining to the Mr. that I couldn’t get over how lazy people can be.  We live in Seaport, a beautiful area of town that sits along the waterfront.  It’s in the process of undergoing a huge transformation at the moment which means most things are shiny and new.  There are pretty little parks that, with lobster roll in hand, you can leisurely watch the boats glide by as the soothing sounds of jazz serenade your worries away. There is an influx of restaurants with the coziest of patios for al fresco dining as cool ocean breezes surround your body in a cocoon of comfort.  And paverstone walkways add an air of beauty as you stroll about taking in all the sights and sounds of a bustling waterfront oasis.

Despite everything being so idylic. . . a pizza box here. . .a bag from the local deli there. . .without fail my morning will be ushered in with an obstacle course of garbage strewn across those elegant paver walkways.

 “Are people that lazy that they can’t throw away their garbage when there is a receptacle sitting within feet of this trash”, I annoyingly think.

Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.

Then one morning, as I was walking the dog, I quickly discovered that it was not tourists engorged on slices of Meathead pizza from Salvatores that were the lazy culprits littering Seaport. Oh no!  It was transients far shorter and more conspicuous.

Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.
Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.

You see, I spied a mischievous blob of white feathers ducking into a receptacle smack dab across from the local deli. . .only to emerge with a bag tightly clamped between its bright orange beak.  It then caught a gust of wind and quickly glided across the street where it proceeded to unpack the contents of the bag right there on the sidewalk. Disappointed by what was inside, it returned back to the receptacle and proceeded to slowly unload every last bit of it.  Then, it moved on to the next one.

Needless to say, whenever I see a path of trash decorating the sidewalks, I no longer curse lazy people but instead roll my eyes at those @#! seagulls for tainting my dreamy neighborhood.

Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.

With the influx of those litterbugs in cognito comes spring. . .and with spring comes Easter.  And while I am well aware that Easter is now behind us, it got me to thinking about all that unused candy sitting in that soon-to-be forgotten rattan Easter basket.  So rather than let it live a lonely life in a long abandoned basket stashed in the back of a closet, I decided to give it a second chance at glory by neatly tucking it inside these Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts.

Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.

These Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts start with a decadent chocolate brioche.  I know that the mere mention of brioche can have people quivering in their boots (or house slippers) but if you have a stand mixer, I can assure you that it is one of the easiest pastries you will ever make.  Just throw all your ingredients in the mixing bowl and let the dough hook do all the rest.  Ok. . .maybe it’s not quite that simple, but it really is not too far off from this.

Once the dough comes together into a smooth and elastic ball, it’s time to give it a little rest.  I also like to let it rest overnight in the refrigerator because I think this improves the flavor and texture of the brioche.

Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.
The brioche is then cut into small rounds and a rich and creamy Cadbury Creme Egg is tucked away inside.  These balls of heaven are then fried up.

To really bring out their chocolate-y decadence, they are rolled in cocoa sugar.   But of course we couldn’t stop there.  We had to drizzle these Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts with a chocolate ganache and top them with pastel sprinkles for a festive spring-time appearance.

The result.  Wickedly soft brioche donuts filled with rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Eggs that can be enjoyed on Easter morning or as a fun way to reinvent that candy laying at the bottom of the Easter basket.

XOXO-

Lynn

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Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.

Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.
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Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts
A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone.  
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 40 donuts
BUILDING BLOCKS
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 40-50 Mini Cadbury Creme Eggs
For the COCOA SUGAR:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
For the CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE (Optional):
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • sprinkles (optional)
THE COURSE
  1. Place the milk in a small microwaveable bowl & heat for 20 seconds.   You want it to be between 100 - 115 degrees F. 

  2. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the sugar.

  3. Sprinkle the yeast on top & gently stir.  Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.  It should be bubbly.  If not, either the milk was too hot or the yeast was too old. If this is the case start again with new yeast.  

  4. Cut the butter into 1 inch cubes.  Set aside.

  5. Combine the flour, chocolate chips, sifted cocoa, remaining sugar & salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment.  Mix well.

  6. With the mixer on medium low, beat in the yeast mixture.

  7. Add, the 6 eggs, one at a time.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.  

  8. Reduce the speed to low & beat in the butter cubes slowly, one cube at a time.  Don't add the next cube until the previous cube is thoroughly incorporated into the dough.  

  9. If your mixer is struggling to work the dough, swap out the paddle attachment for the dough hook attachment (I had to do this with my dough when I started to add the butter).  Push your dough down off the hook & off the sides of the bowl as needed.  

  10. Continue to mix until the dough is soft, smooth, & slightly sticky.

  11. Transfer the dough to a lightly oil bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap & allow the dough to rest in a warm place until it is risen & puffy (1-2 hours).  

  12. Pat down the dough & gather it into a ball.  

  13. Return the dough to the oiled bowl, cover & allow the dough to rise overnight in the refrigerator.  

  14. Place the dough on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper.  

  15. Roll the dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick.

  16. Cut out a 2 1/2 inch round using a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter.  Alternatively, you could use a glass that is roughly 2 1/2 inches & trace it with a knife to cut out the round.  

  17. Place a mini Cadbury cream egg in the center of each round & wrap the dough around it.

  18. Pinch the seams to seal the chocolate egg in the center.  

  19. Place the donuts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet & loosely cover then with a damp paper towel.  

  20. Allow the doughnuts to rise for an hour. 

  21. Meanwhile, pulse the sugar & cocoa power in a food processor until well combined.  Set aside.  

  22. Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a heavy sided pot over medium heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees F.  Adjust the stove to maintain this temperature while cooking the donuts. 

  23. Working in batches of 3, use a slotted spoon to gently drop the doughnuts into the oil & fry until they float.

  24. Turn the doughnuts over in the oil & continue cooking until they are puffed & cooked through.  Note:  You may have to cut a few open to properly gauge cooking time.

  25. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the donuts to a plate lined with paper towels.  

  26. While the donut is still warm (about 30-60 seconds after removing from the oil), roll it in the Cocoa Sugar until evenly coated.  

  27. Best eaten the day they are made.  

For the CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE (Optional):
  1. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl & heat for 30 seconds. Stir.
  2. Continue to microwave in 10 second increments, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth & creamy.    

  3. Stir in 1 tablespoon of cream at a time until the chocolate reaches a pourable consistency.  

  4. Drizzle on top of the donuts.  Finish with sprinkles (if desired).  

Recipe Notes

If you don't want to cook the entire batch at once, you can freeze the donuts in an airtight container and fry them up later.  Simply roll out the brioche dough, wrap the Cadbury egg in the center, place the donuts in the freezer on a cookie sheet.  Once frozen, place them in an airtight freezer bag or airtight container.  Thaw and allow them to rise for about an hour, the fry them up in the oil as indicated.  

You can read more about making brioche HERE.

Chocolate Brioche Recipe Adapted from Food and Wine.

Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts - A decadent chocolate brioche is converted into wickedly soft brioche donuts and filled with a rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Egg. Perfect for Easter celebration or using up that Easter candy after the holiday is long gone. Click for RECIPE.

37 thoughts on “Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts with Cocoa Sugar

  • April 18, 2017 at 11:40 am
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    Only you could elevate cadbury creme eggs into a four michelin star worthy dessert. I’ve never understood why those candies are so popular but now I’m wishing I had a basket full of them! Also…I am so judgemental about litterbugs so I would have been cursing lazy tourists right along side you.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 7:01 am
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      Ha! Ha! You are too much Christine. I’m with you. . .I’m not a huge fan of Easter candy. . .but somehow wrapping it in a rich chocolate brioche makes it seem all the more irresistible. As for those blasted seagulls, I couldn’t believe it when I saw who was actually throwing garbage all over the place. I thought for sure it was a rowdy bunch after a night of drinking. . .but nope. . .

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  • April 18, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    Wait, I REALLY want to have a lobster roll in my hand and leisurely watch boats glide to the soothing sounds of jazz! That sounds like heaven. THESE donuts, though: DEFINITE HEAVEN. My hubster will kill for these. And you make it sound so easy!

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    • April 19, 2017 at 11:29 am
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      Doesn’t it? The Mr. and I tried to grab some lobster rolls at this fantastic place one block from our place but they were closed. What?!!! It was just Easter. 😉

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  • April 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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    I am drooling! These donuts look absolutely amazing. Great photos!

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  • April 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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    The one year I don’t buy Cadbury eggs… This recipe should be on the menu of some fancy, schmany restaurant—it looks THAT good.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 7:03 am
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      Ha! Ha! Doesn’t it always happen that way? The good news is I bet you can get them on clearance now. Win-win.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 7:04 am
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      I totally agree with you Luci. And they sure would be fun as a clean out the Easter basket ceremony too. 😉

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  • April 19, 2017 at 11:44 am
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    Dear Lynn, your brioche donuts got me drooling again. As a rule, I don’t deep fry anything at home (just makes me too anxious for some reason) so unless, I change my rule, I see no other way of being able to get these in my tummy. Or have you considered, selling them online?? 🙂

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    • April 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm
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      Ha! Ha! It’s my mission in life to tantalize you Jenny. 😉 Unfortunately, this is the type of food that is best enjoyed when still warm. They could be frozen and then cooked at a later date, but that still wouldn’t eliminate your deep frying dilemma. If it helps. . .I was petrified of deep frying myself. I grew up in a household that ate healthy and did not deep fry. What I do is take the smallest pot I have and place just enough oil in it to submerge the donuts. I carefully monitor the temperature so that it is just hot enough. For some reason this makes it less scary for me.

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  • April 19, 2017 at 8:52 pm
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    This is pure decadence! Would love to whip up a batch next time the family comes over – I couldn’t possibly make them just for me 😉

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    • April 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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      The good news is Nicole that you can always make them and freeze them. That way you don’t have to eat them all at once but rather enjoy them when the mood strikes.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 11:08 am
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    Oh my…these look deadly delicious. I would have a hard time not devouring the whole batch myself. I can see there would be a battle to grab the last one!!

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    • April 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm
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      Ha! Ha! They are pretty irresistible Gloria. I had to force myself to stop popping one after the other.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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    i have never tasted cadbury creme egg donut, but omg ur pics make me go carzy for these donuts. I wish i could grab some and taste

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    • April 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm
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      They are really delicious. If you don’t have Cadbury Creme Eggs in your area, you could always substitute with chocolate truffles. That would also be very tasty.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm
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    Seagulls really are jerks, with their littering and food stealing. I guess if dealing with them is part of Spring arriving I will take them though! These doughnuts are so decadent, I was drooling over them when you were making them on insta stories!

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    • April 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm
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      As jerky as seagulls are, I kind of like them Meghan. Their call reminds me of the ocean and summer. But they really are messy. . .not just with garbage. . .but all the broken oyster shells they leave all over the place.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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    I love the use of leftover Easter creme eggs here (what is that?). These doughnuts look absolutely delicious, and your photos are gorgeous!

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    • April 22, 2017 at 7:27 pm
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      Thanks Marsha. Glad you liked the donuts. A Cadbury Creme Egg is a chocolate candy that consists of a thick chocolate shell that is filled with a white and yellow fondant. It’s meant to mimic the inside of an egg. These donuts would also taste wonderful filled with truffles if you can’t find the Cadbury Creme Eggs in your area.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm
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    Lynn, your creations are so inspiring to this girl that rarely eats sweets! So beautiful! I’m with Christine, I’ve never been a fan of Cadbury Eggs, but the oozing goodness with the chocolate brioche sounds spectacular 🙂

    As to those rude birds of yours… we have grackles in south Texas that wreak havoc on our environment – noise, trash, and excrement all over our cars! Perhaps seagulls and grackles are first cousins? I love your story telling…

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  • April 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm
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    It sounds like you live in an amazingly beautiful place, and I’m not overly fond of seagulls! I’ve been gifted their results from flying over my head. These donuts look amazing. Your photography is over the top!

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  • April 21, 2017 at 12:53 pm
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    What a nice dessert! Perfect for any chocoholic out there, myself included! The pics are also fabulous!

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  • April 21, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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    Cadbury Creme Eggs are my favorite Easter treat! I can only imagine how amazing these are!

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    • April 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm
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      They really are out of this world amazing. And I happened to see that Cadbury Creme Eggs are half off on my trip to the store today. 😉

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  • April 23, 2017 at 11:28 am
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    Those pesky birds! They can create such a mess, it was like that when I lived by the sea in Wales! Not much you can do unless you want to constantly clean up after them!!

    These donuts look soooo yummy, such a good idea! Perfect for the mass amounts of creme eggs left over after Easter!

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  • April 24, 2017 at 10:13 am
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    The weather here was SO SO nice and now the past few days have been cold and rainy. Womp Womp. Anyways, these donuts are EVERYTHING, Lynn! And NOT JUST for Easter! I mean, soft brioche donuts?! Heck yes! Fabulously filled with rich & creamy Cadbury Creme Eggs?! COME ON! I could eat these every day of my life!!! Cheers, lovely! xo

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  • April 24, 2017 at 11:01 am
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    This is genius! Cadbury eggs are my favorite, so eating them as a donut is something I could definitely dig! Easter being over or not, I’m going to be making these real soon!

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  • April 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm
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    First off, you’re making me homesick for Cape Cod where my family lives with this post–not that I miss those gulls! They can be such a nuisance. However, these dreamy brioche donuts look completely amazing. I also love how you styled them with silver and crystal because they definitely prompt a special occasion. Gorgeous!

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  • April 25, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    Hilarious about the trail of seagul trash. Who knew? We have a local man who feeds pigeons, and over the years, hundreds of pigeons will follow him. It wasn’t trash that was the problem with the pigeons, but rather lots of white doo-doo. Anyhow, I am rambling about the random acts of birds. So… I am crushing on cadbury! Life has been whizzing by, and I love that you have simplified brioche in a way that I even with my hectic summer schedule, I am encouraged to try these doughnuts!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 10:07 am
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    I can’t stand litter either and it’s especially visible after winter when the snow goes. Those little buggers! I’d be the first to blame people too. We have no signs of any flowers or anything yet, buuuuuut it is slowly warming up (still need a little jacket) and the snow is almost gone completely – I’ll take it!
    These donuts look deadly! What an awesome way to use leftover candy, but, honestly, I would buy those candy just to make this! Though, they would be dangerous to have around cause I’d want to get more than one 🙂 Pinned! Hope you’re week is going awesome!

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  • April 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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    I’ve never been a huge fan of Cadbury crème eggs, but this post (and your ridiculously amazing photos) has convinced me to buy that 50% bag of crème eggs I saw at the grocery store today. I love brioche, and I love this idea. Pinned this idea immediately. Good one!!

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