Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes

Homemade Crepes

No Comments 26 April 2013

Last week I shared a recipe for homemade pasta, which we made the same day as these crepes.  I picked both recipes for their versatility, and the countless recipes you could come up with using either one as the base. I started the day off by making homemade pasta, a super savory recipe that just ached to be followed by something sweet.

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Desserts, Dinner 24: Hearty Holiday Feast, Dinners, Holidays, Recipes

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle Tart

No Comments 26 December 2012

Holiday desserts come in many different shapes and sizes. There are the traditional pies, decorated and festive cookies, and fruitcakes galore.  But my favorite kind of holiday desserts always include chocolate. This dessert is a fruit-and-chocolate hybrid, which has the best of both worlds -lusciously silky, smooth chocolate filling, and crunchy, tart cranberries.

This tart starts with a sweet pastry dough base, called a pate sucree, which is simple to make and just needs a bit of chilling time before it’s ready to use. The filling is a decadent chocolate/cream/butter combo, that gets poured into a par-baked tart shell, and finished off in the oven.

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Desserts, Recipes

Pumpkin Magic Bars

No Comments 29 October 2012

Pumpkin is the flavor of the season right now, and we’re totally embracing it! First we shared some Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, and today I’ve got another great recipe for Pumpkin Magic Bars.

If you’ve ever had traditional Magic Bars, then you know what they’re all about, but if you haven’t then you’re in for a treat! Magic Bars are one of the easiest things you can make, they’re customizable to your specific tastes, and they are sinfully delicious.

Magic Bars start with a cookie crust, traditionally graham cracker crumbs and butter mixed together, and pressed into a pan. The crust is then layered with a myriad of toppings, starting with condensed milk, then assorted chips (chocolate, white chocolate, etc.), chopped nuts, and coconut. Continue Reading

Desserts, Recipes

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

No Comments 26 October 2012

Since it’s the season for it, we’ve been doing a lot of cooking and baking with pumpkin lately, and I have to say I really love it. Pumpkin on it’s own has a pretty bland, boring, squashy flavor, but added to baked goods it adds a unique, pleasing flavor and a wonderful moisture that you can’t get from a lot of other ingredients. Pumpkin pie is probably the most traditional use for the common orange squash, but every now and again it’s really fun to incorporate it into other kinds of dishes — like these pumpkin cookies!

Typically when you put pumpkin in a cookie, it turns out being rather cake-like and puffy. It’s hard to achieve a chewy-in-the-middle, crispy-around-the-edges kind of cookie when you use pumpkin, but these cookies do it! This is hands down the best pumpkin cookie I’ve ever made or tried, and I really can’t say enough good things about it. Continue Reading

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