Chocolate Pear Tart

My wife recently checked out the AAUW annual booksale, and came away with a couple genuine gems in the sea of books. I was immediately enraptured by this, and the other recipe book she found – while one focused more on presentation, the above was clearly written by people who had a shining passion for…

Banana Gelato Parfait

One of the unfortunate side-effects of getting more competent with baking, and sweets, is that the simple pleasure of shopping for dessert is…lessened. Case in point, there was a delicious-looking brand of banana pudding gelato at the supermarket. Given my wife was in the market for an after-dinner snack, I was tempted – and then…

Raspberry Chocolate Mini-Cakes

The Cake Merchant is an excellent blog, that I super recommend, if only so you can all be hungry with me. They have a lot of cakes, among other things, and I was feeling a bit hoppy, so I decided to try and mimic their mini strawberry cakes. First off, I decided to make them raspberry instead, because…

Lapsang Souchong Macarons

For my birthday this year, I was given the book Les Petits Macarons, which I first saw at a culinary store in Colorado. At the time, I’d only begun playing around with macarons, and most of what I’d figured out was from massive trial and error. For those interested, just go back through my prior posts,…

Orange-Filled Chocolates

Recently my backlog of “things to make” has once again grown so large that I’ve gone to rolling a 4-sided die, and making something from the resulting category. This week: miscellaneous. With that in mind, when making the fruitcake truffles, I stumbled upon a video for filled chocolates. Given that I’d been having a helluva…

Swirled Sugar Cookies

A buddy of mine (the one I’d made the painter’s cookies for) was feeling a hankering for more cookies a couple weeks back. Specifically, I kept receiving texts that sounded like she was lost in the wilderness, and only sugar cookies could hope to sustain her. I’d seen this video a while back, and I…

French Silk Pie

I’d like to start off by saying this was the first pie crust I’d ever made from scratch, so…Isn’t that a great way to start this entry? On that note, this page was wonderful on tips and tricks and making sure the crust didn’t just bloom up into a mess (as we don’t have pie weights, and…

Raspberry Lemon Cake

So. I have a problem with adapting cakes from things that aren’t cakes. There’s not much to say about this one, aside from it being lemon, and delicious. For the filling, I used raspberry jam (seedless), and topped it with a layer of crunched-up chocolate. If I do a third cake like this, I feel…

Blackberry Cake

I’m pretty proud of this, just to be, completely honest. So, I came across the Trio brand of Haagen-Dazs ice cream – vanilla blackberry chocolate, to be precise. I devoured it unashamedly in one sitting, with no (few) regrets. Of course, because apparently my jam, my brand, my weird little niche, is to take something that is in…

JuJu Bee Truffles

I…adore chocolate-covered JuJu Bees. I also love truffles. I’m also a little weird. Which is how I ended up walking up to the store in 30 mph winds – winds strong enough to knock out the power of the store I was in – to get candy, chocolate, and cream. Also, JuJu bees aren’t the…

Painter Palette Cookies

A buddy of mine had a birthday recently, as us mortals are wont to do. A couple weeks before, I asked if she wanted anything special for her party. She responded yes – the star cookies I’d made a bit prior. Thankfully she texted back asking for a much less (so I thought) intensive cookie…

Creme Brulee

Oh man, it’s been a while since I’ve updated this. In fairness, I haven’t stopped baking, but just…haven’t gotten around to sitting down, and typing this all up. For better or worse, this one was, again, from the cook book I’ve been using, so I don’t have good follow-along links for folk. Also, I wasn’t…