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…

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…

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…

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…

Cherry Cordial Cupcakes

So, I have a rather long list of things I want to try baking, and as such, I finally decided to simply let my friends online figure out what I should try each week (it has yet to dissolve into madness – yet). This week’s winner was the idea of a cherry cordial cupcake, which…

Banana Truffles

This week I decided I wanted to try my hand at truffles again. Specifically banana truffles. Specifically banana truffles, because I bought banana extract a month ago, and had yet to use it in anything. The justification for my impulsive purchase ended up wonderful, though it was some trial-and-error to get them looking halfway decent. The…

Chocolate and Orange Curd Birthday Cake

This year for my wife’s birthday, she asked for a simple, white cake, with chocolate icing, and orange curd filling. The icing was applied a bit thinner than I was used to (though that was simply a difference in tastes between my wife and I), but overall, I liked how it turned out. I will…