Coffee Jelly Roll

Woof. I really need to not go for several projects without posting these. Anyway, I was flipping through one of the massive tomes of desserts my wife found at the AAUW Booksale this year, and found an entire section on jelly rolls (given the title of this post, a shocker, I know). The only thing…

Peach Custard Pie

This was actually inspired by a post from a Twitter friend/fellow geek who posted about something similar a while back. I remember reaching their delicious description, and immediately throwing out what I’d originally planned to make that week. I ended up using a pie shell recipe that used shortening, rather than all-butter, like I had…

Mocha Kahlua Cheesecake

Wow, it’s been a minute since I’ve done this. To be fair, I recently switched to an overnight position, and adjusting has been…hit or miss, with sleep. Nothing like being up for 20 hours in a row, and just not being able to sleep :p (My sleep has since become much more normal). Anyway, this…

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…

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…

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…