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…

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…

Banana Foster Caramel

Ok. So. I may…have an obsession with making things that are weird approximations to banana’s foster. I’d done caramel before, though I’ll admit, I didn’t have a candy thermometer at the time, so I was forced to use the “dip a bit in some water and see” test, which was…less than accurate. For the main…

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons

I have some friends staying the night this weekend, as well as my parents, who both were interested in macarons. Per my buddy’s request, I made chocolate hazelnut ganache-filled macarons, as well as practicing some light decorating with a gel pen. I made a double batch, which tested the limits of the handful of pans…

Lemon Meringue Pie

Last week I made a lemon meringue pie – the first I’d ever made! Rather than the classic meringue, however, I substituted Italian, which turned out quite nice. The only issue I ran into was when I made a mistake with the meringue, and had to run to the store to grab more eggs. While…

Beer Cheese Macarons

This was…not the greatest thing I’ve done, I’ll be up front on that. These were based off a link a buddy of mine sent regarding Cheeto Macarons – something I balked at. At first. However, my wife had bought me a pair of slipmats, and blue powder food dye (as opposed to the gel that…