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March 12, 2018

Now this is the way to have your Baileys and coffee!  This delicious dessert comes from Clodagh's Irish Kitchen and is easy to prepare.  It is also pleasing to the eye.  If you are a fan of tiramisu or trifles, you will certainly enjoy this Irish-Italian dessert!  You can make this treat in individual portions (as shown by the pictures) or if you prefer, one big beautiful bowl.  Either way, friends and family will love this Irish take on an old Italian classic.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

This recipe calls for raw egg yolks.  If you are concerned about the safety of using raw eggs, please do not make this dessert.

The original recipe called for a 1/2 cup cocoa, I prefer to use about a 1/4 cup cocoa.

The stronger the coffee the better flavor the dessert will be.

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Preparation time is 25 minutes.  Chill time is 2 hours.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large free-range egg yolks

  • 5 1/2 tablespoons superfine sugar

  • 1 1/3 cups mascarpone cheese

  • 1/3...

March 2, 2018

This wonderful pie comes from Emeril Lagasse and is great for Saint Patrick's Day!  This recipe has crème de menthe and crème de cocoa in the filling as these liqueurs enhance the flavors of the pie.  The crème de menthe adds a subtle mint taste to the filling, while the crème de cocoa adds a hint of cocoa flavor.  The filling compliments the Oreo cookie crust perfectly.  This pie is great anytime of the year, but I specifically decided to post this recipe in March as the pie's lovely green color makes it a great dessert for any Saint Patrick's Day parties.  I hope you enjoy this delightful pie!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Have the egg yolks and sugar ready in the bowl so you can begin drizzling the hot cream/gelatin mixture.  This process will bring the egg yolks to a safe temperature for consumption.

If you prefer a stronger mint flavoring, omit the crème de cocoa and add an extra ounce of crème de menthe to the mixture

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Preparation...

February 22, 2018

These mini cupcakes are just adorable!  They are topped with a chocolate chip cream cheese layer and are absolutely delicious.  These black bottom cupcakes are rich and decadent for such a little sweet.  This recipe only takes about an hour, and I highly recommend you try it if you like chocolate.  The recipe makes about 4 1/2 dozen, so there will be plenty to go around if you have the urge to share, and they freeze great (if you don't eat them all within the first day as they are really addicting).  Try these delightful black bottom mini cupcakes, and you will have a perfect fix for any chocolate cravings!

Bon Appetit!

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Preparation time is 35 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar, divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup mini-chocolate chips

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ...

February 10, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  This special day of expressing love to those closest to you (whether family, friends, or a significant other) is a perfect occasion to bake something sweet and chocolatey.  These molten red velvet cakes bring a special ending to your Valentine's Day dinner, and they look and taste amazing!  I found this yummy recipe in the February 2017 edition of Southern Living magazine.  This dessert is amazing for sating my sweet tooth, so I hope it sates yours too!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can make the chocolate (filling) mixture and the frosting one day ahead.

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Active time is 20 minutes.  Total time is 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Ingredients for Cakes:

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate baking bar, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup cake flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa, plus more for ramekins

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted, plus more for ra...

February 8, 2018

Raspberry and chocolate are a perfect marriage of flavors.  There is something about the sweetness of the berries and the richness of the chocolate that gets our taste buds salivating.  I found this rich chocolate dessert recipe on a Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar.  It is a very easy pie to make, and my family absolutely loved it.  With only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time, you will have a beautiful and delicious pie!  This would also make an amazing dessert for Valentine's Day.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I used a can of chocolate frosting to hide the foil edging of the pie.  I found the frosting in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

I like to keep the chocolate filling of the pie chocolate, so I did not add raspberry jam to the chocolate filling.  I put the raspberry jam on top of the chocolate instead of mixing them.  You can do it either way as I will include both ways in the recipe.

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Preparation time is 15 mi...

December 28, 2017

I have baked a ton of lemon bar recipes over the years and have never found "the one".  I took what I liked from my top recipe picks and developed what I think is an awesome lemon bar recipe!  They are incredibly luscious and luxurious.  You might wonder what the secret is to these wonderful bars - well, I'll tell you.  It's the flour in the filling.  The flour gives the filling a rich creaminess that I absolutely love.  The short bread cookie is all that it should be - buttery with a hint of lemon.  They would make great additions to a New Year's Eve celebration or any party really.  Please try these lemon bars and let me know that you think!  I would love to hear from you.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Place the lemons in a microwave for 15 seconds to make it easier for max juice and zest.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Total time is approximately 1 hour.

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Ingredients for Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • ...

December 21, 2017

If you are a fan of chai tea, I have the perfect truffle for you!  These chai truffles come from the December 2015 publication of Southern Living's Christmas at Home magazine.  I can definitely say that these little chocolates are heavenly.  If you want to impress friends and family with a gourmet tasting truffle, I recommend you make these chai chocolates.  As an extra bonus, they are easy to prepare, and they keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks!  I enjoy these little desserts while sipping coffee (but I imagine that they also would be delightful with chai tea) as the hot liquid melts the chocolate and the spices onto my tongue.  The flavor is exquisite!

Bon Appetit!

Preparation time is 15 minutes.  Total time is 2 hours and 35 minutes (includes chilling time).

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly groun...

December 14, 2017

I have been making these cookies for many years now.  They have become a holiday favorite with my family.  When you take your first bite into one of these mouthwatering cookies, you will understand why these cookies are always on my baking list for Christmas.  What makes these decadent cookies unique is the browning of the butter.  The browned butter adds a depth and richness to the flavor of these Christmas cookies that cannot be beat!  They really are extraordinarily good.  I believe even Santa would approve!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

When browning the butter, keep a careful eye on the color of the butter as it cooks.  Once the butter starts to brown, cook until it is golden, but watch closely, as it will burn easily.

When adding dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, I like to add in thirds, mixing after each addition.  This method ensures the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Baking time is 10 minutes per batch.

C...

December 7, 2017

If you are looking for a mincemeat pie that isn't so work intensive, I found one!  This mince pie with hard sauce comes from The All New Good Housekeeping Cookbook (2001).  I love this recipe, because you have the convenience of store-bought mincemeat combined with other ingredients to give it a homemade taste.  This pie is perfect for the month of December and Christmas!  I have made (a vegetarian) mincemeat before, and while it was delicious, it is involved.  It takes a week of sitting in the refrigerator to mature the flavors.  This mince pie is better for convenience and tastes wonderful.  I highly recommend this recipe.  You can serve it with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or a vanilla custard.  I personally like serving it with the hard sauce (laced with brandy).  It is extremely yummy!

Bon Appetit!

Preparation time is 25 minutes.  Baking time is 30 to 40 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • Pastry doug...

November 30, 2017

If you are looking for a fall or holiday candy bar that is homemade, look no further!  These pecan bars are absolutely delicious.  It's hard to resist caramel, chocolate, and pecans.  Also, the crust is a delicious shortbread that compliments the other flavors perfectly!  I got this wonderful recipe from the 2000 issue of Land O Lakes: Top 50

I've made these bars multiple times, and I can say with certainty that with a few simple ingredients you will have a mouthwatering treat.  If you make these bars for friends and family, be prepared to get recipe requests.  With Christmas soon to be upon us and holiday baking soon to begin, make sure to have these yummy bars on the baking list.  They most definitely will delight!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Pecans are the stars of this cookie bar, but by all means, have fun and try a different nut or combination of nuts.

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  Baking time is 18 to 22 minutes.

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