Banana Bread Tiramisu

I love banana bread. I love tiramisu. I love making recipes with a bajillion components (although I kind of hating writing out those long recipes…sigh). I really love putting on my fancy pants and going to town with frou-frou decorations. So obviously, these banana bread tiramisus in edible chocolate wrappers are basically my own culinary Mr. Darcy. (Colin Firth version, natch.)

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And yes, you read that right. Banana bread tiramisu. These gorgeous desserts have:

1. Homemade banana bread, soaked in…
2. Dulce de leche soaking syrup, topped with…
3. Caramelized bananas, covered with….
4. Mascarpone cream, finished with…
5. Whipped cream, chocolate pearls, and an edible chocolate shell around the entire thing!

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They’re not for the faint of heart, but they are for all lovers of banana bread, creamy dessert enthusiasts, fearless culinary adventurers, aspiring pastry super stars, and/or those with a lot of time on their hands who prefer cooking projects to sensible hobbies like knitting. (I hear that.)

Chocolate Raspberry Almond Truffle Tart

You guys. It has been so long since I’ve made a chocolate dessert. And by “so long” I mean almost 3 weeks. Sugar heroes cannot live on giant cakes and churros and strawberry bars alone. We need our chocolate too! Consider this Chocolate Raspberry Almond Truffle Tart my humble apology to chocolate. I’m sorry for the neglect. Let’s never fight again.

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I can’t think of a better way to welcome chocolate back to the blog than with this tart! It has a crispy chocolate shortbread crust, with a dense, gooey chocolate truffle filling packed with almond flavor, fresh raspberries, and melty pockets of white chocolate chunks. Since I’m opposed to tart nudity, I topped it with whipped cream, more fresh berries, sliced almonds, and a healthy sprinkle of powdered sugar.

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Let us all take a moment to admire Jason’s hand modeling and sugar sprinkling skills. So glad I listened to my mom when she told me not to marry for money, but to marry for hands instead.

Strawberry Basil Crumb Bars

I love basil, which is why I have committed to never owning another basil plant. It’s just too painful to watch them enter the house with bright hopes and green leaves, only to see them quickly wither and die under my not-so-watchful eye.

I have the best of intentions, I do…but maybe potted basil + hot Southern California sun + my balcony + my forgetfulness are not the best combination. After chucking one too many shriveled-up husks of basil plants into the trash, I’ve decided I’m strictly a buy-it-by-the-bunch sort of girl, at least until I can be trusted with the task of watering them responsibly. RIP, good buddies.

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I put some of that store-bought and oh-so-healthy basil to good use in these Strawberry Basil Crumb Bars. They look simple—and they are easy to make!—but they’re packed with different flavors: strawberry preserves, fresh strawberries, lemon zest, and fresh basil. They’re light and summery, perfect for picnics and alfresco dinners and eating cold from the refrigerator when you intended to have fresh fruit instead…whoops.



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Exploding Cupcakes

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You know what the Fourth of July needs? More exploding food. We have lots of grilled meat. Plenty of fresh fruit. Loads of lemonade. And heaven knows we don’t need any more ridiculously tall desserts in our lives. But…exploding food? Yeah, I could do with more of that. I’m here to solve all of your not-having-enough-exploding-food-dilemmas. (File…

Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches

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American Flag Layer Cake for the Fourth of July

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Last year I only posted one measly Fourth of July recipe on SugarHero. Boooo! Why so skimpy on the patriotic desserts, SugarHero? This year I wanted to make up for that omission, so I decided to go big…really really big. Is there a better way to celebrate our country than with a larger-than-life American flag…

Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Goat Cheese Brownies

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Father’s Day is coming. That probably means you should be stocking up on beef, and beer, and brats, and everything else men in sitcoms and Super Bowl commercials appear to love. Me, I’ll just be over here shoving goat cheese into brownies and calling it a day. See, my man doesn’t like beer. He doesn’t…

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