Butterscotch Pots de Creme

Helloooo, long-lost friends! Things have been a bit quiet around here lately, and I’ve missed you! I’ve had a crazy confluence of work and life stuff going on, and unfortunately it seems like it’s going to continue for the next few weeks, so SugarHero might not be updated as frequently as I’d like. But I’m hopeful that I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule very soon, so please stick with me!

Enough boring scheduling talk. Let’s get to the real reason you’re here: the sugar!

Butterscotch Pots de Creme | From SugarHero.com

My friend Shauna Sever published her third book, Real Sweet, last month. It is a gorgeous cookbook full of recipes using natural sugars like coconut sugar, muscovado, turbinado, honey, and much more! I may fancy myself a sugar hero, but the truth is I often (unintentionally) limit myself to standard processed sugars like granulated, brown, and powdered. There’s a whole wide world of other sugars out there, and Shauna’s book does an amazing job of demystifying them, explaining each sugar’s strengths and properties, and featuring them in some seriously mouth-watering recipes.

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Coconut Macaroon Tart With Passion Fruit Cream

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Coconut tarts filled with passion fruit creeaaam– these are a few of my faaaavorite things!

Coconut Macaroon Tart With Passion Fruit Cream | From SugarHero.com

Real talk: I like raindrops just fine, am neutral on roses, am allergic to cats, lust after copper kettles, and I’ve never owned a woolen mitten in my life. The only absolutely true part of my (very cheesy) rhyme up there is that this tart? This Coconut Macaroon Tart with Passion Fruit Cream? Is most definitely one of my favorite things right now.

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Malted Milk Chocolate Brownies

So remember how just a few days ago, I was like, “We’re fancy people! We deserve classy desserts and gold-plated cutlery and our own butlers and small fluffy dogs wearing sweaters!” and then I said a lot of foolish things about elevating Easter desserts beyond just colorful kid’s stuff? Yeah, I don’t know what I was talking about either.

Malted Milk Chocolate Brownies | From SugarHero.com

Because colorful kid’s stuff is kind of the best. Looking at these, my inner six-year old is freaking out right now. She simultaneously wants to scarf down a double-decker brownie sandwich, and pick all those pastel eggs off the top and pop them into her mouth at once. She probably also wants to be a ballerina, because: six.

Malted Milk Chocolate Brownies | From SugarHero.com

Anyhow, I’m making an abrupt about-face from the Faberge egg cookies and steering this car in a totally new direction. Whitman, multitudes, blah blah, you know the drill. Because these over-the-top brownies could not be more different if they tried. I mean, they basically look like a unicorn threw up on them. (Umm…in a good way? I hope?)

Faberge Egg Sugar Cookies

Faberge Egg Sugar Cookies | From SugarHero.com

Look, I’m not saying the Easter Bunny is doing a terrible job. It can’t be easy to hit all those houses and fill all those baskets without the help of any reindeer whatsoever. I’m sympathetic. But I do think he could try a little harder. Plastic eggs? Filled with cheap jelly beans? Hollow bunnies made…

Easter Nest Cake

Easter Nest Cake | From SugarHero.com

Easter has really snuck up on me this year! I like it when it’s toward the end of April, so I have plenty of time to get out the decorations, dye eggs, buy fun things for baskets, eat lots of Cadbury mini eggs…okay, mostly I’m concerned with that last one. When it’s in the beginning…

Creme Brulee Doughnuts

Creme Brulee Doughnuts | From SugarHero.com

I first tried crème brulee doughnuts on a trip to New York City’s Doughnut Plant a few years ago. This would be the same Doughnut Plant trip where Jason & I bought 6 (or was it 8? Definitely no more than 10) doughnuts and ate them all ourselves…in one morning. In our defense, it’s a…

Rainbow in the Clouds Cake

Rainbow in the Clouds Cake | From SugarHero.com

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve done the green foods thing. We’ve done the other green foods thing. We don’t mess with corned beef, potatoes, or cabbage of any sort around here, so the only thing left to do to get us in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit must be a rainbow dessert! Okay, fine, if…

Fresh Mint Grasshopper Pie

Fresh Mint Grasshopper Pie | From SugarHero.com

I’ve got your perfect Friday night right here. Check the ingredients: 1. You, relaxing in comfy loungewear after a long day of [insert your noble profession here] 2. A piping hot pizza with plenty of crushed red peppers on top 3. Your entertainment of choice—might I suggest Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? 4. A big slice of…

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