Let me pull on my Cliché Pants for a moment and say that I just can’t believe 2012 has come and gone so quickly. Time flies is not exactly an original sentiment, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
It’s been a good year. A packed year. I had a book baby. I had a real baby. I learned that both of those things are incompatible with decent sleep. I became obsessed with the tv show Vampire Diaries (don’t judge) and vowed to never tell anyone that shameful secret…whoops. I didn’t read hardly at all, but I did steal a bunch of books from my father-in-law, which is almost the same thing. I finally gave in and bought brightly colored skinny jeans. Conformity, thy name is Elizabeth. Oh, and I made lots of desserts!
Here are a few of my favorite things from this past year. They’re not necessarily the most popular dishes, page view-wise (those can be found on the right sidebar), but they’re some of the desserts that I loved eating the most…and shouldn’t that be the ultimate criteria for a best-of list? You can click on the picture to find the original post and the recipe.
Fresh Mint Semifreddo: I’m a sucker for fresh mint anything, and this frozen dessert did not disappoint. The texture is like a cross between ice cream and mousse, and the flavor combination of bright, fresh mint and semi-sweet chocolate is amazing. These are the perfect solution to the “I-don’t-have-an-ice-cream-maker” blues!
Meringue-Topped Blondies: Tender blondies, packed with chocolate, nuts and coconut, topped with pillowy brown sugar meringue? Don’t mind if I do! These bars are a bit more complicated than your typical mix-and-bake brownie, but they’re worth it if you’re looking for something special. I love what the meringue layer adds to the bars: a crisp topping that melts into marshmallowy goodness. I could eat these things all day.
2-Ingredient Nutella Mousse: aka The Most Dangerous Recipe I Know. Who on earth needs to know that they can make mousse with just two common ingredients? That knowledge is dangerous. This way lies disaster…and obesity…and sweet, sweet Nutella mousse. I’m sorry in advance, and also, you’re welcome.
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Trifle: I realize this is two chocolate-hazelnut desserts in one list, but hey, now you know that I love chocolate and hazelnuts, and also, it’s not possible to have too many chocolate-hazelnut desserts. This trifle was delicious fully assembled, but I chose this post on the strength of the hazelnut mousse recipe alone. It’s marvelous served plain, or used as a tart or cake filling.
Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding: In 2013 I might just change the name of this website to BreadPuddingHero.com. I’m obsessed. True story. This version is my very favorite to date: soft, sweet bread pudding with a gooey cinnamon swirl throughout, and a topping of cream cheese frosting. It’s half-breakfast, half-dessert, and one hundred percent awesome.
So there you have it—raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, and these five desserts are a few of my favorite things. I’ve loved sharing them with you this past year, and I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring! (Spoiler alert: hazelnuts will probably be involved.) Happy new year, sweet friends!
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