TWD: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches and Bonbons

Let it be known: this was the week all of my husband’s dreams came true. You see, he is a simple man, with simple dessert needs. While I love deep, dark chocolate cakes drizzled with five kinds of sauces and topped with sorbets that involve obscure ingredient combinations, he likes vanilla ice cream. By itself….

Daring Bakers Knockoff Cookies

I had mixed feelings when I read about this month’s Daring Bakers challenge. We were given two recipes that were “copycats” of popular store-bought cookies: chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies, and Pepperidge Farm Milanos. On the one hand, it didn’t seem too daring. On the other, summers get busy, and whipping out a few batches of cookies…

Pita Bread, Jell-o, and a Radical 80′s Dessert

Hey, look, I have a blog! Life’s been busy recently and I took an unplanned blogcation for a few weeks–whoops. Sometimes a little break can be a good thing, though. Here are the highlights: I had a dinner party recently. The theme was “Dining Through the Decades” and the dinner featured nine courses, each from…

TWD: Tribute to Katharine Hepburn Brownies

Hrmmm. I have serious doubts about these “Tribute to Katharine Hepburn” brownies being an actual tribute to Katharine Hepburn. I mean, they don’t look a thing like her! How can you compare those dull chocolate squares to this dame? Check out her killer cheekbones. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. Now HERE’S…

Red, White, and Blue Velvet Cake

Some people celebrate the Fourth of July with picnics, or barbecues, or fireworks, to which I say, fireworks, shmireworks! Let’s celebrate with cake instead. Red, White and Blue Velvet cake, to be exact. It looks super-impressive when it’s cut into, but it’s not any more complicated to make than a regular red velvet cake. The…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Perfect Party Cake

You know, I’m not the most obedient Tuesdays with Dorie baker. Sometimes I take liberties with an ingredient (or two, or three…) and I don’t always stay true to the recipes. But I like to think I have my priorities in order, and I follow the instructions when they’re absolutely necessary. So when Dorie ordered…

DB Bakewell Tart: In Which I Abuse British-isms

This month’s Daring Bakers challenge was that most English of desserts, the Bakewell tart. Jolly good! Shortbread crust, a layer of preserves, and a frangipane (almond paste) topping, all baked up nice and brown, and Bob’s your uncle. The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie…

TWD: Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise

In honor of this week’s TWD recipe, a coconut-roasted pineapple dacquoise, I have composed an original song. Sing with me now: If you like pina colada, and making egg white meringue and placing chunks of pineapple under an open flame, Even if fancy french dessert names tend to stick in your craw You will like…

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