Chocolate

Faaaaaaaabulous Birthday Cake for TWD!

This week is the second anniversary of Tuesdays with Dorie, the wonderful baking group that bakes each week out of Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours. I do believe that this group is the primary engine that keeps me blogging, since I am a chronic blog neglector and would probably let this…

Deep Chocolate Brownies

Recently I received some samples of TCHO baking chocolate to try. If you’re not familiar with TCHO, they’re an artisan, bean-to-bar chocolate company based in San Francisco. I’d tried their chocolate bars in the past, and found them very good, but far too pricey to do any baking with…it’s the kind of chocolate you savor…

TWD: Mint and Chocolate Split-Level Pudding

Originally, I wasn’t going to make these split-level puddings. We’re not…how you say…pudding people around my house, and it seemed like a waste of time and energy to make something no one would really eat. But then, my friends, I had a vision. A vision of adorable mini pudding glasses filled with rich chocolate ganache…

TWD: Caramel Crunch Tart with Nougat Ice Cream

Hello, Snickers bar disguised as a fancy tart! I mean, that’s what this was, right? A crispy tart shell encased a fabulously dark caramel sauce studded with salty peanuts, topped by a rich chocolate ganache. Caramel + peanuts + chocolate = Snickery goodness. Of course, this tart was waaaay better than your common candy bar.I…

Baby, You’re A Rock Star Shower Cake

Something’s in the water round these parts, because all of my friends are either new mothers or expecting. Downside: being (blissfully) left out of dirty diaper and breastfeeding discussions. Upside: baby showers and the desserts that go along with them! (Oh, and the resulting babies are a pretty big upside too.) This past weekend we…

Tuesdays with Mommie II: Chocolate Souffles

Guess who’s back baking with me?! I’ll give you a hint: you may know her from such baking adventures as Tuesdays with Mommie: Linzer Sables. Yes, it’s my ma! She’s here visiting us for a few days, and she brought our signature baking move with her:

The Daring Bakers: Dobos Torte

I posted a few days ago about the baking slump I’m in. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: dieting is bad for baking mojo. So much of the fun of baking is sucked out of the experience when you can’t fully enjoy the finished product! Or, in the case of these mini…

TWD: Brownie Buttons

I loved everything about these wee cute-as-a-you-know-what brownie buttons. Adorable size? Check. Easy to make? Yes. Good crunchy-crust-to-fudgy interior ration? Uh-huh. Twee name? Absolutely. Great taste? Certainly!After a morning of airplane travel and hours spent at the Sprint store and grocery store, it was a relief to be able to come home, make these, photograph…

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