Sunday, October 7, 2018

Charlotte Cake

Cake, Naked Cake, Charlotte Cake, Sponge Cake, Chocolate CakeWhen I first saw the Charlotte Cake topped with fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar in King Arthur Flour's spring catalog, I tore the page out and set it on my desk in our kitchen, hoping my husband would take the hint and buy the Charlotte Cake Pan for my birthday.  He did!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bourbon and Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Bourbon Cookies, Brown Butter Pecan Cookies, Butter PecanThese cookies have bourbon in them.  The alcohol is cooked off while browning the butter, but the flavor remains, making these a truly fantastic chocolate chip cookie.  I know everyone has a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe - I have two or three that I can't quite choose between as a favorite - but this version is definitely worth adding to the rotation.

Every time I ask my husband what his favorite cookie, cake, pie, etc, that I've ever made is, he says, "Why do I have to pick a favorite?"  Good point, but I still like to know which recipes he likes better than others and why...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Salted Peanut Butter Ice Cream and a Better Brownie

Brownies, Fudge Brownies, Chocolate Desserts, Peanut Butter, Ice Cream, Peanut Butter Ice CreamPeanut butter is something I couldn't get enough of throughout my pregnancies, and rarely would a day pass that I didn't have a snack consisting of a banana or apple with peanut butter, or peanut butter toast and a glass of milk.  And now, I have a toddler who loves peanut butter, and has recently discovered how fun it is to dip things in it.  Messy, as you can imagine.

I prefer the all-natural peanut butters with a little salt, and although I used to believe you couldn't bake a decent cookie with all-natural peanut butter (because of the separation of the oil), I've since changed my mind.  It really requires no change other than just a bit more flour in the dough and a good couple of hours to chill to compensate for the thinner consistency of the peanut butter.

Chocolate was my other essential treat while pregnant, specifically those peanut-butter-filled Dove chocolate promises.  So when I made this Salted Peanut Butter Ice Cream, naturally, I had to make some brownies to go with it...

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wedding Vows Pie and a Polkadot Drip Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Polkadot Cake, Cake Decorating, Rosette CakeSaturday was my 4th wedding anniversary - four years married to my amazing husband and best friend, who has become such a wonderful father to our two little boys.  Our life together is everything I ever wanted for a family of my own, and as our relationship has evolved from boyfriend and girlfriend, to newlyweds, to parents, I'm more sure than ever that this is exactly where I want to be.  That he is my person forever.

To celebrate, I made a pie on Friday which we finished over the weekend, and a cake for today, but I'll start with the cake...

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Lavender Lemon Cake

Lavender Lemon Cake, Edible Lavender, Lemon Cake, Lemon Buttercream, Herb Garden
Lavender grows exceptionally well in Colorado, and I see it all over town as landscaping, although, after researching perennials that grow well in Colorado, what I have seen around town might actually be Russian Sage, which looks somewhat similar to lavender.  With its hardy leaves and bright purple flowers that last all summer, it's a pretty and easy plant to maintain.

I finally used the last of my packet of lavender I bought in Palisade a couple years ago, so it was time to grow my own.  Last summer, we planted edible lavender in the corner of our back yard, and while the plant grew substantially in a few months, there were no flowers last year.  This summer, though, it's grown so much more, with its first flowering stalks ready to be cut and dried...

Monday, August 20, 2018

Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Shortbread, Vanilla Bean Cookies, Cutout Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Buttercream Roses, Strawberry Buttercream, Lavender LemonIn my recipe archives, you can find quite a few different shortbread cookie recipes, sometimes dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with toffee or crushed nuts and salt, sometimes studded with chocolate chips, or flavored with lemon or almond or even lavender.  These salted pecan shortbread cookies with pumpkin ice cream were just to die for.  Besides all the cookies, I've made so many cookie bars and tarts with a shortbread crust and crumble on top.  I really, really love shortbread, and I even baked some for the dessert table at my wedding...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Strawberry Brown Butter Cookies and Plum Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Brown Butter Cookies, Strawberry CookiesBefore I used those freeze-dried strawberries in my Strawberry Birthday Cake, I baked them into these cookies.  I had never had a strawberry cookie before, and I'm betting you probably haven't either, so let me tell you, these are simply delicious.

A cookie (or two or three) with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee is one of the ultimate comfort foods, and I only just recently bought a cookie jar to keep cookies, since until now, I just stored them in tupperware.  But I swear that cookies taste even better when they're kept in a pretty white hobnail jar on the counter.  My toddler absolutely loved these cookies, and would reach up towards the jar and ask in a hopeful voice, "cookie?"