Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Vanilla Bean French Macarons

Macarons, French Macarons, Vanilla Bean Macarons, Black and White Macarons, Vanilla Chocolate Macarons, Macaron Tips, Black and White CookiesI remember the first time I tasted a macaron.  My husband and I attended his company Christmas party at the Hyatt in downtown Denver, and it was a very fancy, catered affair with an unbelievable amount of food, drinks and gaming tables.

The dessert table was full of tiny, bite-sized treats, little cakes, tartlets and macarons in so many colors and flavors.  And after trying one or two, we had to go back for a couple more.  They were the most intriguing little cookie I'd ever tasted.  Crisp on the outside, soft, sweet and chewy inside, with creamy fillings in any flavor you could want.  And so pretty.  I love pretty treats.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Apricot Almond Cake

Apricot Almond Cake, Apricot Cake, Summer Dessert, Cake Decorating Ideas, Watercolor Cake, Watercolor ButtercreamI always think of the start of school as the beginning of fall, but it seems like school starts earlier now than it did when I was a kid, and yet it's still very much summer.  The hot, humid weather really doesn't agree with me, though, and I can't wait for cooler days.  Taking my boys outside to play mainly involves chasing my one-year-old around in the sun, fishing pea gravel and mulch out of his mouth, and trying to prevent him from picking all the flowers that I've worked so hard to grow.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Plum Crumb Pie

Plum Pie, Plum Crumb Pie, Plum Crisp, Summer Pie IdeasThe stone fruits are abundant this month, and I can't get enough of them.  Peaches sliced on cereal, or topped with yogurt and cinnamon for dessert, and cherries just for snacking.  I have plans for apricots and cake very soon.

A few weeks ago, I brought home a bag full of beautiful plums, and immediately set about making a crumble topped plum pie.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Peaches and Cream Cake

Peaches and Cream Cake, Peach Cake, White Velvet Cake, Buttermilk Birthday Cake, Cake Decorating IdeasFor my birthday last week, the best present was my husband taking two days off work to spend with us.  I was surprised to wake up Thursday morning to the smell of bacon, and after getting my boys up and dressed and downstairs, there were presents and blueberry pancakes waiting.

"It's a birthday party!" my two-and-a-half-year-old exclaimed, upon seeing the wrapped presents.  He eagerly ate his pancake, and couldn't wait to help me open presents, which included a new double waffle maker and a couple of baking books.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Buttermilk Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Frosting

Cinnamon Rolls, Buttermilk Rolls, Overnight Cinnamon Rolls, Brown Butter Frosting, Best Cinnamon Roll RecipeCinnamon rolls are such a labor of love.  The mixing and kneading, the filling and rolling, the waiting and waiting for them to rise.  And there's nothing like that first taste, that perfect swirling bite of warm, soft yeasted bread, cinnamon and sugar, all slathered in sweet, creamy frosting.  That taste that says, someone loves you enough to get up early and make cinnamon rolls.

I bake cinnamon rolls maybe 2-3 times a year, reserving them for special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but recently I made them for my husband on Father's Day.  A few days after the rolls were gone, I was fixing a bowl of yogurt and fruit for my toddler's breakfast, and I asked him if he wanted cinnamon on top.  He replied, "I'll have cinnamon rolls."

Friday, June 28, 2019

Strawberry Orange Cheesecake

Strawberry Orange Cheesecake, Strawberry Cheesecake, No-bake Cheesecake Recipe, Strawberry Dessert Recipes, Summer Dessert, No-bake DessertWith the weather heating up, I'm less inclined to bake lately, although I still crave sweet things.  And anything with fresh berries and cream for dessert suits me just fine when it's hot out.

Cheesecake is a good compromise since I only bake the crust, and my cheesecake recipes usually have an egg-free, no-bake filling that's thickened with gelatin.  The result is a superbly creamy, light, almost mousse-like filling that makes a perfect summer dessert...

Monday, June 24, 2019

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Cake with Flowers, Chocolate Ganache, Cake Decorating IdeasOne of the first cake recipes I shared on this blog about six years ago was for Mint Chocolate Chip Cake.  It's been on my mind to update my recipe - not to mention those awful early photos of mine - and so a few weeks ago, I was finally able to get around to making this beauty.