September 2010

Olive and Rosemary Breads

Olive and Rosemary Breads

For olive lovers - these tender breads are delicious and easy to make!

Recipe: Olive and rosemary breads

Chocolate Nut Granola

Chocolate Nut Granola

A delicious healthy granola made with chocolate and whatever nuts you fancy - like peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews... I love the ingredients in this flexible recipe like the subtle blend of spice, fruit, chocolate, coconut oil, maple syrup... This granola can also be made gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats) and just happens to be vegan too.

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Granola

Balsamic Fudge Cookies

Balsamic Fudge Cookies

Nicole, the author of the A Dash of Compassion blog, has this to say about the awesome cookie recipe that she revamped from Fat Free Vegan to make use of oil rather than margarine, along with spelt flour and less sugar: "This original balsamic fudge cookie recipe is a healthy version of a fudgy, melt-in-your-mouth treat. It includes balsamic vinegar, which acts as an enhancer of the chocolate rather than a discreet flavour. It's amazing!"

Recipe: Balsamic Fudge Cookies

Lemon Cake with Crackly Caramel Glaze

Lemon Cake with Crackly Caramel Glaze

A delicious lemon cake - best cake I've ever baked - with a touch of caramel.

Recipe: Lemon cake with crackly caramel glaze

Viva Mexico! Black Bean Brownies

Viva Mexico! Black Bean Brownies

Today is Mexico's Bicentennial and we want to pay tribute to our host country by featuring a recipe that highlights some of the local ingredients we've come to love while living here. One of Patty's signature recipes, resulting from much experimentation and refinement, these gluten-free brownies are a delicious tribute to one of Mexico's staple ingredients, frijoles negros. And believe me, they really are awesome. Disfruta! :)

Recipe: Really Awesome Black Bean Brownies

Torta di Mele

Torta di Mele

Also known as Italian apple cake, I imagine fairies bake fantastic fall cakes like this one: "Gooey caramelized apples and warm cinnamon and moist crumbs of cake and the rich flavor of fig, with added texture from the pine nuts and a lighter citrus note from the lemon... this cake is sugary, dense, and bursting with flavor." Delizioso!

Recipe: Torta di Mele

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Raspberry Truffles

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Raspberry Truffles

Shanon's decadent chocolate cupcakes are filled with raspberry jam and topped with raspberry buttercream. But the crown jewel of these beauties is the fresh raspberry-chocolate truffle on top. Yes - that is a fresh raspberry piped full of homemade chocolate ganache. Swoon. I think I'm in heaven.

Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Raspberry Truffles

Cookies and Puddin'

Cookies and Puddin'

I crave chocolate. It's stashed everywhere - in my purse, in my drawer at work, on my nightstand... you get the idea. So when I make chocolate chip cookies, I usually add so many chocolate chips that there's barely enough dough to hold them together.

But, I think Natalie may have just solved my problem. She makes her cookies with a reasonable amount of chocolate chips, and then dunks them in a silky, homemade chocolate pudding. Genius. 

As another plus, if you're looking for a butter-free chocolate chip recipe, this is it!

Recipe: Cookies and Puddin'

Triple-Triple Chocolate Cake

Triple Chocolate Cake

This is the ultimate chocolate cake for the hardcore chocolate lover - a moist triple layered chocolate cake with three different types of ganache - white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, topped off with macarons filled with the same ganache.

recipe: Triple-Triple Chocolate Cake

Lemon Whoopie Pies

Lemon Whoopie Pies

A lovely lemon cream cheese filling, sandwiched between light and buttery cookies bursting with flavorful lemon zest... the perfect treat for those warm and sunny early fall days.

Recipe: Lemon Whoopie Pies