December 2010

Cherry and Almond Tartlets

Cherry and almond tartlets

A delicious almond pastry + homemade cherry vanilla jam are a match made in heaven!

Recipe: Cherry and almond tartlets

L'Exotique

L'Exotique

Swee always submits the most beautiful dishes - carefully crafted and full of delicate, balanced flavors. This cake is no exception.

I'll admit that I had to Google "dacquoise," which is a layered cake, usually served chilled and accompanied by fruit. A very fitting definition for this dessert. Swee's layers of coconut-lime cake are intermingled with mango gelee, passionfruit and mango bavarian cream and lemongrass bavarian cream. Then, the whole thing is topped with white chocolate ganache.

You're supposed to chill this beauty for 3-6 hours before serving, but if you're anything like me you're already contemplating how to take a bite!

Recipe: L'Exotique

Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Filling

Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Filling

Gingersnaps are one of those classic Christmas cookies that will never go out of style. They are also easy to dress up with icings and fillings like Christina's yummy cinnamon cream. The sweetness of the filling complements the spiciness of the ginger, and if you make these the day before, "the cookies will soften and the flavors will mingle, making them even more irresistible!"

Recipe: Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Filling

Cinnabon Rolls

Cinnabon Rolls

Just take one look at these cinnamon rolls, and try not to get hungry.  Drizzled with icing, nuts, and warm from the oven - they look and taste just like the ones from Cinnabon - but better!

Recipe: Cinnabon Rolls

Lebkuchen with Amaretto-Vanilla Glaze

Lebkuchen with Amaretto-Vanilla Glaze

Sometimes a picture says it all. Look at the amaretto-vanilla glaze on these amazing lebkuchen from Jessica - she describes them as "a comforting German Christmas cookie that will put anyone in the holiday spirit!" Indeed!

Recipe: Lebkuchen with Amaretto-Vanilla Glaze

Linzer Christmas Cookies

Linzer Christmas Cookies

Amazingly sophisticated cookies from La Kocinera - she shares the classic recipe as well as step-by-step instructions.  I love the way she describes them: "Sparkling like the lights on a tree, Linzer Cookies are the perfect treat for Christmas."

Recipe: Linzer Christmas Cookies

Plum Burnt-Butter Pistachio Cakes

Plum Burnt-Butter Pistachio Cakes

Stone fruit season is here in Brazil and it's time to enjoy these delicious treats that are quick and easy to make!

Recipe: Plum burnt-butter pistachio cakes

Chocolate Coffee Cake with Cashew Ganache

Chocolate Coffee Cake with Cashew Ganache

My feature article on chocolate in Women's Health magazine just hit the shelves and includes this delightful chocolate coffee cake with cashew ganache.

Recipe: Chocolate Coffee Cake

Raspberry Marble Cheesecake

Raspberry Marble Cheesecake

Fresh raspberry puree swirled with a rich and creamy cheesecake on top of a buttery graham cracker crust - all in a sweet little bite-sized portion. Go ahead - indulge!

Recipe: Raspberry Marble Cheesecake

Chai Gingerbread Bars

Chai Gingerbread Bars

There's something very festive about Indian chai tea, and it's so wonderful to see this sweet aromatic spice mix popping up in baked goods: "Chai Tea meets Gingerbread in these scrumptious, soft, spicy bars." Yum!

Recipe: Chai Gingerbread Bars