We love pastries, and one favorite dessert that I can’t get enough of is Baklava, a Greek pastry that is a favorite at our holiday parties. It also makes a great hostess or welcome-new-neighbor gift (I fill a decorative plate high with this yummy sweet and wrap it in colorful saran wrap to present it). If you are looking for a unique and tasty dessert treat to serve your friends and family, here is my family’s original, homemade baklava recipe!
Baklava Ingredients: 1 box phyllo dough sheets (1 lb) 1 1/2 lbs walnuts, chopped 1 1/2 cups sugar (separated into 1 cup and 1/2 cup portions) 2 tsps cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1 stick salted butter, melted 1 cup honey 2 oz orange juice Directions: 1. Irish Strawberry Trifle. Peach and Strawberry Cobbler. Easy Tiramisu. June 19, 2007 | By Adam Roberts | 18 Comments Tiramisu is a dessert I’ve only eaten at restaurants–usually with my family.
For some reason, the alchemy of its components always eluded me. It seemed like it might be very tricky to make. Chocolate Mousse. May 20, 2009 | By Adam Roberts | 11 Comments There is only one dessert to eat after Coq au Vin and that dessert is chocolate mousse.
Now, if you’re anything like me and you love the movie “Rosemary’s Baby” you won’t pronounce that chocolate mousse, you’ll pronounce it “chocolate mouse” employing your best Ruth Gordon voice. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, get thee to a video store STAT). Fortunately, this chocolate mousse recipe doesn’t come from a batty invasive neighbor who may have designs on my uterus but, instead, from our blog’s favorite non-batty aunt, Elise of Simply Recipes.
Late Night Lemon Mousse. September 17, 2009 | By Adam Roberts | 15 Comments After a long day on Tuesday of editing a video for Food2.com, I called Craig and told him to order a pizza.
When I came home, he was editing a video with his friend Alena. There’s a lot of video editing going on in our lives. And so we all snarfed down that pizza, they returned to their editing, and I–like the sophisticated, highbrow person that I am–watched “The View” on Tivo. At around midnight, after Alena left, I got a hankering for dessert and decided, at 12:15, to make a lemon mousse.
Chocolate-Pomegranate Mousse. November 16, 2009 | Print | E-mail | Filed under chocolate, pomegranate With all of those lovely pomegranates around the house that I blogged about last week, I just couldn’t resist coming up with some sweet ideas for them.
Crush the Oreos (pretty much the whole package, minus a handful, will do) until finely ground. A food processor does the best job, but if you don't have one, throw the cookies in a ziploc bag, grab a rolling pin, and go to town. 2. Transfer 3 cups of the Oreo crumbs to a bowl and add the cream cheese. Using a spoon, press, mix and stir until the cream cheese is completely mixed into the Oreo crumbs and you have a soft, homogeneous mixture. 3. 4. Note: When you crush the Oreos, use the whole cookie, cream and all. Peach Crumb Bars. My recent obsession with peaches started not long after crossing the Georgia state line en route to Florida on our vacation.
My Chief Culinary Consultant mentioned how we should stop to get a slice of peach pie since we were, in fact, in Georgia (the Peach State). I think my face lit up like a Christmas tree and then that was it – I had peach pie on the brain. We never stopped for pie since we were in the middle of a 16-hour road trip, but my craving was fulfilled a couple of days later when we couldn’t stop talking about peach pie and finally went and bought peaches and made a pie. It absolutely hit the spot and was probably the best peach pie I’ve ever eaten.
Peanut Butter Cup Bars Recipe. Exactly 9 days post-New Year’s my aforementioned aversion to sweets disappeared like a puff of smoke. The holiday sugar cloud has lifted and I am ready to dive into butter, chocolate, sugar and, of course… peanut butter! These peanut butter cup bars are nothing new to the blogosphere, but I am thrilled to finally have them back in my kitchen. I had my first encounter with these bars waaaaaay back in college. I was at a cookout/bonfire and a girl brought a pan of these. I’ve been a peanut butter fanatic pretty much since I uttered my first words, so needless to say I fell in love with these immediately. Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls. If you have a big soft spot in your heart for ooey gooey breakfast pastries, then you will no doubt fall in love with these at first bite. And if you don’t have that big soft spot, take one bite of these and I guarantee you will be a convert.
Cream cheese is rolled into the pastry dough (much like laminated dough) and creates a soft and flaky dough. That, combined with the incredible filling, makes for the most flavorful cinnamon rolls that I have ever tasted. While these require you to set aside some time and involve multiple steps, they are not difficult and without a doubt absolutely worth it.
If you have overnight guests and they wake up to these fresh from the oven, you will score some serious points and may have to start turning house guests away. Cake Batter Blondies. OMG. Kristina (my sister) called me on my way home from work today requesting that I make Better than Sex Cake, but not just any Better than Sex Cake, mom's Better than Sex Cake. An odd choice for a girl who doesn't like most chocolate desserts and scoffed at my brownies the night before. French Raspberry Tarts. Bonjour! Today Kristina and I made one of our favorite desserts ever: French Raspberry Tarts! About a year and half ago Kristina was a nanny for a family in California and just as I graduated college Kristina was about to travel to Paris with the family. I was invited along to assume the role of assistant Nanny.
It was a dream come true. I'd never been to Europe and was fresh out of college ready for a break. Inside Out Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Chocolate Mousse. As we have mentioned (repeatedly) my birthday was last week. The best part about birthdays is all the dessert. While in Washington DC we visited cupcake shop after cupcake shop. Cinnamon and Sugar Toasted Mini Pita Fruit Nachos… Cinnamon and Sugar Toasted Mini Pita Fruit Nachos with Honeyed Mascarpone and Dark Chocolate Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. We ended up taking the boys to see “How To Train Your Dragon” in 3D Saturday and LOVED it. Food Court Cinnamon Buns. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Sandwich recipe. Chocolate Dipped Clementines.