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Fortune Cookies. Santa hat brownies « daisy's world. Aren’t these Santa Hat Brownies just so cute?

santa hat brownies « daisy's world

Thanks to Erica’s Sweet Tooth for the inspiration. Marshmallow Fondant. Fondant always looks gorgeous on a cake but it’s not exactly a convenient thing to find.

Marshmallow Fondant

Plus, it’s pretty expensive and doesn’t taste good, blah! I found a recipe to create a really easy (and delicious) marshmellow fondant substitute and works great! Bag of mini marshmallows Bag of powdered sugar Large microwaveable bowl Oil Rolling Pin Pour the bag of marshmallows into the microwaveable bowl Pour two tablespoons of water into the bowl and stick in the microwave for 45 seconds Microwave again for another 30 seconds and start stirring, microwaving more until it’s creamy (above) Now start pouring powered sugar into the bowl a few cups at a time.

Eventually your marshmellow dough will because this soft, beautiful fondant. Then add more sugar to your rolling pin and start to roll it out. Coffee Custard. Whenever I ask men to choose their favorite dessert, they nearly always answer by naming some sort of cream, custard or pudding.

Coffee Custard

I don’t really have a theory about this but I fully understand why custard would be anyone’s favorite. Crème Brûlée has been such a standard on dessert menus for years along with Butterscotch Pudding, Crème Caramel or Flan. Creamy Custard. The ultimate beauty of custard is found in its simplicity – eggs, dairy, sugar, a bit of flavoring and not much else.

Creamy Custard

But how you work with these ingredients makes all the difference in the world. If you’ve tried baking custard and have been less than thrilled with your results, you’ll want to try these techniques and see if you don’t fall in love with the melt-in-your-mouth texture and sublime flavor of these baked custards. What makes custard such a desirable dessert is its velvety luxuriousness. Because one of the basic ingredients of custard is eggs, the silkiness of baked custard comes from controlling both the temperature of the mixture before it’s baked and during the baking process. Shuna Lydon is a pastry chef known for her wonderful custards and her engaging personal and work life confessionals at her blog, Eggbeater.

So now that we’ve seen some of the techniques for producing the silkiest custard, it’s time to put it all to the test. Blueberry Buckle. Blueberries are a beautiful and healthy fruit with a very unique flavor.

Blueberry Buckle

There is really nothing like blueberry pie. That unmistakable deep blue-purple juiciness combined with a tender flaky crust is hard to beat. Individual Boston Cream Pies. If you’re in the mood for a delicious little treat, you might consider a return to an old-fashioned American classic from the mid-1800s, Boston Cream Pie.

Individual Boston Cream Pies

You know the one - it’s the pie that is really a cake, picking up its name because it was probably first baked in a pie plate long before the advent of cake pans. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. I don't like pumpkin foods.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

It all started when I had my first taste of pumpkin pie and then had the stomach flu the next day. But last Thanksgiving I was in charge of the desserts. Homemade pop tarts. Chocolate whiskey and beer cupcakes. Skeleton Gingerbread Men Cookies. Who says gingerbread men are just for Christmas?

Skeleton Gingerbread Men Cookies

(Really, who does say that? I’m assuming someone does) It’s time to rip off the lederhosen and get ready for a Halloween edition. First we’ll need our little cookie people. Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. If you enjoy cheesecake, then you will love these cupcakes.

Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

They consist of cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, a layer of homemade raspberry jelly, and are topped with cream cheese whipped cream. Can you say yum? Green apple sorbet. I first made green apple sorbet was about a year and a half ago and it wasn't anything to write home about.

Green apple sorbet

I'd just received a stand mixer and an ice cream bowl attachment and I was super excited about using it. I picked a recipe and started making it. Not knowing anything about making ice cream and sorbet I didn't realise just how smooth a puree needs to be to make creamy ice cream. I neither pureed the apples enough nor strained them.

Cappuccino-Fudge Cheesecake. How to Make Chocolate Ice-cream Cups Using Balloons - Funny Mike. Rubik's Battenburg Cake. Foolproof Holiday Fudge. Your Cup of Cake: Andes Mint Cupcakes. New photo from my cookbook “Your Cup of Cake” I was introduced to Andes Mints at a very young age. Though, my strongest memory was not of eating them, it was of being attacked by them. My family commonly went to a little Mexican restaurant in town, and when we finished eating we would get these mints with the check.

My two older brothers would make a sort of blow dart from the wrapper, and choose their target. Me. Ingredients Chocolate Cakes: The Pastry Affair - Home - Butterbeer. This is part III in a mini-series of Harry Potter snacks from the books brought to life (part I is on Honeydukes treats, part II is all about the cauldron cakes, and part IV showcases decadent butterbeer cupcakes).

Last August, my family made the two thousand mile journey to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Orlando has always been one of my family's favorite vacation destinations. Add in my love (and obsession) with Harry Potter and we all knew that once the park officially opened I couldn't be kept away for long. On the big day, we woke up at an obscene hour to a bright dawn. While the rest of my family was dragging their feet and speaking in yawns, I was too excited to dwell on my lack of sleep and tired eyes. This was my moment. When I entered the park, I was immediately swept away by the architecture and the detail. Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" - COOKING.

11/13/11 Note: Over the years since I posted this, there has been lots of talk on the thread. I've gone through and tried to add in as many alternatives & suggestions as possible, as well as answer some candy trouble-shooting questions down below at the bottom of the post! I know there are probably lot of you out there who either need a really simple last minute gift, or who with the terrible economy want to make INEXPENSIVE gifts this year. This is one of the easiest, cheapest, and yet most impressive gourmet-ish gifts I've ever found.

Cupcakes. Frappuccino on a Stick. Ring in a Sweet New Year with Cosmopolitan Cupcakes. I'm sure it'll come as no surprise to anyone to learn that I like to ring in the New Year with sweets. Homemade Marshmallows. Homemade Pie Crust Tutorial (Pastry Dough) *PICS ACTUALLY WORK! - CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES. FYI, we won't include this in the final poll. Cobbler baked in jars. I made these for the Seattle Bake Sale for Share Our Strength organized by Frantic Foodie (thanks Keren!). How to make hard candy jewels. Presentation. Taste of Home Community. HowTo: Deliciously Sweet Pie Crust French Fries « Wonderment Blog. Fruit Tart.