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Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée
Today is a very special day. It’s a special day because I’m sharing with you my favorite dessert on earth. Mmm…Crème Brûlée. It’s even fun to say, even if it is a pain in the neck to type. I’ve loved it for a very, very, very long time. I included this crème brûlée recipe in my cookbook, and had planned for it to remain one of the cookbook-only recipes in there. “I’m getting ready to make Crème Brûlée and I can’t stand not sharing it on my website.” Cassie replied “I completely agree. This is why I love Cassie. Then she wrote back and said, “You think you could possibly send me those Black Heels edits so we could actually publish the book sometime?” I didn’t answer her. This is Crème Brûlée, my friends. I think I was hitting the sauce when I wrote that chapter. Here’s how you make it. Begin by pouring heavy cream into a saucepan. This! (Note that this ingredient is not required! Add it right on into the cream. Bring the cream to a simmer over medium-low heat. Look at all the vanilla! Sorry.

Candied Pecans | kevin & amanda { blog } I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! My mom and I have been cooking up a storm this week. Just like we always do when we get together! If we’re not hitting the sales, we can’t seem to stay out of the kitchen. Here’s another one of my favorite holiday treats from my mom. Pecans are good for you.. right? These are so easy to make. You need 2 egg whites for this recipe, but go ahead and save those egg yolks. Mix the egg whites with 2 tablespoons of water. Toss in your pecans.. And stir to coat. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Then sprinkle it like a waterfall onto the pecans. Stir well to coat, making sure every last morsel of pecan is covered in the cinnamon-sugar perfection. Spread the sugar-glazed pecans onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Oh man, when you open that oven, prepare to be blown away. What did you get for Christmas this year? Candied Pecans Preheat oven to 225. Make for: Appetizers, Snacks

See Girl Cook - Dark Chocolate Candied Orange Peels I’m back again and finally have something new for you. My holidays went wonderfully and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family and visiting with friends I don’t often see. I am also so very happy to announce that I have a brand-spankin’ new nephew! His name is Iker and he is just adorable. Okay, so back to the recipe. Ingredients 3 large oranges 8 ounces water 8 ounces sugar 8 ounces dark chocolate Directions Slice the ends off of the oranges, score the peel from one end to the other, and remove the peels off the oranges. Using a medium size pot, place the peels in boiling water and blanch them for a few minutes. Prepare the simple syrup by combining the water and sugar in a sauce pot. Melt the dark chocolate over a double boiler. Recipe adapted from Food Network You Might Also Like:

The Best Chocolate Mousse of Your Life Under 5 Minutes : Cafe Fernando – Food Blog - chocolate mousse recipe - herve this - Chocolate December 22nd, 2010 | Category: Chocolate Two ingredients (seriously, only chocolate and water) and five minutes later, you will be eating The Best Chocolate Mousse of Your Life. I promise. And you don’t even need any fancy kitchen gadgets. This amazing discovery was made by the famous French chemist, Hervé This, who is also known as the man who unboiled an egg. Since the recipe has only two ingredients, it all comes down to the quality of the chocolate you use. Don’t take this as a mousse recipe only. You can also flavor it with spices like cinnamon or cayenne pepper or add a tablespoon of liquor like Grand Marnier, Chartreuse or Tia Maria. Or boil the water first, take off heat, place a couple of Earl Grey tea bags, let infuse and then use it as your liquid. The most important part of the recipe is achieving the right consistency. As soon as I hit the publish button, I’ll start working against a very tight deadline for the book. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Homemade Chocolate Pop Tarts | The Family Kitchen Stevie Wonder has sung about it. The Black Eyed Peas have belted it during half time. Beiber has prompted you to get the fever. It’s time to celebrate the season as love and there’s no better way to show someone you adore them than with these simple homemade chocolate poptarts. Two ingredients is all you need to make these glorious confections, reminiscent of the chocolate-filled croissants you find in many a French bakery. They are simple, flaky, and perfectly divine. Chocolate Poptarts 2 prepared pie crusts2 dark chocolate bars (I used Lindt with a hint of Sea Salt) Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Serve poptarts hot or cold, with a glass of cold milk.

Drunken Coffee Jello Squares OK, kids: This is coffee. In solid form. It’s been sweetened with condensed milk and booze-ified with a healthy dose of Kahlua—then rubberized into a blissful, cocktail-hour finger food thanks to the magic of gelatin. (If you know me, you know how much I love coffee, so you can imagine how excited I was when I came across the recipe.) Now, you have to like Jello, or Jello-like food, for this to work. Huge thanks to The Food Librarian for sharing their deliciousness. (If you haven’t checked out the Food Librarian’s blog, you should. So, years ago, I had several meals that ended with Classic American Jello Mold Torture. This is not that jello. This jello is the short and stout cousin of Vietnamese iced coffee, that fabulous concoction of espresso and condensed milk. This is jello that you could serve to your foodie friends. This stuff is silly. The short version of the recipe goes like this Bloom the gelatin (i.e. mix it together with water) for about 10 minutes. That’s it. Brew the coffee

Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding — No Kids Allowed Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding — No Kids Allowed Posted on 23 February 2010 by Mădălina At first glance, this looks like a cup of dark chocolate hot cocoa, but take a closer look and you’ll find the ultimate after-dinner-dessert. Finally, a treat for the adults only– a simple, yet sinful take on a classic. I added Baileys Irish Cream, and used semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk-chocolate, and feel free to splurge on the more expensive chocolate. The garnish is up to you. Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Pudding Cups — NO Kids Allowed Ingredients: (makes 6 – half cup servings) 6 oz. – semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. used for topping; splurge for the higher quality chocolate) 4 oz. – Bailey’s Irish Cream Liquor 1/3 – cup golden syrup 2 1/2 – cups warm milk 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp – corn starch 2 – egg yolks, whisked 1 – tsp pure vanilla extract 1 – tbsp butter garnish (optional) – marshmallows, chocolate chips, whip-cream, walnuts, ice cream, etc. Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Garnish, and serve. Ingredients: garnish 3. 5. 6.

Banana and Chocolate Mascarpone Crepes | Evil Shenanigans - Baking & Cooking Blog The combination of chocolate and banana is highly underrated. Aside from some frozen bananas dipped in chocolate, and chocolate chip banana bread, the combination is largely overlooked. Well, break out your bananas because we are going to make something that will make chocolate lovers rejoice. The crepes are chocolate but they do not have any sugar in them. If you love chocolate and bananas then you need to make this recipe. Banana and Chocolate Mascarpone Crepes Yield 12 crepes For the crepes: 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 3 ounces all-purpose flour 1 ounce unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 tablespoon coffee liquor 3/4 cup Milk, 1% or higher For the filling: 6 ounces mascarpone cheese 1/3 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon coffee liquor Pinch of salt 3-4 large bananas, sliced into 1/8″ disks Additional powdered sugar for dusting Chill the batter for 30 minutes.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries | Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries These cheesecake stuffed strawberries are the perfect dessert treat! Can I just say that I have died and gone to heaven. Making up the filling was a breeze too. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries Yield: 10 - 12 strawberries (depending on size) Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 pound large strawberries 8 ounce block cream cheese – softened 3 – 4 tablespoons powdered sugar (depends on how sweet you want the filling) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or use almond, lemon, etc. ) Graham cracker crumbs Source: Inspired by pictures seen on Pinterest Directions: Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla with a mixer or by hand. You could also drizzle or dip strawberries in chocolate if desired. Enjoy!!! I stored my stuffed strawberries in the fridge although I find they taste best the day,or second after, they are made.

Oh Fudge! 8 Awesome Fudge Recipes By bellalimento | Photo Credit: Susan, DoughMessTic Fudge has been a part of my Christmas memories for as long as I can remember. My grandma made it and my mom makes it and now I’m making it. To get you in the candy making spirit, we searched the Family Kitchen and blogosphere to find some very traditional fudge recipes as well as a few non-traditional {like the nutella and sea salt chocolate and caramel fudge pictured above}. nggallery id=’120150′ Peppermint Fudge Festive, fun and perfect for the holidays! Winter Fresh Fudge Definitely decadent. Irresistible Nutella Fudge This fudge has a great combination of texture and flavor. Holly Jolly Fudge Put on a holly jolly Christmas and bake up a batch of the festive fudge. Read more from bell’alimento on her Food Blog, Twitter & Facebook. More on Babble About bellalimento bellalimento Paula Jones started her blog, Bell'alimento, in 2009 as a place to share her recipes with her friends and family.

salted caramel brownies A couple months ago, someone requested that I try my hand at caramel brownies. Amazingly, this person was not my husband, but he endorsed this idea so wholeheartedly that I suspect he might have paid this person off. Then again, in most people’s minds, who doesn’t want to make caramel brownies? But then, as I did a quick search or two, I discovered things that caused me to make that crooked face that I made when I’m thinking really hard, because sometimes after a day of explaining to a preschooler why we have to wear pants when we leave the apartment when I fully understand the desire to simply not wear pants sometimes, thinking is really hard. By now, I already accepted that any further resistance would be futile. The only idea I had left was the craziest one, wherein you kind of fake-make caramel candies that are cold and big enough that they take longer to disappear into the the batter than the batter takes to bake. Salted Caramel Brownies