My final final of the semester is finally done. It was exciting—the power went out at the testing center about three quarters of the way through the exam. I was really glad I was taking a pencil and paper test and not a computerized exam like most of the people in the room.
So, I am on break for about 2 weeks. I still have to work during this time, but I don’t have to do homework when I get home from work, so I have that going for me. I’m hoping to get caught up on some recipe posts over break (also: organize the basement, organize my desk, hem a bunch of pants, catch up on some TV shows, finish the Hunger Games books, and sleep).
This pie is part of the posting catch-up—we had this pie at Thanksgiving and my mom has been asking me for the recipe for a few weeks. It is really tasty, kind of like a chocolate-covered cherry in pecan pie form—that totally makes sense, right? Continue reading ‘Chocolate-Glazed Cherry-Pecan Pie’
I am so excited for Christmas cookie season to arrive. I’ve been buying up holiday baking magazines and picking out recipes to try. Before I can drive into the baking, I must clean out the freezer so there is a place to store the cookie bounty until it is time to put together cookie trays and gift boxes. I’m working on it this weekend, but there is a lot of stuff in our freezer to use up.
In my magazine browsing, I found a recipe that I needed to try immediately—Goat Cheese Brownies. They are very similar to a cheesecake swirl brownie, but the cheesecake part is a bit tangier. They are absolutely delicious.
The original recipe includes a Honey and Cream Cheese Frosting, but I knew we would be happy with unfrosted brownies, so I skipped that part. I’ve included those instructions below, should you want to give the frosting a try.
Continue reading ‘Goat Cheese Brownies with Honey and Almonds’
A couple of weeks ago, my friend, Kim, brought some lemon zucchini bread to work to share. It was delicious. She offered the recipe and I accepted (duh!). While I am glad to have the recipe, I was immediately drawn to the Chocolate Zucchini Cake that is on the same piece of paper as the lemon bread. I’ll get to that bread eventually, but this cake is crazy good. It has a bit of cinnamon in it, so it has a Texas Sheet Cake taste to it. It also has a bag of chocolate chips on the top of the cake, so that is awesome. Continue reading ‘Chocolate Zucchini Cake’
Published April 19, 2011
Candy , Desserts
Tags: Candy, Chocolate
As recipes go, there isn’t much to this one, but it is so, so good. A couple of weeks ago, my co-worker Jackie brought some Easter candy to work. There were jelly beans and gumdrop fruit slices and those little Hershey’s candy bars. I like to put a fruit slice on top of the tiny candy bar and eat it all at once. I thought the whole process would be easier if the fruit slice was dipped in chocolate, so I didn’t have to mess with unwrapping the candy bar (it is such a chore). So that’s what I did. I also sprinkled just a bit of sea salt on top to achieve that wonderful salty-sweet mix and for general classiness (everything is more sophisticated with sea salt).
If you sprinkle with salt, these are best served shortly after the chocolate sets up. If you look closely at the picture, you can see the chocolate is starting to pit and change color a bit from the salt. Those fruit slices were about 24 hours old when I took the photo. After a weekend, the chocolate starts to dry and get a little crumbly, but the candy still tastes great.
*No actual fruit was harmed in creating this dish. Continue reading ‘Chocolate Covered Fruit Slices*’
Published March 1, 2011
Baking , Chocolate , Desserts , Pies
Tags: Chocolate, Nuts
There hasn’t been much cooking going on around here lately. When we haven’t been sick, we’ve been busy; when we haven’t been busy, we’ve been sick. So, when there was time and desire to cook, I thought I should make something worthy of the occasion. Something like Toll House Pie.
Toll House Pie is kind of like a chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust. It is delicious and it is really easy to make. I think it is best when it is a little warm and served with some vanilla ice cream. Continue reading ‘Toll House Pie’
Published January 18, 2011
Candy , Chocolate , Desserts
Tags: Chocolate, Peanuts
My grandma made this candy when I was a kid. In fact, I use the recipe she saved from the label of her Sather’s Cherry Drops (I don’t think Sather’s is in the Cherry Drop business anymore—they seem to lean heavily toward gummi candies at this point—but you can usually find cherry chips in the baking aisle of the grocery store). As I child, I did not fully appreciate the wonderfulness of this candy. Like many children, my sophisticated palate favored things like Nerds, or Candy Cigarettes, or Charleston Chew (random fact: I once lost three teeth eating a frozen Charleston Chew).
As an adult, I love this candy. I usually make it around Christmas, but the rest of the year I favor Cherry Mash for my cherry-chocolate fix. It has the perfect balance of cherry and chocolate and is, in my humble opinion, superior to the similar Twin Bing, where the cherry flavor is lost to the chocolate-peanut mixture. I have also tried the Big Cherry, which features a whole cherry inside the chocolate-peanut mixture. It was ok, but my heart belongs to Cherry Mash.
I have tried to put finely diced cherries into this candy, but I don’t think they add much to the flavor or texture. If you want to go this route, I recommend candied cherries over maraschino. Even well drained, the maraschino cherries still had too much liquid in them and the cherry layer did not firm properly when I used them. Continue reading ‘Cherry Chocolate Candy’