Cream Puffs

 

I admit it, I’m a sucker for ALL things Valentine’s Day. The candy hearts, the chocolate the stuffed animals. When I worked as a waitress, I loved working on Valentine’s day and seeing all the couples dressed up, staring at each other with hearts in their eyes *sigh* It just warms my heart seeing people in love expressing that love. So here is my lovey-dovey classic Cream Puff Recipe filled with strawberry cream and Nutella just in time for the big day.

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Vanilla Toffee Malt Ball Cupcakes

 

Happy New Year ya’ll. I hope everyone is off to a great start. I for one am READY for a fresh new year. I’ve got my goals written down, and action plan in place and lots of butter cream coming your way.  Ok, back to these little gems-behold my Vanilla toffee malt ball cupcakes =)  This super moist cake is packed with BIG flavor and a creamy malty butter cream.  They were a hit for my BFF’s going away party (waaahhh I don’t want her to leave)

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Peppermint Truffle Cookie Bites

Happy Holidays ya’ll. Boy do I have a treat for you. I was up late one night racking my brain trying to come up with my next recipe. Then it hit me like snowball–white chocolate+ milk chocolate+ peppermint, um yes please. The cookie portion is a crunchy chocolate mint cookie, topped with a white chocolate truffle (with a shot of Frangelico) topped with crushed peppermint and a milk chocolate drizzle.  You’ll need a mini cupcake pan to make these a two bite treat. Are you ready for a mouth full of Christmas?

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Can-Almond Biscotti

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are here and I plan on making them a little sweeter. Up first is this yummy Biscotti. These beauties are packed with holiday spices and perfect for dunking in hot coco or a skinny vanilla soy latte (what a mouth full). Biscotti  translates to “bake twice” which gives the cookies that signature crunch.  You wont believe how simple these are to make. Lets get started.

 

What you’ll need:                                                      

  • 1 & 3/4 flour                                                                                                            snapseed-9
  • 1 &  1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter cooled
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

 

Get Started:

  1. Preheat your over to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet lined with a sil pad or parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients and set aside.

3.  Beat the eggs and sugar until pale yellow in color.  Add in the melted butter, vanilla & almond extract. Mix well.

4. Fold in the dry ingredients as well as the cranberries and almonds.

5. The dough should be firm and not tacky. Mold the dough in to a 10in X5in log. Bake for 30min. Remove from over and slice in to 1in Biscotti. Return to the over and bake for another 10min.

6. Once cooled drizzle with melted chocolate and enjoy.

Caramel Brownies

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I have a confession to make, I have serious love for all things Caramel. From caramel lattes to a sleeve for Rolos. I want caramel on everything thing (hmmm wouldn’t that be a good cookbook?) So today I give you my Caramel Brownies. Chocolate chip brownies with a layer of chocolate ganache and creamy dulce caramel.  I may or may not have taken a spoon to the leftover caramel sauce.

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Chocolate Pinot Noir Cakes

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If you now me you know that I LOVE WINE. I recently celebrated my birthday at a local winery. Pinot Noir is by far my favorite. Wine is like a your favorite pair of Lululemons, it never lets you down. The same can be said for chocolate hence why I had to put these two pals together in the same dessert.

I promise, this is the dessert to make to impress your friends…trust me. =)

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Salty Dulce Lava Cake

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This is probably the easiest recipe ever. I’m serious y’all.  And you only need 5 ingredients. Check out the video here.

What you’ll need:

3 1/2 cups Dulce de leche.( 2 1/2 cans) * I made my own by simmering a can of sweetened condensed milk for 3 hours* Or you can buy it already prepared.

2 eggs

4 yolks

1/2 tsp salt

5 tablespoons salt

 

Whisk eggs until they double in size.

Add the dulce de leche to the eggs and whisk away.

Next fold in the four and salt.

Pour in to buttered and floured baking molds.

Bake at 425 for 10min.

Let cool for 1min and serve hot.

#Boom

 

Strawberry Lemon Cake

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For about a week I couldn’t think of what to bake. I flipped through magazines and old cookbooks and got nothing. I went wondering around my grocery store  waiting for inspiration to strike and just when I was about to leave, to give up to throw in the spatula, I walked by the most beautiful red strawberries! BOOM! Strawberry Lemon cake just in time for summer. Its sweet, zesty, and  oh so refreshing. We’ve got a Lemon cake filled with fresh lemon curd and the most delicious strawberry buttercream. Every bite will be the perfect bite.

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