Category Archives: Candy

Valentine Chocolate Truffles

Valentine Chocolate Truffles

“Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always time.”  ~`Abdu’l-Bahá

On this Valentine’s Day, show those that you adore, just how much they mean to you by making them chocolate truffles, instead of buying them. I am a firm believer that you cook and bake with all of your heart, and it is that sprinkle of love that makes all the difference. 

For these truffles, all you need is that sprinkle of love and three ingredients to make the most luscious, heart-pounding and soul stirring truffles ever. 

Old School Coconut Macaroons

Old School Coconut Macaroons

 

Don’t get me wrong, I adore a fabulous French pastry as much as the next dessert obsessed baker, but sometimes you just gotta’ go old school!

So, you know that classic candy bar with the soft, sweet, yielding coconut center that is enrobed in a bittersweet coat of perfectly paired dark chocolate? Well, this is an easy-peasy cookie version of that candy that’s put together in minutes, and dare I say, tastes even better than the gas station staple.

Candied Blood Orange Olive Oil Yogurt Cake

Candied Blood Orange Olive Oil Yogurt Cake

Ahhh, blood orange. This sweet, sour, tangy and unbelievably bright citrus fruit is bursting with juicy flavor that is reminiscent of an orange, tangerine and lemon, all they while drenched in its own crimson uniqueness.

Cake is often treated as a vehicle for frosting. Not here. Not this bake. Not this cake. This Candied Blood Orange Olive Oil Yogurt Cake is one of the most deeply flavorful and gratifying cakes I have ever created. The fruity intense flavor of the extra virgin oil, with the tang of the yogurt and sweet sour bite of the blood orange is an incredible symphony when married together.

Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallows

Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallows

I cannot imagine a more appropriate occasion to make these Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallow confections than Valentine’s Day! I am not ashamed to confess that I’m wholly and unabashedly in love with Valentine’s Day, and not necessarily the couple’s kind, though that is all kinds of lovely as well.  I simply adore the idea of celebrating love.  Love of all that bring such joy and beauty to our lives…family, friends, children and significant others, is what we celebrate on this day. 

Flourless Chocolate Cake (A Gluten-Free Decadence)

Flourless Chocolate Cake (A Gluten-Free Decadence)

I am not a gluten-free baker. Then what the heck am I doing posting this gluten-free recipe, right? The answer is quite simple actually, this a decadent, rich and elegant dessert that happens to also be gluten-free.  I am often asked about making gluten free cakes, cookies, etc., and my response is that while I don’t recreate bakes that traditionally have gluten, what I do love to do is create recipes for bakes that naturally do not contain gluten, like this luscious chocolate cake, French macarons, caramels, pate de fruits, etc. Fair warning, this is a dense and rich dessert that’s perfect for sharing. So bake it with love and send out the evites!

Strawberry Lime Pâte de Fruit

Strawberry Lime Pâte de Fruit

There are two primary reasons I wanted to make this recipe for you dear readers: 1. Pâte de Fruit is THE most intense burst of mouthwatering fruit jelly you will ever have, and 2. I love saying the name “Pâte de Fruit!” As you may have already deduced, this is a French delicacy and the term is pronounced “pat de fwee.” Come on, say it with me, pat-de-fwee. It’s seriously fun to say and you’ll find that it will stick in your head much like the jelly will stick to your fingers!

Clementine Candy

Clementine Candy

Balance. Ying and yang. Point-Counterpoint. This is a theme that you will find quite often in my baking. I tend to incorporate ingredients and flavors that balance the sweetness of my desserts. Savory with sweet. Sugar and spice. These culinary accents highlight the sweet notes rather than over power them.

Caramels with Himalayan Pink Salt

Caramels with Himalayan Pink Salt

My kids and I have a deal, if they see a treat that they would like to try, I get first dibs on making it for them at home. I always show them the list of ingredients with the inevitable inventory of unpronounceable preservatives, chemicals, coloring and fake flavorings and explain that these are not real food. Even at a young age, they came to understand that anything made from natural ingredients, rather than chemically altered substances is not only better for them, but tastes phenomenal compared to its engineered counterparts. This is exactly how these caramels came to be.