Category Archives: Chocolate

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. 

Bake to School Banana Chip Cake

Bake to School Banana Chip Cake

There are two kinds of people in life: ones that love ripe bananas, and everyone else that cannot bear the sight of even a fleck of a brown spot, or a bit of a bruise. Our family falls into that second set, and so we often have bananas that are immediately rejected and shunned at the first hint of over-ripening. So when life hands you over-ripe bananas, you of course make…banana chocolate chip cake!

I created this recipe to use up our ripe banana for a low sugar, low-fat breakfast for the children, and with school back in session, it’s the perfect back to school bake!

Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream with Magic Shell

Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream with Magic Shell

Seasonal berries are my jam ya’ll! Each April there’s a moment of pure joy when I’m anxiously perusing the farmer’s market hoping that perhaps today is the day I spot that bright ruby red hue that signals spring is here and so are the strawberries. When that happened this season, I knew I needed to create a recipe that honored this first bounty of strawberry season in a spectacular way, and this Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream does so beautifully.

360° Brown Butter Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

360° Brown Butter Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ugh, not another chocolate chip cookies recipe! I know that’s what you’re thinking and I don’t begrudge you for a moment. That is precisely the reason I thought so long and hard before posting this recipe. No doubt, your Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is impeccable, and far be it for me to suggest otherwise, BUT, if you ‘re in the market for a crispy, caramelized, chocolaty cookie and want to venture out a bit, this is a great one to try! 

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!

Anniversary Rose Macarons (A Simplified Macaron Tutorial)

Anniversary Rose Macarons (A Simplified Macaron Tutorial)

A year ago I launched this blog as a birthday gift to myself. It was something that I had thought of for a long time that had finally come to fruition. I could not predict just what a fulfilling and joyous journey it would turn out to be and how truly grateful I am for each and every reader. It is a privilege to share this passion and my heart with you all. So in the spirit of celebration, I cannot think of a better way to mark this milestone of a blog meant to teach and inspire you to bake than to tackle perhaps the most feared and intimidating bake of all, the French macaron. This recipe is for my intoxicating rose scented macaron with a silky dark chocolate ganache filling.
Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate ganache is a magical ingredient that is absolutely transformative and a culinary weapon that you can yield to create a number of luscious chocolate indulgences. However, the singular determinate of how delectable this two ingredient goodness turns out is the quality of the chocolate you use. There is nothing finer in all the South than the chocolate artisanally produced and freshly stone ground at the incomparable Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., and that is what I’m using for this recipe.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cake

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cake

It’s my fault.  I realize this. My family is used to, and have come to expect an elaborate dessert for weekend dinners. This is a ritual that brings me immeasurable joy. Doing something I love for people I adore.  However, this weekend, I greeted the Saturday thoroughly exhausted from a seemingly endless work week and a looming To Do list thats appears to grow exponentially.  Needless to say, I would not have the luxury of an idle baking day today, nor time for a leisurely trip to the market.  Needing a showstopper dessert, with ingredients that I had on hand and requiring little time, I immediately thought of a classic dessert that elicits a chorus of oooohs and aaaaaahs, the Molten Lava Cake, with a peanut butter twist and sour cherry reduction!

Chocolate Mint Leaves

Chocolate Mint Leaves

There seem to be two camps in baking: decorating and pastry. That is, those who focus more on the decorating aspect of baking and others whose interests lie on the pastry and dessert side of the craft.  I love both, and I’m thoroughly obsessed with every aspect of baking from pastry, desserts, candy, decorating and everything in between.