Category Archives: Frosting/Icing/Glaze/Syrup

Gingerbread House, From Dough to Decorating

Gingerbread House, From Dough to Decorating

I believe in the power of love and the joy of giving, and it is a creed that I strive to instill in my little ones. For the last five years around the holidays, my kids and I have forged a tradition that we hold dear. We build a gingerbread house each weekend in December and choose various charities to donate them to. The rule in our house is that they can have treats to enjoy while building the house, but once it’s done, it’s donated to a worthy cause. The particular one in this recipe was made with the utmost love and donated to a local domestic violence shelter which houses the most brave women and children you will ever meet.

A beautiful holiday season to all, and may peace, love and the aroma of delectable goodies baking fill your homes all the year through.

Would you like fries with that? A Brownie Burger Bake.

Would you like fries with that? A Brownie Burger Bake.

Every summer right around this time, the kids and I huddle in a secretive corner of the house and deliberate on what would be THE best father’s day gift ever! Not another tie. Definitely not another grilling contraption. While the latter suggestion was quickly dismissed, it did lead to a discussion about how much daddy loves to grill. That was how these little Brownie Burger Sliders, decadent brownies sandwiched in between two vanilla wafer buns, served with a side of sugar cookie fries were born. 

Fraisier

Fraisier

A Fraisier cake, is derived from the French word “fraise,” meaning strawberry. It is a classic French cake that is traditionally comprised of a sponge cake, Génoise, cut in half, imbibed liberally with a simple syrup flavored with alcohol, filled with a crème patisserie and topped with almond paste. My own special version was created in conjunction with my appearance on the American Baking Competition for my sweet mom, who instilled in me this passion for baking, veers off a bit from the traditional Fraisier by using vanilla bean for flavoring and whipped cream rather than almond paste.