Blueberry-Lemon Barnacles (arrr...)

Monday, January 31


First of all, yes, you're on the right blog, it just received a face lift...one that I plan on sticking with! I really want to thank Shay, of Dumplin Design Studios, for her gorgeous work on this template. If you ever begin to feel bored and twitchy about your blog's appearance, I highly recommend Shay. She's fast, easy to work with, and will all the dirty work (you won't have to enter the scary underbelly world of HTML codes.) I promise, no more revolving backgrounds for a while.

Biscuit Joconde Imprimé (Daring Bakers' Challenge)

Thursday, January 27



Is 'White Rabbit' playing in your head as you gaze at the photos (please don't stare too long, or you'll be reaching for the Tylenol, whiskey, or something else.) The vision I had of this dessert looked nothing like the final result. "A joconde imprime (French Baking term) is a decorative design baked into a light sponge cake providing an elegant finish to desserts/torts/entremets/ formed in ring molds. A joconde batter is used because it bakes into a moist, flexible cake. The cake batter may be tinted or marbleized for a further decorative effect." In other words, this is supposed to be a very sophisticated dessert, not an edible ticker tape parade. And just to clarify, the recipe itself is perfect. I take the blame for the unintended psychedelic vibe.

The January 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Astheroshe of the blog accro. She chose to challenge everyone to make a Biscuit Joconde Imprime to wrap around an Entremets dessert.

Vanilla Bean Cake Bars

Tuesday, January 25



The bars that went into the oven and came out as a cake. Despite my love of dark chocolate, peanut butter, and lemons (no particular order there), every now and then I get vanilla cravings. Vanilla has such a pure, laid-back simplicity to it, that I find it a refreshing change from all the fussy, high-maintenance holiday desserts. The softness and ease of this vanilla cake felt like slipping on a favourite pair of blue jeans...if they can slip on after those holiday desserts.

Gluten-free Chocolate Chunk Cookies (wow!)

Thursday, January 20


Ok, I know you may be thinking "Where am I? Why am I here...I don't visit this blog for healthy recipes. This is my dark little happy place where I come to escape all that is green, leafy, and not 'free' of anything except vital nutrients...and what's up with the changing backgrounds?" But before you click away dramatically, feeling betrayed and alone, please just let me explain. I have and always will, worship at the alter of butter, sugar, all-purpose white flour, and dark imported beer.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Tuesday, January 18



What could make a morning more perfectly tolerable than a cup of dark roast coffee and a lemon poppy seed muffin? To me, mornings are like fresh sheets of clean white paper just waiting for a story to unfold, they couldn't care less about what happened yesterday. And if one could eat an actual morning, I believe that it would taste like a lemon poppy seed muffin- soft centered, bright, and sweetly unpretentious. But then again they do contain lemons, so I may be biased. :-)

Jam'n Peanut Butter-Nutella Tarts

Friday, January 14


Let's be honest, when it comes to certain forms of food, sometimes we eat it with unnecessary accessories just to make ourselves feel better. Take, for example, the peanut butter & jelly sandwich. Is the bread truly needed, especially when it merely serves as a 'platform' for the good parts? Left to our own devices, we would just as soon be armed with a spoon and 2 open jars.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Fluff-Filled Chocolate Madeleines

Tuesday, January 11



If an intelligent, sweet madeleine from a Paris pâtisserie suddenly felt the need to do something daring by moving to some exotic place- whereupon she met, and fell for a rebellious, yet caring American...this would be their love child. And yes, I know my food has a lot of love children running around this blog (it's my repressed inner free-spirit.) The dark chocolate brings the normally reticent madeleine out of her icy 'shell' and shows her that it's ok to let go of the constant struggle for perfection. She quickly realizes the importance of having fun and living life to it's marshmallowy fullness!

White Chocolate Lime Bars

Thursday, January 6



Ok, so maybe white chocolate isn't that bad. It can't compete with dark chocolate, but as long as it's holding hands with something spectacular like limes or lemons, I think it has a certain charm. Plus, white chocolate's Wintry wardrobe is perfect for this whimsical time of year.

Mocha Madness Cupcakes

Monday, January 3



Happy 2011, everyone! I hope that you had a fun new year's eve without too much over-indulging. Has anyone broken their resolutions yet? :) Even though I usually don't make any, sometimes a blank slate is too tempting. So this year I'm just going to do my best to stay focused and positive.(Perhaps this will be the year that I meet Jamie Bamber?)
 

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