March 8, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 3 Comments
“THE ONLY WAY CHEESE IS DESSERT IS WHEN IT IS FOLLOWED BY THE WORD CAKE.” Michele Gorman
If it were up to me, every meal of the day would be followed by dessert!
Now having said that, sometimes you just want a smaller bite. These little strawberry cheesecake cupcakes are just that. Fresh strawberry puree is swirled into sweet, vanilla cheesecake batter and baked on top of a chocolate cookie crust flavored with a slight hint of cinnamon.
I love cheesecake desserts in just about any form. Take these little cheesecakes out of their papers and plate them with some extra puree and a little whipped cream for a more elegant dessert. Pack one in your lunch bag for an extra special pick me up in the middle of the day. But they are a perfect size with a cup of tea or coffee for those mornings when you just have to have dessert for breakfast! [Read More...]
February 28, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 45 Comments
“NO ONE WHO COOKS, COOKS ALONE. EVEN AT HER MOST SOLITARY, A COOK IN THE KITCHEN IS SURROUNDED BY GENERATIONS OF COOKS PAST, THE ADVICE AND MENUS OF COOKS PRESENT, AND THE WISDOM OF COOKBOOK WRITERS.” Laurie Colwin
Since I’ve been developing my interest in blogging, baking, and …yes….cooking, I find myself collecting a number of things. Among my obsessions are cake stands, bundt pans, vintage kitchen ware, and COOKBOOKS!
So it was really fun to participate in the Food Blogger Cookbook Swap. The swap is hosted by Alyssa of Everyday Maven, and Faith of An Edible Mosaic. How does it work? Upon signing up, we are assigned a match. I sent a cookbook to another blogger, (Carrie at Poet in the Pantry . ) And then someone else sends a cookbook to me.
About my cookbook obsession? Well I have over 125 BAKING and DESSERT cookbooks alone! So I was secretly hoping I’d be sent a more savory cookbook. And I received a BEAUTIFUL book and decided to make a dessert from it! [Read More...]
February 24, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 25 Comments
“THE LIGHT MUSIC OF WHISKEY FALLING INTO GLASSES MADE AN AGREEABLE INTERLUDE.” James Joyce
There was a time when I would have told you that I don’t care very much for whiskey. But then, I decided to make some Home Made Irish Cream. You know, that wonderful creamy liqueur that has you believing you are drinking an adult milkshake? That stuff contains a whole bottle of whiskey! And now Jameson’s Irish Whiskey is among my favorites. I’ve used it for this recipe, too!
This recipe makes the top 3 of my favorite recipes on this blog! So simple to make, yet the combination of flavors and textures is so sublime. Cinnamon raisin bread, vanilla bean custard, pralines, pears, whipped cream, and the most delicious maple whiskey sauce imaginable! A little something different in every spoonful! [Read More...]
February 20, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 20 Comments
“I NEVER IN MY LIFE ARGUED WITH A PIECE OF CAKE OR A BOWL OF ICE CREAM.” Ray Bradbury
Cake and I get along very well. (Though you’ll never see me picking a fight with a bowl of ice cream, either!)
And while I’m a fan of simple cakes, they must be exceptional in flavor and texture. Take this chocolate bundt cake, for example. It’s a delicious blend of cocoa and cinnamon.
A little sweet. A little heat. And unlike most dense bundts, this has a soft, light and airy texture. And perfectly suited for a scoop of ice cream! [Read More...]
February 13, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 46 Comments
“ORANGE IS THE HAPPIEST COLOR.” Frank Sinatra
I agree! Orange is such a cheerful color!
As fruits go, I love oranges. And I especially crave them right around now. The holidays are over. My months of decadent eating are a fading memory. And I’m excited for recipes that include bright, tangy citrus. AND, blood oranges are now in season!
What I love about blood oranges is that they are sweet and tangy and vary so much in their unique color. I decided to use some to create this lovely blood orange and poppy seed sherbet. Combining the juice with cream lends this beautiful peachy pink color. The sherbet is both sweet and tart. And the contrasting black poppy seeds provide such a delicate crunch. [Read More...]
February 9, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 59 Comments
“SO HAND IN HAND THEY PASSED, THE LOVELIEST PAIR THAT EVER SINCE IN LOVE’S EMBRACES MET . . . . .” John Milton
Chocolate and Strawberries.
One of the most perfect pairings in the world of sweets. And if you want to be in love this Valentine’s Day, this cake will take you there!
Imagine fudge that is flecked with strawberries. This cake is dense and rich and worthy as a decadent dessert for a special occasion. It’s your favorite chocolate cake, mixed with smooth chocolate ganache. But the star ingredient are beautiful, sweet strawberries! [Read More...]
January 16, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 47 Comments
“IT WAS INEVITABLE: THE SCENT OF BITTER ALMONDS ALWAYS REMINDED HIM OF THE FATE OF UNREQUITED LOVE.” Gabriel García Márquez
I promise you. You will LOVE this cake. And it will LOVE you back!
What’s not to love? A sweet, moist cake baked with ground almonds and a hint of extract. And it is just bathed in a lush, chocolate amaretto ganache.
And you? You are so sweet and loveable just the way you are! You are meant to be together!
Just like the Bundt Bakers. There has been a little changing of the guard. But I’m so happy that this group of bundt loving women remained together, too. You know how it is. Life gets busy and we all go off in all sorts of directions. I’m ever grateful for Cake Duchess and Baker Street for starting this group. Now I am so thankful to Stacy of Food Lust People Love for taking over the helm of the new Bundt Bakers.
And to celebrate our first challenge as a somewhat new group, we decided to go nuts! [Read More...]
January 12, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 37 Comments
“WINTER IS NOT A SEASON, IT’S AN OCCUPATION.” Sinclair Lewis
Is it me, or does everything feel like so much more of an effort in the winter?
Walking to the bus stop, hauling my recyclables out to the curb, stopping to put gas in the car . . . . . these 5 minute activities feel like 20 when it’s cold outside! Just getting ready to go to work in the morning feels like an occupation. The days of grabbing my purse and keys are gone for a while. Now I have to consider my coat, boots, warm socks, hat, scarf, mittens and chapstick!
Do you feel like you are working double duty in the winter? I do! Especially on those days when I have to shovel my way out the door before I can get anywhere!
I take a bus and a train back and forth to my job. It’s about an hour and a half commute one way. I leave when it’s dark. I get home when it’s dark. And a warm cup of cocoa really hits the spot some nights. And in the winter months, baking should not feel like another of my occupations!
This sweet, chewy cocoa brownie cake is just about effortless! It’s made in one bowl. You can eat it straight out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream. Or you can add a layer of chocolate ganache and top it with loads of whipped cream! And perfect with a cup of cocoa! [Read More...]
January 8, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 40 Comments
“WHY, SOMETIMES I’VE BELIEVED AS MANY AS SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST.” Lewis Carroll
Do you remember the days of eating cold, leftover pizza for breakfast?
(Ok…..I still do it sometimes, too!)
Breakfast, for me, is usually yogurt and fruit as I’m flying out the door. But on the weekends, there is nothing that is impossible. This pizza is good for any meal, really. But no guilt is associated with the consumption of this pizza. You won’t have to eat it quickly, while standing up and hiding behind the refrigerator door! No cardboard crust. No cold tomato sauce. No cheese that comes sliding off in the first bite!
Just imagine . . . . . [Read More...]
January 4, 2014 By Anne Boeckl 46 Comments
“RESPECT YOUR BODY. EAT WELL. DANCE FOREVER.” Eliza Gaynor Minden
Let’s talk granola bars.
Crunchy or chewy?
I love all kinds, but for me, I prefer chewy. Granola bars are such a perfect, quick, compact, portable snack . And I eat them pretty regularly. There may be some decent store bought brands out there, but there is nothing like home made. These are hands down, THE BEST, soft, chewy granola bars I have ever tasted!
So good, they were featured as a Delicious Link on theKitchn!
In fact, they are so easy to make, I’m inspired to develop other flavor combinations and make them on a weekly basis!
The problem is, once I’ve created something I love, it’s hard for me to change it up! These are made with a flavorful combination of oats, almond meal, cranberries, apricots, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, dark chocolate chips, and wild berry honey. But there is one more very special ingredient. [Read More...]