Mandarin Orange & Pistachio Meringues

“THE AIR UP THERE IN THE CLOUDS IS VERY PURE AND FINE, BRACING AND DELICIOUS.  AND WHY SHOULDN’T IT BE?  IT IS THE SAME THE ANGELS BREATHE.”  Mark Twain

Mandarin Orange & Pistachio Meringues | From My Sweet Heart

There was a time when I dreamed about traveling state to state, stopping off to see a baseball game played in every stadium in the country.  Well that dream has changed only slightly.  I would much rather travel the country visiting bakeries!  Have you seen the show Unique Sweets?  Well they often have a theme for each show, but they basically feature several bakeries across the country and one of the sweets that they are famous for.  One show featured the bakery, Proof, in Los Angeles.  And one of the things Proof is known for are these meringues which are about the size of your hand and filled with flavor!  They offer chocolate and pistachio, citrus and coconut, and strawberry.  What fascinated me is that the strawberry was made with dehydrated strawberries.  So I did my best to recreate these using….. [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers

COFFEE MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING.  CHOCOLATE MAKES IT WORTHWHILE.”  Author Unknown

Chocolate Strawberry Turnovers | From My Sweet Heart

The cycle of a lazy Sunday morning.  I am too comfortable in my bed and my eyes remain closed as I contemplate how to spend this beautiful day.  Everything about this morning feels good.  And soft.  The soft, cool breeze wafting through my window stirs me to wrap my favorite soft, cotton blanket around me, my feet, still poking out.  The soft, tinkling of the wind chimes relax me to sink even deeper into my soft, pillowy feather bed.  I can sense that my soft and sweet, affectionate cat, Sinclair, has come to enjoy the morning, too.  His soft little face gently nudges my head.  Nudging, but I won’t open my eyes.  Nudging, and my nose begins to itch.  Nudging, I roll over.  Nudging, he finds me on the other side.  Nudging, nudging, nudging!  Sinclair!!! 

So Sinclair is out and I am up!  A warm cup of coffee, light with cream begs to wash down…..something.  The coffee keeps me focused just enough to layer mascarpone, strawberries, strawberry jam and bits of milk chocolate on cold flat pastry.  But I am patient….I know that it’s just a matter of time until the dough warms and puffs and flakes and browns in the oven.  Wait!  Let me sprinkle it with sugar and toss some almonds on top for good measure!  And it’s just as I had hoped!  Maybe even more!  Warm and crusty, sweet and gooey. Chocolate and strawberries mingling and oozing.  It’s pure, blissful, comforting.  And it’s gone before my coffee has time to wash over it.  A few more sips.  And I am tucked back in bed.  The perfect lazy morning until….. [Read more...]

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse

A BLUSH IS MODESTY’S FIRST IMPULSE AND SOPHISTICATION’S AFTER THOUGHT.”  Anonymous

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse | From My Sweet Heart

There are many variations on chocolate mousse.  But I think none are more elegant than those made with white chocolate.

This white chocolate mousse recipe is a lightly sweet canvas for any variety of fruit, flavors and garnishes.  Here, I’ve topped mine with some simple berries and grated white chocolate and white chocolate shavings.  What gives it it’s pretty blush?. . . . .

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Purple Potato Pizza

I wait all month for this day to come!  Kitchen Improv!

Purple Potato Pizza | From My Sweet Heart

Thanks once again to Kristen from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for being the fabulous host of Kitchen Improv!  This is my absolute favorite group to participate in.  Kristen challenges us with 2 ingredients each month.  Sometimes the ways these ingredients can work together is obvious, and other times….not so much.  This month was pretty easy.  Potatoes and cheese!  So where do I go to get inspiration to bake for my favorite group?  To my favorite market…..Trader Joe’s!

And when I walked to the produce section, these purple potatoes were just waiting for me!  Beckoning me, if you will, to scoop them up and hurry on over to get the cheese!  Trader Joe’s always has such a great selection of cheese.  And wow, did I find an interesting one…… [Read more...]

Black & Tan Brownies

“BEER THAT IS NOT DRUNK HAD MISSED IT’S VOCATION.”  Meyer Breslau, 1880

Black & Tan Brownies | From My Sweet Heart

Well, some GREAT Irish beer has certainly found it’s vocation in this pan of brownies!!!  For me?  I’m more of a martini girl.  I find I usually only enjoy beer with certain kinds of food.  But much like adding coffee to chocolate, the Guinness beer in this recipe enhances the chocolate with rich, malt tones.  Many black & tan brownie recipes add another brownie layer as the “tan” component.  I decided to switch it up a bit by adding….. [Read more...]

Home Made Irish Cream

  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 ounces of heavy cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 16 ounces of Irish whiskey (I used Jamesons)
  • 2 ounces of espresso
  • 1 ounce of chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

Beat the condensed milk, cream and eggs in a glass bowl.  Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and continue to gently whisk until the mixture reaches 160°F on your thermometer.  The mixture should also lightly coat the back of a metal spoon.  Remove this from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.  Add the whiskey, coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla and almond extracts.  Stir well.  This recipe makes about 1 1/4 quarts, but since it is fresh, it must be stored in the refrigerator.  It will keep for up to 1 month. 

Again, I’d like to tell you about one of my thrifty finds.  I’m not of Irish heritage, but I couldn’t resist scooping up these sweet, little shamrock glasses that I found at the thrift store for 50 cents each!  And that really old, green flask…my dad found that in the Boston Harbor over 40 years ago!

As always when I post a cocktail, I’m going to share a favorite piece of music with you!  I love Patty Griffin!  And this song always brings me such a feeling of clarity, simplicity and joy.  Enjoy this Irish cream and have yourselves a Heavenly Day!