Cherry Almond Pastry Bars

After sitting out last month I am so happy to be back participating in the Improv Cooking Challenge!

Cherry Almond Pastry Bars | From My Sweet Heart

This fun group of cooks, chefs, bakers, bloggers is hosted by Kristen from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  And every month, Kristen gives us 2 ingredients to incorporate into a recipe of our choice.  Can you guess from the picture what we worked with this month? . . . . . [Read more...]

Torta di Pane al Cioccolato

I’m Baking From . . . . . La Cucina Italiana!

Torta di Pane al Cioccolato | From My Sweet Heart

 

Today, I am sharing a recipe from one of my favorite cooking magazines, La Cucina Italiana, “since 1929 Italy’s premiere food and cooking magazine”.  While they have an online site, I have subscribed to thisperiodical for the past year.  The recipes are so unique and authentic, and unlike any others I’ve found in various cooking sources.

This torta is no exception!  This cake is the beautiful lovechild of two contrasting and opposing ingredients.  Stale, old, ordinary white bread and exquisite, quality Belgian chocolate!  How can this happen???  While chocolate is the primary flavor here, it doesn’t punch you in the face.  But while most chocolate desserts (like brownies or fudge) have you thinking how chocolatey they taste; this dessert has you thinking…..wow!  That’s really GOOD chocolate! The flavor was so soft and mellow and refined!  This is the first time that I stepped out and upgraded the quality of chocolate I bake with.  For the first time I used . . . . . [Read more...]

Blueberry Spice Muffins

“BLUEBERRIES AS BIG AS THE END OF YOUR THUMB, REAL SKY-BLUE, AND HEAVY, AND READY TO DRUM IN THE CAVERNOUS PAIL OF THE FIRST ONE TO COME!”  Robert Frost

Blueberry Spice Muffins | From My Sweet Heart

I have been patiently awaiting the arrival of great summer berriesBLUEBERRIES are one of my favorites to bake with.  I particularly like this version of blueberry muffin, slightly sweetened with the warmth of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves[Read more...]