Pumpkin Ale & Pretzel Caramels

IT’S BEER WEEK!!!

Yes!  Beer week!  A week full of beer, breweries and recipes!  Brought to you by the same fabulous women who brought you crepe week!  I must admit, when I first found out the theme of this week, I winced.  I’m more of a martini girl.  And the only time I really drink beer is when it’s really hot out and I’m eating spicy food!  My favorite beer is actually Red Stripe.   And while I thought about some type of savory baking, I was determined to use the beer in a sweet recipe.  And so I made these beer caramels!

 

Pumpkin Ale & Pretzel Caramels

I am such a sucker for the sweet and salty combination.  And I decided to take advantage of one of the seasonal beers to bring depth to the caramel.  You really could make beer caramels with any beer of your choice.  What’s your favorite?  This time I chose . . . . . [Read more...]

Black Bean Tart with Chili Crust

MY GARDEN IS MY MOST BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECE.”  Claude Monet

Black Bean Tart with Chili Crust | From My Sweet Heart

I love creating vegetarian meals.  They sure do make the most colorful masterpieces!  When I moved to my home 18 years ago, I was excited to have several areas of my yard that I could devote to gardening.  Unfortunately now, so many trees on the perimeter of my property have grown so much, that my yard is now too shady for a proper garden.  And I’ve resorted to planting a few peppers and cucumbers.  My deck is the home of my many pots of herbs and my Meyer lemon tree!  Fortunately, I have a wonderful farm market nearby.  And with the exception of the black beans, all of the ingredients for this tart came from local sources.

Not only is this black bean tart vivid in color, but it is bright and bold in flavor as well. A light black bean puree, sweet corn and red bell peppers, spicy jalapenos, mild scallions and the kick of cilantro are bound by melted Monterey Jack cheese. All of this nestled on top of a flaky crust made fabulous by the warm spices of chili powder, cumin and paprika!  And to top it all off. . . . . [Read more...]

Brooksters

Good BAKED SUNDAY MORNING! 

Brooksters | From My Sweet Heart

Baked Sunday Mornings is a group of bakers/bloggers who are fanatical about baking from the cookbooks of Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.  The group started off with Baked:  New Frontiers in Baking.  I jumped in with Baked Explorations.  And now, the group will also be baking from the authors’ latest book, Baked Elements.  This morning we are featuring a recipe from the new book.  And it’s a good one!  The Brookster That wonderful combination of sweet, fudgey brownie and soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie.  Is there any more dynamic duo? [Read more...]

Chocolate Salami

DON’T PART WITH YOUR ILLUSIONS.  WHEN THEY ARE GONE YOU MAY STILL EXIST, BUT YOU HAVE CEASED TO LIVE.”  Mark Twain

Chocolate Salami | From My Sweet Heart

Is there a fine line sometimes, between illusion and reality? The illusion is usually easier to spot.  When I am looking at an optical illusion, though it looks real, I know that it is my mind playing a trick.  But what about emotion?  That ‘true love’ that didn’t last.  That ‘solid friendship’ that somehow fell by the wayside.  The feeling that you are ‘significant’ at your place of employment.  Or the belief that your blog is something ‘special’.  If it’s only a reality to you, is it actually a reality?  Or was it just an illusion?

Well there is one thing that I know for sure.  This chocolate salami is real!!!  Real dark chocolate.  Real pieces of buttery shortbread.  Real salty pistachios and real bits of french burnt peanuts.  This illusion is my reality!  And much sweeter than the real thing! [Read more...]

Chocolate Tweed Angel Food Cake

A TRIP TO THE MOON ON GOSSAMER WINGS.  IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS.”  Cole Porter

Chocolate Tweed Angel Food Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Angels in tweed?  Well then how can they fly?  This cake surely should have been named Chocolate Gossamer Angel Food Cake.  Not at all like those sticky, chewy cakes you buy at the market.  The texture of this cake is so light and silky; it just about melts in your mouth! Flecks of dark chocolate temper the sweetness.  White chocolate pearls float atop a cloud of chocolate whipped cream.  One bite is a trip to the moon on gossamer wings!  And I will never go back!  What is the key to this luscious, ethereal texture? [Read more...]

Mango Coconut Cream Puffs with Mango Mojito Sauce

“THERE SHALL BE ETERNAL SUMMER IN THE GRATEFUL HEART.”  Celia Thaxter

Mango Coconut Cream Puffs with Mango Mojito Sauce | From My Sweet Heart

Well it is that time of year.  Though it is not technically autumn, September 1st always feels like the beginning of fall to me, no matter what the weather.  In my mind, I just know that summer is over.  So The Baking Group (not yet officially named), has decided to give summer a tropical send off! Since I realized that I haven’t eaten one mango all season, I decided to mix a combination of tropical flavors into one little cream puff!  Sweet cream, mangoes, coconut, spiced rum and mint all mix and mingle to create a light, clean, fresh bite. [Read more...]