No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Time for Baked Sunday Mornings!  Only today, it’s a No Bake Sunday Morning!

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

Do you have any quirky things about food, what kind of food you like, or how you will eat it?  For instance, I LOVE peanut butter!  And I like peanuts!  But I hate chunky peanut butter!  What?!?  Weird, I know!  But that’s me!  I am really not a huge fan of ‘no-bake’ sweets, unless we are talking about ice cream.  So I can’t even say I am familiar with the classic form of a peanut butter no bake cookie.  But the ingredients for this one intrigued me.  Crunchy peanut butter and cocoa and oatmeal all mixed up with milk and sugar and butter!  How did I work around that pesky crunchy peanut butter? . . . . . [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...]

Malted Waffles with Baked Brown Sugar Banana Ice Cream

Good Baked Sunday Morning everyone!  And I’m having waffles!

Malted Waffles with Baked Brown Sugar Banana Ice Cream | From My Sweet Heart

Okay.  So I didn’t really have these for breakfast this morning.  Ummm.  I had them for my dinner last night!  A great group of bakers and fanatics for the cookbook, Baked Explorations, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, have been making these Malted Waffles in some form or another.  Please check out Baked Sunday Mornings to see what my fellow baking explorers did with this recipe.

So in keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to turn them into dessert waffles!  The batter was particularly light and airy.  And the waffles were more chewy and never crisped up quite the way I am used to.  Another reason why I decided to turn these into dessert waffles was because while the recipe called for malt powder, the only thing I could find in all of the markets in my area was Ovaltine!  And while these waffles were not very sweet at all, I just thought the flavor might be enhanced with some home made Baked Brown Sugar Banana and Walnut Ice Cream!  And to top it off…..a drizzle of Malted Chocolate Sauce.  Let me show you what the ice cream did for these waffles….. [Read more...]

Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Whoopie!!!  It’s time again, for Baked Sunday Mornings!!!

Chocolate Whoopie Pies | From My Sweet Heart

Every other Sunday a great group of bakers dedicate themselves to baking from a wonderful book, Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.  It’s a fabulous book by the owners of Baked in NYC.  Many thanks to Sheri at Pork Cracklins and Bourbonnatrix of Bourbonnatrix Bakes for their wonderful efforts in leading Baked Sunday Mornings!  Though I came in late to this group, I’ve enjoyed getting to know my fellow bakers as we eventually bake our way through this entire book!

This Sunday, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re making whoopie!  Pies that is!  I love whoopie pies for the same reason that I love macarons and cupcakes.  You can play with the flavors of the cakes and fillings to suit any season or special occasion.  Here’s what I did with mine… [Read more...]

Chocolate Pear Pouches

“IT IS, IN MY VIEW, THE DUTY OF AN APPLE TO BE CRISP AND CRUNCHABLE, BUT A PEAR SHOULD HAVE SUCH A TEXTURE AS LEADS TO SILENT CONSUMPTION.”  Edward Bunyard,‘The Anatomy of Dessert

Chocolate Pear Pouches | From My Sweet Heart

Unless it is a Royal Riviera Pear from Harry and Davids, I’m not much of a fan of eating pears on their own.

Supermarket pears, even when ripe and in season, just don’t do enough for me.  Pears should be quietly delectable, soft and juicy!  And there’s nothing worse than biting into one that you think is ripe, only to be disappointed with a dry, tasteless crunch.  But baking with pears is totally different  A little time on the stove or in the oven, and you are assured a soft, sweet treat.

Here, I’ve decided to bathe the pears in red wine, warm spices, and tart cherries.  I filled them with chocolate and bits of almonds and wrapped them lovingly in flaky, puffed pastry!  The dried cherries and the poaching wine reduced down to a wonderful syrupy sauce.  The chocolate centers turned out pretty special, too.  Because they are filled with….. [Read more...]

Coffee Ice Cream

BAKED SUNDAY MORNINGS:  COFFEE ICE CREAM

Coffee Ice Cream | From My Sweet Heart

So I joined a baking group called Baked Sunday Mornings.  The members of this group will post a featured recipe from the wonderful cookbook, Baked Explorations, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.  Ironically, the first baking assignment is Coffee Ice Cream!  Which is okay in my book because I happen to LOVE coffee ice cream.  And I needed to make this for another recipe I will be posting later in the week.

This coffee ice cream is different from the one I usually make because I don’t often use an egg base in my ice cream. I did like the creaminess of this ice cream.  But I should have listened to my gut regarding the amount of salt this recipe called for.  While I usually add a pinch or more, depending on the flavor I am creating….this recipe called for an entire teaspoon!!!  So while there is a nice coffee flavor (Kahlua is added!)….it almost took on a smoky, salted caramel quality. Unusual….but in a good way.  The recipe can be found soon on Baked Sunday Mornings.  I have been wanting to own this cookbook for some time.  And so I was very happy for the ‘excuse’ to have to purchase it!  This group will feature a new recipe to be posted every other Sunday.  And after perusing the many wonderful recipes from this book, I am definitely looking forward to many future posts! 
On a scale of 1-5, I will give this 3 whisks.