Blood Orange & Poppy Sherbet

ORANGE IS THE HAPPIEST COLOR.”  Frank Sinatra

Blood Orange & Poppy Sherbet | From My Sweet Heart

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...]

Orange Shortbread with Fleur de Sel

“COOKIES ARE MADE OF BUTTER AND LOVE.”  Norwegian Proverb

Orange Shortbread with Fleur de Sel | From My Sweet Heart

My absolute favorite cookie in the world is shortbread.  They are so easy to make and so pure in flavor.  These cookies are light and buttery, with a simple sweet flavor.  It’s a pretty classic recipe, with a few little twists.  And one slight change for the sake of necessity and what I had in my pantry. . . . . [Read more...]

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...]

Citrus Curd { and some quick desserts}

“FOR LAST YEAR’S WORDS BELONG TO LAST YEAR’S LANGUAGE AND NEXT YEAR’S AWAIT ANOTHER VOICE.  AND TO MAKE AN END IS TO MAKE A BEGINNING.”  T.S. Eliot

Citrus Curd | From My Sweet Heart

Happy New Year!  I hope this is a great year for everyone!  In the past, I have made and tried to stick to resolutions which included exercising more and swearing less, raising my expectations and lowering my expectations, losing weight and finding joy, living with grace vs. putting myself first more often!  Oh yes….and take my vitamins!  But what worked for me last year and what I look forward to again this year…is to live simply. 

This year, I’ll start by getting back to basics again.  I love those very simple recipes that lend themselves to versatility.   Like lemon curd.  It’s been on my mind again lately since watching a cooking show where lemon curd was made for the whole purpose of dipping biscotti.  Who knew?  I’ve only dipped my biscotti in coffee or tea!  I’ve made Martha Stewart’s lemon curd recipe before and it is really good!  But Alex Guarnaschelli adds orange juice to her lemon curd.  And so I thought….why not go for the trifecta!  A combo of both recipes with the addition of lime!  And thus….citrus curd was born.  So go ahead and dip away or read on for more scrumptious recipes…… [Read more...]

Orange Nutmeg Popovers

“ONCE YOU GET A SPICE IN YOUR HOME, YOU HAVE IT FOREVER.  WOMEN NEVER THROW OUT SPICES.  THE EGYPTIANS WERE BURIED WITH THEIR SPICES.  I KNOW WHICH ONE I’M TAKING WHEN I GO.”  Erma Bombeck

Orange Nutmeg Popovers | From My Sweet Heart

Well you can’t take it with you.  So you might as well bake with it!

Nutmeg is one of my favorite spices and it combines beautifully with orange to make these popovers something extra special. 

Popovers are really so easy to make because they require only 5 ingredients, all of which are combined in a blender.  Today, I chose to add orange zest, freshly grated nutmeg and freshly cracked black pepper to create such a subtle hint of sweetness and a warmth and heat which permeate each sumptuous bite of this oddly formed, egg-like bread!  I served these orange nutmeg popovers with….. [Read more...]