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...]

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Bars

“IN THE SWEETNESS OF FRIENDSHIP LET THERE BE LAUGHTER, AND SHARING OF PLEASURES.”  Kahlil Gibran

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Bars | From My Sweet Heart

I was once told that online friendships are not real.  Yet if that is so, why do I feel like I would give my last crumb of bread to so many amazing people that I’ve (never) met over the past year?  There are so many people from across the country (and out of the country!) that I can only hope I will have the pleasure of meeting in person one day.  Anna is one of those people.  She is incredibly kind, caring and sweet.  She makes the most amazing baked goods, takes the most beautiful photos and has one of the best blogs out there.  She makes blogging fun with her Chocolate Chip Cookie Mondays and her Blue Ribbon Challenges.  I especially love her 2 ingredient Chocolate Mousse, Buttermilk Blueberry Buckle, and Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Brown Butter Icing!  And she is genuine, sincere and REAL!  And guess what?  I’m going over to her place today, and bringing these Cosmopolitan Cocktail Bars that I made for her!

So come with me to visit Anna at Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet.  You will see instantly why I adore her!  And you can find  the recipe for these luscious bars that are flavored with . . . . . [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter and Cranberries

“MY DREAM IS TO BECOME A FARMER.  JUST A BOHEMIAN GUY PULLING UP HIS OWN SWEET POTATOES FOR DINNER.”  Lenny Kravitz

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter & Cranberries | From My Sweet Heart

I am with Lenny on this quote! There is so much I would be willing to give up just to live life more simply.  You know how complicated life can feel sometimes.  The more we can simplify, the better off we are, right?

Well this sweet potato strudel recipe is very simple.  But it doesn’t compromise in flavor.  It’s a simple combination of sweet potatoes, carrots, brown butter, golden raisins, cranberries, pecans, salt and pepper! And that’s it!  All rolled up in puff pastry and it doesn’t get any easier or more satisfying than this! 

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Blueberry-Vanilla Cream Cheese Hand Pies

“THE FIRST LAW OF PIES:  NO PASTRY, NO PIE.”  Janet Clarkson

Blueberry Vanilla Cream Cheese Hand PIes | From My Sweet Heart

Truthfully, I’m not sure what constitutes pie anymore.  What used to be so identifiable as sweet slices of fruit between two golden crusts has changed so much!  Pies are fried, frozen, served in a jar or stuck on a stick!  And when pastry is involved, is it a pie or is it a turnover?  I’ll call this blueberry cream cheese hand pie, a portable pocket of perfection!

I originally made this about a year ago, but it is such an easy and amazing weekend recipe, that I wanted to make it again.  The pictures and my text are updated but this post is not new.  

This recipe is simple and  delicious!  The pies are incredibly light given the buttery, flaky crust and the amount of blueberries and cream cheese packed inside of them.  They come together quickly, but the end result is something pretty special.  I hope you will give them a try and feel free to mix and match berries and liqueur.   [Read more...]