Summer Berry Terrine with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

IT’S AS IF WE SPEND OUR ENTIRE LIVES AVOIDING JELLO BUT IT IS ALWAYS THERE AT THE END, WAITING.”  John Grisham

Summer Berry Terrine | From My Sweet Heart

It’s BERRY WEEK which means the Theme Weavers are at it again, celebrating all week long with all things berrylicious!

I haven’t spent a lifetime avoiding jello.  But it definitely isn’t my first choice of dessert.  Sure there’s always room for it, because there’s nothing really to it!  When I was growing up, jello was a staple at my home.  It was an easy dessert, and one that we had often. This fresh berry terrine is definitely more substantial.  And flavorful.  Because the berries are really the focus in this terrine.  Fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are submerged and suspended in sweet cran-strawberry juice.  A little brown sugar and lemon juice round out the flavors.  A bit more going on here than just jello.  But it’s still a light and refreshing way to showcase our beautiful summer berries! [Read more...]

Iced Berries in Warm White Chocolate Cream

SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION.”  Leonardo DaVinci

Iced Berries in Warm White Chocolate Cream | From My Sweet Heart

Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best.  And there are some things in their natural form that just can’t be improved upon.  Like biting into a peach on a hot summer day and feeling the juice trickle down your chin onto your favorite white tee shirt!  Well this dessert is both sublime and simple. From the joyous clink of the frozen berries, like ice cubes, into your glass…..to the sweet, rich cream which warms and bathes them back to their soft, sweet state.

But I have a confession.  I’ve made this before . . . . . [Read more...]

Vintage Cakes: The Pink Cake

THE VERY PINK OF PERFECTION.”  Oliver Goldsmith

The Pink Cake |  From My Sweet Heart

May I just start off by telling you how much I LOVE pink desserts?!  So when Paloma of The Coffee Shop, and leader of The Cake Slice bakers told us that The Pink Cake was up next, I was delighted. It most definitely is….a very pink perfection!  The book we are baking from is Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson.  And this particular cake is an original of hers and one that is featured at her bakery, Baker & Spice.  Pink to me is such a shabby chic vintage color.  And so this recipe fits really well into this lovely book of retro cakes.

This is a rich, moist but light chocolate cake surrounded by a silky Swiss buttercream.  How does the buttercream get it’s beautiful pink color? [Read more...]

Raspberry Madeleines with Meyer Lemon Curd

FIND SOMETHING YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT AND KEEP TREMENDOUSLY INTERESTED IN IT.”  Julia Child

Raspberry Madeleines with Meyer Lemon Curd | From My Sweet Heart

These cookies were shared in 2011 at a very special Valentine’s Day Celebration Event.  Anna, from Crunchy Creamy Sweet hosted some amazing and creative bloggers with their favorite sweet recipes.  I wanted to share a new twist on one of my most favorite cookies…..madeleines! 

As if madeleines were not the perfect sweet, soft little cookie already.  Right?  Well these were baked with a raspberry in each and a little bit of tart meyer lemon curd piped in! [Read more...]

Triple Chocolate Terrine

“UNLESS YOUR NAME ENDS IN BASKIN OR ROBBINS, I REALLY CAN’T FIT YOU INTO MY SCHEDULE RIGHT NOW.”  Uniek Swain

Triple Chocolate Terrine | From My Sweet Heart

 If you are in the mood for a cool, creamy treat; you will not have to run to Baskin-Robbins to get it!  Nor will this fast and easy dessert take any time out of your schedule! This is as creamy as a mousse with the chill of an ice cream.  And if you can whip cream and melt chocolate,  then you have the makings for this elegant and special dessert. . . . . [Read more...]

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse

A BLUSH IS MODESTY’S FIRST IMPULSE AND SOPHISTICATION’S AFTER THOUGHT.”  Anonymous

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse | From My Sweet Heart

There are many variations on chocolate mousse.  But I think none are more elegant than those made with white chocolate.

This white chocolate mousse recipe is a lightly sweet canvas for any variety of fruit, flavors and garnishes.  Here, I’ve topped mine with some simple berries and grated white chocolate and white chocolate shavings.  What gives it it’s pretty blush?. . . . .

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Chocolate Hazelnut Tartlets

“THE SWEET TOOTH IS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON, AND THERE ARE DELIGHTFUL NUGGETS TO BE FOUND EVERYWHERE.”  Mark Bittman

Chocolate Hazelnut Tartlets | From My Sweet Heart

Delightful nuggets, indeed!  I don’t know about you, but I always love having a ‘whole something’ all to myself.  Not a slice or a piece….but my own little dessert, no matter how small!  And I’ve become enamored with petite sweets.  Maybe it’s for that reason.  But when ‘indulging in moderation’, it’s nice to have a one or two bite dessert.  And I think they are also easier to eat and serve when entertaining.  I found this dessert in Yankee magazine.  And being a New England girl at heart, I just had to try it!  A delicate and buttery, hazelnut shell is filled with rich, chocolate ganache  and just a sweet hint of raspberry!  Check it out….. [Read more...]

Petit Fours

“THERE IS AN ENDURING TENDERNESS IN THE LOVE OF A MOTHER TO A SON THAT TRANSCENDS ALL OTHER AFFECTIONS OF THE HEART.”  Washington Irving

Petit Fours | From My Sweet Heart

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

I’m sitting here with my lower lip out because this day just isn’t the same without Jeff and Matt here.  I think Mother’s Day should be moved to the summer, when my guys will be back from school.  I’m not sure if I am really missing them, or if I am just missing the opportunity to have yard work done or my car cleaned inside and out!  (I am usually good for milking whatever work I can from them on this day!)  So to make myself feel better, I made some little cakes!  These are sweet and simple.  But let me tell you what I learned about working with the fondant icing….. [Read more...]