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...]

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...]

Pavlova with Spiced Pears & Blackberries

“THERE WAS A STAR RIDING THROUGH CLOUDS ONE NIGHT AND I SAID TO THE STAR, ‘CONSUME ME’.”  Virginia Woolf

Pavlova with Spiced Pears & Blackberries | From My Sweet Heart

I’ve been been wondering what the fascination is with pavlovas.  While I’ve only had store bought meringues before, I have found them to be hard and crunchy, and not really in a good way!  So this recipe only affirms my belief that when you take the opportunity to make something from scratch, the result is so much better!  The fascination with pavlovas?  They are sweet, crunchy, chewy clouds on which you can float the most delectable fruits and creams!  They may be elegant or rustic, and topped with fruits from any season.  Nervous about making meringues?  So was IBut let me tell you about one of my favorite Cooking Channel shows, and who convinced me to give this a try…… [Read more...]

Lotta Lemon Pie

“IT IS PROBABLE THAT THE LEMON IS THE MOST VALUABLE OF ALL FRUIT FOR PRESERVING HEALTH.”  Maud Grieve: A Modern Herbal (1931)

Lotta Lemon Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Ahhhh Maud….I hope you are right!  Then there’s all the more reason we should all eat this sweet, creamy, tangy pie …and often!  It’s not that there’s a crazy amount of lemon in this pie that makes it so good.  But it’s what’s going on in the layers that makes it incredible.  The most concentration of tangy lemon flavor is in the crust.  The lemon cream is light and sweet.  And then the whipped cream on top is only kissed with the zest of the lemon.  So each bite has you puckering, savoring, licking your lips and digging in for more!  The secret to the tart, lemony crust is…… [Read more...]