Whiskey Pear Trifles

“THE LIGHT MUSIC OF WHISKEY FALLING INTO GLASSES MADE AN AGREEABLE INTERLUDE.”  James Joyce

Whiskey Pear Trifles | From My Sweet Heart

There was a time when I would have told you that I don’t care very much for whiskey.  But then, I decided to make some Home Made Irish Cream.  You know, that wonderful creamy liqueur that has you believing you are drinking an adult milkshake?  That stuff contains a whole bottle of whiskey!  And now Jameson’s Irish Whiskey is among my favorites.  I’ve used it for this recipe, too!

This recipe makes the top 3 of my favorite recipes on this blog!  So simple to make, yet the combination of flavors and textures is so sublimeCinnamon raisin bread, vanilla bean custard, pralines, pears, whipped cream, and the most delicious maple whiskey sauce imaginable!  A little something different in every spoonful! [Read more...]

Almond & Oat Granola Bars

“RESPECT YOUR BODY.  EAT WELL.  DANCE FOREVER.”  Eliza Gaynor Minden

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

Let’s talk granola bars.

Crunchy or chewy?

I love all kinds, but for me, I prefer chewy. Granola bars are such a perfect, quick, compact, portable snack .  And I eat them pretty regularly.  There may be some decent store bought brands out there, but there is nothing like home made.  These are hands down, THE BEST, soft, chewy granola bars I have ever tasted!

So good, they were featured as a Delicious Link on theKitchn!

In fact, they are so easy to make, I’m inspired to develop other flavor combinations and make them on a weekly basis!

The problem is, once I’ve created something I love, it’s hard for me to change it up!  These are made with a flavorful combination of oats, almond meal, cranberries, apricots, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, dark chocolate chips, and wild berry honey.  But there is one more very special ingredient. [Read more...]

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup

ALL HAPPINESS DEPENDS ON A LEISURELY BREAKFAST.”  John Gunther

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

It is so nice when I have time to make breakfast.  Actually, it is so nice when I have time to EAT breakfast!  Most mornings I find myself standing at my kitchen counter and gulping down a yogurt; or just grabbing a Starbucks along the way to work.  Sometimes it just feels good to slow down and treat yourself right and make something a little special.

These lemon ricotta pancakes are that little something special.  The ricotta makes these pancakes a little savory.  The lemon keeps them light and fresh.  And the maple and blueberries add just the right amount of sweetness.  A great idea for breakfast or brunch.  And it’s definitely a great way to start the day! [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: Black and White Cake

INTO THE DARKNESS THEY GO, THE WISE AND THE LOVELY.”  Edna St. Vincent Millay

Black & White Cake | From My Sweet Heart

I have just experienced chocolate in a way that I have never known.  There is a depth of flavor to this cake that is so sophisticated.  Yet it plunges you into a place of darkness that is so utterly reassuring.  You’ve been afraid to enter it before.  And now, all you can think about is returning to it again and again.  If I told you I’ve eaten chocolate cake before, well I’ve been mistaken.  One bite of this dark chocolate cake had me closing my eyes and whispering, this is it.  This is truly it. [Read more...]

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake

ARRANGE  WHATEVER PIECES COME YOUR WAY.”  Virginia Woolf

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake | From My Sweet Heart

It’s been a little while since I last participated in the Improv Cooking Challenge, founded by Kristen at The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  But I’m glad to be back!  Every month Kristen challenges us with two ingredients that we can use in any way we wish.  What pieces came our way this month?  Cinnamon and sugar!  This is such a classic combination and of course Snickerdoodles came to mind.  There’s nothing better than that soft, sweet, vanilla sugar cookie rolled and covered in cinnamon.  Unless it’s cheesecake! [Read more...]

Lemon Ladyfinger Semifreddo

I’m taking the Blue Ribbon Challenge!

Lemon Ladyfinger Semifreddo | From My Sweet Heart

Well this is my first month participating in the Blue Ribbon Challenge!  This wonderful group is created and hosted by Anna from Crunchy Creamy Sweet.  Once a month, Anna chooses a delectable food theme.  We simply make it in any way we desire, post about it, and link up! The next day, we vote!  And the winner earns the coveted Blue Ribbon Badge!  Anna is such a sweetheart and this is such great fun!   So I encourage everyone to come and join in!  Follow the links for more information!

This month, the theme was semifreddo!  I have only attempted this once before when I made a Pistachio, Vanilla & Strawberry Semifreddo.  And though I think they turned out well, I must admit, I think ice cream is easier to make.  I don’t own an electric hand mixer…..so my arms got a work out with my whisk!  The result, however, is nothing short of sublime!  Lemony, light and luscious!  And this time, I added a hidden treat . . . . . [Read more...]

Peach Raspberry Cake

ONE DOES A WHOLE PAINTING FOR ONE PEACH AND PEOPLE THINK JUST THE OPPOSITE – THAT PARTICULAR PEACH IS BUT A DETAIL.”  Pablo Picasso

Peach Raspberry Cake | From My Sweet Heart

I absolutely LOVE the simplicity of flavors in this peach raspberry cake.  Both fruits can be equal partners in the taste.  Or you can make one fruit shine and the other fruit a detail.  I love baking with seasonal fruit. When they are at their peak, then there’s not much you need to do to add sweetness.  This cake is simple, moist, and subtly sweet with just the hint of lemon.  And the fruit is most definitely the flavor in this cakeI chose to let the peaches shine a little more.  Here are some things you can do to make your favorite fruit the star . . . . . [Read more...]

Torta di Pane al Cioccolato

I’m Baking From . . . . . La Cucina Italiana!

Torta di Pane al Cioccolato | From My Sweet Heart

 

Today, I am sharing a recipe from one of my favorite cooking magazines, La Cucina Italiana, “since 1929 Italy’s premiere food and cooking magazine”.  While they have an online site, I have subscribed to thisperiodical for the past year.  The recipes are so unique and authentic, and unlike any others I’ve found in various cooking sources.

This torta is no exception!  This cake is the beautiful lovechild of two contrasting and opposing ingredients.  Stale, old, ordinary white bread and exquisite, quality Belgian chocolate!  How can this happen???  While chocolate is the primary flavor here, it doesn’t punch you in the face.  But while most chocolate desserts (like brownies or fudge) have you thinking how chocolatey they taste; this dessert has you thinking…..wow!  That’s really GOOD chocolate! The flavor was so soft and mellow and refined!  This is the first time that I stepped out and upgraded the quality of chocolate I bake with.  For the first time I used . . . . . [Read more...]

Coconut Risotto

“PULL UP A CHAIR.  TAKE A TASTE.  COME JOIN US.  LIFE IS SO ENDLESSLY DELICIOUS.”  Ruth Reichl

Coconut Risotto | From My Sweet Heart

Most days, I think we can all benefit from a little ‘group therapy’.  And my favorite online group to participate in is the  Improv Cooking Challenge.  Kristen, from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, is the wonderful creator and leader of this great group of chefs/bakers/bloggers/food fanatics!  Each month, Kristen gives us two ingredients to toss together in the recipe of our choice.  And my fellow Improvers come up with the most amazing stuff!

Kristen’s blog is all about food and family. And while she cooks full flour for her family; she is gluten free.   Her motto is “delicious doesn’t have to be expensive.” And I couldn’t agree more!   Kristen is running a new feature on her site to introduce her readers to ‘The Improvers’.  And today, I am so happy and grateful to be a guest on Kristen’s blog!  And so I’ve chosen to make. . . . . [Read more...]