Showing posts with label desserts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label desserts. Show all posts

Banana-Cardamom Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by JMom | Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | , | 0 comments »

Cardamom in cupcakes sounds so foreign and exotic that I just could not resist. They turned out to be great!

Now you all know how much I love to use up old bananas by making banana bread, banana cake and banana muffins. So when I saw cardamom as an ingredient for these cupcakes, I just had to try it out.



Click here to see the recipe for Cardamom Cupcakes...



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coffee,cheesecake,caramel

Cheesecake was the Daring Baker challenge for April and I opted to make the Cafe' Au Lait version. We actually wanted to try and duplicate our favorite Cheesecake Factory flavor, raspberry and white chocolate, but we couldn't find good fresh raspberries. They had strawberries and blue berries, but no luck on raspberries. Since I still had some instant espresso powder left, I decided to go with that instead. I also chose to top my coffee cheesecake with a dark caramel sauce instead of the usual blond caramel one. The combination was delicious!

For next time though, I will omit the lemon juice called for in the recipe. I don't think it added much to the overall flavor of the cheesecake and it sort of gave it a sour creamy taste.

This recipe is one of the best cheesecake recipe we've tried. It's not the dense type, but rather it is light and airy and very creamy. We all liked it and from visiting all the other Daring Bakers, I got a few more ideas on how to mix it up for next time.

Now on to the cheesecake recipe...

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Black Bottom Pie

Posted by JMom | Tuesday, April 21, 2009 | , , | 0 comments »

Black Bottom Pie

There is only one word to describe this pie, DECADENT!

If you like creamy desserts like I do, then this is the taste explosion for you. What could be better than chocolate and whip cream? A pie with an added layer of rum mouse, that's what!

Try out this recipe for Black Bottom Pie.


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French Yule Log

Posted by JMom | Sunday, January 04, 2009 | , | 0 comments »

French Yule LogA French Yule Log may be shaped like the traditional yule log we are familiar with, which is a rolled cake with a butter cream filling, but that is where the similarities stop. A french yule log is mouse based and contains several textural elements within. It has a cookie/cake like layer, a crunchy layer, a rich and gooey layer and a chocolaty strip of hardy chocolate flavor.

This was the Daring Baker challenge for December and it was a long, involved process; but like all challenges it was a learning experience and deliciously rewarding.

See the recipe and additional photos for the French Yule Log...

French Yule Log


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My kitchen assistant

Posted by JMom | Tuesday, October 14, 2008 | , | 1 comments »

MaraWhenever I am in the kitchen experimenting, I am always glad to have an extra hand. This is The Clone, my eager assistant. When she saw I was getting ready to start piping, she quickly ran over to volunteer even though she had just got out of the shower and still had a towel on her head. LOL!

She did a great job piping the dough for the cream puffs we were making.

See, I had made some eclairs for Daring Bakers a couple of month's ago and I kind of had a little mishap, under baking the pastry then having them get stuck to the pan. I promised then to try the recipe out again.

Since we weren't bound by the limits of Daring Bakers, we decided to make Profiteroles or cream puffs. This time around, we made sure they were nicely browned and cooked all the way. They were delicious!

Cream Puffs




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Bread Puddings

Posted by JMom | Friday, October 03, 2008 | , , | 0 comments »

Bread Pudding with Nata de CocoI love bread puddings don't you? Not only is it a great way to use up old bread, it's also delicious and just has that all time comfort food feel. I think it has something to do with the fact that it's creamy, soft and the smell of egg and vanilla just brings back so many memories of one's childhood.

My mom, I think makes the best bread pudding. The thing is, she doesn't have a recipe. She just kind of eyeballs everything as she's making it and for some reason it just comes out really well for her everytime. Now me, I can't just leave things well enough alone. I have to be continually messing with it. So far my experimentation has produced bread pudding with nata de coco (pictured), bread pudding with dried fruits, a Vietnamese bread pudding with bananas, and bread pudding with raisins. Which brings me to one with golden raisins! I found a box of golden raisins in the pantry the other day and I have been itching to put it in bread pudding.

What's your favorite way of making bread pudding?

Dulce de Leche

Posted by JMom | Thursday, October 02, 2008 | , | 0 comments »

Dulce de LecheI first learned about Dulce de Leche from an Argentinian friend in high school. One time when I visited his house, he showed me how to make Dulce de Leche and I was amazed at how easy it was! (although his method is a bit scary)

First I'll tell you about the usual way it's made. Take a can of sweetened condensed milk, peel the label off without opening the can. Place the can of condensed milk and put in in a pot that is taller than the can. Cover the can with water, put a lid on the pot and let the water come to a boil. Lower the flame a little so that the water stays at a medium boil. Let it cook for 1.5-2 hours. If the water starts to evaporate, just add more hot water to keep the can covered.

Now here's my friends 20 minutes method, but I must warn you, do this at your own risk. He uses a pressure cooker! Yep, do the same as above, except put the can of condensed milk in a pressure cooker and cover it with water. Make sure you seal your cooker properly. Let the water come to a boil and when the pressure cooker starts to hiss, set your timer to 20 minutes. When the 20 minutes is up, DON'T OPEN YOUR PRESSURE COOKER. Let it cool on the stove until the little pressure thingy goes down. My friend admits he's opened his pressure cooker too soon before, and he ended up with dulce de leche all over his kitchen walls.

Make sure that whichever method you use, wait until the can of condensed milk has cooled before opening the can. What you'll find when you eventually get to open your can is some gooey and yummy and caramelly dulce de leche. So worth the risk and effort!

Of course, if you're not too comfortable with the risk, you can always buy them already pre-packaged from the store. :D


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The Clean Fridge Bread Pudding

Posted by JMom | Monday, September 08, 2008 | , | 0 comments »

Bread Pudding with Nata de CocoOur refrigerator died last weekend which may have been a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it. The bad, it sucked that it broke down on the weekend, a long weekend at that, and so we were out of a refrigerator for at least two days. The good thing is, it forced out to clean out the contents. We threw out condiments we didn't even know we had and probably had been in the fridge for lord knows how long. Cleaned out the left overs and found out what was in the back of the freezer, and we came up with this bread pudding recipe.

To use up all the bread, milk and eggs that would have gone bad in a couple of days out of the refrigerator, I decided to make bread pudding. But among the jars of condiments to be tossed, I saw several bottles of sweet nata de coco and kaong that we had lefover from making halo-halo, so I decided to throw those in the mix. The result is this colorful bread pudding.

Click here for the recipe for this bread pudding...

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Eclairs

Posted by JMom | Friday, September 05, 2008 | , | 0 comments »

EclairsSo maybe these eclairs didn't exactly turn out the way I wanted them to; they were delicious anyway. Eclairs was the Daring Baker challenge for August and I was really looking forward to them because I've always loved cream puffs and have always wanted to try making them but was too intimidated to try. Well, this was my chance, but I had a couple of mishaps.

First, I didn't bake them long enough so they deflated as soon as they started cooling off. They weren't 'puffs' anymore, they were just good tasting pastries :( Second, I left them too long on the baking sheet and they lost all their bottoms. I could have cried!


Read the rest of my misadventures here...


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Meringue Cookies

Posted by JMom | Friday, August 22, 2008 | , | 2 comments »

MeringueWant a no fat cookie? Meringue cookies are made simply from egg whites and sugar. No fat! Not like I'm watching my fat intake or anything. I love fats and that's how I ended up with a bunch of egg whites. I was bakin' up a storm and used up a whole lot of yolks for some reason. I didn't want to simply throw perfectly good egg whites away, so what's a frugal cook to do but make meringue cookies :)

Try them out, they are delicate and sweetly satisfying. They are also very easy to make. You can literally stick them in the oven and go to bed. Click here for the recipe for these meringue cookies.



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DH Lemon Tart

Posted by JMom | Tuesday, August 12, 2008 | | 0 comments »

Summertime and lemons just seem to pair up perfectly. This lemony tart is an easy summertime dessert that takes no time to cook. The girls like making these no-frost desserts because it's easy enough for them to make from beginning to end. You just put everything in one pan and you'll have something delicious and fancy looking. Perfect for summertime barbecues and picnics.

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Hazelnut Cake with Buttercream Icing

Posted by JMom | Sunday, August 03, 2008 | , , | 2 comments »

Filbert Gateau Slice of Cake
This was my attempt at being a daring baker last month. Again, I procrastinated and hem and hawed for nothing. After I buckled down and got started, I found that it really wasn't as bad as I thought. So I've determined that from now on, I'm not even going to subject myself to the anxiety and just get to it.

This cake turned out delicious! With the girls away in California this month, I hate to admit that my husband and I pretty much ate this whole thing by ourselves! All week long, I have been on a slice of cake a day. It was so good, but I don't even want to think how much I must have gained eating all that buttercream.

If you'd like the recipe for this cake that has a real fancy name of Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream, just click on the link.


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Cherry Dump Cake

Posted by JMom | Monday, June 23, 2008 | , , | 1 comments »

Cherry Dump Cake Here is another easy treat to bake that can make you seem like a pro baker, Cherry Dump Cake. Every time I say the name, I can't help but cringe just a little. I just have a very negative connotation with the word 'dump' that my daughters kindly reminded me of. OK, enough of that.

This Cherry Crisp, as I've chosen to call it, is very easy to make, a perfect cooking-with-children recipe. A toddler can probably do this whole dish with just a little help from mom.

Click on the link to see the recipe and step-by-step instructions on how to make Cherry Crisp.


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Mochi

Posted by JMom | Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | , , | 0 comments »

Mochi

Here's another great treat from Japan. My cousin brought everyone a box of these delicious mochis during here visit to the U.S. last month.

Mochi are delectable little treats made from glutinous rice that are first ground or pounded into powder and then formed into these little morsels. They can be flavored different ways as were the mochi in this box. My favorite ones were the ones wrapped in the yellow wrapper, they were lemon flavored. The pink wrapped ones were strawberry flavored.

Then you have the ones rolled in toasted sesame, macha and some other flavoring we couldn't quite guess.

If you get a chance to try these beautiful treats, make sure you do. You won't regret it.


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We Scream for Ice Cream!

Posted by JMom | Thursday, May 29, 2008 | , | 0 comments »

ImixamericaMy daughters love ice cream! They especially love Coldstone ice cream and make it a point to stop at their store whenever we are near one no matter if the weather is cold or hot. It could be snowing and these girls would stop for ice cream!

Curiously enough, they have been talking about creating ice cream flavors lately, especially Jade. That's why I thought this Awesome Coldstone Contest would be perfect for them. They are also bloggers, so that would be the perfect way to promote their entries to the contest. The contest is open only to U.S. residents between the ages 13 and 19 years old.

All they need to do is come up with a winning combination from the ingredients usually stocked at any Coldstone Creamery; and believe me my girls probably know all the ingredients by heart! After they come up with their custom mixture, they have to give it a creative name and have people vote for their creation. Sounds like a contest made just for bloggers, don't you think? I'm sure my girls will be in on this one immediately.

The only problem I foresee is that we'll probably have to make a few trips to Coldstone to test their creations. :)

So, if you know other budding ice cream experimentalists, make sure you let them know about this contest. Besides awesome ice cream giveaways, they also have other great prizes!

Sponsored by Coldstone Creamery

Love the Blueberry!

Posted by JMom | Friday, May 23, 2008 | | 0 comments »

Chocolat FreyWe just went back to Target yesterday for more of these chocolates. They are Chocolat Frey : The True Swiss Chocolate and sold only at Target. They come in a variety of flavors but our favorites so far are the blueberry ones and lemon and lime. When we made our cheescake pops not too long ago, Jade melted some of the lemon lime one and drizzled it over the white chocolate covered ones, and they were just heavenly! The sprinkling of lemon lime flavor was like a great surprise with every bite.



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Daring Cheesecake Pops

Posted by JMom | Monday, May 12, 2008 | , | 0 comments »

Cheesecake PopsApril's Daring Baker challenge were these beautiful and delicious cheesecake pops. Yep, you heard right, lollypop cheesecakes! What could be better than that, eh? The girls had a great time sharing these little treats with their friends. These pops would be perfect for a birthday party or any festive occasion where you want something impressive and fun.

I've never baked a cheesecake before much less work with melted chocolate, so this was a fun challenge. I was glad it came out pretty good.

Want to try making your own cheesecake pops? Just click on the link!


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Spritjes

Posted by JMom | Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | , | 0 comments »

SpritjesWhether it's the holiday season or anytime the rest of the year, these sugar cookies will please any cravings for sweets.

These don't have to be this boring circular shape, these cookies are perfect for piping into decorative shapes especially if you have a cookie press. If you'd rather do cut out, you can do that too, just cool the dough down first to make it easier to handle. It's really buttery so it can get pretty soft if left out too long.

Get the recipe for these sugar cookies.



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I'm a Daring Baker!

Posted by JMom | Tuesday, April 01, 2008 | , , | 1 comments »

Birthday CakeI finally worked up the nerve to join the Daring Bakers and this was my first challenge, Dorie Greenspan's Perfect Birthday Cake! It was a perfect them and timely considering March is my daughter Jade's birthday and we've been celebrating all month :)

I made the cake twice, the first time just the way it came with lemon flavored frosting and raspberry filling. The second time, I made it with pineapple filling and flavored yellow frosting. Both versions were delicious! But between all that buttery frosting and the flan I ended up making to use up the egg yolks, I think I need to lay off anything fatty for a while.

Click on the photo if you'd like the recipe for this cake.



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Leche Flan

Posted by JMom | Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | , | 1 comments »

Leche FlanThis is a super rich version of the flan, but what do you do when you have eight egg yolks to use up? If you're up to something sinfully delicious, then this is one dessert you just gotta try.

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