Category Archives: Dessert

Ratio: Variations on the Theme of Pancakes III

Third in the Ratio: Pancakes series.

No picture of this one and why is that? Because I managed to have so many problems putting this together, it’s not even funny. It came out tasty in the end but quite frankly, I need to test my recipe revision to find out if it’s really fixed.

In the end, they came out pretty well. Even the first one that spread like crazy and was a bitch to flip tasted great. I hit the cocoa measurement dead-on. They were extremely delicious and I only wished I’d had some fresh strawberries and whipped cream to top them.Third in the Ratio: Pancakes series.

No picture of this one and why is that? Because I managed to have so many problems putting this together, it’s not even funny. It came out tasty in the end but quite frankly, I need to test my recipe revision to find out if it’s really fixed.

In the end, they came out pretty well. Even the first one that spread like crazy and was a bitch to flip tasted great. I hit the cocoa measurement dead-on. They were extremely delicious and I only wished I’d had some fresh strawberries and whipped cream to top them.

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Sklandu rauši

Sklandu rauši

Every so often, I post a recipe from Latviešu ēdieni by Ņina Masiļūne.

My husband has been jonesing for these little pastries for a while and earlier this week, he decided he’d make them for dessert on one of the nights we had a full Latvian meal. They’re not very sweet, relying primarily on the natural sweetness of carrots and the rye crust can be very difficult to cook just right, but they are interesting little pastries nonetheless.

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Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie is not a true pie. It isn’t baked in a pie dish nor consist of tender, flaky pie crust with pastry cream. Rather it’s a sponge cake that is sliced in half and layered with pastry cream then topped with ganache. It is also one of my very favorite desserts. Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie is not a true pie. It isn’t baked in a pie dish nor consist of tender, flaky pie crust with pastry cream. Rather it’s a sponge cake that is sliced in half and layered with pastry cream then topped with ganache. It is also one of my very favorite desserts.

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Holiday Cookie Extravaganza

Christmas Cake Balls

We don’t have much and I wasn’t sure what we could afford, so I came up with the idea to do a “12 Days of Cookies” gift for my parents, my mentor and my sis. I didn’t get to make a dozen types of cookies, stopping after nine. I ran out of baking steam when I got sick a few days before Christmas.

In the end, my family loved the cookies. Most of the recipes came from the little booklet included with the December issue of Food Network Magazine. They came out fairly well, though I wasn’t happy with the lack of strength of flavor in the lemon volcanoes and peanut butter tigers.

The runaway favorite of the entire deal? Cake balls. The very thing that decided to give me a meltdown.

What I love about them is the hard crunch of the candy shell and the soft, chocolatey inside.Christmas Cake Balls

We don’t have much and I wasn’t sure what we could afford, so I came up with the idea to do a “12 Days of Cookies” gift for my parents, my mentor and my sis. I didn’t get to make a dozen types of cookies, stopping after nine. I ran out of baking steam when I got sick a few days before Christmas.

In the end, my family loved the cookies. Most of the recipes came from the little booklet included with the December issue of Food Network Magazine. They came out fairly well, though I wasn’t happy with the lack of strength of flavor in the lemon volcanoes and peanut butter tigers.

The runaway favorite of the entire deal? Cake balls. The very thing that decided to give me a meltdown.

What I love about them is the hard crunch of the candy shell and the soft, chocolatey inside.

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Cranberry, Oatmeal & Walnut Cookies

Cranberry, Oatmeal & Walnut Cookies

When he found dried cranberries at Winco in the bulk food section (love), he asked me to make him a batch of cranberry walnut cookies. Now, one thing you should know about my husband is that he’s crazy for whole wheat. I changed out all-purpose for whole wheat in my chocolate chip cookies and made him a very happy man, so I knew that whatever recipe I wound up using needed to use whole wheat too.

In the end, I took one I particularly liked for inspiration and played around. I think they came out pretty darn good — and I’m not even that particularly crazy about oatmeal cookies! These aren’t spreaders, they bake up soft, puffy and chewy with just a hint of spice.Cranberry, Oatmeal & Walnut Cookies

When he found dried cranberries at Winco in the bulk food section (love), he asked me to make him a batch of cranberry walnut cookies. Now, one thing you should know about my husband is that he’s crazy for whole wheat. I changed out all-purpose for whole wheat in my chocolate chip cookies and made him a very happy man, so I knew that whatever recipe I wound up using needed to use whole wheat too.

In the end, I took one I particularly liked for inspiration and played around. I think they came out pretty darn good — and I’m not even that particularly crazy about oatmeal cookies! These aren’t spreaders, they bake up soft, puffy and chewy with just a hint of spice.

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Mini Coconut-Chocolate Pies

Mini Chocolate Coconut Pie

Okay, these little minis are really little brothers to my German Chocolate Pie with a few changes. What I love about these is that they’re fast, single-serving pies with plenty of crust and room for topping.

Now I loved the German Chocolate Pie, but it was just on the edge of being too sweet. I decided to try semi-sweet chocolate instead of sweet chocolate and was amazed at the stronger, richer flavor. The sweetness was just perfect.Mini Chocolate Coconut Pie

Okay, these little minis are really little brothers to my German Chocolate Pie with a few changes. What I love about these is that they’re fast, single-serving pies with plenty of crust and room for topping.

Now I loved the German Chocolate Pie, but it was just on the edge of being too sweet. I decided to try semi-sweet chocolate instead of sweet chocolate and was amazed at the stronger, richer flavor. The sweetness was just perfect.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake (With a Twist)

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

A flourless chocolate cake made from beans? That I have to try. It’s just so out there, at least to my mind, that I really want to see if it works and if it really, honestly, truly tastes like chocolate fudge cake.

The verdict? Soft, fudgey and definitely chocolatey. Guilt-free chocoholism at its finest. The Truvia worked well, though I wonder if I cooked it even slower than might have been strictly necessary. Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

A flourless chocolate cake made from beans? That I have to try. It’s just so out there, at least to my mind, that I really want to see if it works and if it really, honestly, truly tastes like chocolate fudge cake.

The verdict? Soft, fudgey and definitely chocolatey. Guilt-free chocoholism at its finest. The Truvia worked well, though I wonder if I cooked it even slower than might have been strictly necessary.

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