Cakes · Charlottes · Uncategorized

Blackberry Charlotte Royale

Blackberry Charlotte Royale is as tasty as it is stunning. Blackberry jelly roll slices surround a light blackberry mousse. Charlottes are an old-fashioned treat that needs to be revived. They are mousse or pastry cream contained by sponge cake and/or lady fingers. I’ve made several of the ones encircled by lady fingers. They are elegant… Continue reading Blackberry Charlotte Royale

Bread · Uncategorized · Yeast Bread

Garlic Herb Croissants

Garlic Herb Croissants combine the buttery, flakey decadence of croissants with basil, garlic and parsley. The unbaked croissants freeze well so make them ahead for special occasions. I recently took a refresher course on croissant making.  It was online so my friends and I gathered to make it a dinner party.  I asked the instructor… Continue reading Garlic Herb Croissants

Candy · Marshmallows · Uncategorized

Espresso Marshmallows

Espresso marshmallows are packed with coffee flavor. They are perfect for hot chocolate, adult s’mores or on their own. I started making marshmallows a few years ago. Once you discover how amazing homemade marshmallows are, store bought marshmallows just don’t cut it.  There are two types of homemade marshmallows – Italian meringue and gelatin-based. Italian… Continue reading Espresso Marshmallows

Bundt cakes · Cakes · Uncategorized

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

Chocolate fudge bundt cake – dense, brownie-like cake topped with dark chocolate ganache. Rich chocolate fudge runs through each slice. This is a recipe I modified from one my sister left behind when she died. She left behind a list of ingredients and a title so it was a little like a technical challenge on… Continue reading Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

Cookies · Shortbread · Uncategorized

Hibiscus Tea Shortbread

Buttery shortbread with the tang of hibiscus from adding tea straight to the dough.  Lovely hibiscus tea shortbread are great with your favorite tea. Summer is the time for iced-tea. Especially here in Texas. One of my favorite iced teas is our local grocery store’s raspberry hibiscus tea. It’s naturally sweet and tangy so serving… Continue reading Hibiscus Tea Shortbread

Bread · crackers · Shortbread · Uncategorized

Chili Basil Shortbread

Chili Basil Shortbread is a tender, flakey, savory shortbread flavored with Thai chilis, fresh basil and garlic. Cut into rounds and serve with sliced cheese or use this as a crust for your favorite quiche. I’ve mentioned my friends Luda and James. They have the large vegetable garden and sometimes they give me fresh produce… Continue reading Chili Basil Shortbread

Cookies · Pastry · Uncategorized

Chocolate Cherry Cannolis

Chocolate cherry cannolis are light fried dough tubes filled with sweetened ricotta cheese, chopped dried cherries and chocolate. These amazing pastries are best eaten the day they’re made so gather up some friends and have a glass of wine with your cannolis. I live near a road that has a lot of thrift stores. One… Continue reading Chocolate Cherry Cannolis