Daring Bakers May 2011: Marquise on Meringue

Another interesting Daring Bakers challenge. One with numerous components and a few mistakes on my end. Nevertheless, it’s a delicious dessert and one I’ve never seen anywhere else. The mandatory items were the meringue (good thing I had enough for 2 baking sheets because the first batch burned under the broiler) and marquise, with caramel… 

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Browned Butter Brownies

For this week’s Tuesday dinner delivery the dessert offered was brownies. And after looking through a bunch of different recipes I decided to go with this one. I was a little scared – for some reason I seem to have a lot of problems with “browning” butter. Well what happens is I’m always standing there… 

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District Catering now offers dinner delivery on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The menu changes each time but there is always a starter, an entrée and a dessert. A couple weeks ago we decided to go with a Turkish theme. And what better dessert for that than baklava? I have only had baklava a handful of times in my life… 

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Daring Bakers April 2011: Nut Bowls with Maple Mousse

This is the April daring bakers challenge. The mandatory component was the maple mousse and an edible container, but the host of this month’s challenge provided the recipe for this nut bowl so I decided to go with it. Haven’t been feeling too creative this month. Maybe next month? I was really happy with how this dessert… 

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Blackberry Cheesecake


 I have made a lot of different cheesecakes with various toppings and flavors. But this is my first blackberry cheesecake. Which doesn’t even make sense – since blackberry is my favorite berry. I think I’ve mentioned this before – the country house my grandmother has in the boonies of Russia, where she grows everything –… 

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Green Tea Ice Cream {Gluten-Free}


This green tea ice cream recipe has the lightest and softest green tea flavor and added crunch from crumbled pistachios. Easy to make at home. Gluten-Free. I thought I really loved the oreo and then the strawberry ice cream, but I was wrong. The one I truly love is this green tea ice cream recipe… 

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Mini Green Tea Cupcakes


Green Tea Cupcakes stand out from the rest with just the lightest hint of green tea flavor. Topped with a soft and pillowy fluffy frosting. This is cherry blossom time in DC. In case you aren’t familiar with it, the cherry trees (Sakura) were a gift of friendship from the Japanese in 1912. These 3000+… 

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Cookies and Cream Ice Cream


The best thing about making your own ice cream is that you get to choose how much of each add-in you want. Breyers has it all wrong – I actually do want a lot of crushed oreos in my cookies and cream ice cream. And take a look at that store bought ice cream carton ingredient… 

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Daring Bakers March 2011 – Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake


A yeasted meringue coffee cake is perfect for a Saturday lunch and is bound to leave an impression on all your guests. Another interesting daring bakers challenge. I had never made a yeasted meringue coffee cake before, but I was pretty pleased with it. I decided to use the basic filling consisting of cinnamon, walnuts and… 

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Almond and Cashew Caramel Chocolate Turtles {Gluten-Free}

Almond and Cashew Caramel Chocolate Turtles are easy to make at home and simply make for the perfect dessert. Impress all your dinner guests. I’ve made these turtles twice now. The first time I slightly overdid it on the caramel and each turtle was a little too much caramel and not enough chocolate, but the… 

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Strawberry Gelato


This Strawberry Gelato recipe make for the perfect summer treat. Smooth and creamy with a taste of fresh summer strawberries. GF and easy to make at home. I have wanted an ice cream machine for a while now. Ever since I saw it at the Dave and Buster’s ticket redemption section. (D and I have… 

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies


This White Chocolate Cranberry cookies recipes packs in the perfect punch of both sweetness and tartness. Perfect after a long day. Recently I started buying dried cranberries to add to salads and various other savory dishes. And I figured if they’re great in salads they’ve got to great in cookies too. And they were. Seeing… 

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