Archive for November, 2008

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How to Make a Chocolate Yule Log

Cake rolls can be intimidating, I’ll admit, but this recipe for Chocolate Yule Log Cake, also known as Buche de Noel, couldn’t be simpler and it tastes fantastic. Ribbons of light chocolate cake surround a cool chocolate whipped cream filling. Bittersweet chocolate ganache covers the sides of the log, delivering extra bites of chocolate.

28Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Icebox Butterhorns and Campton Place Hot Chocolate

Our leisurely Saturday morning was intensified with delicious Icebox Butterhorns and Campton Place Hot Chocolate for breakfast. Usually I make these tried-and-true rolls for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, but of course I couldn’t wait for five more meager days and made them on a whim. Please excuse my doofus of a brother

24Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Pumpkin Tart: Two Ways, with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Ann, this post is for you. Over the past week I’ve tried my hand at two different pumpkin tarts. They are both equally good. Both tarts feature that soft, almost sugar cookie-like crust that is not too sweet, and a smooth, creamy pumpkin filling, flavored with just the right amount of spice.

21Nov2008 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Chocolate Mousse Dream Cake

I’m a big fan of this one. Dense, flourless chocolate cake is topped with a light, creamy milk chocolate mousse, then drenched in bittersweet chocolate glaze. The entire delight is kept in the freezer, which surprisingly keeps all the layers at just the right texture. This dessert is best served within a few minutes

20Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Cranberry Crumble Tart

Forget eating cranberries as a side dish. Have them for dessert in this cheery tart. Cinnamon and orange zest help celebrate the taste of cranberries. The cranberries turn into an oozy bubbling garnet mixture as they bake beneath the sweet crumble topping. While they are still sweet-tart in taste, the buttery flaky

20Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Basic Pie & Tart Crusts

I never was a huge pie fan until I started making my own and I could control the crust. I know that’s a very food snobbish thing to say, but I say this with complete innocence! I like crusts to be tender, flaky, subtle- the real prize to a pie or tart

18Nov2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Mini Bourbon-Macadamia Nut Pies

Tiny, portable, cute. About the size of a muffin, these little nut pies ooze holiday charm. First of all, it’s nut pie season. Can you recall any other time of year when people eat them with passion, and not guilt? To step it up even more, these pies are made with macadamia

12Nov2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Cookie Exchange: Crinkle Cookies

I did a little baking this weekend and these are the result: Spicy Ginger Crinkle Cookies and Cocoa-Coffee Crinkles. I love the way crinkle cookies look. It’s also easy to tell when they are done because they will start to crack. If you’re looking for the perfect recipe to bring to a cookie

10Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Pears in Nightshirts

For this dessert, pears take center stage. Sometimes we forget how wonderful the simplicity of fruit is. While delicious on its own, fruit can also be beautifully dressed up with only a few ingredients. These pears are cooked in pear juice, water, and a little bit of sugar until they are soft and tender, then

9Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Snowball

This cocktail is perfectly fitting for the holidays. With a powdered sugar rim, slushy consistency, and snow white color, this cocktail lives up to its name. Slightly reminiscent of a White Russian, cinnamon sticks and coffee beans are heated with cream, then left to steep for half an hour. The coffee beans and cinnamon sticks are

9Nov2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Sugared Cranberries

Cranberries are truly beautiful. They are so simple, yet evoke so much meaning and memories. Often times they are overlooked as a Thanksgiving table staple (you know, that dish with the red glob). When making Cranberry Cornbread Muffins, I was inspired by their distinctive oval shape and shiny garnet red color.

7Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Cranberry Corn Muffins

Another holiday favorite. Delicate corn muffins are studded with fresh cranberries for a delicious Fall twist. Enjoy them two ways: sprinkle the tops with sugar before baking for a sweeter breakfast treat, or savor the heartiness of the cornmeal and serve them alongside dinner (or Thanksgiving meal). Cranberries are in season right now,

7Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Maple Apple Tartlets

Looking for a sophisticated but simple dessert recipe for the holidays? You’ve found it. Dozens of flaky layers provide a tender base for fanned apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon, sugar, butter, and maple syrup. As they bake, they transform from a flat sheet of dough into  puffy, elegant tartlets, while simultaneously filling

4Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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