These sweet and buttery
cut-out cookies are always a favorite for not only can you tailor the
shape of the cookie to the occasion but you can also dress them simply
with granulated or colored sugars or make them very decorative by
frosting them with royal icing. more
A stunning cake. Three
layers of sponge, soaked with an orange syrup, filled with chocolate
mousse and fresh raspberries. The finishing touch is that the cake is
covered with chocolate ganache.
Shortbreads are a
buttery cookie (biscuit) that taste absolutely delicious when
sandwiched together with raspberry jam and grated white chocolate.
Tiramisu means pick me up or
carry me up. It is often called an Italian Trifle, as like any trifle it
is made by layering cake (or ladyfingers), that have been soaked in
spirits, with a rich custard. more
Chocolate Butter Cake has two layers of moist and tender chocolate
butter cake sandwiched together and frosted with a delicious chocolate
Red Velvet Cake is very
dramatic looking with its bright red color sharply contrasted by a white
This cake consists of layers
of moist coconut-flavored butter cake that are filled with a tangy lemon
curd and then the entire cake is frosted with a smooth and shiny
7-Minute Frosting and sweetened coconut. more
A favorite is the cream puff
which is a hollow round of crisp choux pastry that is split in half,
filled with a cream or custard, and dusted with powdered sugar.
Strawberry Shortcake is
composed of a scone or biscuit that is cut in half and filled with
whipped cream and lightly sweetened strawberries.
A Black Forest Trifle has
the same components as a Black Forest Cake that is, chocolate, cherries,
kirch liqueur, and whipped cream. more
French Macarons take two
almond flavored meringue cookies and sandwiches them together with a
delicious filling. The outside crust is crisp yet inside they are
wonderfully soft. more
These scones are a nice
treat for the chocolate lover. Their chocolate color and flavor
comes from adding Dutch-processed cocoa powder to the scone dough
with white and dark chocolate chunks filling the dough with even
more chocolate. more
Banana Pudding combines
layers of creamy vanilla pudding with slices of sweet banana and
vanilla wafers. more
What could be more
enticing than a giant raspberry-flavored truffle set in a biscotti
crust.This beautiful raspberry-flavored truffle tart is set in a
delicious biscotti crust. more
Everyone loves the
elegance of a fruit tart with its topping of beautiful fresh fruit.
Whether you use a single fruit (like strawberries) or a medley of
berries, sliced kiwi, plums, bananas, pineapple, and/or melon no one
can resist its beauty. more
A Chocolate Fondue consists
of a delicious chocolate sauce, made with semi sweet chocolate, cream,
Nutella, and Frangelico that is placed in a fondue pot and then chunks
of fresh fruit, cake, and/or cookies are dipped into the sauce.
Peppermint Patties have
a shiny dark chocolate coating and inside is a smooth and creamy mint
flavored filling. more
Peanut Butter Cups have a
shell of milk and semi sweet chocolates and a smooth and creamy peanut
butter center. more
Chocolate Sugar Cookies are
a sweet and buttery cut-out cookie with a mild chocolate flavor that are
frosted with royal icing. more
These cute Petit Fours
consists of three layers of Almond Cake sandwiched together with a
layer of apricot preserves and raspberry preserves. Then these
little cakes are covered in a white chocolate glaze.
Combine the crumbs of
a Red Velvet Cake with a cream cheese frosting to make these Cake Pops.
The crisp outer shell comes from dipping the pops into melted white
chocolate candy wafers.
Red Velvet Cupcakes have a
subtle chocolate flavor with a bright red color that are iced with a
Cream Cheese Frosting. more
A sweet and chewy no-bake cookie, or should
I say candy. It tastes of chocolate, coffee, oats, vanilla, and coconut.
These rich and elegant,
bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white
chocolate and cream to which various flavorings can be added: butter,
liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried
A soft and moist cake with a
rich chocolate flavor, covered with a creamy smooth chocolate frosting.
14th is named after the patron saint, St. Valentine, and we
celebrate this day with the exchange of candy, flowers,
cards, and gifts as a token of affection to our loved ones.
The history of this day is very sketchy but it does appear
to derive from Christian and Roman traditions. The
story I like dates from the third century when Rome was
ruled by the Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor outlawed
marriages for young men as he felt single men made better
soldiers than men who were married. A priest, named
St. Valentine, didn't agree with the Emperor and married
young lovers in secret. When the Emperor discovered
what St. Valentine was doing, he sentenced him to death.
While St. Valentine was in prison, waiting to be put
to death, he met and fell in love with the jailor's
daughter. Before he died he sent her a love letter and
signed it "From your Valentine". This expression is
still used today and St. Valentine is now best remembered as
a romantic and heroic figure.
tale reaffirms our desire to romantically celebrate
Valentine's Day. And chocolate, with its aura of being
an aphrodisiac, becomes the perfect gift to give or receive from our
mate. So strong was the Aztec's belief of chocolate's
an aphrodisiac that their emperor, Montezuma, used to drink
upwards of 50 cups of chocolate per day. It also
became very popular in Spain when Hernando Cortés
brought it back from his voyage to the New World in the 16th
century. Aristocratic ladies loved to start their mornings
with a cup of chocolate and would even instruct their
servants to bring them a cup during Mass.
welcome this Valentine's Day why not start the morning as
Montezuma did, with a cup of hot chocolate. Whether you make it with just milk or with a combination of
milk and coffee, it is delicious tasting and will leave you
with a warm glow.
this is a day of chocolate, below I offer several chocolate
desserts, and a few without, that would be excellent after
your evening meal, ranging from the ever popular Molten
Chocolate Cakes to Chocolate Truffles.
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