Recipe Round-Up ~ Feb 7-13

by Aimee on March 5, 2009

My First Fondant

Thought I forgot about this week huh? Yeeeaaaah, so did I. Actually I kept getting side-tracked and for whatever reason my brain chained itself to the idea of making fondant as a pic for this post and I didn’t get around to doing that until yesterday. Better late than never right?!

Oh and if you’re interested in actually making your own fondant (as I did for this pic) check out this wonderful post from Joe Pastry on making your own. He was kind enough to include a link to a great recipe. Now all I need is a cake to cover.  

Start off the day with a hearty breakfast:

These Double Chocolate Waffles with Berry Sauce from Our Best Bites make me want to go out and get myself a waffle maker.

These aren’t strictly a breakfast food, but I’m putting them here anyhow. Foodbeam describes making croissants as, “…pretty daunting at first, but once you’ll really pay attention to the different steps, you’ll realize it’s as easy as making pâte feuilletée.” Ha! Ha, ha, ha….ha. Yeah, as easy as making puff pastry. That’s a good one. Look, it’s not like puff pastry is brain surgery, or as complex as (apparently) a flourless chocolate cake can be. HOWEVER, you need to be in shape to do it. The results are TOTALLY worth it, but you will get a work out.

Yeasty Stuff:

Say goodbye to boring biscuits and hello to these Orange Pumpkin Cloverleafs from No Fear Entertaining.

Cookies:

As you may have already discovered by now, I can’t resist a macaron recipe. Here’s another from Tartelette to celebrate you’re beloved with Valentine’s Day Macarons.

And just in case you thought that macarons were a parochial type of recipe (what could be easier than a meringue base right?) just check out this post from No Special Effects. There’s a video of what appears to be a British top chef type show. Check out how easy macarons were for the “professionals”.

If you’re nuts for Nutella give these Nutella Oatmeal Thins from Une-Duex Senses a try! Apparently the Nutella in the batter wasn’t enough of a big hazelnut to the kisser for her so she sandwiched some between two cookies.

Cakes:

Here’s another entry from Palachinka for the Food Blog Inspection group. Apparently this is the best Dobos Torte she’s ever tasted, so I’m going to have to give that recipe a try.

Whether you’re looking to impress for an event, or just savor the sweeter side of life, you can’t go wrong with the Reine de Saba chocolate cake from She’s in the Kitchen.

I guess this is a cake, but I think it’s more of a feat of human ingenuity. This is Valentine cake “box of chocolates” from Italian Kitchen and more! who is actually a Polish cook living in Italy.

This ain’t your Grandma’s tea cakes. And who needs tea anyways when you could have tonka bean, cinnamon and rice milk sherbet milkshakes with your pistachio, raspberry and buttermilk tea cakes from Cannelle et Vanille.

While chestnuts do grow on trees, the don’t grow around here. It’s too bad because now the only way I’ll be able to enjoy Take It and Like It ‘s chestnut cream, chocolate mousse, and brownie layer cake is by mailing away for chestnuts.

Another marriage made in heaven is chocolate and wine. Luna Cafe features the perfect pair in their Bittersweet Chocolate & Cabernet Sauvignon Butter Cake.

Learn how to make hearts out of strawberries in Omnomicon‘s post for Strawberry Heart Shortcake Cupcakes.

I doubt I could ever come up with a description as clever as, “Get hot and steamy for Valentine’s Day” for this post from Cupcake Project on the new Cupcake Fondue craze that’s sweeping the nation.

flagrante delicia has produced another work of art with her Banana and passion fruit cake.

Pies, tarts, etc.:

Foodie With Family gives you a reason to keep spare tart shells in your freezer for these Chocolate Truffle Tarts.

When I look at these Apple Crumble Tarts from Sweet Dreams I find myself wishing that she included a recipe for whatever chocolate (I’m assuming) filling she has in the other tarts. But hey, the apple looks mighty tasty so I won’t quibble.

Pastry:

Zoë Bakes more refined version of Baklava puts those little diamonds to shame.

I’ve never heard of Majorcan ensaïmada until I came across the recipe from flagrante delicia. Apparently the Spanish tradition of the Ensaïmada has been kept alive in most of the countries they used to occupy throughout the world, albeit with their own unique cultural stamp. Those of you who have been reading my blog already know that I’m Polish. But that’s just accounts for half of me. I’m also Puerto Rican (my Mom got the hots for Latin men after seeing West Side Story, so the story goes), so I’m always fascinated by Spanish-influenced cuisine.

Food Blog Inspection actually was born from the FBI Rukavice group which is for food bloggers in the region of former Yugoslavia. Tulumbe, a cherished sweet in the Balkans, was Cafe Chocolada‘s choice from Palachinka‘s blog.

Spoon! Desserts and the like:

Learn all about the Italian treat, Zabaglione from Giovanna Zivny at Culinate.

In describing her Chocolate Pots de Crème, Savoring Time in the Kitchen said, “A mouthful of love from me to you…” That’s one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read on a food blog.

Who knew that squash and cheese could be a dessert? Laylita’s Recipes did with her Dulce de zapallo.

L’Atelier Vi provides us with not only a recipe for Lemon Mousse with Citrus Curd, but some of the prettiest pictures of lemons I’ve ever seen.

Life of a Foodie celebrated Valentine’s Day with these Pomegranate and Honey Yogurt Verrines. As far as I’m concerned, I wouldn’t mind celebrating any day with this elegant looking dessert.

Candy:

Cafe Johnsonia has gone to the trouble of creating some of the most detailed instructions for making your own Homemade Peanut Butter Cups.

Savory:

I couldn’t resist including this recipe for Watermelon, Feta, and Black Olive Salad from Hungry and Frozen. My mouth is watering from just reading the list of ingredients.

Careful man, there’s a beverage here!:

Enjoy Cooking Books’ company as well as her Mango Maple Lassi.

I would love to try this Yangmei Orange Iced Tea from Appetite for China. Unfortunately I don’t think they carry the Yangmei berry in these parts. I doubt there’s a single Yangmei berry in the entire state. I wonder.

Learn all you ever wanted to know about goat’s milk but were afraid to ask in this post from Ezra Pound Cake which includes a recipe for a Spring Fever Strawberry-Banana Smoothie.

Miscellaneous:

There’s this crazy concotion of creme brulee, white chocolate, coconut and fries that Eat Show & Tell came up with.

My Sweet & Saucy gives us all a lesson in having fun with fondant. I managed to actually make a batch and work in some color. I decided to go with a belated Valentine’s theme.

My First Fondant XO

Why buy Marsipan when you can make it yourself with this handy recipe from The List of My Life.

If you’re snowed in maybe you’ll want to eat a little Spring for dessert with this This Blood Orange Sorbet with Candied Fennel and Kumquats from Brooklyn Farmhouse.

If you’re eating Spring for dessert maybe you’d like to, “Eat sunshine for breakfast,” with this Meyer Lemon Vanilla Bean Marmalade from Informal Blathering.

Get behind the scenes at a bakery with CakeSpy in her Sweet Factory post.

Lastly, I wanted to include this sweet post titled, I love you anyway, from Seven Spoons about the real reason why we all bake. Sweet stuff.

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Zoë François March 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

Thank you so much for mentioning the baklava! Glad you like them! :)

Glenna March 5, 2009 at 11:39 am

I got a big laugh out of the “now all I need is a cake to cover”. Man, me too. So many times I have great cake decorating ideas in my head but since there’s only me and Gene at home…a whole cake doesn’t make any sense!

Howard March 6, 2009 at 12:34 am

Cheers for the mention on the creme brulee, it was indeed a crazy concoction!

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