Mocha Chocolate Chip Brownie Cake w/ Chocolate Ganache

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Have any of you tried Julia Child's Mocha Brownie Cake? Well, neither have I, but I came across the recipe in my 'Baking with Julia' manual and I decided to give it a go for my hubby's birthday yesterday. He's a self-reported chocoholic, so I wanted to make something that was luxurious and indulgent and ultra chocolatey. I was also looking for something with a simple decoration that would look great with candles and this particular dessert fit the bill. The one major change I made to the recipe Read more [...]

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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A friend of mine was celebrating his birthday yesterday and asked that I make a Dulce de Leche Cheesecake for his party. Cheesecake?! Ugh. I had been dreading making this since he asked for it earlier in the week. Cheesecake is one of my least favorite sweets to bake. Getting it just right is a hassle and there's a meticulous science that goes into the baking. The tiniest diversion to the required steps can be disastrous. I'm all about EASY recipes. But it was a special occasion, so I couldn't say Read more [...]

Fleur de Sel Caramels

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This weekend was a busy one with my sisters in town to host my baby shower (yikes, it's getting close!) Between the food, the decorations, the party favors, the guests and the endless list of items to take care of - we were running around like three frantic ladies in heels. Oh wait, we WERE three frantic ladies in heels.  Luckily, I managed to slip out of my stilettos for a brief moment to make some yummy caramels that we put to good use as part of the shower decorations. We decided to Read more [...]

Tres Leches (family recipe!)

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Tres Leches is one of those beautiful things everyone should try at least once in their lifetime (or once a week if you ask my husband). It’s delicate, balanced and flavorful. Every bite of this juicy sponge bursts in your mouth, then melts away leaving rich, buttery flavors of creaminess and sweetness on your palate. Tres Leches is essentially a pound cake soaked in heaven. That is, condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream.  It’s a traditional Latin American dessert, but rarely Read more [...]