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Posted By Nicole On May 6, 2009 @ 7:05 am In Baking,Foodies and Chefs | 3 Comments

  • Chocolate bark is easy to make and so versatile, that every time I have it I wonder why I don’t make it more often. Vanilla Kitchen‘s White Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Bark is a great variation on the basic idea of a chocoalte bark. The bark is made with a white chocolate base and includes chewy shredded coconut, sweet dried pineapple and crunchy macadamia nuts. As a nice touch to cut the sweetness of the candy, the macadamia nuts are toasted and salted, giving each bite a great combination of flavors and textures.
  • Tres leches cake is soaked in three types of milk and, as a result, is usually so moist that it is kept in a single layer. This isn’t to say that it’s not possible to make a layered tres leches cake, however. Sophistimom put together a variation on the classic cake that really goes over-the-top. Her Tres Leches Marble Cake with Strawberries and Chocolate Ganache is ultra-moist and very decadent, with layers of milk-soaked cake, strawberries and chocolate, and is perfect for a special occasion.
  • There is no reason that you can’t have cupcakes for breakfast whenever you have them on hand, but the French Toast and Bacon Cupcakes from Life with Cake really are meant to be a part of the most important meal of the day. The fluffy cupcakes are flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, and are then topped with a maple buttercream frosting to encompass the full array of flavors in french toast. A crisp piece of bacon is the garnish on top, just as it might be a side dish at breakfast.
  • To make a waffle cone, you need to have a special piece of kitchen equipment that can make ultra-thin waffles: a waffle cone maker (a pizzelle maker works for smaller cones). You also need a cone of some kind to shape the waffles into something that will hold ice cream. The taste of fresh waffle cones with ice cream is well worth the loss of kitchen space to extra equipment, but the cone shape isn’t entirely necessary. You can always make waffle bowls, molding the still-hot waffle into a dish shape. Baking at Midnight experimented with some Almond Mocha Waffle Bowls, which sound like they will bring a whole new level of tastiness to a simple bowl of ice cream.
  • Raisins are an ingredient that is often a little bit overlooked. Their deep sweetness pops up in cookies, breads and cakes without as much fanfare as, say, chocolate chips would get. Raisins definitely move up into the spotlight in the Spinach, Raisin and Parmesan Tart posted by The Perfect Pantry. This savory tart has a great mix, but unexpected, mix of flavors. It is pretty easy to prepare and is a great alternative to a quiche for a light main course or a satisfying appetizer.

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