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Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread

It is fairly well known that Elvis’s favorite food was a deep fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. The anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birthday is January 8th, and it’s the perfect time for fans (whether you’re fans of The King’s music or just of food) to try out an Elvis-inspired treat that uses both peanut butter and bananas. My hat tip is a banana bread ... Read More »

Blackberry Raspberry Pie

Blackberry Raspberry Pie, whole

I have a lot of berries in my freezer, frozen when they were ripe and fresh this past summer (and some in bags from Trader Joe’s, too). Frozen berries work just as well in recipes as fresh berries, especially in breads and muffins where they’re stirred into batter individually. When you’re dealing with a lot of frozen berries, however, you sometimes need to make some ... Read More »

Cashew Brittle Bars

Cashew Brittle Bars

The only thing better than a recipe that is dead easy is one that is dead easy to make, doesn’t require many ingredients and tastes fantastic. These Cashew Brittle Bars happen to fall into that category. The recipe has just four ingredients and takes just minutes to throw together. The bars consist of a thin layer of crisp shortbread that is studded with toasted, salted ... Read More »

Champagne Savarin

Champagne Savarin, innards

Savarin is a French cake named after Brillat-Savarin, the famous 18th century gastronome and writer. The cake is almost a bread and is leavened with yeast. In fact, it does have some similarities to brioche, though it is a bit less rich and much less time consuming to make. The yeast caked is not very sweet and primarily has a buttery flavor to it. After ... Read More »

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Mrs Beasley's Chocolate Truffle Cookies

A few weeks ago, a friend shared a batch of Mrs Beasley’s Chocolate Truffle Cookies with me, saying that they were some of the best chocolate cookies she’d tasted in a long time. The cookies were excellent, although a bit messy to eat because of their heavy powdered sugar coating. They were very moist and almost melted in your mouth, and hand an intensely chocolate ... Read More »

Eggnog Rice Pudding

Eggnog Rice Pudding

Eggnog is widely available in stores through New Years, but sales and consumption probably peak right around Christmas Eve. I know I don’t drink much after Christmas is over. I do often have leftovers, though, and never turn down the chance to use them up in a tasty holiday-ish recipe. My leftover eggnog this year went into a batch of eggnog rice pudding. The rice ... Read More »

Tarte Tatin

Tarte tatin is one of the simplest, yet most elegant, tarts that you can make. It has just four elements – or, at least, it has just four the way that I make it: sugar, butter, apples and puff pastry. It is rich, buttery and surprisingly easy to make for a dessert that is most often seen on restaurant menus. The tart consists of a ... Read More »

Drinking Chocolate

Drinking chocolate is a variation on hot chocolate that is usually richer, and less sweet than hot cocoa. The main ingredient, aside from milk, is chocolate, rather than cocoa powder or sugar. It’s a great cold weather treat because it’s basically a liquid dessert, a hot liquid dessert that warms you up with every sip! I use a combination of dark chocolate and milk chocolate ... Read More »

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