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Mexican Spiced Ice Blended

I’ve done it before with tortes, cakes and cookies, and given the heat, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Labor Day than lounging around with a refreshing, mexican-spiced ice blended drink. The drink is a simple mixture of coffee, milk, ice and a chocolate/spice blend, which includes sugar, cocoa, ground chocolate and small amounts of vanilla, ancho chile powder and almond. ... Read More »

Apple Crumble Pie

apple crumble pie, sliced

Crumble-topped apple pies used to be my absolute favorite type of pie. When I was a little kid, I was even known to ask servers in a restaurants whether their pies were crumble-topped or not, and base my dessert decisions entirely on their answers. This all came to an end around the time that I first had a traditional¬†apple pie with a really great crust. ... Read More »

Light Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousse presentation

Mousses are wonderful summertime desserts. They are light, require no (or minimal) cooking and can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to be served – and it is certainly hard to resist a cool dessert on a hot night. Chocolate mousse has to be one of the most popular mousses out there, and a rich, velvety chocolate mousse is the ideal dessert ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars

vanilla cheesecake bars

Most of the people I know enjoy cheesecake and, if I had to guess, I would say that you probably know a lot of fans of the rich and creamydessert, too. But full-sized cheesecakes can be difficult to make. Water baths are often required to achieve the perfect texture and if you’re pressed for time, you can’t just wait around for a cheesecake to bake, ... Read More »

Malted Milk Ball Cookies, or Malteser Cookies

malteser cookies

If you’re in Canada, the UK or Australia, as well as a variety of other countries, you know them as Maltesers. If you’re in the US, you know them as Whoppers. The finer flavor points of the candies are often debated by fans of the individual brands, but no matter what you call them, they’re always delicious. The candies I’m referring to, of course, are ... Read More »

Mango Gelato

mango gelato

¬† Even though food scientists have told usthat eating ice cream will not cool you down for more than a few minutes at a time, I am more than willing to take those few minutes of coolness on a hot summer day if it gives me an excuse to eat ice cream. But as I think about it, cream-based desserts/snacks – like ice cream – ... Read More »

Orange Layer Cake with Orange Buttercream and Raspberry Filling

Have you ever had a creamsicle? They are orange popsicles filled with a creamy vanilla ice cream. The combination of the two flavors is delicious, and the acidity of the orange works extremely well against the rich center. I managed to become completely addicted to them one summer when I was in middle school and couldn’t eat another for several years afterwards. Fortunately, I never ... Read More »

Cuban Shortbread Cookies

Described as Torticas de Moron in Eating Cuban, these cookies are supposed to be a specialty in the town of Moron in Cuba, sold at bakeries as a popular snack item. The original is typically made with lard (although vegetable shortening seems to be a fairly common substitution) and is lightly flavored with citrus. This version is a little more exciting. The dough, which is ... Read More »

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