Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

How to choose fruit for grilling

Grilled fruits, pineapple and peaches

Cooking outside when the weather is nice is very appealing, and it’s nice to be able to make dessert while you’re outside – and without heating up the house to bake – so one of the best summertime desserts out there is grilled fruit. Grilling can make fruit sweeter, as it caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit, and can make them seem even juicier ... Read More »

Guittard White Chocolate Wafers, reviewed

Guittard White Chocolate

Guittard’s White Chocolate Wafers are some of my favorite chocolates to use in the kitchen. White chocolate is chocolate that has no cocoa solids in it. It is made with cocoa butter – the natural fat that gives chocolate its silky melt – sugar, milk and vanilla. It is much easier to find a decent milk or dark chocolate than it is to find a ... Read More »

Sweet treats that look like fast food

A few years ago, I heard about a restaurant in Japan that was selling desserts that looked like “regular” food. Mamido’s Burger looks like a typical fast food restaurant, but served up burgers with sponge cake buns, chocolate cream patties and kiwi slice pickles. The fries are not potatoes, but slices of deep-fried custard. The place was a hit with locals and tourists. I heard ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Canneles de Bordeaux, reviewed

After my recent trip to Paris, followed by a trip to Trader Joe’s to restock my pantry, I had a little realization about Trader Joe’s Canneles de Bordeaux. I reviewed these specialty french pastries a few months ago, when Trader Joe’s launched a pre-baked frozen version. They were ok, but not nearly as good as a fresh cannele. Ideally, a cannele should have a slightly ... Read More »

What is crème anglaise?

Creme anglaise

Crème anglaise is a very rich custard that is often used as a sauce with other desserts. It is sometimes described as a “pouring custard” because it is thin enough to be poured and is not, unlike some pudding-like custards, thick enough to be scooped for serving. The custard sauce is made with cream and egg yolks, lightly sweetened with sugar and lightly flavored with ... Read More »

CI’s chocolate chip taste test

In the May/June 2009 issue of Cook’s Illustrated, the magazine staff took on the challenge of rating various brands of chocolate chips to try and find the very best for making chocolate chips cookies. In the test, they looked for brands that had a good chocolate flavor and a good amount of cocoa butter in them. Many brands of chocolate chips – especially when you ... Read More »

Ideas for Easter Brunch

Brunch will probably always be one of my favorite meals because you can serve just about anything and it will be absolutely appropriate for the occasion. Breakfast food, lunch dishes, muffins, pastries, desserts and boozy drinks all fit nicely into the category. Easter has always been one of my favorite brunching occasions because, most years, it is warm enough to sit outside and it really ... Read More »

Leonidas White Chocolate Easter Duck, reviewed

Leonidas Mini Easter Eggs

It’s hard to resist a cute little rubbery duck – and even harder when it is made out of chocolate. When Cybele reviewed an adorable little Easter Ducky at Candyblog, I was struck by how cute it was, but was disappointed to see that it looked better than it tasted. I saw that variety at the drug store and passed it by. I did not ... Read More »

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