Happy New Year, everyone! After skipping last week to give myself a little bit of holiday time off, I have quite the backlog of Bites to get through this week. Nothing like a few ideas to kick off baking in the new year, right?
- Working Woman Food gets the award for the candy with the strangest name. Shaggy Dogs are fast and easy, basically rocky road with a lot of coconut sprinkled on top to round out the flavors and give each piece a “shaggy” look.
- Why is it that so many mint chocolate combinations remind people of Girl Scouts Thin Mints cookies? Sugar Plum says that her Mint Chocolate Cheesecake tastes just like one, but based on the pictures, the intensely rich cheesecake is probably a whole lot better.
- Speaking of rich desserts, Tasty Palattes‘ Chocolate Pot de Creme with Truffles are also high up on the intensity scale. Slightly bitter and ultra silky, this is a grown up dessert – but there is a trick that makes making it a snap: it can be cooked up in the microwave!
- The flavor of holiday eggnog can be recaptured even after the season is over in a batch of Eggnog Bars from Eat Me Delicious. Cheesecake-like, the bars have no actual eggnog in them, but are flavored with rum, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Chocolate-Filled Brioche shouldn’t have to sell themselves, as the name and a photo from Cafe Fernando go a long way. Just add some chopped chocolate and shape your dough into individually sized balls before baking.
- I have never had a gluten-free biscotti, largely because the perfect-for-dipping cookies usually require it to hold together properly. La Tartine Gourmandworked out a recipe for gf Vanilla Cocoa Pecan Biscotti that sounds like a real winner – whether you eat wheat or not.
- A slow rise for bread dough usually means that the finished product will have a better texture and a more developed flavor. This is a nice asset for pizza dough, so VeganÂ Yum Yum‘s Slow Rise Pizza Dough should turn out a really delicious pie.
- Sometimes you just run out of ideas for add-ins for cookies. Chocolate chips, nuts and dried fruit are all great, but it’s nice to have other options. Fun and Food‘s Marshmallow Chocolate Mud Cookies call for mini marshmallows (in addition to chocolate and nuts) as an add in. Yum!
- Cinnamon Buns with Maple Icing? Bittersweet‘s breakfast treats sound amazing for anyone who enjoys pastries in the morning. The recipe also happens to be vegan, using soymilk and margarine instead of the dairy equivalents, but it should be easy to swap in butter if you want your version to be non-vegan.
- Finally, we have a Chocolate Espresso Cake from Eat Drink Live. The simple, but impressively elegant dessert, helped to end the old year when it was made, though there is no reason not to use this “perfect ending” cake as a way to kick off 2008. A healthy dose ofÂ chocolate, espresso and kahlua seems like a good start, doesn’t it?
MansiJanuary 2, 2008
Wow, I’m privileged to have been included on your blog Nicole! You’ve definitely picked the best ones:)
Wish you a happy and delicious 2008!
LauraJanuary 2, 2008
Thanks for the link Nicole. Many best baking wishes for 2008!
EmilineJanuary 3, 2008
Thanks for the mention. I liked that cheesecake. I had to steal a bunch of the Andes Mints at a Christmas party, to make it. 😉
SuganyaJanuary 3, 2008
I am thrilled to see my name on yr blog. Thanks Nic. Have a great year ahead.
AshleyJanuary 7, 2008
Oh wow I’m honored to be on the list!!