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  • Macadamia nuts are very rich on their own and make a great addition to baked goods because they have a unique butteriness in addition to the expected crunch of a nut. They’re most often found in combination with white chocolate. Visions of Sugar Plum used this combination in a whole new way in Macadamia Nut Ale Brownies with White Chocolate-Toffee Ganache. The name says it all – definitely a decadent dessert.
  • White chocolate makes another appearance in Cherry and White Chocolate Muffins at Cook Almost Anything At Least Once. The muffins look amazing, and I love the way they’re topped off with some pearl sugar for added crunch.
  • Strawberry season is going strong here and I – as usual – have a hard time getting past eating the berries and actually using them in a recipe. Dianne’s Dishes Strawberry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream sounds like a great way to use the berries that might just push me out of my rut. Chocolate mint is actually an unusual strain of fresh mint that has a chocolate flavor, but if you can’t find it, I think you might be able to get away with regular mint and some chocolate chips.
  • Gratins are often savory dishes, with crisp crusts made of cheese or breadcrumbs. Tartelette‘s version is definitely anything but savory. Lemon and Honey Tangerine Gratins start with sectioned tangerines that are topped off with cream cheese-enriched custard. The tops are bruleed with a kitchen torch (or the broiler), so there is no baking required. This is a recipe that would really be a hit for dessert on a hot summer evening.
  • Like brownies? Like peanut butter? A batch of Bake or Break‘s Brownie Peanut Butter Cups would probably not last any longer in your kitchen than it would in mine. The brownies are baked in muffin cups, giving you convenient single serving portions and have a rich (and no doubt addictive) chocolate and peanut butter center. This sounds like a great recipe to make with kids around, or if you need something a little different for a bake sale or party at school.

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  • Abby
    May 14, 2008

    I made Jennifer’s brownie muffins today and they were fabulous!

  • Emiline
    May 18, 2008

    Delayed response on this…
    I’m crazy about macadamia nuts. Mauna Loa is selling them in fairly large bags now. For three something. That’s not too bad.
    I’ll have to try some of these other recipes.

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