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  • One of the reasons I’ve always been a tiramisu fan is that I love coffee, and the espresso-heavy dessert delivers a lot of coffee flavor. I rarely see it in other iterations, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a little variety with tiramisu in the same way you cane with other desserts. House of Annie made an “Asianified” Green Tea Tiramisu using matcha powder to flavor (and color) the creamy layers of tiramisu.
  • There is no comfort food quite like a cobbler in winter. Full of warm fruits, a sweet topping and (usually) paired with rich vanilla ice cream, it just makes you want to stay indoors out of the cold – especially if you’re making a Caramel Apple Pear Cobbler like Bake or Break. I like that this recipe uses a combination of apples and pears, both easy to find this time of year. The topping is an “oatmeal muffin crust,” tender oat-y and with just a hint of crispness on top
  • I have to agree with Honey and Jam that, sometimes, the simplest recipes are the best. These Butterscotch Blondies are full of flavor, but have a short ingredient list and only take a few minutes to put together and put in the pan. The results are fudgy, melt-in-your mouth bar cookies that look more like regular brownies than most blondie recipes do.
  • If you make homemade candies, you probably do it around the holidays to give away as gifts to friends and family. There’s nothing wrong with that, but wouldn’t it be nice to make some and keep it around to enjoy yourself? Technicolor Kitchen‘s Toffee Buttercrunch is a layer of buttery, crispy toffee that is topped with a thick layer of chocolate and toasted almonds. Easy to make, although you will probably want to have a candy thermometer around to help make the process go as smoothly as possible, and addictive!
  • The Spiced Life did some baking with her kids this week, making a batch of M&M Oat Bars. Bar cookies like these are a good recipe for kids to help out with, since they’re less fussy than a lot of drop cookie recipes. The kids can press the M&Ms into the bars themselves, even if they’re very young. It never hurts to get them started on baking as early as possible. The recipe that Spiced Life made, incidentally, is from a Sesame Street-themed book – I knew they had a cookie monster, but who knew they had actual cookie recipes connected with the show!

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  • Jamie
    February 4, 2009

    I saw a website that had a bunch of different ways to do tiramisu. There was strawberry tiramisu, white chocolate tiramisu, tiramisu icecream cake, etc etc.
    As far as brownies go, I am making tabasco brownies from the tabasco website for valentines. It calls for a tablespoon for the whole batch but that just doesnt sound like it would add much spice, do u? I think maybe another tablespoon might help.

  • Patricia Scarpin
    February 4, 2009

    Nic, I’m so glad you liked the toffee butter crunch – it was a hit at my hubby’s office. 😀

  • Nate
    February 4, 2009

    Thanks for the mention!

  • hannah
    February 4, 2009

    i’m glad you liked the blondies. : )

  • Laura
    February 4, 2009

    Thanks for the shout out! I did try to link to the Sesame Street book, incidentally, but I could not find it anywhere online (!?!)–I have no idea where my parents found it or why I cannot find it online.

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