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Bites from other Blogs

  • I have heard of a mock apple pie that uses saltine crackers in place of apples, relying on clever spicing to conceal the fact that there is no fruit inside. I haven’t heard of many other mock apple desserts, so I was surprised to see that Kara’s Kitchen Creations‘s Zucchini Cobbler was described as a mock apple crisp and not as a savory dish. The secret is boiling the zucchini in lemon juice before adding them to the cobbler itself, then a generous amount of cinnamon and nutmeg into the filling and the soft texture is not unlike that of cooked apples.
  • Speaking of zucchini, it never hurts to have an extra variation on zucchini bread lying around when zucchini season is at is peak. Real Mom Kitchen made an Orange Zucchini Cake that looks like a great use of the summer squash. The simple bundt cake orange juice concentrate and orange zest, and is topped with an orange cream cheese frosting. I don’t often frost bundt cakes, but this one looks absolutely lovely with a cloud of frosting adorning the top.
  • Black and white cookies are a classic, and perhaps to preserve the color scheme, new flavors are not often introduced to them. Daydreamer Desserts bucked the trend and put a flavor twist on these cookies to make Espresso Black and Tan Cookies. They have espresso in the cookie base and in the frosting. The color scheme is a little nontraditional, but the flavors are good so it’s a nice overall variation on the original.
  • Sweet, caramely dulce de leche goes well in so many dishes that it’s almost hard to use it up – because it’s so hard to choose on recipe over another! Dulce de Leche Muffins from Purple Cookie are fairly simple and actually don’t use that much dulce de leche, which means that they are a pretty good choice for a baked good if you don’t want to use up your whole jar at once. Don’t be fooled, though, these still have a ton of dulce de leche flavor because the caramel is blended right into the batter to infuse the whole muffin with sweetness.
  • Caipirinha is pretty much known as *the* drink of Brazil. It is made with cachaça, a sugarcane liqueur, lime juice and some sugar over ice. It’s one of those drinks that manages to be refreshing, easy to drink and sneaks up on you at the last minute. The Cookie Shop used the flavors of the cocktail and made Caipirinha Truffles. The candies have a white chocolate base on which the cachaça and lime stand out just enough to evoke the drink. Rum could probably be substituted for the cachaça, but it is actually becoming a lot more popular and you will probably be able to track some down at a specialty retailer in your area.

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  • Kara
    September 9, 2009

    What a surprise to see that you mentioned my Zucchini Cobbler! 🙂
    Thanks for linking to my blog. The Orange Zucchini Cake is also my creation, Laura found it on my site. Both recipes are a favorite at our house. I love baking with zucchini!

  • Bui Thi Xuan
    September 15, 2009

    What a surprise, thanks alot

  • Marie Curie
    September 15, 2009

    It is ready help me to make good meal for my family

  • Steave
    October 26, 2009

    Interesting blog you got here. It would be great to read something more concerning this theme.

  • PhillDoc
    November 10, 2009

    Great post you got here. I’d like to read more concerning that topic.

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