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Bites from other Blogs

  • Many people debate the merits of a real Christmas tree over an artificial Christmas tree (I’m a real tree person, myself), but I don’t often hear people mention an edible Christmas tree. Teaspoon SF made a wonderfully festive Cupcake Christmas Tree to celebrate the holidays. The tree is adorned with green-frosted cupcakes that give it its color and studded with gold and red-wrapped chocolate candies that stand in for ornaments. A styrofoam cone provides the base for the structure, and when it is all put together, it is one tree that everyone can agree on – and enjoy!
  • Homemade eggnog is definitely part of my holiday tradition, both traditional uncooked eggnog and creamy cooked varieties. I’ve never tried a chocolate ‘nog before and LA Fuji Mama’s Chocolate Egg Nog sounds like a delicious variation on this holiday classic. The drink replaces part of the milk in standard egg nog with some strongly flavored hot chocolate. The resulting drink has a hint of cocoa, a more subtle egg flavor and a lot of holiday spirit. It also might appeal to more people who like the idea of eggnog, but aren’t big fans of the more traditional recipes.
  • The Peppermint Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake from Beantown Baker is a showstopping dessert. A classic cheesecake is studded with cubes of homemade brownies that give each slice a good dose of chocolate and a stunning mosaic look. As if the brownies didn’t add enough chocolate, this cheesecake also has a chocolate crumb crust and is topped with a shiny layer of chocolate peppermint ganache that hides the cheesecake’s fun design until it is sliced.
  • Fruitcake may take the brunt of some holiday jokes, but a good fruitcake can actually be quite tasty. It will be even tastier if there is a little chocolate involved. Spoons n’ Spades shares a recipe for Chocolate Fruitcake that might change your mind about this particular holiday dessert. The moist cake is loaded with dates, raisins and dried cranberries and is seasoned with coffee liqueur, orange zest, cocoa powder, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Like most fruitcakes, there is a thin batter that holds all of the filling elements together. It’s rich, complex and definitely not your average fruitcake.

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  • Sourkraut
    December 21, 2011

    That chocolate fruitcake does indeed look intriguing. A nice departure from the classic fruitcake that is universally despised.

    Just out of curiosity, what does it take to make it to your hallowed “Bites from other blogs” list? Is there a submittal process or do you just pick and choose from blogs you frequent?

  • Jen @ BeantownBaker.com
    December 21, 2011

    Thanks for the shoutout!

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