Posts tagged dessert
Posts tagged dessert
Made peanut butter and espresso cheesecake for some of my lovely lady friends (hope you liked it, fit-fat-fabulous).
nothing says I love you like chalkboard paint and an absurd amount of dairy.
all packed up in ultra-classy, ex-sunflower-seed-holding plastic containers.
Hope all my local Georgians survived Hothlanta*/SnowJam 2014.
My bf, with a shopping cart?—after 6+ hrs in the car he and his friend gave up, parked, and walked another hour to get home. Hot chocolate, tea, and biryani were shoved on them as soon as they made it through the door.
Sorry, just had to mention that. On to the real post. Parfait.
It’s summer parfait because this is what my bf essentially lived off of this past summer. I get that I’m kind of in the wrong season, but I didn’t post it before now because I wanted to have homemade granola and yogurt posts done to link to. It took a few months for me to realize that if I wait for everything to be perfect before I post, it just ain’t happening.
Layers of honeyed yogurt, crunchy pecan granola, and sweet summer berries make this a really simple and fresh dessert. If you lightly honey plain yogurt and make sugar-free granola, it’s mostly healthy too.
We love strawberries+blueberries+raspberries, but ripe peach and blackberry are also great in it.
Now that I’ve embraced the fact that my posts don’t have to have perfectly enumerated recipes, I’ll be spamming your dash more often.
*favorite new phrase.
A billion egg whites later…
Horrible little deformed feet, but feet! I was kind of giving up hope that it was possible to make
ugly macarons with stevia.
I’ve still got a long way to go, but at least I know I’m on the right track. Will post once I’ve got something that doesn’t require a bag over its head first.
you will not defeat me. Bring it on.
Just don’t lord it over me when you do win and I’m left crying in a corner over 17 failed batches, hysterically shoving cracked and ugly macaron shells into my face.
A request? Rock on! I will do my best! Anything in particular you’re looking for?
I swear I don’t consume as much sugar as this blog seems to indicate. It just happens to be that when I do, it turns into a post….or diabetes.
Salted caramel cheesecake with a chocolate praline crust and topped with MOAR CARAMEL!
MOAR SUGAR!!! Diet starts…tomorrow. Cheesecake today.
Mini Turtle Cheesecakes:
Makes roughly 1 dozen
(You’ll have some left over in case you want to pour on top of cheesecakes, or you know, eat from a spoon)
Have leftover wonton wrappers and craving something sweet. Chocolate or apple filling?
I’ve been fantasizing about s’mores ice cream sandwiches for an unhealthy amount of time now.
Step 1: Cut a hole in th—-make burnt marshmallow ice cream.
Step 2: Mouth orgasm.
Will post in full once these lab reports are
Remember my awesome boyfriend? He’s still awesome.
A couple of months ago, his teacher submitted one of his essays to something. Apparently that something was an undergraduate essay competition for the Women’s Studies Dept, and apparently he won. Wuh-wuh.
So, to thank the teacher for submitting his essay, I made macaroons. (Yep, that’s “macaroons” with the double “O,” because I’m not good enough for that single “O” culinary feat just yet.)
I grated my own coconut because unsweetened grated coconut is nearly impossible to find around here and death by sucrose isn’t my thing. Plus, cracking open a coconut, drinking the water, and grating the fresh meat—so worth it. If you’re not anti-sugar and don’t want to go through the 5 extra minutes of effort of grating your own, this recipe will work fine with flake sweetened coconut (just omit or decrease the stevia).
I’m not even sure if you would call these macaroons. It’s just something I started making a few years ago and figured that’s the closest thing to what they were. Tasty either way and they’re the perfect size to just pop
3 million into your mouth.
Lazy Man’s Dark Chocolate and Pecan Macaroons
Makes 1-2 Dozen (depending on how big you make them)
Fact: I have the best boyfriend. Ever.
Doubt me? Bring it on. Come at me, bro. (Please don’t really, I would lose, badly—I have the physical prowess of an injured pygmy tarsier).
(Sorry for the absurdly long post. I got a little over-zealous with the camera.)
So, this awesome boyfriend of mine was recently nominated for and won a scholarship for outstanding work in anthropology. Wuh-Wuh.
I’m showing my pride in the best way I know how—cheesecake.
Specifically, a caramel cheesecake layered with candied pecans on top of a salty pretzel crust, and slathered with a semi-sweet chocolate ganache.
If I were pro, I’d top it with that supah fancy fleur de sel stuff. But I’m not, so this will have to cut it.
Oh and I finally mastered good caramel. When I’ve made it in the past it always turned out a little bitter. The ultimate trick? A little bit of water with the sugar. Picked that up from A Pastry Affair. I have no clue how the chemistry works but it seems to slow the cooking process so the sugar caramelizes more evenly and becomes a gorgeous amber without burning. Oh and butter. Lots of butter. But that goes without saying.
This cheesecake has a lot of parts to it. You could take shortcuts, but I guarantee it’ll be better if you don’t.
Is this cheesecake healthy? No. Is it vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free? No. Is it a “healthier” cheesecake and damn tasty? Yes.
Although I’m normally very anti-sugar, I don’t know of an alternative way to get to caramel. Plus, this is a once in a blue moon kind of thing. And aside from the caramel
and the graham crackers and the pretzels and the chocolate there’s no added sugar, just stevia and a touch of some good ‘ole maple syrup.
Saturday night, he was so frustrated with me because I ditched him all day for work and then when I got home, I headed straight to the kitchen to cook up this surprise cheesecake. “It’s for the blog” was not a good enough excuse for not watching a movie with him. The next morning, when he woke up I told him to come downstairs because I needed help with something. Surprise cheesecake breakfast date ensued.
Ganache (make after the cheesecake is cooked and cooled)
PS: Did I mention how amazing my bf is?