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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Recipe Roundup #1

sugarpies_roundup Coming up on Friday will be a Chocolate Marble Cheesecake I’m making for the “Wondertwins Horror Fest” on Saturday. The WHF is an annual horror movie marathon that Sandy and I started last year the week before Halloween. We love horror movies and get together for an entire day of classic horror on DVD. This year we’ll be having a couple other friends over for the day so it will be loads of fun!

In the meantime, let’s do a little link love and look at some recipes that I’ve run across recently that I think are fabulous.

Over at Annie’s Eats, I came across a Reese’s Cup Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake that took my breath away! Not only is this thing gorgeous but it sounds absolutely beyond belief. I can’t wait to try this cake in the future. This one features a peanut butter icing (I’m weak in the knees right there) as well as mini Reese’s Cups for decoration. Yum!

Want to impress your friends and family? Try this beautiful Chocolate and Caramel Tart from Lottie + Doof. Completely sinful with a chocolate dough bottom, a caramel filling made with crème frâiche and a chocolate ganache topping. Beautiful presentation and you must visit this link for the photos of this dessert alone!

I’ve never been one to bake breads. Somehow the process of kneading dough, beating it down, and hoping it doesn’t end up like a brick was just too daunting. However, I have made Sally Lunn Bread, which is more like a cake than a bread. In a similar vein over at Sleeping Kitten-Dancing Dog is Theresa’s “Doughs Brioche” which is a similarly light and sweeter bread. This looks fairly easy to do and is a beautiful end product. BTW: Did you know that it is thought Marie Antoinette never said “Let them eat cake!” when told the people had no bread, but really said “Let them eat Brioche!”

It’s been a touch cooler here in the desert the past couple days and being from “back East” that puts me in mind of fairs and fair food. Over at Cooking with Annie, Annie brings us a recipe for homemade Funnel Cakes. If you’ve never had Funnel Cakes you are either a terrible snob or have been criminally deprived of sinful junk food! Funnel Cakes are fried dough poured out in thin streams to create a latticework treat. They can be topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, apples, strawberries or just about anything. Easy, fun, and delicious!

Punitions… that’s French for punishments. I can’t imagine such delightful little cookies would be punishment though! The basic recipe for these gorgeous little French cookies is very similar to a shortbread, but the end result (being French) is not only pretty but delicate. I can imagine these with a touch of lemon or orange. Over at Smitten Kitchen, there is a lovely recipe for Punitions and a suggestion to try them as a sandwich cookie with a filling. Trés bon!

Let’s end the roundup with some lovely Caramel Truffles from Flagrante Delicía. The recipe is really quite simple and they are beautiful. I can certainly see making tins of these for Christmas presents this year!

Eat well, laugh often and love joyfully! Bon appétit!

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