Monday, October 31, 2011

No More Chocolate Roulette

Nothing is worse than biting into a decadent chocolate and not getting the flavor you expected.  Maybe you were expecting a gooey caramel and find that it is actually a cordial cherry.  Now that's a shocker!  My husband calls this phenomenon chocolate roulette.  He has been known to take a bite and put the candy back if it is not what he was looking for, eww.  Well, there will be no more chocolate roulette in my house!  I have found a very decorative solution.

See that little gold design on the top of my Irish Cream Truffles?  It is more than decoration.  It is a label.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Irish Cream Truffles

The rich, creamy flavor of Irish Cream is just begging to be made into candy.  I've been dreaming about these truffles since last Christmas.  I'm so glad that I finally made them.

The filling is a combination of white chocolate, butter, and, of course, Irish Cream.  (A complete recipe can be found below.)  Melt these ingredients in a microwavable bowl and stir until smooth.  Be careful not to over heat.  Let this mixture cool to room temperature and put it in a piping bag.  You don't even need a piping tip.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Marathon Cupcakes

Eighteen weeks ago I embarked on one of the most crazy undertakings of my life.  Last Sunday, I finished it by running the Bay State Marathon!  For the record, I do not consider myself a runner, just someone who happens to run.  That's what makes this so crazy.  My husband has run multiple marathons and I've always thought he was a bit insane.  Last May he convinced me to give it a shot.  During the 400+ miles of training I questioned my sanity regularly

Now that it doesn't hurt to walk to the kitchen I had to make something to celebrate my completion and replace some of those calories.  How about some white chocolate finishing medals?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Taste of Fall - Apple Tacos

For this dessert I have to give total credit to my oldest son.  It was completely his idea.  I was making lace cookies for fun.  I had never made them before.  They are quite unique.   My oldest said, "Hey, why don't you shape the cookies like a taco shell and fill them with something and make dessert tacos?"  Brilliant!  He's creating his own desserts.  I think I'm raising him right!

This is how they come together. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Great Gadget - Side Swipe

It has been a while since I showed y'all a favorite gadget.  While I was baking this weekend it dawned on me that if you don't have one of these, you need one.  This is a Side Swipe beater for a KitchenAid mixer.  I've had this beater for at least 3 years.  I use it ALL THE TIME!  There are two great reasons why I love this gadget.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Holiday Recipe Exchange - Chocolate Truffles

I ran into this recipe exchange on My Baking Addiction and couldn't resist participating, especially since it's all about chocolate!  I love any dessert with chocolate.  It was tough to decide which recipe I should submit.  I finally chose my chocolate truffles because you can't get more chocolaty than this!  They are rich, decadent, and beautiful.