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Gingerbread

Gingerbread

Make a whole village of cookie people

Posted on December 14, 2016
Gingerbread is an integral part of the holidays, like lights, trees, and hot chocolate. Ever since I started working on this blog, I have wanted to do one thing. Make a Gingerbread Grill. Yes, a Napoleon Grill made of Gingerbread. My husband, a total genius, did the math and plotted out the parts, but in the end, the project was far too ambitious. The grill would have stood well over 24-inches tall! Instead, we opted to go with the more traditional Gingerbread Men, who turned out beautiful, delicious, and festive in their red jumpers.

NOTE* - You will want to use a stand mixer for this recipe unless you are very strong and have a lot of stamina. The dough gets pretty stiff near the end.
 
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White Chocolate and Peppermint Tart

White Chocolate and Peppermint Tart

A Sweet Christmassy Treat

Posted on December 08, 2016
The idea for White Chocolate and Peppermint Tart came about shortly after making the  Chocolate & Espresso Tart. I was writing the recipe to share, and suddenly it hit me. What if I used white chocolate?! From there the recipe evolved as I considered what would taste great with the white chocolate. Initially, I had a vision of a beautiful white tart with swirls of green and crumbles of peppermint on top. Things went a little sideways when I accidentally overheated the white chocolate and it bound. (That means that chocolate went from this smooth and creamy mixture to a hard and grainy blob.) I was able to fix it a little, but the liquid separated out. To rescue this, I topped the whole thing with a layer of dark chocolate ganache. Feel free to make this look however you like, though. Swirl the white, dark, and mint chocolate together, or layer them all separately. It’s up to you and how you feel this dessert should look. 
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Smoked Cream Chocolate Mousse Cake

Smoked Cream Chocolate Mousse Cake

Subtly Smoky

Posted on November 30, 2016
My all time favorite dessert was Great Grandmother Hazel’s Chocolate Mousse. Fluffy, creamy, and it was only ever made around this time of year. It’s been a great many years since I’ve had homemade Chocolate Mousse, always being too scared to try making it myself. (All those eggs and double boilers and such were scary!) I decided that this year would be the year to get over a lot of food fears. To celebrate Chocolate Mousse day, I resolved to make a Smoked Cream Chocolate Mousse Cake that even Great Grandmother Hazel would be impressed by. I am certain, after tasting the results of this festive dessert, that she would have been… had we saved her a slice. Just remember to make this recipe at least 5 hours in advance of serving so that it has time to set. 
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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake

With Reese Peanut Butter Cups

Posted on November 16, 2016
After another quiet Halloween, we ended up with a ton of chocolaty treats. What better way to use up leftover candy than to make a Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake With Reese Peanut Butter Cups. This dense and rich cake is bracketed by light and fluffy layers of peanut butter icing, topped with chopped peanut butter cups and drizzled with silky ganache. This dessert was a little too much after a big turkey dinner, but you’ve got to go big when it comes to dessert! 
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Smoked Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Smoked Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

with Candied Bacon and Caramel

Posted on November 09, 2016

To make smoked ice cream, you need to start with smoked cream. It’s surprisingly simple, and has a subtle flavor that complements salty and savory tastes. Smoked Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Candied Bacon and Caramel is a mouthful in more ways than one. It’s the perfect treat to turn into an ice cream sundae on National Sundae Day. This easy, no churn, ice cream recipe may just make it to the top of your favorite dessert list.

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Chocolate & Espresso Tart

Chocolate & Espresso Tart

Decadent, rich, and the perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

Posted on November 02, 2016
I made this Chocolate & Espresso Tart as part of a menu for some VIP’s. It seemed like the perfect finish to an already rich meal, consisting of an autumn salad and Duck Pizza. I had a little difficulty with the texture of the chocolate. So, remember when you make your own, to be careful when melting the chocolate, not to heat it too hot, too fast. Strange things happen to chocolate when it’s heated too fast. My chocolate went sort of sticky and doughy, but it can sometimes go grainy, or clumpy too. The secret to a silky and beautiful tart is patience when you melt the chocolate.
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Cranachan

Cranachan

An Oatmeal and Scotch Dessert

Posted on October 21, 2016
Pronounced cran-ah-can, Cranachan is an Oatmeal and Scotch Dessert that’s so much more. I didn’t have the pleasure of trying while I was in Scotland, but I enjoyed learning about it while talking food with the family. What it is, is a concoction of scotch soaked oatmeal, homemade whipped cream, and fresh berries. Think of this recipe like Scottish tiramisu, with a Canadian twist.  
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Mocha Cupcakes

Mocha Cupcakes

with Smoked Coffee & Toffee

Posted on October 12, 2016
I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of the whole chocolate and coffee combo. With National Dessert Day coming up, I just had to make a dessert befitting the occasion. Mocha Cupcakes with Smoked Coffee & Toffee are a perfectly portable dessert that even the non-coffee lovers will enjoy. (I say this while looking pointedly at a few people, you know who you are…) Topped with even more chocolate, toffee bits, and coffee-chocolate ganache, who wouldn’t go nuts for these Mocha Cupcakes? 
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Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread

Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread

A gooey pull apart dessert

Posted on October 05, 2016
It’s autumn and everything you eat should be bathed in the warmth and deliciousness of spices like cinnamon and clove. Introducing my Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread. Delicious balls of dough, dredged in cinnamon sugar and then baked. Top everything off with pecans and serve hot with vanilla ice cream and the scrumptious sauce made with all of your autumn dreams. 
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Campfire Cones

Campfire Cones

with Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate

Posted on September 13, 2016
As part of the Camping 101 grilling videos, we made Campfire Cones with Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate. This ten minute recipe is something both you and the kids will love to make. It’s fun, easy, and naturally it’s delicious. Make some tonight after dinner and enjoy the magic of camping.
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