I was recently lucky enough to be invited to attend "Biscuit Bootcamp" at Brentwood's Holler & Dash. I mean, let's be honest, I invited myself and I was lucky enough they said yes!
My sweet friend, Evin Krehbiel (of Evin Photography) and I met up with Holler & Dash's Culinary Director, Chef Brandon Frohne for a lesson in buttermilk biscuit making and well, a lot of laughs.
My dad's birthday was today and his very favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookies. So, when I was put to the task to make him a birthday cake, I thought ... why not make a chocolate chip cookie cake? No, not one of those that you pick up at the mall ... I'm talking the essence of a chocolate chip cookie baked into a birthday cake. Behold, a creation of epic dessert proportions.
During my pie book endeavor, I became an expert in pie crusts. I recently tried my hand at biscuits. Where in the past I got flat rocks, this time they were fluffy, flakey and totally fabulous. I blame all that pie dough practice. It taught me how not to overwork the dough and to work quickly with cold ingredients.
I'm so sorry. These photos might hurt your eyes—especially if you're on a diet. I apologies but these puppies are worth every calorie. Every. Single. Sticky. Calorie.
I really love to eat batter ... cake batter, pancake batter, cookie dough, I always lick the bowl! So if the dough is the best part of the cookie, why wouldn't you sandwich chocolate chip cookie dough between two chocolate chip cookies? I would. You should.
These Lemon Whoopie Pies with Lavender Frosting are my kryptonite. I. love. them. I think part of it has something to do with my latest obsession with lemon.
These chocolate eclairs are one of our family's absolute favorite desserts. My mom taught me how to make them (like a lot of the recipes on this blog) and I have to tell you, they take a little practice to make sure they come out perfect. The key? The more you make them, the more you get the hang of the correct consistency of the 3 different batters (dough for the choux pastry, the custard filling and the chocolate icing).
With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, preparations have begun. If you read this blog often, you know I'm a sucker for sweets. So why not start off my Thanksgiving preparations with dessert?
We recently celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday and since I always volunteer to bake everyone's birthday cake—I made her favorite: Caramel Cake. Well, actually a Butter Yellow Cake with Caramel Buttercream.
One of nature's great wonders, popovers are made with just milk, eggs, and flour (plus a little butter). Whisk, pour into tins, and bake (no peeking!). A half hour later, you're rewarded with the most incredibly airy and crispy puffs you could ever imagine.