Tag Archives: Dessert

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free)

14 Sep

These cookies are so quick and easy, and most importantly, delicious! I think it took me under 10 minutes to mix up the dough.

Makes approx. 2 dozen.

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a medium bowl, mix ingredients with a sturdy silicone spatula or wooden spoon in the order listed below (adding Almond Butter only when prior ingredients listed below are well blended).

Then with a rounded Tablespoon or scooper, place 12 balls (a little larger than the diameter of a quarter) on a cookie sheet and with your fingers or small spoon flatten slightly (because the cookies will not spread much).

Bake for 9-10 minutes. After a couple of minutes of cooling on the pan, slide a metal spatula under them so they don’t stick.

Ingredients:

1 Large Egg, beaten
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed
1 Cup Almond Butter, room temperature
1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (option: relace 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips with Butterscotch Chips or use mini Chocolate Chips)

IMG_0310.JPG

IMG_0309.JPG

Advertisements

Mixed Berries With Orange Blossom Water

16 Jun

A little goes a long way…just a splash!

This is a super simple and light dessert, or enjoy with yoghurt for breakfast. Garnish with some sliced Almonds or a sprinkle of Granola.

20140616-221136-79896111.jpg

Tiramisu Affogato

5 May

Here’s a super simple idea for a delicious dessert! No baking needed!

Buy some Tiramisu, take a small ice cream scoop and place 2-3 scoops in a pretty glass, pour a couple of Tablespoons of cold Coffee over it (leftover from the morning works perfectly fine!), and sprinkle with some grated Chocolate or Cocoa powder.

I love the Tiramusu from Viola Pastry Boutique and Café in Santa Rosa. Trader Joe’s also has one called Trader Giotto’s Tiramisu Torte that is frozen and costs about $7.

20130505-083137.jpg

It’s a tasty twist on having coffee and dessert all in one and can be assembled ahead (keep refrigerated until about 30 minutes before serving).

Buon Appetito!

Birthday Cupcakes

18 Aug

We celebrated my sister’s birthday last night. It was a blast. Her friend baked these cupcakes and I thought the flavors were delicious and very fun…Snickerdoodle (Vanilla cake with Cinnamon frosting), Strawberry Lemonade (garnished with fresh, sliced Strawberries and Lemon Zest), and I think the third flavor was Chocolate Mousse. I got the idea to lay out the cupcakes like this from Martha Stewart who I get a lot of inspiration from. It was a hit!

20120818-080058.jpg

Organic Blueberry Brown Butter Tarts

19 Jul

I absolutely love fresh berries in the peak of summer and when I see a local farm stand selling them, I can’t resist stocking up! In the winter time, the location of the Sonoma Swamp Blues Organic Blueberry farm stand is under water from the Laguna de Santa Rosa, but in the summer, Blueberries are grown here. We bought a pound of them and when I got home, I started thinking about what kind of dessert I could make with them.

One of the simplest ideas is to make a Compote, which is so versatile and can be stored in the refrigerator for about up to a week. Compotes can be made out of many types of fruit, such as Berries, Apples, Pears, Apricots, and various others.

For breakfast, I especially like to put warm Compote on Pancakes or cold Compote on Yoghurt, with my homemade Granola sprinkled on top (I’ll share that recipe another time).  For a no-fuss dessert, it’s a great topping on Vanilla Ice Cream.

Since I was on vacation when we bought these, I decided to do something a bit more fancy and baked up some Brown Butter Tarts. The Tart Shell recipe is from Paule Caillat. I love it because it doesn’t involve any rolling of the dough. You press it into the Tart pan with your fingers and poke the bottom all over with a fork before baking them until golden brown (see before and after baking photos below). I didn’t have the suggested size Tart pan, so I used four 4.75 inch individual tart pans, which are particularly convenient for individuals or couples, since you can add the filling right before you are ready to eat dessert. The Tart Shells store well in an airtight container for at least a week.

To make the Blueberry Compote, over low heat, cook the Blueberries in a medium pot on top of the stove with a 1/4 cup of water and 1-2 Tablespoons of Sugar (or to taste, depending on the fruit’s sweetness). You could use Agave or Maple Syrup if you prefer. I like to add the zest of 1/2 Lemon or Orange, and a Teaspoon of Cinnamon or Garam Masala spice blend. It’s a good idea to keep your eyes on the pot since it will bubble over and make a mess if you’re not careful.

I spooned approximately a 1/3 cup of the Compote in the Tart Shell, and garnished with a sprig of Mint. Of course, there are many other options for filling the Tarts, like Lemon Curd, sliced Peaches or Plums on a layer of Pastry Cream, or fresh Raspberries on top of a thin layer of melted Chocolate, but this couldn’t have been easier!

Mary had a little lamb (donuts)

29 Jun

Too cute not to share…I love this idea!

My So Called Foodie Life

Mary had a little lamb…how adorable are these donuts?! 🙂

View original post

Moroccan Inspired Dessert (or Breakfast)

19 May

20120519-105336.jpg

This is one of my new favorite recipes! Put some plain Yoghurt on a dish with a couple slices of Orange (Cara Cara have a lovely pink hue), thinly sliced Dried Apricots and Dates (pitted), Toasted Almonds, Sesame Seeds, a drizzle of Honey, Cinnamon, and a splash of Orange Blossom Water (or it’s also good with a few drops of Rose Water).

The recipe is from a Moroccan Street Food class I attended last week at Kitchen On Fire. They have classes for all levels and I highly recommend them!