Sunday, February 27, 2011

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Angel Frosting


And here we are back to sweets on Sundays. No regrets. I'm so in love with these cupcakes- they're moist, full of rich chocolate flavor and the halo of fluffy meringue is, well, icing on the cake. For as much as I love cupcakes, I've only baked my own once before and they were just okay. These, however, I will bake again, but maybe with a buttercream frosting next time. I'm very glad I made this one; it's the kind my mom always made for the angel food cake my brother always requested for his birthday, but hers was made by DreamWhip. Homemade is so much better.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Broccoli Crunch


This is something I've wanted to make for quite a while now. I'm a vegetable lover, really, even though you wouldn't know it from this blog. So I wanted to take the time to give some love to the vegetables. It's their turn. Starting with broccoli, which, when cooked properly, is delicious. This ensemble has everything I want in a salad: texture, flavor, and color. Ever had a creamy, too-sweet broccoli salad at a pot-luck and wished you hadn't bothered? Well, this is a distant, more sophisticated, healthier relation.  Grab a fork and dig in.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Baked Sunday Mornings: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies


About this time last year, I made Red Velvet cupcakes and was hoping to fall in love. They were o.k. I meant to try that recipe again, hoping that it was me, not the cake. But now I probably never will. Look no further for the perfect way to say "I love you." These are easy and delicious and stunning. What more could you ask for in a cookie? I've always wanted to make the classic layer cake, but I've fallen hard for this twist on the Southern classic.

Friday, February 11, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie: Orange-Almond Tart


This tart embodies everything I love about French cooking; French pastries in particular. It has a buttery, flaky shortbread crust, a pastry-cream/frangipane-type filling using my favorite nut, the almond, and it showcases a simple fruit that takes center stage like it was born for it. I'm not sure mine would make the pastry shop window, but the flavor was incredible. The orange is unusual and that's why I love it so much. Anything a little bit different catches my eye and I have to try it.