129 posts categorized "Dessert"

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

In Almond, Blueberry, Breakfast / Brunch, Butter, Dessert, Eggs, Fruit, Peach, Pies, Tarts, Crisps , Recipe
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This past week I committed the cardinal sin of food shopping, the very thing I urge all of my "Cooking Matters" students to avoid.

I went shopping while hungry.  Starving actually, if I'm to be totally honest with you all.

While racing from point A to point B last Thursday, I zipped into my farmer's market (with my stomach at full growl) to grab some fresh produce to tide me over for a few days.  A sample of a fresh from the tree local peach sent me into full craving mode and rather than buy a single 3 pound box for eating fresh, I decided to pick up two.  Like I said, NEVER shop hungry!

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Brownie and Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Sandwiches

In Chefs, Chocolate, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Cream, Dessert, Frozen Treats, Ice Cream, Recipe, Sauces / Condiments
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These little darlings were inspired by a post I saw on Deb Perelman's awesome blog, Smitten Kitchen.  The technique I employed is basically the same as hers, but I added a few extra steps by making my own ice cream, then not able to leave well enough alone, a batch of pressure cooker dulce de leche to kick these babies into the stratosphere.

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Pressure Cooker Dulce de Leche

In Dessert, Equipment and Tools, Random Sweets, Recipe, Sauces / Condiments
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A quick shout-out to my ex mum-in-law, Carol, who recently sent me a link to a blog post by The Tough Cookie all about the various ways you can make dulce de leche at home. Thanks, Mimi!

If you haven't had the pleasure, dulce de leche which literally translates as "jam of milk", is basically a sauce made by slowly cooking milk and sugar until it caramelizes....YUM!  There are a number of different ways to accomplish this at home, the most elementary of which requires slowly cooking milk, sugar, and maybe some vanilla over a low heat until most of the water has evaporated from the milk leaving milk solids, fat, and sugar to caramelize.  I bet the end result is great, but I'll never know because even though I REALLY love to cook, the thought of spending half a day nailed to my stove observing this slow-motion alchemy is a killer.  I'd rather be outside watching my grass grow.

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Chocolate Pecan Brookies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Eggs, Nuts, Pecan, Recipe
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A brookie....what the hell is a "brookie", I can hear you asking?

Well, in my parlance, a brookie is a cookie with the texture of a brownie.

Get it?

I decided to whip these up the other day because I needed a BUNCH of cookies in a hurry for an event I was hosting at my home.  Rather than cook up multiple batches of much larger cookies, I decided to pull out my #70 portion scoop (about 1/2 ounce, 1 tablespoon) and cranked out about 4 dozen of these gorgeous little "brookies" in no time.

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Double Strawberry Cheesecake

In Cake, Cheese, Chefs, Dessert, Fruit, Recipe, Strawberry
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I made this gorgeous Melissa Clark dessert a few nights back to cap off  a special "thank goodness EVERYONE is finally done with school" meal.

It was a huge hit!

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Chocolate-Oatmeal-Walnut Cookies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Nuts, Oats, Recipe, Snacks, Walnut
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Ever go to a top-notch bakery and buy a huge, delicious chocolate chip cookie and wish that you could make one just like it at home?

Well now you can.

These behemoths, from the famed Tartine Bakery in San Francisco are the ultimate bakery case cookie.  Fully 3" wide, they are packed with chewy-earthy oats, crunchy walnuts and decadently rich bittersweet chocolate.  The addition of molasses gives them a depth of flavor that brown sugar alone can't quite match, and their generous size will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth at your table.

 

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Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

In Buttermilk, Cake, Chocolate, Dessert, Recipe
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 I came up with this little number to serve at a family graduation party for Jordan (Arthus), who graduated from H.S. last week....HUZZAH!  When asked what type of cake he wanted he immediately reached for our go-to bittersweet chocolate cake and opted this time to have it finished off with a cream cheese frosting.

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Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

In Chefs, Chocolate, Coconut, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Eggs, Recipe
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Not to be confused with the dainty and ever popular French Macarons, these delightful  flavor bombs are big and bold, jammed with sweetened coconut (and in this case mini semi-sweet chocolate chips), and made luxuriant with a mix of egg whites and pastry cream.  

The base recipe is one from a favorite local chef of mine, and a HUGE supporter of  Share Our Strength, Joanne Chang.  Joanne is a wonderful gal, super dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the US, and a very successful chef and restaurateur.  She is an owner (along with her husband Christopher) of the wildly popular Boston restaurant Myers and Chang, and also runs a growing empire of Flour Bakery and Cafe locations (currently 4 and counting) in and around the city.

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Dirt Bombs

In Breakfast / Brunch, Butter, Cinnamon, Dessert, Eggs, Milk, Muffin, Recipe, Snacks
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Please don't click past this recipe because of it's less than appealing name....you'll be VERY sorry if you do, I can promise you that.  These delightful little nuggets are from the Bantam Bread Bakery in Bantam, CT and come to us courtesy of the R.S.V.P. feature in the May 2014 issue of Bon Appetit magazine.  R.S.V.P is where reader's write in to request that the magazine ferret out the recipes from their favorite restaurant meals.

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World Peace Cookies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Recipe, Snacks, Vanilla
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I know what you're thinking.  Wouldn't it be lovely if all we had to do to rid the world of conflict and bring peace was to bake a few batches of top-notch cookies.  

Just imagine......

Israel and Palestine.....fixed.

Russia and Ukraine.....done.

Syria's civil war.........a thing of the past.

Lannisters v. Tyrells........just make sure there's enough cold milk to go around (it turns out drinking wine in Westeros can prove fatal....poor Joffrey).

It seems silly to ponder a world where a single sweet confection could turn the tides of conflict and put us on a path to world peace, but if any treat could, then it would surely be these masterful cookies.

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"Oui, Chef" exists as an extension of my efforts to teach my kids a few things about cooking, and how their food choices over time effect not only their own health, but that of our local food communities and our planet at large. By sharing some of our cooking experiences, I hope to inspire other families to start spending more time together in the kitchen, passing on established familial food traditions, and starting some new ones. Read more...
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