Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sugar High Sunday: Chocolate Bars

Why spend all that money on commercial chocolate bars when you can make your own? That way, you know exactly what's in them — no chemical surprises!

Here are a few recipes I found. Let me know if you try them and how you like 'em!

Homemade Snickers Bars from How Sweet It Is!

This could be Twix Bars — Salted Caramel Chocolate Shortbread from Annie's Eats

Not technically a candy bar, but Pop Tarts sure are a yummy treat! Make them yourself, courtesy of Hello Hanna.

Did you call it a Ding Dong, a Ring Ding or a Devil Dog? Whatever you called it, these delicious cream-filled chocolate cupcakes will take you back! Here's a recipe from Bean Town Baker to help you get started.

Here's a gluten-free Reese's Peanut Butter Cup from famous pastry chef, Stella Parks aka Brave Tart. Yummmmy!

Do you like to recreate famous candy bars at home? Which ones have you tried?

Lulu xoxo

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Supper: Multigrain Dinner Rolls

Instead of the usual Sunday Sweets today, I thought I would share a recipe with you that I contributed to our family's Sunday Dinner: Multigrain Dinner Rolls.

Multigrain Dinner Rolls — fresh out of the oven.

Friday, February 17, 2012

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce

If you're looking for an extra-special dessert to feed a crowd, then look no further than cheesecake. You can make a very large cheesecake to feed about 16 people — the cake is so rich you can serve up smaller slices. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of decadent sauce, and you will impress even the most discerning guest.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Dotty With Love Heart Cookies for Valentine's Day

In which I learn to decorate a sugar cookie with flood icing and flat dots and subsequently spray the entire kitchen and myself with hot pink icing like a sugary cluster bomb.

Dotty hearts are dotty

It's almost Valentine's Day, and you can feel LOVE in the air; hot and pulpy like a, er, like something hot and pulpy. Everywhere I turn, I'm bombarded with messages of love and hearts, love and romance — written in all caps in sparkly red curly fonts. Even the birds are getting the Valentine's message; they friskily chase each other, sometimes performing their sexy time right in front of my kitchen window. NATURE! Stuff's getting real here, folks.

When I think about the love of my life, I get all dotty in the head with love and besotted with giggly, blushing thoughts of romance. We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last summer! What better pastry to symbolize my marriage than a dotty pink heart-shaped cookie?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sugar High Sunday: Cheesecake

I'm thinking of making a cheesecake this week, so I prowled the blogs for interesting recipes. I found some pretty good ones, and I thought I would share them with you. Here's a tip for making a successful cheesecake: if you are baking one in the oven, wrap the bottom of the pan in aluminum foil, and set it in a shallow pan of water (bain marie). These really helps set the cheesecake and prevent cracks from forming. Happy baking!

From the goddess of desserts and photography, Tartelette, here is Lemon Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Blood Orange Sauce... oh my drool...

Also from Tartelette: Pillow Cheesecake with Salted Butter Caramel Sauce

Are you crafty? You could try Bakerella's Cheesecake Pops... they look divine!

Mmmmm Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake from Amandeleine

Another Blood Orange Cheesecake: this one's from Martha Stewart

Margarita Cheesecake, also from Martha Stewart

Here's a Lemon Blackberry Cheesecake that looks really yummy

One more lemon cheesecake, lol! Triple Lemon Cheesecake from With a Grateful Prayer

Last but not least, here's my Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Maple Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Cheesecake, Gingersnap Crust and Maple Caramel Sauce



Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sugar High Sunday: Citrus

What's in season now, in the middle of winter? Citrus! Colourful, jewel-toned orbs; juicy and bursting with bright flavours. I have found a few interesting recipes for you to try — I know that I will definitely be trying them!

From Always With Butter: Blood Orange Bars and some seriously beautiful photography. 

Glug! Glug! Glug! Aaaahhhhh! Serve up a Grapefruit Margarita from Sweet Life in Texas. 

More grapefruit! From Whisk Kid: Grapefruit Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and Cream Cheese Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Oooooohhhh my goodness I think I just drooled all over myself typing that! 

Vegan Blood Orange Cupcakes from Shauna Sever

These look so delicious, I licked my screen: Lemon Thumbprint Cookies from Glorious Treats

Coconut and Citrus Cake from Bakers Royale 

Coconut Lime Bars

Here is a citrus recipe from me: Coconut Lime Bars