Let me introduce you to my favorite cake of all time. Meyer lemon cake is perfect in my book. It’s fluffy and buttery and every centimeter is layered with lemon-goodness. Lemon, of course being my favorite flavor for everything. It has a casual lemon glaze that says “no big deal, have me with a cup of coffee” and a pretty shape just fancy enough for sharing. Or not sharing, because we certainly didn’t. In other news, I did some extra spin classes this week.
Kitchen sink chocolate bark is the perfect way to use up all of those leftover ingredients from holiday baking projects that we all have laying around. The broken candy canes, the sad marshmallows, the random tupperware of coconut….let’s turn those into a sweet Valentine’s sweet! All you need to do to make this happen is rifle through your pantry, melt some chocolate and prepare to get a little messy.
I’ve gushed about how much Ovi and I love espresso on the blog before, and judging by the positive response, many of you love it too! Espresso and sweets were just meant to be together. The smoky roasted beans amplify the light sweetness, and the flaky, buttery shortbread cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Make them for your coffee loving (possibly vegan) valentine, and adoration will be yours
At our place, we love coffee. Well, not coffee – espresso. It’s quite different you see, and really has more to do with the brewing than the roasting. A beautifully pulled shot of espresso will be rich and smooth, with a healthy layer of crema on top. The crema is my favorite part. Tiny espresso bubbles that dissolve on your tongue. That, is what these delicate meringue cookies reminded me of most. One bite into these cloud-like cookies, and you’ll have the flavors of toasted marshmallow and espresso dancing on your palate. They have a crispy exterior that dissolves on your tongue, and a soft but chewy middle.
I love apple pie. It’s easy to make, tastes amazing and with a few modifications, doesn’t have to be a diet wrecker. These little spring rolls are under one hundred calories (85!), and 1 gram of fat. If you didn’t know that ahead of time your taste buds would assume otherwise.
In my experience, it’s rare to find a dessert this tasty with a calorie count in the double digits – especially one that involves pastry. Eureka, my friends! Phyllo dough is the magic ingredient here. Instead of taking the traditional route of brushing each layer with melted butter, cooking spray was used in it’s stead. This simple swap cut a few hundred calories without sacrificing one bit of tasty goodness
Okay my lovely and wonderfully patient readers. I have another chocolate and peppermint post. Yes, another one. As if the peppermint bark and the chocolate candy canes weren’t enough…..I bring you – peppermint bark lollipops. If this blog were your only source of nutrition, you would probably have scurvy by now. My bad, I promise I’ll start posting real, nourishing food again next week. You see, my dessert making skills are somewhat limited, BUT I am really good at melting chocolate (yay microwave). Being messy with melty chocolate is pretty fun – so naturally, I bought a 10 pound bag of chocolate chips from our local wholesale mart in some sort of weird Christmas shopping hysteria. Naturally.
To me, it’s not Christmas without gingerbread. Making it fills your kitchen (or entire loft) with an unmistakable aroma. The warm and spicy scent of homemade gingerbread makes me want to do silly Christmas things like make paper garland, and watch holiday movies. Actually, that’s exactly what happened. We ate cupcakes, and made paper garland while watching my favorite seasonal movie….”Elf.” I blame it all on the cupcakes. They were so festive, they inspired spontaneous shower caroling and puppy waltzing. If you’re needing a bit of silly holiday fun, perhaps a batch of these little cuties will be just the thing.
A baker, I am not. My last “baked goods” endeavor resulted in some very hockey-puck like biscuits. Luckily for me, and you other non-bakers out there, coconut macaroons aren’t exactly rocket science. Just mix, scoop and bake. No big deal, right? These lovely little haystack shaped treats are one of those awesome concoctions that seem much more complicated than they are. Delicate flaky mouthfuls of coconut goodness. I love them with a cup of coffee or tea and … well I just love them. If you’re a coconut loving, lazy baker like me – you’ll love them too.