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Chocolate Orange King Cake (Galette des Rois) Recipe

La galette des Rois, or king's cake, is made every year to celebrate Epiphany. For those who don't know, epiphany is a Christian holiday that celebrates the Magi visiting baby Jesus. January 6th is the official day of Epiphany, but in France, we usually celebrate it on the Sunday between the 2nd and the 8th.  

This delicious treat is a flaky puff pastry with a sweet filling. The traditional filling is a simple almond cream, or frangipane, but this year I felt like a change. To the basic frangipane recipe I added melted chocolate and Grand Marnier (or orange extract for the kids).

Before serving, it's customary to hide a small figurine in the galette. Whoever gets the piece with the figurine is king (or queen) for a day. In reality, the winner is anyone who gets to have a slice of this delicious dessert.

Galette des Rois (Kings Cake)


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Chocolate Snowflake Crinkle Cookies Recipe

If you have a toddler at home, odds are you have heard about Disney’s musical Frozen and all of the fun characters featured in the film. I made the mistake of purchasing the DVD so we watch it all the time. Our little Aria identifies herself as Princess Anna and we got a little Frozen-themed apron for her to help me out in the kitchen. 

Aria has been determined to prepare a snowflake sweet treat so I doubled her pleasure by baking crinkle cookies using chocolate. The fudge-like cookies are covered in powdered sugar with a beautifully crinkled top once baked. Making the cookie batter isn't complicated but the hardest part was to teach my little one patience, as it's best chilled overnight before slipping into the oven.

Chocolate Crackle Cookie Recipe with Picture


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Peppermint Bark Pecan Pie Recipe Recipe

Last night, we served pecan pie at the end of our Christmas Eve dinner, but it wasn't your usual pecan pie. This one had peppermint bark nested at the bottom of the crust. The idea was to combine all the elements of a holiday assortment in one dessert. 

To do so, I melted dark chocolate and added crushed peppermint candy canes, then smeared the pie crust with a thin layer of the peppermint bark. To complete the dessert, we offered eggnog to those who wanted a drink and peppermint ice cream to the others. 


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Angel Salted Caramel Chocolate Dessert Cups for Christmas Recipe

These angel dessert cups are the result of our hard work baking for this holiday season. The sweets are made of milk chocolate with salted caramel bits turned into a delicious, egg-free mousse, topped with vanilla bean-flavored cream, salted caramel sauce and an angel-shaped, crisp sugar cookie. 

The most amazing part was to see the look in Aria's eyes. She was mesmerized by the "snow" (powdered sugar) on the angel cookies; I could see a sparkle much like the stars at night, which was priceless. Hearing her laugh with delight brings so much joy to the house, you can almost hear the triumphant chorus of angels. Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!


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Christmas Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Christmas Red Velvet Cupcakes

12.23.14 by Jackie

Little Aria and I have been baking like elves this season. I dressed her up in her favorite Disney Frozen-themed apron and she helped me create our wonderful Christmas sweets. Today, she made simple fluffly mini red velvet cupcakes topped with delicious cream cheese frosting

What made them Christmas-themed you ask? Aria answered making a shrieking noise: "Sprinkles!". And she finally had wonderful miniature sweets for the holidays. Happy holidays, everyone!

 

 

 


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