Dessert Recipes

Chocolate-Frosted Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate-Frosted Cupcakes

02.13.15 by Jackie

This year, with little Aria attending preschool, the ideas about love have drastically changed and are far from the stuff of romantic comedies. I was talking about it with a girlfriend who has toddlers too. She was telling me that after having a 3-year-old and 4 month old, her husband agreed to get a toaster oven and she would get a vacuum for their Valentine's Day gifts. And now our preparations for Valentine's Day consist of DIY kids' arts and crafts and a lot of baking for Aria's friends. I prepared chocolate-frosted sweet treats this morning.

These are just the right size for little fingers to enjoy, but you can of course make them bigger if they're for your own Valentine's celebration. The chocolate isn't cloyingly sweet, which means you can enjoy more than one!


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Mulberry Hazelnut Apple Tart Recipe Recipe

Mulberry Hazelnut Apple Tart Recipe

02.06.15 by Jackie

In my opinion, your Valentine essentials consist of anything with chocolate; it's sort of the unofficial sponsor of Valentine's Day. But chocolate isn't always given, and if your special someone isn't a chocolate lover (hard as that may be to believe), I have an alternative dessert. I prepared a hazelnut cream apple tart with a hidden layer of mulberry preserves that I canned last summer.

I'm sure your sweetie will be appreciate your sweet (no pun intended) gesture and that these little drool-inducing sweets will create special memories in his/her heart.


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Crepe Day (La Chandeleur) Recipe

Crepe Day (La Chandeleur)

02.02.15 by Jackie

BonjourToday (February 2nd) is a popular French celebration called La Chandeleur (also known as the Christian holiday, Candlemas). On this day in France, we eat crêpes--a lot of crêpes. And there's nothing easier than preparing the flat "pastries" appreciated by foodies all over the world. I've attached the video on "How to Make Perfect French Crêpes" so you can see how simple the preparation is.

I've gathered many recipes using crêpes; what a great way to kick off the week!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGor5pGtxTg


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Matcha Green Tea Pot de Creme Recipe Recipe

Matcha Green Tea Pot de Creme Recipe

01.23.15 by Jackie

We gave another dinner party last night. Daddy (my father-in-law) had new friends over; they're a delightful couple who recently moved from Boston to the Bay Area. We had a lovely, fairly light meal consisting of lots of seafood, such as crab cakes with muhammara (pomegranate sauce) accompanied by seafood Israeli couscous salad, then roasted Chilean seabass with homemade preserved citrus hollandaise sauce. I wanted to keep the same delicate mood for dessert, so I prepared lightly sweetened matcha green tea pot de creme. I believe that food should be a visual experience, so I decorated the sweet treats with whipped cream and fresh raspberries. 

I was so excited to have been given a tin of matcha green tea powder in my Christmas stocking stuffer and couldn't wait to make use of the unique, distinctive flavor of this tea. Its lovely, natural jade color is very subtle, but subtlety can actually be quite a stimulating experience for the palate. 


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Guava Papaya Parfait Cups Recipe

Guava Papaya Parfait Cups

01.16.15 by Jackie

Individual servings for dessert is a great way to end a fancy meal. I usually decorate dessert cups at the last minute, carry the tray filled with cups to the table so I'm able to chat and mingle with our guests without worrying about making a mess while serving the sweets. Last night, we hosted one more dinner party (I can't believe it's the second one in just a one-week period) and the dinner went fantastically well. It was a 4-course classical French menu, then we moved to another room to finish the meal with dessert. I also often try to give a little flavor of the muticultural aspect of our household by using exotic ingredients throughout the menu.

This time, I added guava and papaya pulp to parfait cups. The guava is amazingly fragrant and I used the papaya for its deep orange color. I accompanied the sweets with store-bought chocolate wafers and fresh raspberries for a touch of acidity.


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