Desserts Recipes

Strawberry Cointreau Shortcake Cups Recipe

Strawberry Cointreau Shortcake Cups

05.26.15 by Jackie

My uncle, Cậu Bảy, is visiting us for a few months from Vietnam. He absolutely loves strawberries because they're not available in Vietnam and if they are, they're extremely expensive. I've planted strawberries in our garden but not enough to satisfy his cravings. He really enjoys the Farmers' market and we bought lots and lots of his favorite fruit over Memorial Day weekend.

I transformed a few into delicious strawberry dessert cups flavored with Cointreau. The cups consisted of shortcake, mousse, Cointreau-flavored custard strawberries and chocolate sauce.

Strawberry Cointreau Cup Dessert Recipe with Picture

 


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Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce Recipe

Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce

03.28.15 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has been reminding me incessantly about picking the Meyer lemons from our trees. I made a mental note but found my mind wandering and ignored his many warnings. And what he expected would happen eventually happened. The heavy weight from the lemons has completely broken and split in half our beautiful tree. It took a lot of time to heal the wound by trimming and smoothing the damaged wood to avoid and seal out excess moisture. I had to remove the tree bark by cutting a diamond shape around the wound to help it to stay dry and prevent any decay or disease. I spent so much time on the tree and had to make so many trips to the hardware store, I wish I had picked the lemons sooner!

Seeing the severely damaged limb broke my heart, and I was also left with tons of Meyer lemons. I finally prepared many jars of lemon curd and turned a few into mousse. The result was these beautiful lemon parfait cups. I jazzed them up with blueberry chocolate Amaretto sauce. In the end, I'm glad I undertook this epic challenge; it was a great opportunity to turn it into something positive.

 


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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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