Desserts Recipes

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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Chocolate Orange King Cake (Galette des Rois) Recipe

Chocolate Orange King Cake (Galette des Rois)

01.12.15 by Jackie

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

Chocolate Snowflake Crinkle Cookies

01.09.15 by Jackie

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

Peppermint Bark Pecan Pie Recipe

12.25.14 by Jackie

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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