Friday, May 30, 2008


I just want to apologize for not visiting the wonderful DB'ers blogs after this last challenge. I'm on vacation and the computer I have is a 1995 and I think a hamster running on a wheel is the power source for the internet. So thanks for the really nice comments and I promise to return to my comments on your blogs as soon as I return to civilization.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Daring Bakers Challenge: Opéra Cake

This months challenge was a total disaster. Total. During the making of the cake my flavor combo's were off resulting in a bland boring taste, I for some stupid reason cut the cake into individual pieces before icing!

Where was my brain? Not in the kitchen that is for sure. First complete failure of a challenge and it was too time consuming and ingredient requiring to repeat. Can't wait to see how the other DB'ers did!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Daring Bakers Challenge: Cheesecake Pops from Jill O’Connor

Cheesecake pop coated in dark chocolate and pink sea salt. My favorite combo!

Cheesecake pops. Just the title alone made my mouth water. I'm not a fan of cheesecake slices that are thicker than the dictionary so these sounded right up my alley. I love just a few bites of cheesecake and that's exactly what these are! Joy!

The recipe is from
Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor. It's a simple recipe with a creative twist in how it's presented and I really loved being able to try out a bunch of different toppings.

The only issue I had while making them was the freezer space. I did not have enough space to freeze all 3o pops before dipping them in chocolate and other yummy items so I just had to hope they would get cold enough in the fridge and work really fast. So in the end they didn't turn out a pretty as I'd like, but the taste is incredible. I thought the cheesecake was so creamy and good that when paired with a dark chocolate coating and sea salt I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

My second favorite combination was the dark chocolate and rosemary. Yum!

I used dark chocolate for the coating and did batches of just chocolate, graham cracker crust, pink sea salt, rosemary, cayenne pepper and basil. My absolute favorite was the chocolate and pink sea salt, then the rosemary and then the graham cracker and then the chocolate and then the cayenne. The basil was terrible. Maybe if I had used fresh it would have turned out better, next time.

This is a wonderful recipe to have made up and in the freezer for when friends come over for dinner and you don't have time to make a dessert. Just pull them out of the freezer and throw them in the fridge for an hour and you've got yourself one killer dessert. I actually tried this and they thawed beautifully.

A big thanks to Elle from Feeding My Enthusiasms and
Deborah from Taste and Tell
for a great delicious and very rich dessert! Will be stocking this in the freezer! I love the DB'ers!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Daring Bakers Challenge: Dorie Greenspan's Perfect Party Cake

I loved this cake! I've been in a total rush this past month and for the first time put off making the DB challenge until the last minute and it came together beautifully. The flavors I think are perfect for spring and summer. It is light and the lemon flavor is wonderful. I used raspberry seedless jam for the filling and thought it went really well with the lemon and buttermilk.

I didn't do my best with the layers and didn't do anything fancy with the icing, but all that said, my family devoured it. Notice my son in the background waiting to get a taste.

I think next time I wouldn't put the buttercream in the layers, I would just have the jam.

A super big thank you to Morven from Food Art And Random Thoughts for this challenge!