I’ve made madeleines a few years ago, and back then I had no idea what I was getting into…you see, I have a love-hate relationship with baking, but for the most part, I really don’t mind it.  Really.

I’ve been promising our younger son that I would bake a classic chocolate cake one of these days…

 

This is my own twist on the classic pineapple upside down cake. The original recipe Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Cake was adopted from Food Network online.

Many thanks to our neighbors for these gorgeous peaches picked fresh from their orchard.  The first recipe that came to mind is a flaky, buttery galette, a cousin to the tart family, but rather easier and faster to make.

Peaches

Millionaires’ Shortbread, Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars, Copycat Twix Bars, and so forth…this recipe has had many titles, regardless of what they may be, it definitely had me at C-A-R-A-M-E-L!

Family means everything to me…I have two boys–one is starting middle school in a couple of weeks, whilst the other remain at our former neighborhood to complete his studies in journalism.

Back in high school, my eldest boy Brendan did all of the baking.  I’ve missed that since our move(s) without him.  He would often bake at night, and when he did, we were all guaranteed an enjoyable treat.

I’ve recently purchased the Chopped Cookbook and was ecstatic to try out a recipe from it right away.  Naturally, like the many contestants that have delve into their ‘mystery basket‘, I perused through the refrigerator for ingredients.

Quick, easy, and impressively good!  Think of it as caramelized, barbecued bananas on a stick!  Here we go…

Pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel layers roasted fresh apricots atop basil custard to make a gorgeous tart. The tender crust is extraordinary: Combining hard-boiled egg yolk and potato starch, it’s based on a classic dough that he learned from Paris pastry genius Pierre Hermé.

I’ve come across hundreds of flan recipe with very similar ingredients and steps, but since this is my first unflanned attempted,  I found this one to be the easiest…especially for a rookie ‘flanner’ like me 😉

The other night hubby and I watched Chopped, one of many favorite cooking challenges we enjoy viewing on the tele.  The new episode featured ‘grandma vs grandma’ where four, sweet elderly ladies eagerly anticipated the surprise ingredients from their baskets.

I’ve never had panettone until my family and I received one during the holiday.  It is quite good with a nice cup of tea or coffee; but all the while, I’ve received a few suggestions that it is also great for making bread pudding and french toasts.  Although I’m not a fan of both, I figured, why not give it a go since I still had a generous half portion left for the eating…

Happy New Year!  Nice to be back…

Well I’m not much for small talk, with the exception of a few things, such as intimate conversations about food.  Today, I simply wanted to share this wonderful sweet-tooth craving recipe with you but rather with a healthy alternative in mind.  If you can recall from one of my past blogs I mentioned that our deep fryer broke.  That was two years ago, and I have yet to replace it…  Meanwhile, I still like my fair share of ‘fried’ goodies, but have been meaning to find a way to substitute the ‘frying’ with ‘baking’ without losing the originality of its flavors.

Hello!  Hello!  It’s been a few weeks…  Well today I wanted to share a great recipe for another food trending item: The Pretzel Buns.  I love the texture, and rustic look of this bread.

There’s been a request for pizza lately from our little guy…so I thought I make his favorite, which is pepperoni pizza…BUT double decker style!