Thursday, December 15, 2011

red velvet.

my favorite cake during this season.
red velvet with cream cheese icing.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin & chocolate...not the normal combination for brownies.
I do admit, I have tried a lot of recipes that just don't taste good
even when the reviews are great.
But this recipe was from smitten and I trust her completely.
So I went out on a whim, and baked these swirl brownies.

You make 1 batter, than you split it to 2, and add the pumpkin.
You layer the chocolate brownie with the pumpkin 2 times each.

& swirl :)

The aroma in the kitchen during baking was phenomenal! Really.
But, the flavor of the brownie just isn't for me. It was interesting.
Almost the 2 batters just couldn't fully bake together.
I still love trying new recipes because it makes me feel more well-rounded.
Not just sticking to the normal things, but going out of the box
and really exploring the art of baking.

I encourage you to do the same.
Try not to get upset when a recipe doesn't work out.
Take it as a way of learning :)


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

vanilla cherry biscotti.

yet again, it's been another week . . . 
& i have recipes and photos piling up.

with all of the friends stopping by & having coffee, tea or hot chocolate,
biscotti was a necessity.

what flavor? whatever i wanted to make!
i started with a fig & walnut biscotti recipe because of the spices
and added my own spin to it.

tip for next time; a bit less sugar. white chips and dried cherries are so sweet
extra sugar isn't necessary, but doesn't hurt!

quite wonderful, and stores well in the cookie jar ♥