Invited to a few holiday gatherings? Looking for easy sweet recipes to share with family and friends? Give these recipes all made with wholesome ingredients a look over. Most of these recipes are easy, turn out beautiful and delectable – perfect sweets to make over the holidays. Continue reading Holiday Baking
Here is an easy recipe for dark chocolate flavored with candied ginger and orange peel. The flavors of orange and ginger are so good together in a ginger vanilla orange pound cake that I figured this flavor combination would taste awesome in dark chocolate as well. It’s delicious 😋. Then to add some fall color I sprinkled chrysanthemum petals which really transformed the chocolates into something beautiful. Try it! Continue reading Orange Ginger Dark Chocolate Drops with Chrysanthemum Petals
Dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream is my daughter Rani’s creation who loves loves peanut butter and anything dark chocolate. If you like dark chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter cups then this ice cream is for you. When I was making my dark chocolate cardamom ice cream, Rani came up to me and asked if she could make an ice cream with peanut butter – I told to her to go for it. Rani’s ice cream creation has peanut butter melted with dark chocolate, honey and cream. As if it doesn’t have enough peanut butter, Rani added more melted peanut butter and swirled it into the ice cream. For a decadent peanut butter ice cream – give dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream a try!
Dark chocolate, cardamom, brandy, cream and honey – combine all these ingredients and what you have is a delicious ice cream spiked with a touch of brandy. Naturally, this ice cream is not meant for kids, however of you are looking for an adult ice cream that takes care of after dinner drinks and dessert all in one – then this decadent dark chocolate and cardamom brandy ice cream is the one. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Brandy Cardamom Ice Cream
It was Hitesh’s birthday last weekend and the kids and I were debating if we should make reservations at a nice restaurant for this occasion, but the girls pointed out that Dad will be coming back from a long week’s business trip and they assumed he would want to relax at home on his birthday on the weekend. So began the planning for a stay at home birthday dinner for Hitesh. Continue reading Bitter Veggies, Beets and Brownies Birthday Dinner. A Menu Worth Replicating
Want to make a chocolate bark that looks positively gourmet with an exotic twist to boot? Try making these dark chocolate disks with an assortment of roasted nuts all flavored with cardamom and spice. This recipe is the easiest sweet treat to make with the most decadent of results. I posted a similar dark chocolate recipe with dried apricots and candied ginger a while back Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark with Apricots and Candied Ginger. In this variation I’ve added a wider variety of roasted nuts along with sweet cardamom, saffron, and smoky maple syrup. Continue reading Cardamom & Saffron Dark Chocolate Nut Bark
I’ve been wanting to make something fun and exciting with fresh figs for a while now. I usually make a salad with fresh figs, or a fig tart, or serve figs with cheese and walnuts; or better yet, just eat them fresh and delicious.
This year I wanted to try something new, like a fig sweet treat that looks really pretty and that looks like it came from a specialty confectioner, and the idea for stuffed figs enrobed in dark chocolate is what came to my mind. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Stuffed Figs with Chrisanthemum Petals
Usually, I would never have given a second thought to making energy bars or protein bars at home, it’s not something I think of replicating in my kitchen. I got the idea for making protein packed energy bars from our friend Aaron H. One day we were talking healthy snacks when he told me he had been trying unsuccessfully to make an energy bar at home. Energy bar at home? And that to Aaron making it? I did a double take.
Aaron said he had been trying to make an energy bar of sorts with almond meal, raisins, and cocoa powder and he was still figuring out how to get the texture right. You see his “energy bar” was very sticky in the mouth – almost like a peanut butter. He said he added water but that didn’t help. He even tried baking the mixture but it turned out too hard and not edible. We got to talk about how we could make the texture better and bounced around ideas such as adding applesauce and bananas, or coconut oil. But in the end I promised him I would try and make an energy bar at home, and if it turned out good, share the recipe with him.
Guess what folks? I made nut energy bars in my home kitchen and they turned out great 😋. I shaped them into truffles hence the name energy bar truffles. Continue reading Cocoa & Nut Super Seeds & Cardamom Protein-bar Truffles
Our family loves Mexican hot chocolate. That creamy hot chocolate with cinnamon and a hint of cayenne pepper – yummy 😋! So when I came upon a hot chocolate recipe in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine that took the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate and transformed it into a cookie, I had to try it. An added bonus is that the ingredients for these cookies are ingredients I usually have in my pantry.
There is something about cherries and chocolate that is a marriage made in heaven. Both are deep, dark, beautiful, and delicious, and their flavors blend together perfectly.