Chocolate Ganache Tart

It’s been a while since I’ve baked something new. And today, I was just feeling restless, so I decided to raid my pantry to see what ingredients I had available. It’s no shocker that I always have flour and chocolate on hand, so I decided to treat myself to something very decadent and make a chocolate ganache tart. I have a tart pan with the removable bottom and I love tarts, especially one with chocolate on it. One of the reasons I really like this recipe is that it’s so…

It’s Starting to Smell Like Fall with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

It’s that time of year when the air gets crisp, the days get shorter and my oven just begs to be used again! I adore the Fall. And I honestly can’t think of a better way to ring in my favorite season other than doing some baking with a quintessential Fall icon, the pumpkin! To be frank though, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, I do not like it in a pie or in a hot beverage. However, my husband has been asking for some pumpkin bread and I…

Mini Chocolate Donuts!!

It’s week 3 of our 30 day Paleo challenge, and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s definitely got me being a little more creative to find meals, snacks and dessert I can really enjoy. To satiate my sweet tooth, a few days ago I made some chocolate chip cookies and now I have leftover almond meal and dairy free chocolate chips. So I’m adapting a chocolate donut recipe to make it Paleo friendly. I have a mini donut tin on hand, so I’m…

Lemon Cupcakes for a Spring Treat

I haven’t baked in a while. But as I enter my 3rd trimester of my pregnancy, I find that my sweet tooth has been pretty insatiable lately. So during my lunch break, I rummaged through my pantry looking for something to snack on; and then decided to bake instead. Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand to make a refreshing lemon cupcake with a lemon frosting! Cook Time: 14-17 minutes Makes 12 cupcakes Ingredients: Cupcake 1 1/4 cups flour 1 cup pure cane sugar 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 1/2…

Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins

My little man is almost 14 months old and he’s officially moved into the toddler class at school. It feels like yesterday when I saw his beautiful face for the first time. I remember people telling me that they grow up fast; man, they sure do! With his new class, breakfast isn’t at school anymore. They are only fed a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack. So now I’m trying to think of quick and easy make ahead breakfasts that will keep our mornings from becoming too hectic. Our…

Paleo Coconut Macaroons

I’m trying to cut out sugar and it’s hard for someone with a sweet tooth. One of the reasons I’m attracted to the Paleo way of baking is that there is no refined sugar used! Instead, natural sweeteners like honey are used. I also love that this method of eating promotes using natural and sustainable ingredients. I showed my husband this recipe and he immediately requested that I make some. I never knew he was a macaroon fan, but was happy to hear that! This is a super simple recipe…

Crème Brulee French Toast

French toast already sounds heavenly to me, but then add on a crème brulee flavoring, and it’s totally something I have to make for breakfast! I love when I stumble upon recipes where I can do the prep work the night before and just bake and reap the delicious reward the next day.  The real trick to this recipe is finding good rich bread where you can make thick slices, like brioche. The caramel sauce on top is completely optional; you can always use warm maple syrup as well. Serving…

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche for a Special Brunch

I’m having the family over for Christmas brunch and wanted to make a special dish to help commemorate my little man’s first Christmas.  One of my all-time favorite brunch dishes has to be quiche. I love the creaminess and richness of the egg mixture pairing so well with a buttery flaky crust. And it’s a great way to eat your veggies! So I’ve made a mushroom spinach quiche for Christmas morning. And one of the best parts of this dish, it can be made the night before, reheated and served…

Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I spent my morning on Pinterest and found a really delicious chocolate cake recipe with ganache frosting. One Pinner said it was the best chocolate cake they’ve ever had, so of course this made the chocoholic inside of me scream for joy! The thought of chocolate cake with a rich and velvety ganache frosting sounded really decadent and may be a little over the top. So I opted to use my cream cheese frosting instead in this version. Cook Time: 30 minutes Yields 10 servings Ingredients: 2 cups cane sugar 1…

Sponge Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream Frosting

It’s been about a month since we welcomed our sweet little baby boy and admittedly, I’ve started to have a daily cup of coffee. I’m still trying to limit my caffeine intake, so I never really finish my morning cup. I get disappointed sometimes tossing out my coffee, so I wanted to put it to good use and make some mocha buttercream frosting to accompany a cupcake. Cupcake Ingredients: 1 1/2 sticks softened butter 1 cup cane sugar 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 tablespoon warm water…