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…

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…

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…

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…

Who Says Great Things Don’t Come in Small Sizes – Mini Donuts!!!

It’s been a while since I’ve baked anything new in my kitchen. I think partly it’s cause I don’t have the patience lately to wait for something to cool before devouring it, and I’ve kind of hit a wall with what to bake. However, there’s this vendor at the Falls Church Farmer’s Market that serves the most appetizing mini donuts, I can literally smell the butter and sugar as I approach their booth. And it got me thinking, even though my husband adamantly vetoes my decision to buy a donut…

Did Someone Say Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting?

It’s been a while since I’ve baked cupcakes and what’s easier and more delicious than chocolate cupcakes? I happen to stumble on a recipe that used Nutella frosting; normally I use my go-to butter cream frosting, but couldn’t pass up a chance to try something new! It seems like Nutella has been quite a trend lately, who doesn’t want that delicious rich hazelnut flavor, especially over chocolate! I think that’s a win win combination! Yields: dozen cupcakes Cook Time: 17 minutes Cupcake Ingredients: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cane sugar 1/4…

S’more Bites for Dessert

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a quick dessert and really don’t want to pull out my KitchenAid mixer to whip something together. I came across a recipe for s’more cupcakes and tweaked it a little to make one-bite cupcake treats! It seemed easy enough to make and I could already picture myself devouring these bite-size goodies! Yield: 24 pieces Cook Time: 7 minutes Ingredients: 7 whole graham crackers 1/4 cup powdered sugar 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 2 bars milk chocolate candy, broken into large chunks 12 large marshmallows, cut in half…

Bacon Week at Restaurant 3

Earlier this fall, Restaurant 3 was again having their infamous Bacon Week. Yes, you read correctly. During that week span, they were highlighting items featuring bacon on their menu. They even had a special 3 course bacon centered prix fixe menu. So of course, being the bacon lover that I am and the adventurer, I decided to venture there with 3 other brave souls who couldn’t resist the lure of bacon! What was looking to be a great meal turned out to be bacon overload! Not only did we all…