Gifting

Dark Chocolate + Peppermint Marshmallow Pops

December 13, 2011

60% cocao Ghirardelli baking chips or [good] white chocolate marshmallows [regular size or jumbo] crushed candy canes lollypop sticks Prepare a baking sheet with a piece of wax paper and set aside. Melt the chocolate in a small bowl over boiling water, stirring frequently. Remove the bowl once melted and move to work area. Maintain […]

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Cranberry, Pistachio + White Chocolate Biscotti

December 11, 2011

2 1/4 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 6 T  unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 T  lemon zest 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp whole aniseed 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries 3/4 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios 6 oz  imported white chocolate, chopped From Bon Appetit: […]

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Seasonal Compound Butters

May 29, 2011

Here are a few of the infinite possibilities, each uses 2 sticks of salted butter: orange zest + cointreau +  honey [1 T cointreau, zest of 1 navel orange, 2 T honey]   spread on muffins, scones & breads caramelized shallot + cognac   [1/2 cup minced shallot caramelized in butter until deep golden brown, 1/2 […]

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Chocolate Brandy Cake

December 8, 2010
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3 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 16 oz. bittersweet chocolate [chocolate chips are fine in this case] 3 sticks  butter 1 1/3 cup brandy, Southern Comfort, or dark rum 1 cup strong coffee  [I use water and 1 Starbucks Via] 2 1/4 cups sugar 3 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla […]

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

December 3, 2010
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3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 T melted butter 1 T vanilla 1 T pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp sea salt 3 cups old fashioned oats 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup currants Preheat oven to 325. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In […]

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