Tagged: dessert

11 Sep


No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits


I made it…we ate it…we liked it! This parfait is actually very easy to make and it will get plenty of  “oh-how-fancy’s” from those you make it for.

For the full recipe and for the inspiration behind this “deconstructed cheesecake” dessert I will simply give you the link to the blog post that I got it from The Italian Dish – Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits. You will see from the amazing photos that she takes (Elaine, it’s just that I don’t personally know her so I am not technically on a first name bases) that she is very talented so you might just want to bookmark her site. I have her on my RSS feed and I have to say when I see a new post come up I am always excited to click on the link, if not just to see the beautiful photography.

Hope you enjoy!

ciao dawn

14 May


The Easiest Dessert Recipe Ever!


This dessert is so easy you can practically make it with your eyes closed.

Click on the image below to play the video. Click on the “watch in HD” to the bottom of the video to watch it in high def.

Refreshing lime sorbet is paired with red wine to form a super quick, yet shockingly delicious, dessert.

Not that you need it, but here is the recipe for this Lime Sorbet Dessert.

Have a great weekend everyone!


p.s. this recipe was actually introduced to us by one of camera men, Sergio – thanks Sergio!

11 Feb

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Chocolate Truffle Cookies | Chocolate Sparkle Cookies


These chocolate truffle cookies are the best of the best! They are soft and delicate with just the right amount of sweetness and chocolate. I think I should warn you though – it is impossible to eat just one; actually, it’s almost impossible to eat less than 5 or 6.

Chocolate Truffle Cookie Recipe The cookie dough is a mix of dark chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, honey, cocoa powder, ground almonds and a pinch of salt.

Chocolate Truffle Cookie Recipe After the batter rests, it is then rolled into little balls. At this point, the cookies can either be rolled in sugar and baked or frozen to bake on another day.

Chocolate Truffle Cookie Recipe These cookies are great served by themselves; however they do go very well with this Café Latte Ice Cream.

Chocolate Truffle Cookie Recipe with Cafe Latte Ice CreamHere is the full recipe for the Chocolate Truffle Cookies.

This recipe is actually inspired by the very talented Thomas Haas. If you don’t feel like making them yourself, you can actually order the chocolate truffle cookies online (they call them chocolate sparkle cookies). They come in a package of 36 and sell for…wait for it…$55. I know, that does seem a little steep, but they were once voted “the world’s best cookie”…so I guess that sort of makes up for it.

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Hope you enjoy –  dawn

07 Nov


Lemon Tarts


This sophisticated lemon tart is similar to a lemon pie, or better yet, a lemon meringue pie. So, what makes a tart a tart and a pie a pie? The main difference between tarts and pies is that tarts have straight sides versus sloped sides and they are usually only about an inch or so high. Lemon Tart | Rouxbe Online Cooking School

Just looking at the ingredients for the lemon curd makes my mouth water. This lemon tart is not too sweet and not too tart. There is just enough lemon in it to make you pucker!

Filling for Lemon Tart | Rouxbe Online Cooking School

This tart is topped with an Italian meringue, which means the egg whites are whipped with boiled sugar syrup. This creates a very stable meringue because the hot sugar syrup actually cooks the whites as they whip, resulting in a meringue that will hold its shape for long periods of time without deflating.

Meringue for Lemon Tart | Rouxbe Online Cooking School

The dense texture and glossy finish of Italian meringue makes it a great choice for decorating.

Piping the Meringue for the Lemon Tart | Rouxbe Online Cooking School

Classic lemon tarts are a delicious way to finish off a fancy dinner party, as they are not too sweet…and I can’t believe I am saying this, but desserts don’t always have to made with chocolate to be fantastic. Did I really say that?

Lemon Tart | Rouxbe Online Cooking School

Here is the step-by-step Lemon Tart Recipe.

10 Sep


New Pear Recipes


Pears are such a wonderful fruit…and the best thing about them is that they are great in both sweet and savory dishes.

Pear Desserts

When poached they can be turned into a wonderful dishes like, Poire Belle Helene (a delicious dessert that they serve in France, poached pears, vanilla ice cream, Chantilly cream, warm chocolate sauce and toasted almonds). They are also great in this savory Pear and Blue Cheese Tart.

Pear Desserts

And of course pears are fantastic in anything from muffins such as these Pear Raspberry Ricotta Muffins to another one of my favorites (from Joe’s Mommy) – Pear Streusel Muffins (these are also great with apple).

Pear Desserts

Pears are so fantastic that we sometimes just caramelize pears and serve them over ice cream or when we are feeling a bit fancier we serve them with this Fresh Ginger Cake.

Enjoy – Ciao for now