Friday, January 7, 2011

S'mores Desserts

Since there is a looming snow storm today in NYC, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about comforting desserts. I may have mentioned this before when I covered hot chocolate desserts but when I think of warmth, I think of sitting in front of a roaring fire. These S’mores desserts will go perfectly with hot chocolate in front of a fire!   
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Three Kings Day

Traditions are often the glue that hold families together, and I am all about family and traditions. My family has celebrated the feast of the Epiphany since I was a baby. On this day, the twelfth day of Christmas, when the 3 kings brought gifts to baby Jesus, my family celebrates with a picnic dinner around the tree. We are always sad to see the end of the season, when all the decorations are carted away, and so we enjoy this moment, as we all sit on a blanket spread on the floor like a large skirt around the tree. The glow from the Christmas lights and the sound of Christmas music playing for the last time fill the house with warmth, as we toast the end of the season and the good times and memories shared by all. Oh yes, did I forget to mention that we do exchange three more gifts....small, often funny gifts though, not gold, frankincense and myrrh.

A traditional dessert of this day is called “Roscon de Reyes” (translation: king’s cake) which is served the night before or the morning of January 6th. Click here to read more about this tradition and to find the recipe for Roscon de Reyes. 
 image source: flickr

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pound Cake

Every family has different traditions and food preferences. These preferences may have become standard fare at your family gatherings around the holidays. When I asked my fiancĂ© what dessert made him think of the holidays, his immediate response was "Pound cake." This was a surprise to me since I have never seen pound cake during one of my family’s parties. This made me realize how different celebrations and food choices can be. So, here it is… pound cake!   

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Dense, creamy and dreamy, cheesecakes are always a hit. These cheesecakes will have you craving more because they are just that good.

For the no-fuss cheesecake lovers: 

For the chocolate cheesecake lovers:

For the strawberry cheesecake lovers: 

For the adventurous cheesecake lovers: 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Thin French Apple Tart

This tart is a dramatic 12 inches! It will definitely impress your guests. For best results, make sure to cut the apples very thin.

Thin French Apple Tart Recipe (adapted from

  • 1/2  (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • 1/4  cup  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 2  pounds  Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2  tablespoons  honey
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 425°.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface; roll into a 12-inch circle. Place on a 12-inch pizza pan. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of sugar mixture over dough (just enough to lightly coat dough). Arrange apple slices spokelike on top of dough, working from outside edge of dough to the center. Sprinkle apple slices with remaining sugar mixture. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes.

Combine honey and vanilla in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high 40 seconds. Brush honey mixture over warm tart.

This tart is best served warm, enjoy!