Daring Bakers May 2011: Marquise on Meringue

Another interesting Daring Bakers challenge. One with numerous components and a few mistakes on my end. Nevertheless, it’s a delicious dessert and one I’ve never seen anywhere else. The mandatory items were the meringue (good thing I had enough for 2 baking sheets because the first batch burned under the broiler) and marquise, with caramel… 

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Baklava

District Catering now offers dinner delivery on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The menu changes each time but there is always a starter, an entrée and a dessert. A couple weeks ago we decided to go with a Turkish theme. And what better dessert for that than baklava? I have only had baklava a handful of times in my life… 

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Daring Bakers April 2011: Nut Bowls with Maple Mousse

This is the April daring bakers challenge. The mandatory component was the maple mousse and an edible container, but the host of this month’s challenge provided the recipe for this nut bowl so I decided to go with it. Haven’t been feeling too creative this month. Maybe next month? I was really happy with how this dessert… 

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Blackberry Cheesecake

 I have made a lot of different cheesecakes with various toppings and flavors. But this is my first blackberry cheesecake. Which doesn’t even make sense – since blackberry is my favorite berry. I think I’ve mentioned this before – the country house my grandmother has in the boonies of Russia, where she grows everything –… 

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Mini Green Tea Cupcakes

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This is cherry blossom time in DC. In case you aren’t familiar with it, the cherry trees (Sakura) were a gift of friendship from the Japanese in 1912. These 3000+ trees were planted around the tidal basin in DC and for 2-3 weeks each year they are in bloom. The cherry blossoms really are fascinating… 

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Daring Bakers March 2011 – Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake

Another interesting daring bakers challenge. I had never made a yeasted meringue coffee cake before, but I was pretty pleased with it. I decided to use the basic filling consisting of cinnamon, walnuts and semi sweet chocolate chips.  Since I don’t really eat sweets and D wouldn’t be able to eat the whole cake in 1-2… 

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Almond and Cashew Caramel Chocolate Turtles

I’ve made these turtles twice now. The first time I slightly overdid it on the caramel and each turtle was a little too much caramel and not enough chocolate, but the second time I got it right. Even though I don’t like sweets a turtle here and there I can appreciate. Probably because the base… 

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