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Monday, March 26, 2012

Caramel Cheesecake

I first made this cheesecake for my husband's birthday. Caramel and cheesecake are pretty much his two favorite words in the food world. How could I refuse this special request? He dug into it before I could get home from work and immediately declared it the best cheesecake he'd ever eaten. I consider this high praise, indeed.

I made it again for someone's Thanksgiving dinner. She later reported that her guests absolutely loved it.

Trust me, you're going to want to eat this. It's rich and creamy and simply dripping with salted caramel, then wreathed in crushed Heath bar to add a bit of delicious crunch.

Don't wait. Get this cheesecake now. Let me make one for you. It's amazing!

Monday, March 19, 2012

German Chocolate Cake

It was my friend's birthday recently, so naturally, I asked her what kind of cake she wanted. When she responded with German chocolate, I knew I was in for a challenge. I'd never made one before, mostly because I don't like coconut or pecans. When there's German chocolate cake around, I usually pass. But we were making someone else's wishes come true, so here it is!

There are four layers of rich chocolate cake inside. (Unfortunately, it was night when our friend came over to get the cake, so I didn't get any pictures of the inside.) Between each layer is some of that ooey gooey coconut/pecan custard that got slathered on after I doused the cake in some rum-infused syrup. And the entire outside of the cake is covered with dark chocolate ganache frosting. It's pure indulgence. Just the thing to celebrate a birthday.

Friday, March 2, 2012

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

In case you haven't noticed from my constant bragging, I live in Honolulu. It is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. And you can't get far in this town without running into a macadamia nut. They even have their own aisle at Walmart. They come in just about every flavor, both sweet and savory. These soft buttery nuts are one of the few varieties I'll tolerate.

It was an atypical grey and rainy day in paradise, so I decided to make cookies, and why not give them a little tropical flair? White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are buttery, crunchy, and have a burst of creamy sweetness from the white chocolate chips. Even if you can't make it to the beach, these are a little taste of paradise.

This was the last recipe I had to make with muscle rather than machinery. The day after these came out of the oven, the most beautiful thing arrived at my door.

You may recall, I broke my pitiful little hand mixer trying to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. Since then, I've been making things the old fashioned way. I am a strong proponent of the idea that you can still make delicious desserts without special equipment, but I'm also a strong proponent of laziness. I pinched pennies for weeks and weeks to earn this boysenberry baby. I can't wait to give it a whirl.