You never forget your first, right? Today’s dessert will always be a special one because it was my first makeover. I’d been working in a restaurant in Boston for about a year when the chef gave me the opportunity to become Pastry Chef. My test was to come up with a menu that would “wow” both the chefs and the owners. I immediately got to work, and my kicked up strawberry shortcake got me the job!
I’m so excited to share this cupcake tree with all of you! I love cupcakes and I really love Christmas, so creating a Christmas tree out of cupcakes is almost too much for me to handle! Mini cupcakes decorated with buttercream, gumdrops, and of course a bit of sparkle, give the tree a really fun look. It is a great project for all skill levels, and also makes a fabulous centerpiece for holiday parties.
For some reason muffins remind me of lazy Sundays, slowing down, and taking a break. I also love them because they give me an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast! I think right now it’s really important to remember to slow down. With the holidays upon us it’s easy to get caught up in the craziness and miss what’s happening right now. I’ve been a bit caught up in the madness lately myself. When someone asked me what projects and desserts I had planned for Spring, I almost collapsed. My list of projects I want to make for the holidays is daunting enough, please let me get through that first! Anyway, these muffins are a good way to decompress. A few bites and all the stress melts away, for a little while anyway!
Gingerbread is one of those treats I never really cared for until a few years ago. It always had way too strong of a taste for me, and to be honest I thought it was kind of boring. After I realized that the type of molasses you use in baked goods can drastically alter the flavor, I decided I wanted to give gingerbread another chance, and fiddle around with a new recipe. I’m glad I did because this is a wonderful little cake that is now a staple in my fall and winter baking. I use a very mild molasses which I prefer, and all the spices going on equal not boring at all! When you first taste it you get that sweetness that gets cut just enough with a bite from the molasses adding a little sassiness. This gingerbread is lovely on its own, but I always tend to add a schmear of mascarpone to it. I also find that it tastes even better the second day, and it freezes very well. I know that this is a bit of a low key recipe for me, but I think in order to make the fancy stuff, you have […]