Spiced Pots de Créme with Candied Bacon and Maple Cream

The inspiration for this pots de créme actually came from the fondue challenge on Food52. I submitted a savory fondue, but couldn’t stop thinking about what I would make for a sweet one. As someone who typically prefers potato chips over chocolate, I knew it would need a salty element to satisfy my salty-sweet tooth. The following week’s challenge was a pudding recipe and, with the encouragement of a fellow Food52 member, I decided on the combo of chocolate, chile and bacon. Continue reading “Spiced Pots de Créme with Candied Bacon and Maple Cream”

The Simple Pleasures of Chocolate and Raspberries

There’s no denying the allure of chocolate and berries. Really any berries will do, although strawberries and raspberries seem to have the most natural affinity for chocolate, my preference being dark. When the slightly bitter chocolate meets the natural sweetness of berries, some sort of chemical reaction takes place and the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. If I had my druthers, chocolate would always be served with fruit. Or salt, but that’s another story. Continue reading “The Simple Pleasures of Chocolate and Raspberries”

Shadow Layer Cake, Or Something Like It

Before attempting to make it, I didn’t realize that shadow layer cake is a regional specialty of New York and Long Island kosher bakeries. It’s Evan’s favorite cake, a special treat that arrives from uptown, or Best Ever bakery in Massapequa Park.  Aptly named for it’s layers of white and chocolate cake and frosting, it’s really two cakes in one, the decadent indulgence of someone who can’t decide which kind of cake and icing combo they prefer. Continue reading “Shadow Layer Cake, Or Something Like It”

Good Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re in full thrust of the holiday season and even though I (thankfully) don’t have Christmas music blaring in every supermarket to remind me,  I still feel the annual baking itch approaching. I’ve also been promising Evan I’d make chocolate chip cookies since the day I got here. That was two months ago. Chocolate chip cookies are as good a place to start as any! Continue reading “Good Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies”

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

It’s doesn’t get much simpler than this. Pancakes. Fun to make, even more fun to eat. They’re not particularly time consuming yet still evoke images of lazy mornings. The best of both worlds. I made these one weekday when Evan started class a little later than normal. And honestly they’re not any more work than adding eggs to a box mix. Once you get the basic batter down – just a mixture of flour, baking powder, eggs, and milk – you can add pretty much anything else you want. This time I went with a combination of banana and chocolate chip, but go wild. Any mixture of fruit, nuts, and/or chocolate is bound to be a success. Continue reading “Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes”