This isn't really a cookbook review; instead, it's more like a showcase of a few of the fabulous recipes that I have tried and loved. Writing cookbook reviews makes me feel like a snob. I didn't make all these treats since my last post, I've been collecting them for a while. What do you think I am, a big glutton? Maybe a little glutton!
Let's start with my favorite: the Berries and Cream Tart! We had mini ones instead of one big tart. They are so good I could have them every day!
The recipe calls for fresh mixed berries, but all we had were frozen berries which worked wonderfully anyway. The thawed berries were extra juicy, and the juice began to fraternize with the smooth Pastry Cream filling which made every bite downright heavenly.
If you think that sounds good, then go grab a bib before you hear what I scooped on top of it...
Soy Free, Sugar Free Coconut Whipped Cream! Words cannot even begin to describe how good this stuff is. Oh wait, yes they can - amazing, delicious, divine, stellar, exquisite, yummy, gimme gimme, nom nom nom!
This is a fairly involved recipe, but the whippy deliciousness is totally worth the effort. I messed up a little because I thought it would be a good idea to keep it in the freezer while I took the photos of the tart. The fridge is plenty cold to keep it perfectly perfect though. However, if I hadn't done kept it in the freezer I never would have known how good it is slightly, barely frozen!
Fake slice! I cut the mini tarts in thirds.
Chocolate Satin Tarts. Oh, the richness! Oh, the smoothness! Oh, the chocolateness! They are a chocoholic's dream come true and I never want to wake up from it.
The ganache filling was so easy to make it was ridiculous. Something so good should take lots of effort and be incredibly time consuming. Not that I'm complaining.
I had mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. I should have taken the picture before the ice-cream gluttony impulse, but c'est la vie.
And last but not least are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudgies of love. They were a breeze to make and they are so so good! I forgot to add chunky peanut butter to our shopping list and all I had was the creamy kind, but I figured it would be just fine to shell some peanuts (we always have peanuts for the squirrels and the Blue Jays), chop them up a little and add them to the dough. Sure, that would have worked... had I remembered to add the chopped peanuts to the dough! Doh! What an airhead! They were delicious even with the smooth peanut butter.
I wanted to bake and photograph the Ultra Fudgy Brownies too, but my tummy hasn't felt too happy these past few days. There's always next time!
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