The Cottage Kitchen

IMG_0014The Cottage Kitchen was written by Marte Marie Forsberg and is a great cookbook of some classic English country dishes! The cover of this book and the photographs inside are well done and show the food well and give you a great sense of the English countryside.

The book is separated into Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Afternoon Tea, each section has recipes for main dishes and desserts. Each section has a story, history or description of the season or dishes that go with that season. The recipes are well written and have the weight measurement and measuring cup quantities as well, because some people might not have a scale at home.

I baked the Lemon Curd Sponge Cake with Pistachios out of the afternoon tea section. I always liked the idea of having traditional English Tea so I really wanted to make something that would be at a traditional English tea.  It was a nice cake and the lemon curd was really refreshing! This was a great cookbook and I can’t wait to try other recipes out of this book

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The Quest for the Best Chocolate Pie!

IMG_4654For years I have been in search for the perfect chocolate pie. I know what you are thinking it can’t be that hard to find a good chocolate pie recipe! Well you would be wrong, because you don’t have my sister critiquing every single recipe!

She has these certain qualifications that a chocolate pie must meet. It can’t be made out of pudding, it can’t be a fluffy mousse pie, it can’t be to dense and on and on the list goes. I can’t tell you how many pies I have tried over the years that have not been up to scratch, its very disheartening for a baker I tell you! But this year was my year, and I  can’t take any credit for it! My oldest sister actually found a great recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction (I love her stuff) it was for a Sky High Chocolate Mousse Pie.

And guess what my sister loved it, she declared it a winner and thus concluding my search for a good chocolate pie that has taken way to many years to complete! If you have a picky chocolate pie lover on your hands I recommend you make this pie it may solve all your problems!


Birthday’s and Chocolate!

IMG_4522My sister is celebrating her 30th birthday and while she would just like to forget that her birthday even exists we all force her to acknowledge the day! And as a way to get through a day she would rather forget about I always make her whatever cake she wants and since its a bit of a milestone one I went a little more elaborate than usual!

She told me she wanted a Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake, so I made chocolate cake and chocolate buttercream frosting for all the layers. Then I made a salted caramel sauce to go in between all the layers, and there were four layers, and then to be drizzled over the top. Then I got chocolate truffles filled with caramel, and salted caramel chocolate bar for the top for decoration. Next I made some salted caramel maracaroons for the top as well! There wasn’t a lot of room on top for thirty candles but I think she liked it better that way!

Spooky Sprinkles and Chocolate Cake

IMG_4476Halloween means you get to bust out the spooky brightly colored sprinkles! Ok well the sprinkles aren’t really spooky, but they are fun and I don’t like spooky anyway!

I was in charge of dessert for my small group this week and well I was in the mood for chocolate cake, but lets be honest when am I not in the mood for chocolate cake! Well I made this cute little cake with chocolate buttercream frosting to take and decided it needed a little jazzing up so mixed up these sprinkles to put on the top! I had the eyeballs(don’t ask why) and all the other sprinkles then just tossed them together and topped the cake. It looked very cute and tasted really good as well!

Cookies and Cream Macaroons!

IMG_4438Does anyone else get the Bake form Scratch magazine religiously every month. No, just me, a well its probably my favorite magazine. It’s always filled with great recipes and new ideas to try. Well they had a special Cookie issue come out that just made me want to make every single recipe, but I landed on these delicious Cookies and Cream Macaroons by @southernfatty !

For a long time I was under the impression that I didn’t like macaroons, having apparently had a bad macaroon early in life, but I am so glad that I changed my mind and gave these delicious cookies another try in life! And honestly anything with a oreo in it can’t be bad right!