Baking Obsession

 Favorite dessert recipes and more

Year

2008

French Yule Log

December’s Daring Bakers challenge hosted by Hilda from Saffron and Blueberry and Marion from Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux was Yule log by Flore from Florilege Gourmand. This was not the usual Christmas log that first comes to… Continue reading →

Princess Cake for a Little Girl

If a little girl wants a princess cake for Christmas, especially if this day happens to be her 4th birthday, she gets it. I wish I had a bit more time for this project. I had an elaborate midcentury design… Continue reading →

Not Quite a Fruitcake

I’m willing to admit that my opinion regarding the fruitcakes might be preconceived. I am planning to experiment next season; it is too late now. Now we are eating the moist pound cake where the part of the flour is… Continue reading →

Eggnog

Very Merry Christmas to everyone (in case I don’t have time for another pre-christmasy post)! I wish you all stress-free and full of joy holidays! We’ve already started sipping eggnog, and I suspect I’ll be making at least a couple… Continue reading →

Cuccidati (Italian Fig Cookies)

Maybe not so photogenic, these cookies are amazingly good. There are a lot of similar recipes around, and I, myself, have tried about four or five of them. But I’m not in search for the perfect recipe anymore, I’m quite… Continue reading →

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake with Nib Brittle and Balsamic Strawberries

I don’t know what to say to people who tell me that this cake is better than sex. I guess, it’s entirely depends on a personal experience. But I do know for sure the cheesecake is quite good. I prefer… Continue reading →

Cocoa Nib Pudding

This pudding is so creamy, so wonderfully smooth, so delicately flavored. I wish the picture could have been more persuasive. The lack of decent daylight here adversely affects the quality of the photographs. But you can trust my words –… Continue reading →

Chocolate Basil Crinkles

Basil pairs nicely with chocolate, well, at least in my opinion. The crinkles are not the only chocolate things I flavor with this herb. I like to flavor French chocolate ganache tart and pots de crème with basil, it is… Continue reading →

Honigkuchenwürfel (Honey Cake Squares)

Thanksgiving is finally over everywhere and now I can return to my cookies, this time – very christmasy ones. I’ve been willing to share this recipe for a while but it didn’t seem quite appropriate back then. This is a… Continue reading →

Caramel Cardamom Cake with Caramel Cardamom Brown Butter Frosting and Strawberry Gelée

This cake was the November Daring Bakers’ challenge (hosted by Dolores, Alex, and Jenny). The recipe for the caramel cake and brown butter frosting was generously provided by Shuna Fish Lydon. I added ground cardamom to the cake batter, and… Continue reading →

Honey and Cardamom Fleur de Sel Caramels

These soft caramels are not difficult to make and very easy to eat. I infused the cream with cardamom flavor and added a good portion of fleur de sel. I do have an addiction to salted caramel. I guess, it… Continue reading →

Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart

There are total of four layers in this tart and I’m not counting the tart crust as a layer. At the very bottom there are honey roasted salted peanuts covered with fleur de sel caramel. Then goes a layer of… Continue reading →

Chocolate Salami

Everyone who bakes regularly once in a while faces a problem of utilizing cake scraps after leveling layers, or/and some chocolate ganache-glaze leftovers. The most efficient and easiest way to get rid of them all at once is to make… Continue reading →

Caramelized Phyllo and Pumpkin Marshmallow Napoleons

A pumpkin pie that I would love is an ongoing project. I’ve tested dozens of recipes but haven’t yet found the favorite one. As soon as I hit it I’ll certainly share my discovery with you. Meanwhile, there’s a whimsy… Continue reading →

Gingersnaps

Or, I probably should say “the perfect gingersnaps”, because they definitely are! The recipe is from Alice Medrich, so their deliciousness didn’t catch me by surprise. The cookies are crispy outside, chewy in the middle, loaded with fresh and candied… Continue reading →

Apple-Cranberry Crumble with Orange-Carrot Frozen Yogurt

Don’t be surprised it wasn’t served with ice cream. See, I need to shed a couple of pounds here – I am trying to squeeze into this party dress by the end of the month. So, the dish is basically… Continue reading →

Apple Strudel with Cranberry Sauce

Farmers’ markets smell like apples. It’s impossible not to buy some when you are there. What’s more difficult is to resist the temptation of buying more apples than you actually need – happens to me all the time… The strudel… Continue reading →

Coconut and White Chocolate Windmills

And here’s another cookie. I hope you are not tired of them. Christmas is not too far, and I’ve been trying new and revising old favorite recipes preparing to a big give-away baking. So far, there are about two dozens… Continue reading →

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