2 Thumbs Up For The Chocolate Cherry Brownies!

If you like your brownies to be moist, dense, and super chocolate-y, this is the brownie for you! After soaking the cherries in a 50/50 mixture of Merlot and water, their consistency became more like a fresh cherry…plump, soft, and juicy. They retain their softness after baking, providing a pleasant texture with every bite. The recipe suggests cutting into 25 pieces, which may seem small at first, but their intense flavor and richness, makes this small 2-bite square the perfect size for your chocolate fix!image


Love the Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars!

This is a quick treat to put together! I made the Rice Krispies topping first. I’m glad the recipe mentioned that the sugar may smoke during the last steps of coating the Rice Krispies with sugar after returning the cereal to the pan, because I may have panicked otherwise and felt I did something wrong.

The combination of the buttery biscuit, combined with the chocolate and crunchy, sweetened cereal topping, made a delightful package to enjoy. I liked the suggestion of using the remaining cereal topping over ice cream, but I’m afraid it will have to wait until I make another batch…..it’s quite delicious on its own!



The Lemon Madeleines are Full of Flavor!

imageWhat a wonderful citrusy treat! It’s amazing how much lemon flavor is provided by the zest of one lemon! A very moist and flavorful sponge cake. I whisked the egg-sugar mixture by hand. The recipe said it may take a few minutes for the mixture to thicken up, but I whisked for closer to 7 minutes. My Madeleines had a beautiful browned, rounded back, but did not have the “bump” that is so enviable. My next time around, I’ll try beating the egg-sugar mixture with my mixer, to see if that helps create a bump. It’s now a challenge for me! I may even try substituting orange or lime zest for the lemon zest.

The Granola Energy Bars are Delicious!

My inspiration for making the Energy Granola Bars came from my daughters’ upcoming vacation to Tokyo later this week.  I thought they would be a welcome treat to find in their bags at a time when they needed a quick snack. Granola bars don’t always fall into the category of a healthy snack, but these certainly do! They are quick to assemble, easy to make, and best of all, delicious! I used brown rice syrup which I found at Whole Foods. For the dried fruit, I used a mixture of golden raisins, cranberries, cherries, and apricots. I wrapped them individually to make them portable. Definitely will be a repeat treat in our house!