Cupcake and Cake Gallery III

A slideshow of my cakes and cupcakes. Enjoy!

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January 20, 2013. Tags: , . Baked Goods, Birthdays, British, Cakes, Cupcakes, Desserts. 2 comments.

Mesiah’s Charoset-Inspired Toffee’s a Revelation

(Published on Baristanet April 15th, 2011)

What could be sweeter than having some charoset at your Seder table made by Mesiah? Not the Messiah, but Nicky Mesiah, Montclair’s own queen of the caramelized confections, who has come up with a charoset-inspired toffee.

I cornered Miss Nicky recently and persuaded her to divulge the secrets of the Delivery of the Enslaved Toffee-Fruit Confection (to your home). (more…)

April 15, 2011. Tags: , . American, Cultural Feasts, Desserts, Easter, Festive, Jewish, Passover, Stories. Leave a comment.

Sweets for my Sweet – Marshmallows

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Warning: Mushy content.

This year, like every year since the boys were 5, both sons (now 9 and 10) came home with full lists of their classmates’ names – basically a command from their teachers that they write out noncommittal, non-anonymous Valentine’s Day notes, attach the compulsory Hershey’s kisses to them, and dispatch to all in their classroom – boy, girl or the disinterested (that’d be my offspring). (more…)

February 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . American, Cultural Feasts, Desserts, Festive, Passover. 4 comments.

New Year, New Cake: Cherry and Almond Slice

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Bring it on, 2011! After watching a quarter of 2010 vanish into the Bermuda Triangle (steroid treatment for four months for a mysterious allergy was no fun – but that’s fodder for another post, and only after much therapy!), I greet the year with hope and optimism and trust you do, too!

I’m hoping to be more regular with the posts this year. Indeed, from today (my birthday), I will have little excuse not to, for my lovely husband, key beneficiary of the naughty or nice things I bake, has bought me my first ever camera-related gadget – a macro lens. Woo hoo! So if you enjoy yummy details, there may soon be bigger and better ones on a screen near you 😉  (more…)

January 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cookies, Desserts. 7 comments.

Happy Thanksgiving! And a Butternut Squash Pie

This is what’s in the oven right now!

The trial pies disappeared last week, so I’m baking a big one for our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow.

Why the butternut squash? Why not?! Personally, the pumpkin and I don’t seem to get on really well, as it has a history of turning on me, even though I’m the one wielding the dangerous weapon (see earlier post). (more…)

November 24, 2010. Tags: , . American, Baked Goods, Desserts, Thanksgiving. 2 comments.

Happy 4th of July!

To life, liberty and the pursuit of .. trifle (aka happiness)!

God bless the USA, where I’ve  found all three (maybe four) of the above.

As for the trifles, I made two of these for Independence Day parties. Just layer up jelly (aka Jell-0) and strawberries, homemade vanilla-bean custard, blueberries and whipped cream. Dive in head first 🙂

Enjoy the festivities!

July 4, 2010. American, Cultural Feasts, Desserts, Festive, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Passover Dessert: Orange and Hazelnut Torte

The key to a delicious and light Passover dessert, I believe, is not adding matzah to it. No disrespect to the cracker lookalike but if one doesn’t ordinarily grind up already-baked crackers and fling them in cake, there’s a good, taste-related reason for it.

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March 30, 2010. Tags: , , , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cultural Feasts, Desserts, Festive, Gluten-free, Jewish, Passover. 10 comments.

Passover Dessert: Toffee and Chocolate Matzah Brittle (Rabbi Approved)

Update: This recipe has been a work in progress. It’s not a Matzah Crunch, for which several recipes abound. I was after a texture more like toffee and made this one up, with the instructions below updated according to successive – and successful – tries at it 😉 Made a batch two days ago that hit the nail on the head! Beautifully flavored toffee (enquire indoors about secret ingredients which are optional), the right chewiness without being impossible to bite and which allows the matzah to be torn or broken gracefully.

Anyway, I was very excited to hear that Rabbi Laurence Groffman and his wife Melissa, of Temple Sholom of West Essex, had seen, tried and tested the recipe from scratch, and that it was a hit with their family  and guests.  I’m so happy! Scroll through to see their photo.

This is so addictive and fun to put together with the kids.  After making the candy and pouring it on the matzah, let them go wild sprinkling their favorite toppings over the still-warm chocolate and toffee. A great one for giving away, too, which might be a good idea (for your waistline) as they’re hard to resist!

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March 24, 2010. Tags: , , , . Cookies, Desserts, Festive, Jewish, Kids Cuisine, Passover. 17 comments.

Birthday Cupcake Gallery

My younger son’s birthday and party came and went over the weekend, thankfully without too much drama. He wanted cupcakes and he got cupcakes. A whole load of them. Hope you have as much fun in the seeing as he and his mates did in the eating of them!

February 10, 2010. Tags: , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Desserts, Festive. Leave a comment.

Cara Cara Orange and Blueberry Salad with Crystallized Ginger

I am in luck, with Cara Cara oranges being available freely at Costco (8 pound bag for under $6, is that a bargain or what?). They are going in everything these days, side salads, fruit salads, smoothies, muesli, cakes, muffins, and next week, I’m scooping the flesh out of halves of Cara Cara and setting jelly in them (aka Jell-O) for my younger son’s birthday.

We have fruit salads for dessert on week nights and it’s often challenging coming up with something new and interesting. For this one, which serves two, combine slices of banana, two large handfuls of blueberries, one Cara Cara orange and small chunks of crystallized ginger. Here’s another salad I made a few weeks ago with these lovely oranges, which are less acidic than regular oranges, and have a reddish flesh.

Have you been buyings lots of oranges this winter? Where are they ending up? Do tell!

January 27, 2010. Tags: . Desserts, Fruit, Nutrition, Salads, Superfood. 4 comments.

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