Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holidays!

As we begin Christmas week, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Holiday.  We'll be taking a couple weeks off of our baking adventure to enjoy this time with family and friends.  We'll resume baking on January 5th. 

Here's to a happy, healthy, and nothing short of fabulous new year! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Got Brownies?

Chocolate goodness that's salty, fudgy, and oh, so good!

John from MI
"The brownies were quite easy to make and I look forward to utilizing these when company drops by!" 
Maria from IL
"I really loved the simplicity of this recipe and using a Snickers bar really added to the texture of the brownie.  I love fudgy brownies and will probably make these over and over again - perhaps with a Milky Way bar or a Butterfinger bar.  YUM!"

Sue from NJ
"Easy!  So many possibilities in the future to change the candies, etc.  I will be making these again!"

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Recipe Selection - Week 9 Perfect to Give or Keep!

This week, it's all about giving and who wouldn't love to receive a delicious gift of Salty Nougat Fudge Brownies?  It's our recipe selection for the week! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

For All the Marbles

Anne from MI
"They had me at bourbon!  I had a chance to make the Marble Pound Cake as cupcakes tonight.. Love them!"
John from MI
"The Marble Cake was quite easy to make.  I look forward to utilizing the recipe when company stops by!"
Maria from IL
"I found this was an interesting recipe, easy to do, but I found that maybe my bundt pan was a bit deep, but I felt using a bit less of the chocolate batter would have made the marbling effect better.  It was a great cake!  I love the addition of bourbon!"

Missy from MA
"We loved this pound cake!  My husband was happy to see it included chocolate AND booze.  Ha!  I topped it with some fresh whipped cream and candy cane crumble, of course!  We have transitioned to full Christmas mode over here." 

Sue from NJ
"Yum!  I will definitely make this again!  I loved the bourbon in the chocolate portion!"

Debbie from NY
"Since I had all the ingredients on hand for this marble pound cake from the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert cookbook, I decided it was time use my new cookbook.  The cake was easy enough to bake as a weeknight treat.  We have been enjoying a slice after dinner with coffee.  I'm going to freeze the rest and experiment by serving it with a decadent chocolate ganache glaze and a small dollop of either clementine or peppermint ice cream during the holiday season."

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Recipe Selection - Marble Pound Cake

We're still in "cake mode" but I think this one will be easier than the Yule Log.  Pound cake is a great dessert to have on hand should unexpected guests arrive.  Work your Beekman magic with this recipe selection!

Your Holiday Yule Log - Good Enough to Eat!

Nothing says 'traditional Christmas' more than a beautiful Yule Log dessert!  Here's what you created:

Maria from IL
"I did not make the mushroom meringues (perhaps later..), but it tasted good and turned out very interesting looking.  I love the way it looked and I think doing a full log (I did two mini logs this time) would make it that much more cool.  I will attempt this again another time!"

Bernie from GA
"The Yule log tastes great.  It took us mere minutes to eat the whole thing.  I followed the recipe exactly except I used fresh raspberries and drew upon my previous Yule log baking experience and tied the cake with ribbon rolled up in a towel so it would chill in a nice shape.  I skipped the mushrooms since I typically have bad luck baking them in rainy weather (it has been pouring nonstop here).  I served the log with rosewater macaroons I had made earlier.  I might also try rolling the log from the longer side next time to get a longer log."

Sue from NJ
"Everything tastes great!  All steps were easy to follow, but it does take time from start to finish. I tried to follow as closely as possible with ingredients and procedures.  My biggest challenge is rolling the cake back up with filling and not having it break (is there a secret I could learn)?  I had the most fun with the meringues!  I joined the blog to expand my experiences in baking, and these recipes do not disappoint!  Thanks!"

Carrie from OR
"This recipe put me in the "Christmas Spirit" today.  I have been baking for over 30 years and never made one of these because I thought it was so hard to do.  This recipe was easy and everything came together so quick.  I used a whipped cream icing inside my Yule Log and used rosemary to look like pine branches, with cranberries and a sprinkling of powdered sugar as snow, giving it a festive look!"

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Week 7 Recipe Selection - Yule Log

As our attention turns to the December holidays, it seemed fitting to kick off the month with a Yule Log.  This traditional buche de Noel is perfect for your holiday entertaining.