Is there any other way to celebrate Valentine’s day than by eating chocolate? It seems like chocolate has become the quintessential feature of a Valentine’s day well-spent, especially if you don’t have a significant other to celebrate it with… It’s ok though, chocolate is great company. However, what’s even greater company is this moist chocolate cake topped off with some dark chocolate ganache. Now you can talk about exquisite (and delightfully tasty) company.
For some reason, I’ve always had a preference towards baked treats that include vegetables or fruits rather than straight-up chocolate, vanilla, or any other kind of sweet. I think it’s some part of me that calls for more “natural” and “healthy” goods. Don’t get me wrong though, I absolutely adore chocolate – anything with chocolate makes me very, very happy. The other reason why I prefer vegetable or fruit based baked goods is because they’re so much more fun to bake with. Think about it, there are so many veggies and fruits out there for you to experiment with (and also there’s only a limited variety of chocolate and one vanilla). That is why I made this lemon poppy cake, and to tell you the truth, I don’t really know what the poppy seeds add to this cake but perhaps I’ll find out one day.
(Adapted from Cookies Food Writer’s Favorites)
Creamy, chunky, smooth, oily… Any consistency is ideal when it comes to peanut butter, and any one of these works to make cookies. What I like most about peanut butter is that when you bake with it, the flavor remains, so you don’t need to use a lot of it. However, if you do use too much of it, then I feel like it overwhelms the palette and becomes too heavy. This recipe is excellent if you want a light afternoon snack that’s flavorful and somewhat healthy.
Tarts are probably one of the simplest things you could make. It’s relatively straightforward: all you need is the dough, the cream, and whatever kind of fruits you’re feeling like. Baking in general is relatively straightforward – most of the time – as long as you follow the recipe. But yet again, baking is also complicated and slightly intricate – it’s an art that has to be mastered. Anyway, enough about the baking and more about this delicious tarte aux fraises.
So delicious and sweet… Dulce de leche is one of my favorite spreads since I was very little. Having lived in Uruguay for a little over 3 years, it was practically all I ate on my biscuits, with banana, or on my ice cream. The best thing about it is that it’s so versatile and just so good. However, it’s an ingredient that’s slightly harder to incorporate in baking. Usually, I use it as a frosting or as a spread. Anyway, this dulce de leche cupcake recipe doesn’t make the cupcake cake not so sweet that way it can compensate with the sugary dulce de leche frosting.