Sweet Inspiration – No. 5

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I don’t know about you, but I love fall. And this weather that we are having in Chicago is my absolute favorite. It’s chilly enough that boots and jackets are pulled out of storage and scarves are draped around necks, but not too cold that gloves and mittens and hats need to be worn. This is also the kind of weather that has me dying to make a big batch of soup, or sauce, or beans that I can eat for days and makes my house smells amazing. AND chocolate comes into more prominence in my dessert cravings. And with that, here’s this week’s round-up. Have an amazing weekend (and maybe have some cider to celebrate the beginning of fall)!

Bittersweet Chocolate Tartlets with Flaky Spelt Crust and Creme Fraiche from The Vanilla Bean Blog
Cue Jon Lovitz as “The Stoned Guy” from friends just saying “tartlet” over and over. I love small desserts. They always make me feel better about consuming more than one (or more than three). And this tartlet looks beautiful. The pictures are literally making my mouth water!

Raspberry Molten Chocolate Cake (GF and Vegan) from Beard and Bonnet
A friend of mine is currently on a medical diet which is crazy restrictive, so I of course want to bring her comfort foods…except that she can’t eat anything that I typically bake. However, this molten cake just might fit the bill. PLUS, plus, raspberry and chocolate…is there a more perfect pairing (ok, I can hear all of you saying chocolate and peanut butter or nutella, and hey, what about peanut butter and jelly…I get it). Get on this.

Chocolate Oil Cake from The Pretty Blog
This looks awesome. Obviously, I’m craving chocolate. But, mmm, flourless chocolate cake? Sign me up. I love how it’s dusted with cocoa powder, which hides any imperfections (even though it’s impossible that this has imperfections)!

Beer Brownies from Joy the Baker
Helllloooo – It’s fall and tailgate season. Beer + Brownies = a thousand times yes! I am definitely pulling this recipe out for my next fall party. Enough said!

Chocolate and Toasted Hazelnut Milk from Smitten Kitchen
Because it wouldn’t be a round-up without a beverage, this nutella-inspired bev looks especially tasty. I bet it would be delicious warm with some marshmallows on top. (For those that aren’t quite ready to embrace fall, Deb also posted a cucumber lemonade recipe that looks awesome! just add some gin or vodka and you have a summer party.)

Bring on September – Sweet Inspiration No. 4

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I hope you had a nice Labor Day! These past couple weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind with work and some leisure travel. B and I were actually in Napa during the earthquake…kind of terrifying. Excluding “napaquake”, the trip was just what I needed to relax and recharge. (Especially because it involved the above (insert dramatic pause) chocolate-dipped salted caramel macaron from Bouchon Bakery…you guys…omg.

Given all of the recent travel, I haven’t been baking up as many treats (but I still have some coming this week), so we are going to do the round-up out of order this week. Given that we are entering the best part of summer (in my mind), which is to say the part that is about to be fall, some of these recipes are just begging to be made in order to soak up the last bits of the delicious summer bounty.

Weeknight Cobbler for Two from Joy the Baker
Good-NESS this looks delicious. Plus, it’s individualized, which means I can’t say that I’m making dessert and that I will “bring it in to work”, but really just hoard it all myself.

No-Bake PBJ Cheesecakes from Sugar and Cloth
For those that still don’t want to turn on the oven, but are looking for something tasty (and a little nostalgic), this might fit the bill.

Mojito Ice Cubes also from Sugar and Cloth by way of Lulus
Because porch-sipping and weekend day drinking don’t only happen in the summer (Plus, gives you the taste of a mojito without the alcohol, if that’s your jam)

Caramel Strawberry and Brie Toasts from Lady and Pups
Can we all just agree that brunch should be allowed everyday and that this should always be served?

Cherry Preserves with Honey and Rosemary from Food in Jars
Canning and preserving was one thing that I really wanted to get into this summer, but still haven’t. Maybe it’s going to be on my agenda for the weekend because I want to do is spread these preserves on toast with some really good, really fresh goat cheese. Yum!

Sweet Inspiration – No. 3

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What do you all have on tap for the weekend? That picture is what I have planned for my weekend. Porch and rooftop sitting with some wine or “day punch” (aka adult juice aka wine spritzer, but I like calling it day punch…it makes me feel better). These treats also caught my eye…

Red Fruit Galettes from Apt 2B Baking Co – I mean first off, these photos are straight up stunning. But then I was staring at them and realized (1) I was salivating and (2) that I was having a daydream about host a lovely dinner party in a Parisian flat where at the end of the party I walk into the room holding 2 of these galettes #swoon

Blackberry Thyme Muffins from The Faux Martha  – I.LOVE.BLACKBERRIES. full stop. Berry season is in full swing and these look so delicious. Plus, I love bringing in herbs that typically are used in savory dishes to let them shine in something sweet. I’m making these muffins when we get blackberries

Florentines from Fifteen Spatulas – Confession: I love cookies. Oh, you already knew that? Phew, then let’s make these. I love florentines. they are so delicate and caramel-y and this version is one that i’m aching to try (and try and try and not share and eat them all before you know it)

Deviled Eggs from Joy the Baker – Ok, Ok, so deviled eggs aren’t really “baking”. And they don’t use sugar or butter (ooo could we make them sweet?), but I can totally relate to Joy’s thoughts on deviled eggs and it totally has me dying to whip up another batch. Now I just need to find a party to take them to…

Popsicles from Lady and Pups and from the Faux Martha (twice in 1 round-up!) – I am so happy that popsicles are making a come back. If I had any room in my freezer right now, I would be running out to the nearest place that sells a popsicle mold (how is it that I don’t already have one, not sure?!) and just spending the whole weekend making popsicles of a grown-up variety…boy, I love summer

Have a great weekend!!

Sweet Inspiration – No. 2

I have big plans this weekend that involve soaking up every ounce of lazy summer days (on my couch in sweats) because word on the street (and by the street I mean the weather channel website and the halls of my office) is that Chicago is due for some nice rainy weather this weekend.

I’m hoping to make some ice cream (and if I do, I promise to share…I have big plans for it). In the meantime though, these are other recipes that have my attention.

Coco decided to join me while I was drafting, so enjoy this little cuddle pic

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Have a delicious weekend!

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Spiced Pepita Brittle from Food and Wine– you might not know this about me, but I love chocolate. Only love doesn’t adequately describe it…crave, desire, become a raving lunatic if I can’t get me some chocolate when the need arises. So being the chocoholic that I am, obviously this recipe looks amazing! (Plus Spiced Pepita Brittle = insert that one gif of Emma Stone saying yum here)

Flourless Chocolate Cookies from Adventures in Cooking – I’m realizing that I must have a chocolate deficiency today, but I’m sorry? Chocolate and no flour? hmmm I must investigate.

Rhubarb-Raspberry Streusel Tart with Lavender Whipped Cream from Wit and Delight – This sounds like such a wonderful summer dessert. Perfect for a baby shower/wedding shower/event where people give gifts. I’m dying to know how that lavender whipped cream is, because I think it would be epic on Jeni’s Goat Cheese Cherry Ice Cream

Flaky Bread from Bon Appetit (and Glasserie) – is it just me or does this bread totally remind of naan, and then your mind goes to butter and how you just want garlic naan and indian right.this.second…no? me neither. But I definitely want this bread in my house so I can make up things to put on it just so I can eat it, but then it would be in my house…hmmm

Blood Orange Sangria from Domino – Because sangria solves lots of problems and it totally easy and perfect for when you have people coming over but only have random half drunk bottles of wine from girls night the night before (never happens…I like to call it “Day Punch”)

Also sorry for the mishap with publishing! Still trying to figure out how to work my ipad!

Sweet Inspiration: What I want to make next

Happy Friday! I’m loving this great summer weather and the beautiful (and tasty!) fruits and veggies that are all around now. As we head into the weekend, I’ll probably be whipping up a new batch of cookies, but here are some other fun recipes that caught my eye this week.

 

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Smitten Kitchen (brownies + ice cream = yes to all the things)

Blueberry Yogurt Cake from Cannelle et Vanille (because, you guys, I LOVE YOGURT CAKE)

Fresh Blueberry and Mint Lemonade from Joy the Baker (let’s add gin, also can we be best friends)

Peach and Blueberry Pie from Delightful Crumb (um, I think I’m into blueberries right now)

Blueberry Buckle from Bon Appetit (I’m just embracing blueberries)

Blackberry Goat Cheese Thumbprint Cookies from Two Red Bowls (you mean I can have one of my favorite fruits with one of my favorite cheeses together?!?!)