Goat’s Milk Chocolate and Toffee Cream Pie

Goat's Milk Chocolate Toffee Cream Pie RecipePie!  The comfort food of desserts.

So humble and unpretentious.  Even the most elegant pie doesn’t yearn to be recognized as anything other than ordinary in the universe of desserts.  It has no need to show off, or hog the spotlight, or steal the show.  But steal our hearts it does.
Goat's Milk Chocolate Toffee Cream Pie RecipeI feel fortunate to have been reared on pie, first smitten as a young girl by my Grandmother’s butterscotch pie.  It was nothing more than homemade butterscotch pudding nestled inside a flaky pastry, but to me it was perfection.  Cake was a more frequent visitor to our dessert table simply because one cake stretched to feed more mouths than one pie.  But pie also made frequent appearances, at the proper time, and for the most special of occasions.
Goat's Milk Chocolate Toffee Cream Pie RecipeDon’t ask me to choose my favorite.  I can’t and won’t betray one for the other.  The truth is, if it’s pie, I’m there!

Goat's Milk Chocolate Toffee Cream Pie Recipe


Chocolate Salted Caramel Turtle Cookies and the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Chocolate Salted Caramel Turtle Cookies RecipeAllow me to share a few things about these cookies.  First…they scream for milk!  Second…they are deeply and irresistibly chocolatey.  And third…they are named after the ‘Turtle’ candy made famous by the Johnson’s Candy Company way back in 1918.  We’ve all eaten them, right?  Caramel and pecans drenched in milk chocolate.  Well, I took liberties with that famous little candy and turned it into a stellar version of a cookie.  The ‘piece de resistance’ is the chopped up Lindt Excellence Dark Caramel with a Touch of Sea Salt chocolate that plays the roll of chocolate chips in this cookie.  Add pecans and loads of decadent Valrhona cocoa, and well…this cookie may just make the Turtle famous all over again. Continue reading

German Coffeecakes and Remembering Gee Gee

Cinnamon Crumb Coffeecake Recipe and Cheese Kuchen RecipeOh, the magical powers of flour, sugar, yeast and butter.  With my wooden spoon as a wand, and a touch of alchemy, could I conjure up a cake just like Gee Gee’s?

He was articulate in his description.  Holding up a thumb and index finger, an inch of space separating the two,    ‘There was as much crumble as cake, thicker in the middle, lighter around the edges.  The cake was drowned in a pure white glaze.  And there was yeast.  It was definitely a yeasted coffeecake.’ Continue reading

Chocolate Spice Madeleines

Chocolate Spice Madeleines RecipeMore than any other year I can remember since moving West have I longed for the Fall weather I knew growing up in Kentucky.  I want to shiver in the mornings as I slip from underneath my down comforter and head for the shower.  I want to stow my flip flops, and pull on my boots, and wrap knitted scarves around me to keep the chill from my neck.  My coats hang dusty and limp in the closet.  Firewood stacked outside the door continues to season in the warm California sun.  I drink my lattes with ice.  These November days, the Mercury rising toward ninety, have me on watch for any sign that Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Can my senses be fooled?  Can I will the weather to turn a hand toward Autumn, bringing crisp nights and chilly mornings with it?  Where are you Mr. Autumn?   Have you skittered on by in your haste to reach winter?  I summon you with pumpkin scented candles.  I hang a wreath adorned with burnished leaves of gold.  And I bake.  The aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves delude the mind and satisfy my longing for the season.  It is the best I can do. Continue reading