Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blueberry cream scones

What to do with leftover cream?  Make breakfast for the week!  This first attempt at scones turned out quite well....fluffy on the inside with a satisfying buttery, crunchy exterior, dotted with dried blueberries and laced with a subtle hint of grated ginger.  The basic cream scone recipe allows for add-ins of your choice.  Definitely a keeper!

Dreamy cream scones

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chocolate guinness and irish cream cupcakes

 I've been eying this recipe for quite a while and finally got around to trying it.  An incredibly moist chocolate Guinness cupcake, filled with Bailey's irish cream ganache and topped with Bailey's irish cream frosting.  The alcoholic flavors played off each other very nicely, each distinctive yet subtle enough to let the chocolate shine.  We had some problems with the ganache separating, but thankfully we were able to recombine the mixture...though the consistency was not quite suitable for ganache.  In the end, we decided to make a second batch.  I'm sure we'll find a good way to use up the first batch, even if it means eating chocolate by the spoonful!  I'm not letting my beloved Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips go to waste!!

Chocolate whiskey and beer cupcakes

Friday, March 25, 2011

The beginning of something not so new

Here begins my attempt to share a big part of my life (ahem...aka food) and interests with my fellow foodies, friends and family.  This semi-comprehensive bulletin board will be a collection of personal cooking adventures as well as eating out adventures.  It will more than likely be more salivating than entertaining (or maybe those two are equivalent for you), but I suppose that's why you're here to begin with. :)