Desserts

Mini Cheesecakes with Guava Glaze and Pistachios

This week has been fun!

I feel like the only person on the planet who haven’t given Pokemon a chance. I think it’s because I’m scared of walking into a pole or worse a car or even worse, off a cliff. So I’m easing into that one super patient like. Maybe this weekend I’ll give it a go, you know?

These mini cheesecakes were made a few weeks ago when I was craving the richness and coolness of cheesecake. This cheesecake is part cream cheese, part Greek yogurt which makes it OH SO GOOD.

Mini Cheesecakes with Guava Glaze and Pistachios

Mini Cheesecakes with Guava Glaze and Pistachios

The best part about them is that they’re mini so you can eat like four and it’ll make you feel a lot better about your life than eating a whole slice of cheesecake to yourself. This is dessert math. It works out well.

These are topped with a guava glaze. By the way, guava is maybe my favorite word ever. If you say it the Spanish way it’s the prettiest word ever. “Y-AVA!”

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Homemade Choco Tacos

Summer as a kid meant tennis camp in Big Bear, shorts and tank-tops every single day, Wimbledon, and long, slow days spent mostly outside, playing hide and go seek until the street lights flickered on.

There were also lots of sleepovers where ten girls would pile in someone’s basement or room and we’d watch Sandlot and The Shining and Pet Cemetery, until a parent would force us to go to sleep already! And sometimes, in the middle of the night, we’d sneak into the kitchen and open up the freezer hoping for something awesome. My friends could always count on my freezer being full of lots of ice cream (dad’s favorite) and if we were really lucky, there’d be a few Choco Tacos; I always bought extra from the ice cream truck.

Homemade Choco Tacos

My internal 12-year-old self has always wanted to make Choco Tacos at home and it always seemed somewhat complicated. UNTIL NOW!!

For this post and recipe, I teamed up with the most delicious, decadent, luscious chocolate maker: Scharffen Berger. I used their 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chunks for both parts of this recipe.

When the bittersweet chocolate chunks melt, it’s like a dreamland. It’s silky smooth and perfectly bitter—not too sweet. I can’t wait to put them in my cozy chocolate chip recipe, coming soon!

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Matcha S'mores

I’m back from Mexico and am suffering from a gigantic vacation hangover. I wanna go back to laying by the pool and reading my book and eating all the chips, but I’m also super excited to get back into the swing of things…it’s just taking me a little bit to psych myself into doing work again.

These matcha marshmallows have been a dream of mine for a while now and I’ve been waiting for the perfect time. Well, the time is right now! Fourth of July is like right this very second so what could be better than these…well, maybe this s’mores pavlova. Or these s’mores twists. Lots of s’mores! All the s’mores!

Amelia hates when I make anything that involves toasting marshmallows or meringue because that means I have to turn on my kitchen torch and nothing scares her more.

Matcha S'mores

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Black Sesame Coconut Popsicles

It’s Popsicle Week!!!

I LOVE popsicle week. If you’re unfamiliar, let me give you the low-down. Amelia’s uncle and one of my favorite humans alive, Billy Green of Wit and Vinegar, hosts it every year. This year over 100 bloggers are participating!! WHAA!!! Amazing. You might’ve noticed this in your Instagram or blog reader this week and it’s all bc of his passion for all things popsicles.

Last year I made these very fun and festive Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles. This year I wanted to get a little bit more grown-up, a little more sophisticated. Enter: black sesame paste. It’s one of my favorite ingredients (remember these cookies?). Think black tahini. That’s basically what it is and tastes like. If you’re having trouble finding black sesame paste, then just use tahini—it’ll taste EXACTLY the same.

Black Sesame Coconut Popsicles

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Eton Mess

in Cakes, Desserts

Eton's Mess

Eton mess is my favorite story because it involves a dog.

The story goes like this: summer-y people go on summer-y picnic and bring a mix of meringue and strawberries and whipped cream. A mischievous dog (picture Amelia type mischievous) jumps up and smashes said dessert. Summer-y people are very very bummed but eat it anyway because dessert is always necessary and they LOVE IT.

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

Eton's Mess

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

It’s something that can easily be put together. Add a few flowers on top and baby strawberries and it’s instantly a dessert that is VERY Instagrammable.

The good news is that it tastes good too.

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S'mores Twists

Remember when I made these pumpkin twists? Those were tite. But that was a different time; the air was crisp, fall spices were in the air, everything was cozy…it was fall.

Right now it’s the opposite. It’s all about bbqs and outdoors and picnics and mosquitos. It’s summahtime. I feel like every year I have the urge to push myself to make some different iteration of s’mores. I basically want s’mores in everything. I want to eat all the s’mores.

This year I decided to take on the French tarte de soleil and turn it into the most American summertime dessert ever.

S'mores Twists

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Honeycomb Sugar Doughnuts

Today is let’s-eat-all-da-doughnuts-day. Or, if you’re trying to eat healthy, is more like stare-at-all-the-doughnuts-on-the-internets-day!

Whether you’re being an active participant or leisurely double-tapping all of the doughnuts you see in your feed, I’m here hoping to contribute to the conversation by the way of these fluffy, deliciously sweet thangs.

Remember when I went to London. Well, while I was there, I strolled through Borough Market since many of you told me to, and I visited Bread Ahead. I happily ate two doughnuts in the freezing cold, while feeling very much like a rich and lucky Oliver Twist.

Honeycomb Sugar Doughnuts

These doughnuts were fluffy and cream-filled. The cream, I believe, was mixed with honeycomb. I thought it was a splendid idea. I loved it so much that I recreated them here, though slightly different.

Instead of mixing the honeycomb in with pastry cream, I made a honeycomb sugar! YASS. Take honeycomb and blitz it with sugar. It’s the most delicious thing in the entire world. And it was all Billy’s idea lol.

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Summer Berry Pie

Summer is riiiiight around the corner. As in, it’s officially kicking off in a few weeks. At the start of summer, I’m headed to Mexico for my best friend’s wedding. I cannot wait. Josh and I are actually staying a few days after the wedding to just live a little and have a bit of a vacation on our own (more on this soon!).

In anticipation of summah being so very close, I teamed up with ALDI to bring you this very summer-y berry pie.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I love pie. And I love pie crust even more. I’ve been wanting to do a very tightly wound lattice crust for a long time, so when I was strolling through ALDI the other day and saw their array of beautiful berries, I knew instantly what I was going to bake up.

Summer Berry Pie

Summer Berry Pie

Summer Berry Pie

The berries were bright and fresh. I bought a few containers and immediately went home to start working on this pie.

Summer Berry Pie

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Pink Lemonade Bars

Two days ago I put on my best bitch face and walked into a dealership and bought a new car! It’s the most boring, practical car ever but I don’t care because it doesn’t cost me a million dollars every month, it’s inexpensive on gas and gets me from point A to B. But in my dream world, I’d drive one of dhese…

Right now I’m in my very practical car headed to Palm Springs. So many last day of school vibes! While it’s just going to be for the weekend, I’m super excited to just chill for a few days by the pool. Amelia loves PS more than any of us because it means she gets to swim and jump in the pool and swim some more. I also bought a pizza floaty for her to lounge on. Hoping for a good Instagram moment with that one.

Pink Lemonade Bars

Pink Lemonade Bars

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Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Have you ever had the stressful but delicious pleasure of making macarons?

Not to be confused with their American, less diva-like cousin, the macaroon.

A few weeks ago I was naively was like, I want to make a macaron that tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I didn’t think they’d be that stressful. OMG was I wrong.

I knew they were gonna be fickle, I just didn’t know how fickle they’d actually be.

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

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