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Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Eclairs *National Chocolate Eclairs Day*

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Chocolate Eclairs

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs

2-1/2 cups cold milk
1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons hot water

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.

Using a tablespoon or a pastry tube with a No. 10 or large tip, form dough into 4×1-1/2-in. strips on a greased baking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes or until puffed and golden…

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Book Club: Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season

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Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season

Jenny McCoy's Desserts for Every Season

The Book: If you’re looking to update your go-to dessert recipes to something more elegant, modern, and seasonal, you are going to want to pick up a copy of Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season. There’s nothing run of the mill here – the recipes are unique and impressive but still uncomplicated. I love the emphasis on produce and seasonality – every recipe is firmly anchored to a time of year, which is something I’m glad to see, given that there seems to have been less emphasis on this in pastry than in main courses during the whole farm-to-table/seasonal/local movement. Although, I will say that Jenny’s “spring” recipes are definitely more like late July recipes for New England, given the inclusion of blueberries and lavender. As far as design goes, the whole book has a classy, subdued aesthetic that I very much like…

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Orange & Cinnamon Chocolate Brownies

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I’m sure many of you have realised by now that we’re back home in Australia. The Gold Coast is still as cold as ever, making its last journey through winter. Soon, it will be spring. Perhaps a new beginning for me. I am a fresh graduate; my certificate’s all ready to be framed and mounted somewhere on my wall. To be honest, I’m not sure where to go from here. I have a few ideas, but they’re all very loose ones. I’m finding it all very hard and overwhelming to pick and choose. It’s a little scary. But I suppose a lot of people come to this stage in life and manage to find their way sooner or later. I hope my turn comes soon.

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Something to comfort the soul, in the meantime. Brownies. And not the hard and heavy kind. The soft and chewy, if you will. With plenty…

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So, the joke’s on me, because our 80-degrees-and-sunny weather has already been replaced by cold and rainy.  Can you believe it?  RAIN!  It’s like a torrential downpour outside right now.  I’m not even kidding.  So, even though it’s 8:00 am, it’s not too early for a  nice, warm pick-me-up.

Last weekend, I posted hot chocolate on a stick to help warm you up, but what if you’re looking for a more instant solution?  That’s easy – turn your favorite hot cocoa mix into PEANUT BUTTER hot chocolate!


My two favorite things, peanut butter and chocolate, get to shine again in this nice, warm beverage.  Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream or marshmallow fluff to create the ultimate hot chocolate indulgence.  I seriously think my heart skipped a few beats when I drank this.  Honestly, I don’t know how I have drank hot chocolate for the last 20-some…

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Peppermint Chocolate Bark

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Hope everyone had wonderful Christmas 🙂 Sorry I haven’t been active lately but you know with the holidays life gets pretty hectic…especially if you wait to do your shopping until the very last second…

And the day before Christmas Eve I was on a mission. I had my game plan on: list of all the gifts I need to get, what stores I need to go, in what order and what section to find everything. There was no time to be looking at other things, I had to get this done..and fast. I was storming through the stores, pushing everyone out of my way and within an hour and a half I had gotten everything I needed 🙂 The only thing left was wrapping and since I’m the worst gift wrapper ever that task was transferred over to Chris 🙂 Christmas itself was a lazy day where we didn’t do much of anything…

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DIY: Chocolate Caramel Apples


I obviously have a serious sweet tooth and I love a good caramel apple.  They remind me of when I was a kid and my dad would take me and my brother  to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (in La Jolla, not the Rocky Mountains).  We were allowed to get one treat each – I would always pick a chocolate caramel apple.  Lucky for me, they are very easy, albeit a little messy, to make.  Here’s my simple DIY in 4 steps.

Ingredients needed (for 4):

  • 4 apples + popsicle sticks
  • 1 (14 ounce) package  individually wrapped caramels
  • 1 (10 or 12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Milk (approx 4 Tbsp)
  • Toppings (i.e. sprinkles, nuts, whatever you want!)

1. Wash apples and push popsicle sticks into the apple’s center – set aside. Place unwrapped caramels in bowl with 2 Tbsp milk; Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.

2. Stir…

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