Passion Fruit Caramel Pots de Creme

Passion Fruit Caramel Pots de Creme. So so so good. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

I fell hard for the passion fruit caramel combination the first time I tasted it in a sauce I drizzled over a burnt sugar cake. The only problem was that it was so good that it outshone the (very good) cake. I was seriously tempted to ditch the cake and drink the sauce. The bright, tropical passion fruit is […]

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Almond Shortbread Brownies

Almond Shortbread Brownies. Rich fudgy brownies on a nutty buttery shortbread crust. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

These brownies, oh, these brownies. These brownies are something special. They might be the dessert I’ve made the most frequently in the last ten years. They are rich fudgy brownies baked on a buttery shortbread crust. Before the first time I made them, it never occurred to me that brownies would benefit from a crust, […]

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread. Speaks for itself. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

It was 70° on Saturday. Then on Sunday it turned cold and misty. And today it was colder still with a forecast for snow. It’s springtime in Chicago. A season that always seems intent on doubling back on itself a few times before it settles in for good. It’s a good day for simple comforting […]

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Rosemary Pine Nut Cookies

Rosemary Pine Nut Cookies. Nutty, buttery, herbaceous, sophisticated. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

These cookies are so delicate. They are crisp and buttery and nutty with complex sweetness from the honey and subtle herbaceousness from the rosemary. They are cookies for grown ups. And I suppose Dan and I are something like grown ups now. After ten years (!) together, four of them married, we’re looking at real […]

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Salted Brown Butter Caramel Pots de Creme

Salted Brown Butter Caramel Pots de Creme. Salted. Brown Butter. Caramel. Yeah. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

These little pots of deliciousness tick so many of my favorite dessert boxes. Brown butter? Check. Vanilla bean? Check. Caramel? Check. Salt? Check. And an optional splash of booze? Check. They are rich and smooth and creamy with a real depth of flavor from all the browning and infusing and caramelizing. They are the result […]

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Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake. Ethereally light and intensely chocolatey. Takes three days to make, but totally worth it. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

Who wants cake? This isn’t just any old cake. It’s a special occasion cake. It’s a takes-three-days-to-make cake. It’s a hunt-down-three-or-four-kinds-of-chocolate cake. It’s a reorganize-the-freezer-to-make-this-thing-sit-level-overnight cake. It’s, let me just say, a totally-worth-it cake. I made this for my sister Erin’s birthday. She was having a low key party at her place, and I offered […]

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Chocolate Olive Oil Buckwheat Cakes

Chocolate Olive Oil Buckwheat Cakes. Chocolate cake grows up. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious

When I was  a kid, I couldn’t get enough chocolate. It was,  easily, my favorite flavor. Death by chocolate, molten lava cakes, chocolate ice cream topped with hot fudge sauce: they were the desserts I dreamed about. In my mind chocolate plus chocolate plus chocolate could only be improved with more chocolate. Now I tend […]

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