Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake

It’s September and time to make a Birthday Cake! My friend, Lee, passed along this recipe from Epicurious for a not-too-sweet dark chocolate cake. The recipe makes a three layer 8″ round cake. If you make all three layers, your cake will be about one foot tall! I opted for a two layer 8″ round….

White Chocolate Mint Brûlée

When I asked my friend what sort of dessert he would like for his birthday, he simply said, “Crispy”.  My first thoughts ran to cookies, but then I remembered the delightful versatility of creme brûlée. Its delicate crust is nothing if not crispy and the range of flavors is limitless. I chose to make this…

Raspberry Mint Tart

This tart’s fresh, chopped raspberries & mint keep it light and and tangy – the perfect balance to its rich chocolate ganache topping. 9 oz Pâte sucrée (pronounced pat-sue-cray) recipe found below. 2 cups raspberries 20 oz fresh mint leaves Chocolate Ganache: 1 1/4 cups whipping cream 7 oz semi-sweet chocolate (60-70% cocoa solids) 1…