Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pot du Creme

The French always get dessert right, which is why I was so excited to go back to Comme Ça last night.

We ordered the Pot du Creme which came topped with this delicious buttery cookie. It may have even been tastier than the chocolate..

The actual dessert underneath was great. Rich in flavor and dense yet fluffy in texture. You can never go wrong with a large bowl of chocolate.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Barefoot Contessa's Outrageous Brownies

Out of any homemade recipe or box mix I have ever tried (and there have been many), this Barefoot Contessa mix makes by far the best brownies ever!

Using my new KitchenAid, I mixed the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients that come in the box. The secret is melting the stick of butter with these chocolate morsels and folding it into the batter (which has more chocolate chips inside).

It's super easy and bakes pretty fast!

The brownies come out PERFECT everytime!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Despite the fact that Marea is a seafood restaurant, my pasta and all the desserts were not only beautiful, but delicious. These are fried doughnut holes with pear sorbet and chocolate sauce, so good!

Here is an apple tarte with coffee gelato, the best gelato.

This is the panna cotta with mandarin orange gelato.

And finally a hazelnut chocolate cake with mint. Everything was amazing.

Tiramisu di San Dona

Via Quadronno is one of my favorite NY lunch spots because I love their paninis, but after all these years I finally tried this Deconstructed Tiramisu, one of their specialties. The lady fingers are served with a bowl of mascarpone pudding topped with cocoa powder (on the left) and a bowl of warm espresso (on the right). It was so fun to dip and portion out each bite. Obviously once the lady fingers were gone I finished the pudding with a spoon. Incredible.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

ABC Kitchen

After a long walk in the cold, fiending for dessert, some friends and I stumbled into ABC Kitchen where we begged them to stay open to serve us dessert. I'm so glad they did because this Sundae was life changing! The ice cream was salted caramel, and sat in a bowl of delicious dark chocolate sauce. It was topped with whipped cream, peanuts and caramel popcorn. It was so unique and somehow tasted like a Snickers bar.

I also ordered this chocolate ganache layer cake which was frosted with toasted marshmallow. It was also amazing! I can't wait to go back for dinner, and more dessert.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Bottega Louie

A friend brought some treats back from Bottega Louie that were all so amazing! This was a Tiramisu, which was so beatifully decorated with powdered cocoa and fruit.

These French macarons were also so pretty and delicious.

An finally a hazelnut brownie torte, which was the epitome of every sweet I love.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pudding S'Mores

This is not your average S'More! The Village Idiot has put a modern twist on an old classic by basing the dessert around chocolate pudding. It sits on top of graham cracker crumbs and is topped with a torched marshmallow. It's delicious!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gingerbread House

Right before Christmas I threw a Holiday party and used this at the perfect opportunity to build a Gingerbread House, something I'd never done before. Trader Joe's made one that was super easy to assemble!

The kit came with powdered sugar, but I needed to make the icing to hold all the pieces together.

A lot of icing was needed to make sure everything stuck.

I used all the candy in the kit, as well as some leftover Halloween candy to decorate.

The house was a nice touch to my dessert table at the party!