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Hot choco hazelnut and dulce de leche drink

When it comes to hot chocolate... Imagine a straight line. On one end of the line are the ultra traditionalists who swear that you can't make proper hot chocolate drink without using a batirol. I'm often tempted to tell the batirol people that their beloved tool was useful … [Read more...]

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Butterscotch and chocolate fudge combo brownies

I first published my butterscotch and chocolate fudge combo brownies recipe in October 8, 2007. Seven years later, I've revised the recipe. I made two changes. First, I used a combination of brown and white sugar to make the butterscotch brownies lighter in texture and … [Read more...]

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Choco(late) coco(nut) and (pea)nut pancakes

When people want variety in their pancakes, the most popular solution is to stir in fresh fruits in the batter. You know, apple pancakes today, banana pancakes tomorrow, blueberry pancakes after that... Or, the syrup that is traditionally drizzled over the pancakes is … [Read more...]

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Dark chocolate and orange truffles

If you find that strawberries and chocolate go together well, wait 'till you pair chocolate with oranges. Twice as good; maybe, even more.The inspiration came from a childhood memory. We used to buy bags of mini-chocolate bars, a local brand -- Mayfair, if I remember … [Read more...]

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Oats, nuts, chocolate and caramel squares

Inspired by a turtle bars recipe (I don't really know the definition for turtle bars), these nuggets contain oats, nuts, chocolate, sugar, flour, butter and caramel. No eggs which should make them vegetarian-friendly. When the flour, oats, nuts, sugar and butter meld … [Read more...]

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Baked apple turon (spring rolls)

I've been seeing a lot of baked turon on the web lately. It's obviously an attempt to create a low fat version of a traditionally deep-fried favorite. What's really curious is how turon is referred to as lumpia. It isn't, exactly. Turon is fried spring roll with a sweet … [Read more...]

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Things I learned about dipping cake balls in ganache

Some people make cake balls from scratch. I make cake balls only when a baking project turns out bad. In short, making cake balls, for me, is a salvage operation. The first time, it was brownies gone terribly wrong because I mistakenly thought that substituting cooking oil … [Read more...]

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Valentine’s Day chocolate truffles

It has often been said that one shouldn't judge another by looks alone. A pretty woman may not possess a good personality; a handsome man may not have a good heart. In short, a case of the outside appearance hiding something bad inside.It's tempting to create an analogy … [Read more...]