Turon (banana spring rolls) with dulce de leche

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How many ways have we made turon? Let me count:1. Cheesy turon 2. Turon with toffee and peanut butter sauce 3. Turon with bacon and cheese 4. Turon with chunky peanut butter 5. Turon with M&MsExcept for the cheesy turon, everything else was Speedy's idea and handiwork. My favorite to this day is the turon with bacon and cheese. There's just something about … [Read more...]

Cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping

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My favorite butter cake baked with a twist -- a cream cheese filling and streusel topping. Can you imagine? A split cake with custard or frosting layer in the middle is common enough. But a cream cheese filling? What a surprise. And guess what? You don't need to split the cake. The cream cheese layer is poured right into the pan and it bakes together with the top and … [Read more...]

Dulce de leche and chocolate cookie trifle

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If there's a drink that always brings back memories of childhood, milk and chocolate has to be on the top of the list. This trifle brings that combination to a whole new level. The layers are made of crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and dulce de leche. The dulce de leche layers are prepared in two ways -- one, with cocoa powder; the other, with cream cheese. The cream … [Read more...]

Sam’s jellyfish jelly

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My daughters have this habit of cooking something -- anything -- when they're stressed out. It's final exams week and moods are volatile. On Saturday evening, Alex de-stressed by cooking a cheese omelet. Well, Sunday morning, actually because it was after midnight already. And, on Sunday evening, Sam made a gelatin dessert that she called jellyfish jelly. Two layers of … [Read more...]

Chocolate cupcakes with crème brûlée frosting

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Chocolate AND custard. Plus a little crunch from the caramelized sugar on top. Can you imagine? It's not a new idea. If you Google "crème brûlée cupcakes", you'll get quite a number of pages in the result. Most, however, use yellow or vanilla batter for the cupcakes. Why did I go chocolate? I was inspired by a photo on Bakers Royale. I won't prolong the suspense as too … [Read more...]

Dulce de leche banana cream tart

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It's a pity that Mexican Made Easy airs locally only once a week. Wish there were more sensible food shows like it on TV. Personally, I can do away with Gordon Ramsay, The Next Food Network Star, Iron Chef, Bobby Flay and Bruce Lim.Mexican Made Easy, I love. But it airs on Wednesday morning (or is it Thursday morning?) and since I'm rarely awake before noon, I've seen … [Read more...]

Eye-candy cake with chocolate ganache

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If you've been following this blog long enough, you might remember the zebra cake and the rainbow cake from three years ago. This cake -- and I really can't think of a better name for it except eye candy because it is so, so, soooo pretty -- is a cross between the zebra cake and rainbow cake. Like the zebra cake, one portion of this eye-candy cake has cocoa powder. Like … [Read more...]

Microwave chocolate chip cake

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A bad, bad craving for something sweet led to the creation of these microwave cakes. I didn't eat much during lunch today and, by mid-afternoon, my stomach was growling. I could have made a sandwich but I wanted something sweet. Fastest and easiest route to satisfy the craving? The microwave oven, of course.This isn't a fussy recipe. You just need one bowl. You don't … [Read more...]

Campfire cones (without the campfire)

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Speedy saw campfire cones featured on some TV show on Facebook, he was immediately smitten and, less than twenty-four hours later, he had all the ingredients for making them.What are campfire cones? Sugar cones with the insides slathered with peanut butter, layered with chocolate, filled with mini marshmallows, bananas and more chocolate, wrapped in foil then roasted … [Read more...]

Jam-filled cupcakes

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My girls love cupcakes so I bake when they're home on weekends. Seems to be the only practical time to do it anyway. A cupcake recipe usually yields eight to 12 cupcakes which are too much for Speedy and myself. But when everyone's home, eight to 12 cupcakes are rarely too much.Last night, I was baking butter cupcakes with vanilla streusel topping when I realized that … [Read more...]