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Hot Chocolate- Spanish Style Recipe

Hot Chocolate- Spanish Style Recipe

If you go visit Spain you HAVE to try the Hot Chocolate or Chocolate a la taza. I mean, you really have to! There is no restaurant or bar that would not have it and it is one of the most delicious things I tried while on vacation in Spain this year for the holidays. You can order it any time of the day and it is the perfect treat on a cold day. As I live in Minnesota, you can imagine that…

Coffee And Cinnamon Brownies Recipe

Coffee And Cinnamon Brownies Recipe

This is one of my favorite recipes for brownies. First time I made the recipe my husband loved the brownies so much, that he asked me to make the recipe the next day. The chocolate brownies are good, but the Cappuccino ones are out of this world, so you need to try them! The coffee enhances the chocolate flavor and the cinnamon and nutmeg take this easy recipe to a next level and brings elegance to it. Just a note on…

Walnuts Cocoa Rum Balls Recipe

Walnuts Cocoa Rum Balls Recipe

This is a delicious recipe of rum balls, coming from Romania. Romanian Walnuts Cocoa Rum Balls  are not very different from the American rum balls. To tell you the truth, besides the fact that we use butter as a binding ingredient, and no corn syrup at all(which in my opinion makes them a little bit better), the rest of the stuff we put inside is pretty much the same. Rum balls are very versatile, you can make them with graham…

Sea Salt Chocolate Fudge

Sea Salt Chocolate Fudge

I was in the mood for some chocolate. The holidays are coming also and on December 6th, my family celebrates  Saint Nicholas, a lovely holiday that marks the month of December and the Christmas time. For the ones who do not know what happens on December 6,  Saint Nicholas Day is a popular occasion for children in many parts of Europe, as they usually receive gifts on this day. The night before December 6th, children put their cleaned, shiny shoes or…

Chocolate Cupcakes With Rum Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Cupcakes With Rum Chocolate Ganache

This weekend I was invited to a party where I also provided the treats for the night. I have to confess something...I was never a fan of cupcakes before, so I never made them. I also never had the opportunity (it is hard to believe, but it is the truth) to actually taste a homemade cupcake in all these years of living in Minnesota. Everything from the store was either too sweet or very artificial tasting which turned me off and ruined…

Chocolate Tart With Star Anise And Cinnamon

Chocolate Tart With Star Anise And Cinnamon

I served this Chocolate Tart With Star Anise And Cinnamon dessert on the Friday after Thanksgiving, last year. It was a great success, especially because everyone by then was already tired of turkey and pumpkin pie! Very refreshing to have a different type of dessert, even if some of the dishes on the table were still "Thanksgiving"ish...The recipe was inspired by the books of Eric Lanlard, one of my favorite Pastry Chefs out there. This recipe is very "winter" like. The chocolate ganache…

Easy Delicious Chocolate Truffles

Easy Delicious Chocolate Truffles

Holidays are coming and chocolate recipes are out there in abundance. I like to make these Easy Delicious Chocolate Truffles around Christmas time because they are a great gift for the holidays. Everyone loves them and can be easily made in advance and frozen. Also, they are perfect for Valentines Day too. Traditionally, chocolate truffles are coated in cocoa powder but you can use whatever you like. I like crushed cocoa nibs, crushed pistachios or other nuts, cocoa powder, crushed peppermint candy…

Homemade Raffaello Coconut Almond Confections

Homemade Raffaello Coconut Almond Confections

Raffaello Coconut Almond Confections are a popular item in Europe. You can find them in stores around United States also, but they are not as popular as overseas. The original confections are  spherical wafers filled with a white milk cream and white blanched almonds. They are tossed in coconut flakes and are delicious.   My recipe version of these confections is a very easy one that requires only three ingredients. Coconut flakes, medium shredded, a can of condensed milk and roasted almonds. How to make it:…

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