Friday, January 4, 2013

Best of 2012--The Sweet

As I gathered recipes for my favorite sweets of 2012, I noticed one very startling trend--the near absence of chocolate.  I don't know what happened.  I'm a serious chocolate lover.  Really, I am.  But somehow I ended up with only two recipes featuring my favorite indulgence.  Don't be too worried, though.  I've replaced the chocolate treats with cocktails, ice cream, and fruity desserts.  I hope that's okay with you.

Pumpkin donut muffins--breakfast or dessert?  You decide.  Because I can't.

Cranberry-dark chocolate scones--with fresh cranberries and chunks of dark chocolate, these scones can warm up any winter morning.

Yogurt cake with fruit purée--this simple cake was a surprising hit.  When baked, it retained a subtle birthday cake batter flavor I actually liked.  The fruit purée will work with nearly any of your favorite fruits, so this is one versatile dessert.

I had tons of fun in my kitchen this summer.  I churned out several batches of ice cream, but I had the best time making this blueberry ice cream with my precious niece.

Bourbon-cherry ice cream--the first of two frozen desserts I made just for the grown ups.  I have a serious love for bourbon, ice cream, and fresh, sweet summer cherries, so this was a no brainer for me.

Fresh grape and champagne sorbet--my sweet friend Jessica got married and her virtual shower was the perfect opportunity to make this unique and very grown up dessert.  I served it in my Mammo's champagne glasses, a touch I know Jessica loved. 

My favorite holiday of the year is Fourth of July and I really got after it with the patriotic treats.  I parlayed my love for red velvet cake into these very festive red, white, and blue velvet cupcakes and was overjoyed with the outcome.

Grapefruit margaritas--I've only recently come around to the deliciousness of pink (and ruby red, if I can find it) grapefruit.  These margaritas may or may not have had something to do with that...

Aperol spritz--before preparing for my trip to Venice, I'd never heard of this drink.  I read about it in one of Rick Steves' guidebooks and decided I had to try it.  Thank you, Mr. Steves.  You helped me (and my beautiful mom, the model in this picture) find a new summer favorite.

Double lemon tart--my favorite lemon curd paired with a layer of lemon cheesecake.  The crust was a challenge to work with, but so, so worth it.

Peppermint mocha fudge--as if the famous holiday beverage wasn't treat enough, I turned it into a decadent dessert that's sure to please any holiday party goer or gift recipient.

4 comments :

Jennifer said...

The fact that the sorbet has champagne in it makes me want it for that alone. I love the stuff. I totally wish I had an ice cream maker so I can try it. Better yet, send me some, LOL.

Bridget said...

That reminds me that you were the inspiration for making a champagne sorbet trio (grapefruit, grape, strawberry) the palate-cleanser course at the 8-course wine pairing meal I hosted with a friend in November. Delicious!

Krystal Regueiro said...

What a delicious year in review, and I don't mind the non-chocolate posts...that's why there are box of chocolates to eat and read these posts. Happy New Year! ;-)

Jessica @ Sunny Side Up said...

There may not be a ton of chocolate on this list, but it still all looks amazing!! Cheers to a new, and better, year!