Salty-Sweet Toffee

by Heather Harris Brady Happy 2016! Thank you guys so much for sticking with me during these days of sparse posts. As you probably know, I work full-time and this year my son’s a senior so I’ve been trying to take time to enjoy this year-that-will-not-come-again. This toffee is something new I auditioned over the…

Orange Bites

by Heather Harris Brady This is going to be a short post today since here in America we’re heading into the big Thanksgiving holiday. If you are going out or visiting this coming holiday season these little bites would be a perfect hostess gift, especially tied up in a clear box with ribbon. Not only…

Chocolate Cake-Truffle Petit Fours (Gluten Free)

by Heather Harris Brady These petit fours are a great choice when you want to celebrate something special but not necessarily have a whole cake. They are elegant, indulgent and great for parties or gifts. Use the best chocolate you can find for these and your prettiest little pans or papers. For the cakes 5…

Shoebox Celebration Cake

by Heather Harris Brady Fancy party cakes are some of the most fun you can have as a baker. This box cake is very versatile for lots of occasions – you could fill it with baby shoes, flowers, candies, more cookies, golf balls, whatever. However, if it’s a cake for a fashion-loving tween whose birthday…

Brigadeiro

by Heather Harris Brady When I’m in a pinch and need some hot fudge ASAP (hey, these things happen) I often melt some chocolate into sweetened condensed milk, add a bit of butter and vanilla and call it good. A few weeks ago I came across an article on these candies, and found that if…

Chocolate Mice

by Heather Harris Brady I used to make these when my children were small for fun things like picnics at the zoo, but I think you’ll find kids of all ages can acquire a taste for these. The body is really just a cake truffle (or a cake pop if that’s how you roll). Then…

Spring Nest Cookies

by Heather Harris Brady These little cookies are a great spring project to make with kids, and would make a fun Mother’s Day surprise as well. The dough goes together in minutes! Spring Cookies, Makes about 30 1 c. butter 2/3 c. sugar 1 egg 1 t. vanilla 3 T. cocoa 2 c. + 2…

Chocolate Chestnuts (Fruits d’Automne Bernachon)

by Heather Harris Brady I’ve been enthralled by this recipe for a long time and finally this year the stars aligned so that I could make them. These chocolate chestnuts are in Bernachon’s Chocolate cookbook. They end up as rather large candies, so they make a pretty accompaniment to placecards for a dinner party or…

Candied Citron

by Heather Harris Brady Why would one candy their own citron when it is so readily available in those little plastic tubs? Well young grasshopper, simply because it was there. I feel a fruitcake coming on and out of the blue I saw this in the tropical fruit bin at my local grocery: I’ve never…

Candied Rose Petals

by Heather Harris Brady Judging from the comments I’ve been getting it seems like people are in a candying mood, so I’ll keep the ball rolling! Plus, it’s prime time for a lot of roses right now. There are tons of recipes online for candied roses, but the vast majority of them are actually sugared…

Candied Grapefruit Peel, for Salads

by Heather Harris-Brady Since it’s getting to be salad time I thought I would post these little nibbles. You could also put them out with drinks, as part of a cheese course or as a dessert garnish. But they also make an interesting addition to salads, with goat cheese and chopped nuts. Plus, you’re making…

Irish Hostess Cupcakes Part II: Honey Marshmallow Fluff

So, we’re on to part two of the great Irish Hostess cupcake project! The┬ácake recipe┬áposted earlier in the week. I’m not sure I want to think too long about what is actually in the real filling of the cupcakes on the supermarket shelves. It’s super easy and fun to make your own fluff, and you…