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Cranberry Creme Brulee

Special holidays call for special desserts. Cranberry creme brulee is a holiday twist on the dessert with a layer of cranberry sauce under the creamy custard. While I'm not a fan of cold weather, November and December are one of my favorite times of the year. The day after Halloween, I get such a feeling …

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Chocolate Opera Cake

Chocolate opera cake is a slight twist on the traditional French dessert, with thin layers of chocolate cake, coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache. I attended culinary school for two years. Three mornings a week, we started the day with a 5-hour Production "class"—making all of the treats that were sold in the school's bakery, which …

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Eggnog Macarons

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone. This post contains affiliate links. Macarons are elegant French cookies. These eggnog macarons consist of a light and airy nutmeg-flavored shell with …

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Puffs

I'm celebrating Galentine's Day with this take on chocolate-covered strawberries: cream puffs filled with strawberry pastry cream and drizzled in chocolate. Happy Galentine's Day! What is Galentine's Day, you ask? It's a fictional celebration from the television show "Parks and Recreation." It's the best day of the year. Celebrated on February 13th, women leave their husbands and their boyfriends …

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Pâte à Choux

In honor of the evil co-worker who brought in mini cream puffs and eclairs, and left them in the break room (where I was tempted to bring the whole box back to my office, so I could eat them all), I'm posting my recipes for choux (pronounced "choo") dough, and pastry cream. Pâte à choux …

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