Crepe Cake with Chocolate-Rum Mousse

Crepe Cake with Chocolate-Rum Mousse

Crepe Cake with Chocolate-Rum Mousse

If you want to learn how to do something well, do it over and over and over again.  That’s what I took away from today’s lesson.  I wanted to learn how to make crepes, so I threw myself to the wolves and made thousands of them. Okay, it wasn’t thousands of crepes, more like 24, and I made them into a crepe cake with chocolate-rum mousse!   This is a delicious, substantial cake.  There is just enough chocolate, creamy mousse in every bite.  The crepes are not sweet, but add a lovely, light base for the mousse.   And the rum teases just a bit, bringing out more of the dark chocolate flavor.   Oh, and that delightful, sweet whipped cream… I used Reddi Whip. Continue reading →

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Phyllo Dough Toaster Pastries

Phyllo Dough Toaster Pastries

Phyllo Dough Toaster Pastries

My son, Cameron, said to me today, “Mom, you’re the biggest poop of the United States of America.”  Call me crazy, but I think he was trying to compliment me.  The United States is so huge, so to be the biggest is pretty impressive.  If he said I was the second biggest I’d be upset, but he was very clear in his words.  Also, I couldn’t help but beam with pride that my 4 year old knew the name of the country he lives in.  And he said it with a patriotic tone.  I swear, I could hear the rhythm of the Pledge of Allegiance in there while he spoke. I hope I didn’t make you jealous.  Look, not all of us can be the biggest poop.  Anyway, that’s how my day started.  By noon, I was making these phyllo dough toaster pastries, and now, it’s 6 :30 p.m. and I’m drinking wine.   I don’t have much else to say about the day except that these phyllo dough toaster pastries are so darn good- crisp and buttery on the outside, sweet and gooey on the inside.   I ate one too many, and now I feel like the biggest human of the United States of America.   I just made you really, really jealous, didn’t I? Continue reading →

Fudge Cake With Italian Meringue Buttercream

Chocolate Fudge Cake With Italian Meringue Buttercream

Chocolate Fudge Cake With Italian Meringue Buttercream

I have so enjoyed getting to know meringue these past few days, but I think I need to end things between us. We recently found out that my youngest son, Wesley, is allergic to eggs.  Egg whites in particular.  Needless to say, having meringue around is not the wisest decision.   Therefore, I am packing Mr. Meringue’s tiny suitcase and evicting him from the premises.  He doesn’t have to go home, but he can’t stay here.  He’s leaving a lasting impression with me, though. This fudge cake with Italian meringue buttercream is so yummy, so decadent, and so everything I want in a man a dessert… but, you’re not nice to my kid, Meringue, so it’s over.  Good day, sir.  I said, good day! Continue reading →

Meringue Hearts

Meringue Hearts

Meringue Hearts

Meringue hearts are wicked.  They are light as a feather, they taste of sweet marshmallow, and they disappear on your tongue so quickly you’re left wondering if you actually ate one, or had just imagined it.  So you eat another, and another, and before you know it you find yourself in the corner of the basement in fetal position holding an empty platter, with some red sprinkles on your chin, while your young boys play Mom Is A Rock, and proceed to climb all over you.  I guess this post is more of a cautionary tale. Continue reading →