Cake · Chocolate · Ginger · Lemons · What's for Breakfast?

Ricotta Coffee Cake with a Chocolate, Lemon, and Double Ginger Filling


I made this yesterday for Easter brunch at my cousin’s house. 

I’d been asked to make this coffee cake, but I didn’t have pears or pecans, and I felt rebellious, so I decided to make something different.  But still a coffee cake.

I sort of made it up as I went along.  I started with a recipe for an apple cake using ricotta cheese that I found online, and then I changed a bunch of things and ended up with this.

Fortunately I took notes.

Chocolate · French Fridays with Dorie · Just Dessert

FFwD – Michel Rostang’s Double Chocolate Mousse Cake


One of the nicest things, so far, about cooking my way through Dorie’s Around My French Table with the wonderful French Fridays with Dorie gang is that I usually have all or most of the ingredients already on hand.  It’s so nice!  Take this double chocolate mousse cake.  I didn’t need to get anything for it.  The ingredient list is very short – chocolate, eggs, sugar, coffee, butter, salt.  That’s IT.

And it’s a good thing, because I made this, along with last week’s gnocchi, last Wednesday, which was A Day Of Much Snow in these parts, and no one was going anywhere.

Biscotti · Chocolate · Coconut · In the Cookie Jar

Chocolate Coconut Almond Biscotti

Bill had asked me to make some biscotti for a colleague (long story), so I did that earlier in the week.  Bill had requested almond biscotti with white chocolate chips, so I made that, it came out fine, etc.

But I'm not really a huge fan of white chocolate, though I used it and liked it in the Lemon Biscotti with Candied Ginger and White Chocolate Chips that I made a while back.  

I wanted real chocolate.  Dark chocolate.

Chocolate · Coconut · In the Cookie Jar · Nuts · Oats · Tuesdays With Dorie

TWD – Chockablock Cookies


This week's TWD monster cookie recipe was chosen by Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet, and you can find it on page 86 of Dorie's Baking:  From My Home to Yours.  You know, every now and then I feel like I should just bow out gracefully from the Tuesdays with Dorie gang, citing my lack of regular posting.  I don't think I've done more than 2 recipes per month in ages.  Lots of reasons, lots of excuses, good days, bad days, and so on.  But then I bake something and participate and feel a part of a community and I think okay, I can do this.  I really don't want to quit.

Especially when we get to bake fabulous cookies like these.