Rocky Road Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Rocky Road Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Let's talk chocolate! With Easter upon us you might find yourself with an abundance of chocolate bunnies and mini-candy bars, might I suggest dicing them into small bits and adding them to your next batch of cookie batter?  Just imagine these chocolate crackle cookies studded with melty pieces of peanut butter cups

No-Knead Bread: Walnut & Blue Cheese

No-Knead Bread: Walnut & Blue Cheese

Today we are enjoying another version of no-knead crusty bread: Walnut and Blue Cheese. Toasted walnuts and tangy blue cheese crumbles are dotted throughout this easy to bake, no-knead, artisan-style bread. Tossed into a dutch oven for all of 45 minutes after an overnight rise it adds up to very little work for a very tasty loaf of fresh bread. 

Meyer Lemon + Blood Orange Meringue Topped Tartlets

Meyer Lemon + Blood Orange Meringue Topped Tartlets

Happy Pi Day, my friends! Today we are making meringue topped tartlets with a brown-butter crust rather than typical pie shell. The Brown-Butter crust is first par-baked and then filled with luscious citrus custards which is topped with a heaping mound of fluffy meringue. After a few moments back in the heat we soon have a golden-brown swirls atop the perfect single-serving dessert. We use egg yolks in the curd and egg whites in the meringue. A frugal and practical solution for divided eggs, but more importantly, a tastefully balanced dessert with the bold brightness of winter citrus and the sweetness of vanilla-scented meringue.

Triple Orange Mini-Pavlova + Fresh Whipped Cream

Triple Orange Mini-Pavlova + Fresh Whipped Cream

Let's talk Pavlovas. Pavlova is a light and crisp meringue cake with a crunchy shell, they are often garnished with whipped cream and fresh fruit. From outwards appearances you may easily mistake Pavlova for Meringue, however, they have vastly different interior textures. A meringue is made from egg white and sugar, they are typically very dry and have crunchy centers. Pavlova have a similar base but also include cornstarch and vinegar which results in a a slightly squishy interior, almost marshmallow-like consistency at their center. 

With a wonderfully pillow-soft interior beneath their crunchy shell, pavlova are a multi-textured phenomena. Paired with fresh orange zest, bitter blood orange curd, fresh fruit, and a cool dollop of fresh whipped cream - these are clouds from an orange-scented heaven. 

 

Winter Citrus Custards: Blood Orange Curd + Meyer Lemon Curd

Winter Citrus Custards: Blood Orange Curd + Meyer Lemon Curd

Citrus is at it's finest in the depths of winter, a welcome blast of tart, bright edible sunshine. Here is Southern California we are lucky (ahem, spoiled) to have access to a dizzying variety of locally grown produce throughout the year, but even here in this coastal paradise, we too must follow the seasons when it comes to Meyer Lemons &  Blood Oranges. These elusive winter gems seem to pop-up overnight and disappear just as quickly.

Gather a bag (or two) of these fine fruits while they are still abundant and make yourself a winter treat: Meyer Lemon Curd & Blood Orange Curd. Dolloped onto yogurt, spooned directly into happy mouths, baked into bars, meringue pies or tarts, poured over pavlovas... the possibilities go on and on. Point being, you want this, you need this, so let's get cooking shall we?