Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bourbon Pumpkin Streusel Tart {Revisited} + 24 Fall Baking Recipes

I shared this bourbon pumpkin tart back in my first year of blogging, but have changed the recipe a bit. So, I hope you don`t mind the revisit of a wonderful pumpkin dessert! At the same time, I`ve been meaning to make a compilation of Fall recipes because I have so many and love them all. They deserve another reminder. *winkwink*

The first time I made this tart, I loved it instantly. All of my family and friends know I`m not a fan of alcohol, so I never purchase any. Unless, it`s for baking. Yep, I went out to buy a whole bottle of bourbon whiskey just to bake this tart. It felt so weird to get carded at the registrar! You only need 1/4 cup, but I had no other choice. I`m not sure what to do with the leftover bourbon, so if any of you have good bourbon recipes, do share with me! ;)

This tart is really just a variation of a pumpkin pie. The crust is easy to work with and there's a wonderful streusel layer on top of the pumpkin filling. And, who`s not head over heels for streusel?! The tart isn`t thick, about 1 1/2 inch, so it`s not a heavy pie.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Caramel Chocolate Brownies

It`s almost Halloween!! Eeek, I`m super excited, even though I don`t have any plans yet. It`s all the candy and the cute little baby costumes. I have a baby cousin who`s a little over 1 year old and I seriously cannot wait to see him in a costume! Ahh, babies in costumes are just about as cute as baby socks and shoes. Haha!

My aunt`s birthday was this month and she requested some brownies. I`ve baked many brownies throughout the past 4 years of my baking addiction, but it`s still very hard for me to decide which recipe to make when I want brownies. I wanted a really good recipe and something more special than just regular ol` brownies since it was her birthday,

So, I added caramel chocolates in the center.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dulce de Leche Donut Holes with Coffee Milk Glaze

I think this is my final recipe with dulce de leche! Haha. Hope you weren`t annoyed with all of my dulce de leche recipes. ;) These crazy easy donut holes were made and inhaled (eaten, if you want to be sensible), months ago.  I just couldn`t figure out the right time to share the recipe.

Then I realized, donut holes can be consumed any day of the year! Just kidding, I definitely know that (evidenced by my Instagram). Honestly, I just didn`t want to overwhelm you all with dulce de leche recipes since I was eating my homemade stash like a maniac.

Also, it`s because I literally just typed the recipe right before I`m writing this post. I had scribbled the recipe on a post-it note and left it somewhere. I searched through all my drawers to find it!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Apple Pear Strudel with Maple Glaze

Yay, it`s my first Fall recipe for the season! It`s an easy-peesy recipe, too. Because sometimes (almost always for me) I just want to eat something super awesome without having to spend over 2 hours making it.

Common recipes considered to be simple, such as cookies, brownies, muffins, quick breads, and etc, are seen as those go-to recipes. They`re usually straight-forward and hassle-free. (Unless, that is, you`re not making them roasting strawberries or browning butter...) It doesn`t take much to whisk together dry and wet ingredients and combine them both. Yet, when you include the baking time (quick breads take an hour sometimes!), washing the dishes, and randomly cleaning up afterwards, it takes me at least 2-3 hours!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Strawberry Lemon French Toast Bites

Am I late with the whole strawberry and lemon combo? It just turned Fall, so I feel that it`s out of place. But, this can`t wait until next year. :P Plus, the holidays are coming and this French toast will make a delicious breakfast or brunch on a holiday morning. I mean, who wouldn`t love a cheery breakfast dish on a gloomy Winter morning (or late afternoon), right? Right.

Yeah, I totally rationalized to myself and you about why I`m posting this. (I have a degree in psychology, so I unconsciously analyze these things. Whoops, did it again. Haha!)

I used fresh strawberries, but frozen would work just as well. So, this recipe is not confined to just the Spring and Summer months.