Saturday, February 6, 2010

Day 6 of Things I Love: Sweets

Alright, I'll admit it. I have been a psycho these past two weeks and have gotten up at 5am to go to the gym. The reason for this insane behavior? My uncontrollable sweet tooth. Pathetic, I know. I would much rather get up an hour early and go to the gym than give up sweets, but I  just can't help myself!
 I work with wedding cakes and cookies and petit fors all day long. How can I resist having "just a bite?" Truth be known, it's never just a bite and if the kitchen doesn't have sweets, they typically make some just for me. It's a hard life, I know. Here are a few of my favorite sweets. Maybe it will inspire you to stay in and bake on this cold, rainy day!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
My absolute favorite above anything else

More gorgeous yummies

Martha Stewart Chocolate Cake

Beautiful Wedding Cakes
I'm lucky enough to work at a venue where the majority of the cakes brought actaully taste really good! I'm sure these cakes by Martha taste just as good as they look!

French Bark is one of my favorite sweets to make because it is so quick and easy but looks gourmet. Here is the recipe a la Ina Garten.

8 ounces very good semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 ounces very good bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup whole roasted, salted cashews
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Melt the 2 chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a 9 by 10-inch rectangle on the paper. Turn the paper facedown on the baking sheet.


Pour the melted chocolate over the paper and spread to form a rectangle, using the outline. Sprinkle the cashews, apricots and cranberries over the chocolate. Set aside for 2 hours until firm. Cut the bark in 1 by 3-inch pieces and serve at room temperature.

Voila, dessert in a flash. Happy Saturday!

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