Toasted Coconut Shortbread Llamas

I have been up to my eyeballs in sugar lately.  Seriously, I have made over 20 pound worth of frosting this month alone. Heck, I made over 4 pounds of frosting this morning. I made frosting yesterday.  I made frosting the day before yesterday.  What are my plans for tomorrow?  More frosting!  While a lot…

Coconut Frappuccino

Iced coffee season is back!  Here is a homemade, dairy-free version of a coconut frappuccino that combines frozen coconut and coffee into a delightful blended summer  drink that’s somewhere between a coconut smoothie and an iced coffee. Ingredients: 1/2 cup frozen Coconut flesh (if you can find fresh coconut to use, that would be great,…

Coconut Cake

Another dinner party.  Another cake.  A light, fluffy coconut cake with chocolate buttercream and a chocolate ganache filling.  The coconut cake is one of my Mom’s favorite recipes, and the one and only time I attempted to bake this particular cake, prior to this, resulted in one of my most memorable baking disasters.  My family…

Coconut Sugar Cookies

My Coconut Sugar Cookies are not as coconut-ty as they could be, in fact, the only coconut I use in my dough is coconut extract.  Normally I would top my buttercream with shredded coconut, but as I am baking these cookies for Easter, I decided on pastel piped buttercream instead. I confess to owning a…

Snowdrift Muffins

My snowdrift muffins are coconut muffins with white chocolate chips.  Decent fresh fruit is hard to find at this time of the year, and I have been branching out into the use of other dried and preserved fruits.  I love dried coconut, but it has the tendency to dry out your baked goods if you…

Tahini Fudge

My fudge did not turn out as solid as I would have liked it this year, and that is, in a large part, due to me not going back and revising the basic techniques for fudge making before I start testing new recipes.  My bad.  Making chocolate-less fudge can always be little bit dicey, but…

Red Current Puffs

Now that I have made the Red Current Curd, in what new and creative ways can I use it? …Well, turn it into a Red Current Puff… of course…. The golden pâte à choux puffs are delightful templates for the delicately flavored yet velvety rich red current curd.  A light sprinkle of shredded coconut finishes…

Almond Joy Iced Coffee

There is a wonderful coffee/donut shop along Massachusetts’ southern shore that serves up New England style iced coffees inspired by classic American candy bars.  Four hours, usually more due to Boston traffic, is a long ways to drive in order to get an iced coffee, no matter how good it is, so I have taken…