Tag: dessert

Alexander’s Patisserie

Alexander’s Patisserie

A party without a cake is just a meeting – Julia Child   A bite into a exquisite dessert is an experience. The decor and furnishings is desired to set the mood as you devour each bite. Yes, it is necessary and for such a place,  I will 

Vosges Haut Chocolate – Birthday Month

Vosges Haut Chocolate – Birthday Month

Best friends, more like sisters. It’s a beautiful thing. Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s my birthday month and I tend to like to hibernate like a bear and enjoy much repose during this time before Spring arrives. My dear family and friends know how important this 

Sweet Retreat – Cafe Sua Tiramisu

Sweet Retreat – Cafe Sua Tiramisu

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. – Virginia Woolf

Hi everyone! With Valentine’s day near, dessert comes to mind. Here is my quick recipe for Cafe Sua (Vietnamese Milk Coffee) Tiramisu. Impress with no baking and no fuss. Eggs are not required for this recipe. Please excuse my informal recipe post. I have not written many recipes to share in the past. Will work on some refinement for the future.  Feel free to ask my any questions. Enjoy!

Cafe Sua  (Vietnamese Milk Coffee) Tiramisu 

Serves 6-8  (will vary)  approximately 30 minutes from start to finish

Ingredients:

1 cups freshly brewed cup of french drip coffee (Monde French Roast Chicory coffee), cooled 
2 tablespoons of condensed milk (please do not use substitutions)
2 (8-ounce) containers mascarpone (room temperature)
14 ounces Savoiardi cookies (firm ladyfingers)
3/4 cup of whipping cream
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 ounces Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (for sifting)
1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate, to layer or garnish (I use sea salt dark chocolate)

Optional: Gold heart confetti (Purchased from Michael’s)

1. Brew coffee. While the coffee is still warm, add 2 tablespoons of condensed milk. Stir until dissolved and allow to cool in a shallow dish. Once cooled, stir in the Grand Marnier a little bit at a time (Please taste).

2. In a medium bowl, beat cream and sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

3. Add the room temperature mascarpone cheese into the sugar and cream and mix carefully to maintain the fluffy consistency.

4. In another bowl quickly dip each side of the cookie in the warm coffee mixture. Lay each one flat onto a parchment paper, do not soak the cookies, as you still need it to retain its shape.

5. Choose a tall shot glass or cup or any type of vessel you would like to put the dessert in and start layering. First layer is the coffee- dipped cookies, then mascarpone mixture, chocolate shavings and repeat. Sift the top layer with unsweetened cocoa powder and more chocolate shavings. Top it off with gold heart confetti (optional).

6. Cover the tray with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight so that the flavors can marry and the tiramisu can settle.

7. Enjoy and romance away!

Tall shot glasses of mascarpone, lady fingers, dark chocolate sea salt shavings, Cafe Sua and Grand Marnier

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Beta 5

Beta 5

Good friends, good food, good times Last week Mr H and I decided that it was time to make a road trip heading towards the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Our incredible week long journey included; Dunsmuir Ca, Redding Ca, Eugene Or, Jacksonville Or, Portland Or, Seattle Wa, 

Vosges Haut – Chocolate

Vosges Haut – Chocolate

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz Peace, Love, and Chocolate® Vosges offers bold and exciting options in the art of chocolate. I always try to make a visit to the store during my visit 

Southern California Cronut Craze

Southern California Cronut Craze

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul. Dorothy Day

Earlier this month my husband and I had made a trip down to Southern California to celebrate our 8th Anniversary and as an impromptu I decided to call some friends and make it a cronut weekend!

From the east coast, this insatiable treat has arrived all-over and making its way to California. I really wanted to know what all the buzz was about. There are only two places up north that had them. Having failed my previous attempts in buying one, I was not about to lose anymore sleep over it.

We won’t be covering all the locations. Just three that was close in proximity to me at the time. (This gives you an idea of how abundant your choices are and the best part is no lines!)

First up was DK Donuts – a SoCal chain, open 24 hours a day. We ordered up some strawberry nutella versions that were made freshly prepared. Super friendly service and offered us a free red velvet donut with our cronut order. OMG! My first bite was good but I still didn’t understand the wow factor. Who wouldn’t love hazelnut spread with fresh strawberries but was this truly a cronut? The taste was like eating a deep fried piece of dough with some air pockets but did not offer the layers. How should I say this. It was missing, Je ne sais quoi?

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Early the next morning, unsatisfied, I went to a neighboring donut shop on my way home from breakfast with a good friend. We stopped by Friendly’s Donuts, open 4am daily and owned by a very sweet couple. One of the owners swore that she and her husband love cronuts so much that they eat it daily! I love their passion! Ordered up some bacon ones and waited for the final touches as she piled lots of bacon on each pastry. Looks like they also have more variety at this location. The initial bite was was pretty darn good. The cronut was able to sit out all day and still maintain its crispness. I was not crazy about their fillings (too sweet and artificial to me) but the bacon cronut was a solid. The flakiness was there and the beautiful layers made my mouth happy.

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Feeling determined, the last stop later in the day was in Kelly’s Donuts in Fountain Valley. They carry more of the normal day hours. I heard that they will make them fresh to order and to call ahead to prevent from waiting. Ordered up two blueberry cronuts to share. (Not sure about what other flavors they had available.)  At this point I am cronut-out!  After one bite, these were hands down the best of the three. Hot, fresh and crispy. I worry that if you do not eat these immediately they will not taste as great.

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They were all within ten miles.Three completely different cronut shops that provided three completely different experiences. (My poor friends, had to do much of the eating. They blamed me for the extra pounds that took place during the weekend.)

Not sure when I’ll have another cronut but if you do have the opportunity to grab one to try, you must! Would I wait in line for them? Maybe not? Until next time.

Here are the locations:

DK’S DONUTS
3744 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 633-5858
Hours: 24-7

FRIENDLY DONUTS
4442 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 538-4942
Hours: Open at 4 am daily

KELLY’S DONUTS & BURGERS
9475 Heil Ave
Ste A
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 531-0288
Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30 am – 7 pm Sun 6:30 am – 2 pm

Happy Eating!

Macau – Portuguese Egg Tarts

Macau – Portuguese Egg Tarts

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. – George Bernard Shaw In my mind Macau is my second home. What to do when you visit your second home? For me, it’s eating at all the local hot spots in pairs and that includes 

Sweet Retreat – Chocolate Filled Caramels

Sweet Retreat – Chocolate Filled Caramels

Gifting homemade chocolates will brighten anyone’s day!  

Sweet Retreat – Chocolate Trio

Sweet Retreat – Chocolate Trio

Tasting Trio: Lemon cherry dark, sea salt caramel milk and caramel + mango puree white chocolates

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Sweet Retreat – Cherry Macaron

Sweet Retreat – Cherry Macaron

Take-two: Cherry macaron. Still needs work but getting there!