Recipes Listed Under: Sweets

Vanilla Extract Made at Home


Posted in: Sweets | Cuisines: Mexican
Vanilla Extract Made at Home

This home-made vanilla extract is much BETTER than most store bought ones and also incredibly easy to make.  If it's for your own use, skip the need for little containers and just steep the vanilla beans right into the entire whisky bottle.  I was lucky enough to sample a variety of bourbon whiskeys before selecting Giant Bourbon 95 Proof Small Batch made here in Houston by Gulf Coast Distillers.  As bourbon is derived from corn mash while rye whiskey tends to taste drier with more spices, this local bourbon imparts a sweet, warm and more full-bodied taste.  I thought, how perfect for cooking and baking.  Once it's ready, the uses are endless, from adding a teaspoon to heavy cream before whisking it into freshly whipped cream to infusing magic into chocolate chip cookie dough.  Let the goodness begin!

Damn Good Hot Chocolate


Posted in: Beverage, Sweets | Cuisines: Sweets, Dutch, French
Damn Good Hot Chocolate

As cooler temperatures arrive, keep toasty warm by enjoying a lovely mug of damn good hot chocolate. A classic treat to start off the morning, share in the evening with good friends, or even better, tucked with a blanket and a darn good book.

Chef’s Halavas


Posted in: Sweets | Cuisines: Dessert, Sweets, Middle Eastern
Chef’s Halavas

Make your own rich and nutty decadence. The swirls of melt-in-your-mouth sesame, crunch of hazelnut and smoothness of fine dark chocolate transport you to a flavor sensation of the culinary kismet of Europe, the Far East and beyond. For YUMMY! perfection, pair with your favorite floral or fruity mousse, ice cream or gelato.