Thursday, December 31, 2009
It's been almost a year since I started this blog: one year of trying countless recipes and eating delicious desserts! Today is our last day of 2009 and I would like to reflect on all of those yummy recipes that were so memorable. So, I present to you my favorite 15 recipes from this year:
1. Autumn Meringue Cake: one of my first Pierre Hermé recipes. So decadent and rich! If it wasn't for the very long preparation time, I would have made this cake time and time again. 2. Schnecken: after making these German cinnamon buns, I never tried a store-bought cinnamon bun again. Those just aren't up to par compared to these delicious beauties! 3. Sour Cream Chocolate Cake: hands down the best chocolate cake I've ever had! I've made this recipe many, many times since. 4. Easter Cupcakes: a combination of the different Easter cupcakes-designs I've made. 20 yellow cupcakes with buttercream frosting. 5. Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting: no I haven't rebaked these since and I'll give you a good reason why: I made nine of these cupcakes and I ate eight of them!!! 6. New York Cheesecake: I can't even count how many times I have made this cheesecake. I've tried all sorts of variations, but the way it is shown here, with a cherry-topping, is still my favorite! 7. Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Honey - Cinnamon Frosting: such a lovely cupcake this was. The honey - cinnamon frosting was magnificent too! 8. Lemon Tartlets: Pierre Hermé's ultra-flavorful lemon tartlets. The intensity of the lemon is beyond breathtaking! 9. Owl Oreo Cupcakes: funny owl cupcakes with a cheesecake filling and a mini-oreo in the middle. Decorating them was almost as much fun as eating them! 10. Rose Cupcakes: elegant cupcakes with a lovely finish. Rose cupcakes with rose frosting and a real rose petal on top! 11. Apple-Spice Layer Cake: the fabulous tastes of fall are emerged in this apple-spice layer cake. I can only say that it was gone very quickly! 12. Nightmare Before Christmas Cupcakes: in celebration of Halloween (though they might work for Christmas as well) I made these Jack Skellington cupcakes. Brown sugar pound cupcakes filled with Nutella. Need I say more? 13. Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: we all want to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and I think these came close to perfection. I still dream about them. 14. Apple Crumb Pie: I nicknamed this pie 'the Best. Apple. Pie. Ever.' and I think the title says it all! 15. Christmas Chocolate Cookies: never in my life have I made something that I eat in the middle of the night, but you just can't help yourself around these chocolate cookies. Happy New Year!