My Favorite Recipes of 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!


Unknown said…
Great selection! I love the sweets used for the bunny ears in the Easter cupcakes. Happy New Year to you!
La Petite Plume said…
Why your Majesty, WHY??? Why do you put up all of the tempting recipes:( I am DROOLING over each and every one of them!!! I especially love the fact that you are kind enough to share with all of us your recipes:))) I am a LEMON fanatic, so I will be trying the LEMON TARTS, yum yum! They all look amazing. Great pictures:)) I more than likely will be trying most of them:))

Have a happy healthy New Year my NEW friend!!

ceecee said…
I do wish that you were my neighbor so that I could stop by to borrow a cup of sugar...which I know that you would always have on hand! What a delicious year end round-up.

Wishing you a very Happy 2010.


BTW - I make Elvis' Whipping Cream Poundcake too!!
Paris Pastry said…
Your comments are so sweet, thank you very much :D!!
Love this post. So great to see so many great recipes in one spot! So many I have missed! I have some catching up to do. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Miss Dot said…
Yay!! I'm so glad you made a compilation of these recipes; I've already tagged a few that I can't wait to try!! Nutella in those Jack Skellington cookies? GENIUS!!

Thanks for sharing your amazing recipes :)

Anonymous said…
LOve this list

My fav - cheesecake
Holy pastry heaven. LOVE the Halloween cupcakes!
Happy New Year! I just discovered your blog through Ingrid and I am now following. I see lots of yummy recipes I want to try!!
Lucie said…
The cinnamon buns in cupcake liners are so cute! I had never thought of making them that way but it's a good way to put a twist on things. And the lemon tartlets...I have to agree that once you make Pierre Hermé's lemon curd you won't make another, even though the amount of butter is pretty insane!

Happy 2010!
Isabelle said…
Lovely round up!
Looking at your pictures made me dream! Happy new year!

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