I know that cranberries are more of a Thanksgiving or Christmas type of thing, but when I first saw a recipe for cranberry curd, I thought that it had this absolutely amazing deep pink color, so why not make something with cranberries for Valentines Day, especially if you are overloaded on the chocolate? This has a nice tart but sweet bite and is the perfect plalate cleanser after a rich meal.
Ever notice that most recipes only call for a cup of chocolate chips and you somehow end up with about 4 or 5 open bags of various kinds of chocolate chips — or any other “flavoring thing” like nuts or dried fruit for that matter? Well that was the case this week when I was looking for a cookie inspiration and so this is what I came up with. Mini chips (very meltable), crunchy toffee bits (for texture), sweet and tangy dried cranberries. Turned out quite yummy for a cookie on a whim. Now, pass the milk.
Not quite over my Meyer Lemon kick yet, so I thought that I would make these tartlets. The addition of the pistachios is unique, but I had run out of other nuts (initial thought had been cashews) but these turned out ok in the end. If I were to make them again, maybe I’d up the butter quotient in the tartlets though, because they were very crumbly taking them out of the tart pans. The quick curd was lovely though.
It is miserable out. It’s been blowing a gale, dark as night even the middle of the day and we’re under flood watch because of all the rain. I hate rain. Give me snow — especially in January — and I’d be much happier. Although I’d likely be bitching about the snow then too. You can’t win, can you? In the meantime, this Meyer Lemon Upside Down Cake practically *glows* with brightness. And it tastes equally as vibrant. Caramelized Meyer lemons and light fluffy cake. Give me some whipped cream and we’re golden!
Still on my Meyer Lemon kick… while they are available, I will eat them! So I thought I would use some of the curd that I made last weekend and make some crumble bars (aka shortbread bars). And what pairs nicely with the tropical flavors of Meyer Lemons — why Macadamia Nuts! While these were a bit annoying to cut (should have chopped the nuts finer) they taste amazing!