Dec 182018

Bourbon Old-fashioned Caramels

A bourbon old-fashioned. In a caramel form. Covered in dark chocolate. Step aside simple bourbon caramels, you have been upstaged. You and your kitchen will get messy making these. It’s best just to resign yourself to it,keep the dog away from the chocolate splatters and clean up later. Cleaning up while working with the chocolate leaves you at the risk of getting water into the chocolate which throws off the crystalline structure, leading to blooming –that crumbly, light texture that happens. And I wouldn’t recommend trying to make these if the temperature in your kitchen is over 75F. I do…Continue Reading

Jun 082018

Almond Toffee Cookies

It is very beneficial to be a decent culinary innovator when it’s 10pm and you suddenly want a cookie. A couple nights ago, I discovered a dearth of chocolate chips when I went to my easiest cookie recipe: a fairly basic chocolate chip cookie dough with a nice balance of brown and white sugars and a touch of cinnamon. But I did have cream and sugar and almonds, and I like toffee pieces in cookies or brownies as much as chocolate chips, so I went from there. When I say toffee in this context, it is not strictly the easily…Continue Reading