• Salty Honey Panna Cotta with Crushed Raspberry Sauce

    I’m baaaaaaack! It’s been a while, I know. Here’s the thing, I’ve been all over (mentally and physically), but really what happened was I went to England (!!!) to visit my sister Clare and then for some reason I needed several weeks to recover. I won’t go into all the details but we had the most wholesome time and I saw everything from the Tower of London to the (haunted) Viaduct Tavern. We did SO much walking, got our ears pierced (sorry Mom), and we saw SO many sights and quite frankly I’d like to move there thank you. But to be honest, I have been trying to write this same blog post for three weeks now, and I don’t know WHY its taken me so long to get it out because this was such a delicious and easy dessert to make.

    It all started when I was home and bored and flipping through my two (2) Alison Roman cookbooks because why not? It was a Saturday and I was looking for something to entertain me, I didn’t really want to go outside, after all. I came across this recipe and it sounded like the perfect combination of lazy and fancy, which is my entire Aesthetic™️. It’s made with several different types of dairy, including buttermilk, heavy cream, and sour cream, and topped with a bright and perfect raspberry smash, and all I’m saying is that people should expect this dessert at all my dinner parties for the rest of ever, thanks.

    If memory serves, this is one of the first Alison Roman recipes I’ve written about on Sweet D, I can’t believe it! She is a powerhouse of cooking things and I aspire to be as chic and clever as she is and basically what I’m getting at is that this might as well be an Alison Roman stan blog from now on. The most fun part about this recipe is that you can pour the custard into any containers you’d like really, which is why I used my collection of martini glasses and my brand new English tea cup, because who wouldn’t love to be served dessert from a tea cup, I ask you.

    Okay anyway, that’s enough of me ranting, here are 5 things to be happy about before we start cooking. Baking? Preparing? I don’t really know how to describe it for this particular dessert. Ah well, here we go!
    ONE. Taking a nice long walk on an unseasonably warm day.
    TWO. The sound of rain hitting the windows outside.
    THREE. Getting your hair blown out and feeling incredibly fancy for a day.
    FOUR. Being barefoot in your own house.
    FIVE. The feeling of being on vacation.

    Okay let’s go!

    Ingredients

    1 envelope (¼ ounces) unflavored gelatin
    ¼ cup water
    3 cups heavy cream, divided
    ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 cup sour cream
    2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
    Pinch of salt
    6 ounces fresh raspberries
    1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar


    Steps

    In a measuring cup, add the water and pour the envelope of gelatin over it. Allow to sit for 2 to 3 minutes so that it softens and hydrates.

    In a small pot, add the softened gelatin, ½ cup cream, and ½ cup honey. Heat over low heat, swirling until the gelatin is dissolved. Do NOT simmer, as it will denature the gelatin and prevent it from firming back up.

    Gently whisk the sour cream, buttermilk, vanilla, the remaining 2½ cups cream, and salt into a large bowl. Slowly whisk the warm gelatin mixture over the cream mixture, but make sure not to whisk so hard that air bubbles form. Divide the mixture among the glasses, it will be 6 to 10 glasses, depending on their size. Chill until set, 1 to 2 hours.

    In the meantime, add the raspberries to a bowl with the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of honey. Crush the raspberries with the back of a fork so that the juices are released, and stir to combine. To serve, top each panna cotta with the portion of the raspberries, and a drizzle of honey, if you’d like!

    YUM!!

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  • Brownie Stamp Cookies with Peppermint Glaze

    Has it been a month since I posted?? I didn’t even realize, time flies at the end of the year, (and decade!!) doesn’t it? But anyway, I’m back now, and here to talk about stamp cookies! Naturally I asked for almost exclusively cooking related gifts for Christmas, including Alison Roman’s Nothing Fancy, a proper chef’s knife, AND a beautiful set of Nordic Ware cookie stamps. Maybe it was just me but I felt like my Instagram feed was flooded with stamp cookies this season, and I started to feel left out! So many people offered fancy cookie combinations, including shortbread and citrus, gingerbread and rum butter, but I was immediately drawn to these, rich dark chocolate and peppermint glaze. Like hot chocolate in a cookie!! Originally found here, I made a few minor adjustments and these beauties came out like glazed tiles and I LOVE THEM.

    Moving into a new year and a new decade, I find myself looking back on what the last few years have brought me- some ups and downs for sure, but also this space to bake and write, and people to share it with. I moved out on my own, took on challenges that scared me, and made a freaking loaf of sourdough from scratch! I am very thankful for what I have done, and I can’t wait for what’s in store. I wish you all the happiest of new years and many stamp cookies, too!

    Before we bake, here are 5 things to be happy about today!
    ONE. Popcorn at the movies, and the fact that it somehow is better than any popcorn you make at home.
    TWO. Sleeping late on a rainy day, knowing that you don’t have anything to do.
    THREE. Cherry cordials with syrupy centers.
    FOUR. Serving drinks in a punch bowl.
    FIVE. Movie trilogies.

    Let’s bake! Recipe makes about 3 dozen glazed cookies.

    Brownie Cookies

    3 cups all purpose flour
    1 cup cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s Special Dark for this)
    1 teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon baking powder
    ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon instant espresso powder
    1 cup salted butter, softened
    1½ cups light brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla


    Peppermint Glaze

    2 cups confectioner’s sugar
    8-12 tablespoons heavy cream (have more on hand)
    ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon peppermint extract
    Pinch of salt

    How To:

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and instant espresso.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until each is incorporated before adding the next. Mix in vanilla.

    Add the dry ingredients all at once and cover the mixer so that the flour doesn’t go everywhere when the mixer is turned on. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl a few times during the mixing so that all dry ingredients are incorporated- the dough will be very thick!

    Turn the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and wrap tightly, chilling for at least 1 hour before proceeding.

    Once the dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.

    (There are a few ways to make stamp cookies, but my directions below are my favorite way, I found they kept the cookies the most intact and even.)

    Working with about half the dough at a time, take about 2 tablespoons worth of dough and roll it into a ball between your palms. Dust the desired cookie stamp with cocoa powder to prevent sticking, and press the stamp down on the center of the ball of dough, pushing on all sides so that the pressed cookie remains fairly even, and the pattern is fully embossed. Gently peel the cookie off of the stamp and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

    If you’re a perfectionist like me, then take a circular cookie cutter with approximately the same size as the stamp, and cut off the rough edges of each cookie. Repeat until all dough is used.

    Bake the cookies for 7 to 10 minutes, switching the trays from top to bottom oven rack halfway through. It’s best to stay on the less baked side, as this will ensure the cookies stay soft after baking.

    While the cookies are baking, whisk together all the glaze ingredients in one bowl. It should be the consistency of glue, thick, but pourable, so feel free to adjust with an extra tablespoon of confectioners sugar or cream as necessary.

    When the cookies are finished baking, brush the glaze over the warm cookies with a pastry brush almost immediately, this will help the glaze melt into every line of the pattern and cover the cookie evenly.

    Allow the cookies to dry completely before storing, and enjoy!!

    PSA, the cookie stamps I used can be found here, but these cookies can also be made by rolling the dough a ½ inch thick and cutting out circles.

  • Peachy Cobbler

    Good news for anyone who doesn’t think they have time to make this summer peach cobbler today. If I can go to a Scottish Festival and a Shawn Mendes concert on Saturday, spend Sunday college shopping with my sister, AND still have time to make this, so can you. So let’s unpack this. Peaches. Don’t even need to be peeled, just sliced, slathered in batter, and baked until the top is shiny and crisp. Delicious and wonderful and purely peachy. Have I convinced you yet?

    This weekend, as mentioned above, I went to a Shawn Mendes concert with two of my sisters. Full disclosure, I bought these tickets last March, and anticipated being just a chaperone. BUT. Oh boy did I have a blast! Don’t you love when that happens? Aside from being in the literal last row of the Barclay’s Center, we were dancing and yelling and oh man that boy is cute.

    Buuut, since that was my Saturday, and my Sunday was full of errands, I didn’t even think I would have time to make a post this week. Then, all I could think about were peaches because it’s the end of summer and there’s no better time to have a mind completely occupied by peaches am I right? Then, this recipe came along, and it was fate! I tinkered with some proportions, but I had never tried a recipe where the top is flooded with hot water before baking, and I’m intrigued! Combine that shiny top with the jammy peaches and you’ve got the perfect summer peach cobbler.

    Before we get started, here are 5 things to be happy about today:
    ONE. Switching from your summer wardrobe to your fall wardrobe.
    TWO. The first pumpkin-flavored treat of the season. (PSL’s I see you!)
    THREE. British Cadbury candies.
    FOUR. Sneakers with ankle socks.
    FIVE. A pair of fuzzy slippers to put on when you come home from a long day.

    Peachy Cobbler

    An incredibly low maintenance peach dessert, these peaches don't even need to be peeled before they're sliced, slathered in a brown sugary batter and flooded with sugar and hot water for a shiny, shattery crust.
    Prep Time30 mins
    Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
    Total Time1 hr 40 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Keyword: cobbler, dessert, peach
    Servings: 12 people

    Ingredients

    • 8 peaches; cut into 8 wedges each
    • Juice + zest of ½ a lemon
    • 1 stick butter; softened
    • cups white sugar
    • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
    • cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • ¾ cup whole milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • ½ cup hot water

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil, which will catch the drips from the cobbler. Place the sliced peaches into a 9"x13" baking dish, then add the lemon zest and juice on top.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, 1 cup of the white sugar, and the brown sugar, until fluffy. Add the flour and baking powder until the mixture is evenly sandy. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the milk and the vanilla, mixing for an extra 2 minutes until the batter is light.
    • Drop dollops of the batter evenly over the top of the peaches in the dish and, using an offset spatula, smooth the batter out so that the peaches are barely visible and the batter is no more than ½ inch thick in any place.
    • Sprinkle the remaining white sugar over the batter evenly, then drizzle the hot water on top. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until the top is crackled and golden.
    • Allow to sit for 30 minutes so that the filling can thicken, then serve warm. YUM!

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