Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Inspiration for a sweet table

Remember my fall list? Well, it's been keeping me pretty busy. Tonight, as we roasted cinnamon marshmallows over the open fire, and the flaming maple leaves fell all around us, I contemplated taking a little hiatus from this space. You know, since fall is such a busy time and all.

But then I realized that we'd be heading into Christmas once I returned, and after Christmas is Blissdom (yes, I'm going) and then in February is that engagement party I'm throwing and Mateo's birthday and, and...

It's always a 'busy time', so I'm just going to keep posting here and there when I have a few minutes and keeping you up to date with the goodness leaving my kitchen.

Speaking of which, have you seen the Chilled Pumpkin Cheesecake? Just in time for our Thanksgiving? Yep. Don't miss it, nor the new vlog that I had a ton of fun making. (just ignore the pantyhose comment, OK?)

On to the food! In this case, the sweets. I had the opportunity to bake up a storm for a baby shower for one of my most favorite people ever, Angela. She makes up half of the Tim Chin Photography dynamic duo (check out our last family photo shoot with them) and she's about eight months pregnant with Tiny Tim, as I like to call him.

I had to go a bit nuts with the food. Ange is such a stylish girl...and loves food almost as much as I do! Here are some of the sweets that the guests feasted on:

Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. You've seen the cake before, now meet the mini-cupcake.

Chai-Scented Creme Brulé, because creme brulé is Ange's favorite dessert ever. I infused the cream with a little of Philippe de Vienne's Chai Spice Blend, and it was just enough to give the dessert a hint of something special.

Quebec Pear and Candied Ginger Individual Crisps, served warm with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.

Prosecco-Lime Gelée with Seasonal Fruits, inspired by this post on Desserts for Breakfast. Refreshing, elegant, and low-fat, if you're concerned about that.

Chocolate Pecan Puddle Cookies are a must at any event, as are Orange Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Caramel Ganache.

S'mores! Traditional graham crackers, cinnamon marshmallows (blue for 'boy') and dark chocolate squares. (I used Lindt). I torched these á la minute for the girls.

Close up of the sandwich cookies. I used Jamie's Chewy Lemon Cookies, which were fantastic because they can be mixed up, rolled into logs and frozen in advance. I used orange instead of lemon and it paired well with the dark chocolate.
For the filling I prepared Robin's Dark Chocolate Caramel Sauce, and let it firm up before filling. These cookies were pretty, bite-size and perfect for a baby shower, however they had to be refrigerated right up until serving. Not a warm weather cookie!

There were also mini Lemon Poppy-Seed Cupcakes, and these Nutella Brownies. And that was about enough.

Congratulations again to the mother-to-be. I'll bet the little guy was kicking up a storm after this sugar rush! Way to get him hooked on crême brulé early...


Jennifer Jo said...

That's impressive, Aimee. Truly.

And I'm glad you're not leaving this space ... 'cause I like it here!

Cheri said...

Hmm.. I wonder if it would pay off to bring you here to Norway to do my baby shower? I think so. ;)

Everything looks so good and I love how it's all packaged up so teeny tiny. So cute and perfect for a baby shower.

Savannah, Acts of Sweetness Ambassador said...

Hi Aimee! This is so amazing. What a lucky friend to have. I love the personal touches like having the blue marshmellows :) This sweet table is such a great idea for a baby shower!

I know that our readers over at the Redpath Sugar Facebook site would love this idea. If you ever feel like sharing, please do! I know that people would love this.

Happy Baking!

Natalie said...

what an incredible dessert buffet--I'm especially in awe of those delicious looking s'mores!

smalltownoven said...

This is amazingly impressive! I want to eat everything on the table and I love the flavor combinations and variety you included. Bravo.

Ange said...

We've been out of town since the shower so I'm late on the commenting...but I had the Best. Shower. Ever, mainly due to the amazing spread of yummy food! I'm such a lucky gal!

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