Category: dessert

Carrot Cake

By , December 11, 2013 18:17


I have recently made this recipe for the restaurant.  I know what you’re thinking.  And the answer is: YES.  She WAS that good of a baker and her goods mesmerized people all around us.  This time, I made the carrot cake without nuts, and served it with a mascarpone whipped cream frosting,  Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream, drizzled with Spicy Caramel Sauce and dusted with ground nutmeg. Some people just don’t dig on the carrot cake, usually.  But not this one.  I had numerous people who usually HATE carrot cake say that they loved it and would never have even tried it because of the horrible monstrosities that they have experienced with others before; frosting that was too sweet, dryness of the cake (which is the ultimate sin in all of baking), and the number one complaint about previous ventures, the “weird textures,” which included the addition to nuts in the cake.  I totally get that.  I hate nuts in my cake.  I’m eating something soft.  Why should that have to compete with a totally different medium of texture like a nut?! Kinda ruins the whole experience in my mind. I never let my mom know that I hated them.  I just picked them out, or just ate them. Until I got older and started to help her bake. Then I found my voice. We would make one with nuts, and one without. Yup.  My mommy spoiled me 🙂 Now go spoil yourself with this recipe 😀



  • 2C AP Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 2C Granulated Sugar
  • 1-1/2C Canola Oil
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2C Raw Shredded Carrots
  • 1 20oz can Crushed Pineapple, drained. (applesauce can also be used in place of the pineapple)
  • 1/2C chopped Walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350* and grease 9’9″ pan
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, canola oil until well combined.  Add carrots and pineapple.  Add flour mixture and combine thoroughly.
  • Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 1 hour, or until top is browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for about 30 minutes before cutting.  Also freezes well.



Spicy Caramel Sauce

By , December 9, 2013 16:55

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Why conform to pop culture when you can WOW people with something different and off the beaten path?! With the resurgence of Salted Caramel EVERYTHING, its a nice change to check something unique out.  Now, I know what you’re thinking-“DUDE!! Salted Caramel is the S**T!!!” Undoubtedly, it is pretty amazing.  BUT Spicy Caramel Sauce is where it’s at.  Truly.  It has a veritable myriad of uses.  I have made it for Apple Streusel Dumplings (recipe coming soon!), Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Ice cream topping,  swirled on top of a Bourbon Buttercup Squash Soup, drizzled over Carrot Cake with mascarpone whipped cream frosting, talks of cocktails, BBQ mops, Pork loin glazes, and so forth.  Enjoy this recipe and change it up a bit!! Don’t always go for what Starbucks tells you is hot (although I DO love me some Starbucks 😉 )



  • 2C Heavy Cream
  • 1C Apple Juice
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 8 Whole Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 3C Granulated Sugar
  • 1C Water


  • Combine cream, apple juice, and spices in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a simmer, remove from heat, and let steep for about 20 mins.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl and keep warm while preparing the caramel.
  • In a large saucepan over high heat, combine sugar and water.  DO NOT STIR!!! Let this boil until it reaches a deep amber color. SLOWLY add the cream mixture, constantly whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and let stand 5 mins for sauce to thicken up.  Keep refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream (French Style)

By , December 9, 2013 16:41


I have just discovered the joys of  ice cream making at the restaurant, due to a gift from a friend (THANK YOU LIL DB!!!).  The reviews all came back as “This is the best freakin ice cream I’ve EVER had!!” so, it may be a staple recipe!! The image above was our inaugural batch, served as a tasting with Spicy Caramel Sauce, whose recipe you can also find on this site!  The key to this ice cream’s allure is this magical little bottle of yum:




  • 1C Whole Milk
  • 2C Heavy Cream
  • 3/4C Granulated Sugar
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 6 Egg yolks (8 for a richer custard like consistency)
  • 1T Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Powder


  • Heat milk, cream, vanilla, sugar, and salt until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks, SLOWLY adding the cream mixture to temper eggs.  Once all the cream mixture is incorporated, pour back into the sauce pan.
  • Place saucepan over medium heat and constantly stir until mixture thickens to coat the back of a spoon.  Run your finger through the back of the spoon.  If the sauce doesn’t run back into the stripe you just made with your finger, remove from heat.  Pour into a large bowl over an ice bath.  Whisk mixture until cool.
  • Pour custard into ice cream bowl (this has been frozen for about 4 hours prior, preferably overnight) and churn to manufacturer’s directions (about 20-25 mins).  Using a rubber spatula, place ice cream into freezable container and freeze for about 4 hours before serving. Yields 1 quart of ice cream.

Darlet’s Pumpkin Bread

By , September 24, 2012 21:03


UPDATE: I have made this for the restaurant and I had the genius idea of tweaking the recipe.  Instead of the originally requested 2 tsp cinnamon and 1-1/2 tsp ground cloves, I replaced them with 3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice and 1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom. It came out AMAZING!!!

This recipe is very near and dear to my heart. My mother, Darlet, made THE BEST pumpkin and zucchini bread. In honor of her would-be 70th birthday, I would love to share with you one of her most loved recipes. She was never known as Mrs. M., but as Mom to everyone that came into the house. Even the boyfriends (which, now that I look back on that, I find it a little disturbing. But she WAS the most kickass mom EVER!!)

Although I’ve never tried to emulate it before, I did recently roast a whole pumpkin for homemade pumpkin ravioli (recipe will be posted later this week!! Promise!) and had a lot of leftovers that I froze, their fate to be determined at a later date. Now I know what I’ll be doing with them 😉


  • 2/3C Shortening
  • 2-1/2C sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1lb pumpkin (canned or fresh cooked and mashed/food processed)
  • 2/3C whole milk
  • 3-1/3C flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2/3C chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 2/3C chopped raisins (I always hated them in this when I was younger, but I may try them out this time)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 loaf pans.
  • Cream shortening and sugar.
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • Add pumpkin
  • Alternate milk and flour until well combined.
  • Add spices, nuts and raisins.
  • Pour into loaf pans and bake for 60-70 mins.

Thank you for everything, Mum. <3