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Buried Treasure Cupcakes, by Martha Moench

This is a two-part recipe. Last week  we introduced Buried Treasure Cupcakes, this week we are topping them with Swiss Meringue Buttercream! Once you have gotten thus far in the process it is wise to refrigerate the cupcakes or let them cool for awhile – especially if you have used warm caramel – so that they can set up and be ready to frost. Upon cooling it is time to frost! Swiss Meringue Buttercream 1 lb. unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 4 large egg whites, (1/2 cup) at room temperature 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar pinch of salt 2 teaspoons vanilla 12 oz. bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled (Use the same amount of white chocolate such as Tobler Narcisse for a white chocolate buttercream.) Chop the chocolate and melt in a bowl over simmering water until smooth. Let …

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This is a two-part recipe. This week we will cover the cupcake and filling, next week Swiss Meringue Buttercream! I have been involved in the food industry for more years than I care to admit. I owned my own catering business, have taken and taught cooking lessons, and have won a few cooking contests. So, I have favorite recipes, recipes that have many incarnations, the tried and true, and the truly creative great new ideas. Some of the great new ideas happen while cooking with kids. Kids are unabashed and often willing to try more than you think they will. They have a love for experimentation and aren’t afraid of failure. It was while cooking with kids that we came up with today’s recipe technique. One of our longtime cookie favorites is called the Rolo cookie. It is basically a chocolate shortbread …

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Mayan Chocolate Cheesecake by Martha Moench

The combination of peppers, cinnamon and allspice reminds me of a chocolate truffle called the ‘Mayan’ made by a boutique shop that is now out of business. It was a truffle that you thought about as you ate because the flavors married so well; one whose taste you wanted to make last a long time. My attempt to re-create that taste experience resulted in this cheesecake. If you’re not sure about the spice combination, take them out (leaving the vanilla in) and make it the first time as a rich chocolate cheesecake. But in my opinion, if you want to knock it out of the park, spice up your life with the original recipe. The double whammy of chili peppers with their natural ability to stimulate nerve endings and release endorphins creating a natural high, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Mayan Chocolate Cheesecake …

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Well, it’s me again. Dingbat’s mama (the other Martha) writing about one of my favorite recipes. With February approaching I thought we’d kick off our Monday with a Valentine’s cookie. My favorite for the past few years (well, maybe five or six) is a chocolate shortbread cut into a 2-inch heart. It has a very rich taste, so two hearts brought together with pink strawberry frosting or chocolate ganache in the center is better in a smaller amount. This is a great do ahead recipe – the dough seems to meld into its true persona if left for a day or two in the fridge before baking. It can also be frozen, which is good to know ahead of time, especially on a day like today when it’s snowing so much outside that one naturally thinks of baking while listening to great …

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I’ve introduced you to my mom, Martha. She’s amazing – have I told you that? While I drive my organization and drafting skills from my dad, my love for color and creativity through medium comes from my Mom. When I was in high-school she started a quilt for me. There were many late nights spend toiling away with thimbles, needles and thread. While I was writing papers or fighting through algebra problems, she was there hand stitching her love for me. The bugs & butterfly quilt, titled metamorphasis, was something to represent a mother’s love I think. Whenever we’d fight or I’d be a not-so-nice teenager, she’d be there slaving on this quilt. Tears and blood went into this amazing piece of art that is truly priceless. I don’t think there is a memory of my teenage years that isn’t without this …

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There is nothing so delicious as lemonade made with real lemon juice. In this recipe, we start with a simple syrup that can be kept in the refrigerator up to a month. Use both rosemary and mint, or according to your taste, use just one or the other. The simple syrup serves as the sweetener for the fresh lemonade. Use according to individual taste. Click on the image above to download the full recipe with detailed photos and free printable goodies designed by Dingbat Press. All recipes copyright Martha Moench 2010, designs by Dingbat Press. Enjoy!

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I confess to a penchant for lemons, lemons, lemons. Having just returned from vacation with a lemon tree outside our door and a big box of lemons, I’ve been thinking of my famous lemon curd. Used it for years while owning my catering business, we have often served Cloud Meringues with Lemon Curd and Berry Sauce for our Sunday dessert. It’s a dessert that uses both parts of the egg with great success. I’ve made this dessert many times and in many incarnations: individual meringues, whole meringues with lime or orange curd (just cut back on the sugar) and whipped a pint of cream, folded it into the lemon curd and simply served it with a bowl of beautiful, big strawberries. I’ve covered two special wedding cakes with meringue. One for my niece – covered with meringue flowers that I delicately invented …

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I am SO excited to be introducing you to a new feature I’ll be hosting on Fridays with The Other Martha. I have to tell you about her. When I was 4 (a dingbat then too), I was very mad at my mother for something silly and quite trivial. I decided to tell her that I wanted a new mother. To which she replied, “Oh really, and what mother would that be?” As I sat there and thought about it, I kept coming back to a brunette, with pretty finger nails, and a really good cook. But I didn’t voice my opinion so as not to sound too picky. My mom then proceeded to pick up the phone and dial her friend up the street. She had a lovely conversation about sending me to a new family with a newer better mother. …

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