Here's a sneak peak at some of the things that needed a final testing for my upcoming "Just Desserts" ebook. Let's just say, there was never a shortage of sweet treats at Carmi's!
Raspberry Lemon Tarte - this could be topped with any berry, but we chose the oh, so special wild mullberries that Carmi picked! Aren't they pretty? This was my first time trying these berries, Mmm. We served it with a raspberry sauce.
Chocolate Maca Cake...Dense nutty layer topped with a smooth chocolate layer. This is the same cake I had at my birthday (few posts below), only I decorated it with chocolate covered banana chunks.
You might also remember this cake from my birthday post - Tropical Cheesecake - topped with mango, banana, and strawberry sauce.
This is one of my favourites since I created it a few summers ago. Chocolate Berry Pie - Normally I use only blueberries, but we made it with blue and raspberries. Yum! We served it with Double Strawberry Ice Cream.
Chocolate Mint Cups - Since Carmi had fresh mint growing in the garden, it was the perfect opportunity to try these fresh delights - choccie and mint always go so well together!
Shortbread Cookies - simple and yummy. These bring me back to my childhood memories of being in Scotland!
Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - After making these many times, and Carmi making them too, I think we finally nailed the recipe :) I absolutely love these bars!
White Chocolate Orange Cake - Carmi's favourite of my desserts...she has already made this cake since my visit! :) The above slices are her pics - she sure did it justice, eh?
Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream - yup, this is one of my faves...I could eat this almost every day!
Chocolate "Peanut Butter" Cups - Another childhood favourite that I had to replicate. Carmi, Don, and I enjoyed snacking on these!
So those were just a few things from the book...but don't think we stopped there! Here are some other things we created.
Mullberry Tarts - Nut crust filled with vanilla cream, mullberry puree, and berries.
Mudslide Pie - A tried and true Cafe Gratitude recipe. Carmi has made this before, and I have been wanting to make it, so I finally got the chance. Yum yum, double...triple yum! This is a swirl of chocolate, white chocolate, and almond butter filling.
We also tried some cookie recipes from the Raw Epicurean Cookie Ebook by Ingrid. She provides a really wide variety of beautiful, tasty recipes.
Oat Groat Coconut Cookies - These really jumped out at me because I like anything "oaty". I really like the texture and flavour, plus they were super simple to make.
Almond Cookies - Wowsers, for anyone who likes almond, this cookie is for you! I loooved the flavour, however, the texture didn't come close to what it shoud have been, and we're not quite sure what went wrong, as we followed the recipe. It turned out more like marzipan, even after dehydrating longer than called for.
So that wraps things up in the sweet department...I think we accomplished all we set out to do, and had a blast every step of the way. I love un-cooking with my sister and look forward to our next time in the kitchen together (hopefully sooner than later)!