Saturday, January 21, 2012

Spiced Apple Butter

As many of you know, I am a jam fanatic. I used to have jam on toast, oh, everyday. Then, I discovered apple butter. It is a healthier alternative, but still satisfies my spreadable-sweetness craving (less sugar, more fiber, and all that good stuff). For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, it has the texture of a thicker, smoother apple sauce. Use it just like jam -- on toast, crackers, and the like. My morning ritual now consists of toast with a good smear of it with peanut butter. A very satisfying breakfast, and also a great snack!

White Bean & Chicken Chili

Here's to some healthy AND delicious recipes for the New Year! Hope you enjoy this light, flavorful twist on chili.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Chocolate Cherry Trifle

For all of you who haven't made, or tried, trifle -- trust me, you are in for a treat! Trifle is a traditional English dessert made from layers of sponge cake, custard, fruit, and whipped cream. Many traditional recipes often include soaking the cake in some kind of alcohol (including this one). The possibilities are endless, and I have recently come across a plethora of incredible-looking trifle recipes.

The classic combination of chocolate and cherry is one that I prefer in the colder months, especially during the holidays. I made this trifle for Christmas this past year, and my family absolutely could not get enough. It makes a large amount, so it is good for sharing with a crowd. I also think this would be a beautiful dessert for a Valentine's Day meal (your date will certainly thank you). A trifle's flavors develop the longer it sits, so you can also eat on it for days, and it will keep getting better. In fact, I would plan on making this the day before serving, if you are able. It is crucial for the cake to soak up the custard, and for the flavors to develop overnight. The cherry brandy can be left out, and this is probably best if serving kids (you really can taste it). However, if this is an adult occasion, I highly recommend splurging on the brandy. It gives the dessert such a decadent flavor, and it pairs perfectly with cherry and chocolate flavors.