Last post of the year, you guys.
And now that we know which recipes you all liked the most from this year, I want to share my favorites. I’ve gotta say, you guys have pretty good taste, because six of your favorites were definite contenders for my favorites.
The Have-It-Your-Way Granola, Pain au Chocolat, Cranberry Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, Ice Cream Cupcake Peanut Butter Cups, DIY Caramel Sauce, and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (from left to right) were all some of my favorites as well. So I owe you guys a thank you for narrowing the list down for me, since I’ll leave these out of my top 10 to avoid repeats. And now, in no particular order (since I’m definitley not that decisive), here’s my list:
My Top 10 Favorite Recipes:
(not including the ones above)
For SERIOUS chocolate lovers – With a chocolate graham cracker base, a dark chocolate ganache filling, and a dark chocolate espresso ganache glaze, this is chocolate HEAVEN!
The darkest chocolate ice cream I’ve ever had, this ice cream is creamy and smooth, like cold chocolate mousse. You may want to melt in it – just a warning!
If I ever doubted that making homemade ice cream was worth it (right…), this ice cream showed me that it definitely is. This one’s smooth and creamy too, and loaded with rich coffee flavor and dark chocolate chunks.
Toasted marshmallows and graham crackers make a sweet, flavorful ice cream, which is sandwiched between two graham crackers covered in dark chocolate. This is like the epitome of s’mores goodness, plus it keeps you cool in the dog days of summer.
The die-hard Chocolate Chip Cookie lover that I am makes me crave cookies all the time, but these truffles are just as good as cookies, if not better. It’s cookie dough that’s safe to eat raw, and coated in dark chocolate - talk about a dream.
My favorite coffee drink. Period. If you’re a caramel lover and a coffee lover, I have no doubt you’ll love this Iced Caramel Latte. In fact, can it be summer so I can start drinking these again?
Making this bread was one of the biggest accomplishments I’ve made since I started baking, and I still bake this all the time. If you’ve ever had San Francisco Sourdough, with it’s crispy crust, tender crumb, and pleasantly sour taste, you know how good this bread is.
I finally got a bundt pan this year, and I was so excited to try it out for the first time. This was the perfect way to break it out. The cake is moist, perfectly spiced, and filled with an incredibly good cream cheese filling. Then there’s a brown sugar cinnamon glaze on top that you could just eat by itself, it’s so good. The combination of all three elements? Perfection.
As far as straight-up Cinnamon Rolls go, these are the best I’ve ever had. They’re buttery soft and bursting with cinnamon flavor, and the cinnamon glaze on top is so simple, yet so perfect.
A different spin on cinnamon rolls, these are just as incredibly delicious as the regular ones. They’re soft and pillowy, filled with a rich brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, and so flavorful that they need no glaze. Plus, there’s whole wheat flour snuck in there, and you’d never know it!
All I want to do right now is run to the kitchen and start making all of these goodies again! Even though I made them all anywhere from a month to about 10 months ago, I still remember the tastes of these treats like it was yesterday, and I still crave them all! I hope you’re all inspired to try some of these recipes out yourselves; I highly recommend each and every one!
And one more thing…
I hope you all have a fun New Year’s Eve and a fantastic New Year in 2013. Thanks so much for all of your support this year – for every comment you’ve written, every recipe you’ve tried, and every bit of attention you’ve showered on this little nook of the internet. I appreciate it so much and I really hope to hear more from you all in the coming year; I love getting to know you!