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I am thrilled to share a special giveaway from Big City Little Sweets, a modern nyc-based dessert catering company that specializes in the two things nearest and dearest to my heart here at The Chic Brûlée ~ living fashionably and dessert!

As a little treat, the lovely Julie Hwang of Big City Little Sweets is offering a box of her deliciously chic bite-sized desserts to one lucky reader of The Chic Brûlée. I encourage you to take a minute to enter the giveaway to win this indulgent gift for yourself. Keep reading to enter!  Read More…

Balthazar Granola

January 21, 2013

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This morning I popped into Balthazar Bakery to pick up a bag of their handmade granola. Good granola is hard to find and I have to say Balthazar’s is one of the best I have ever tried. The bakery, on 80 Spring Street in Soho, is adjacent to the famed and timeless Balthazar Restaurant, and offers a selection of pastries, breads, cookies, cakes and tarts that allow you to take a little taste of the restaurant–and its Parisian-inspired style– home. Read More…

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Mini Blueberry Almond Crisps

January 17, 2013

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Yesterday I made a delightful recipe from one of my favorite chefs, Carla Hall, recently featured on The Chew. This is an easy and trimmed-down recipe for a scrumptious blueberry crisp made in six ramekins for fun individual portions. The filling, made with blueberries (fresh or frozen), lemon, sugar, cornstarch and salt, is topped with a crispy and buttery crumble that bakes up to perfection. Read More…

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Leonidas Chocolates

January 8, 2013

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This past weekend I checked out famed Belgian chocolatier Leonidas in Midtown, NYC. This tiny boutique, nestled between the posh hotels and fashion houses that line Madison Avenue, features an exclusive assortment of Belgian chocolate and Belgian pralines, truffles, orange peel, and marzipan, all imported straight from Brussels. When you walk into the shop, there is something so very European Read More…

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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all are spending time with your loved ones and enjoying some delicious Christmas treats, of course! If you are still looking for some last-minute baking ideas this Christmas, please check out “Your Best Holiday Sweets” on the New York Times, where I am honored to be featured for my Peanut Butter Balls recipe (If you have tried it yet, I highly recommend!). In the meantime, I hope enjoy these 3 photos Read More…

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Twice Baked Shortbread

December 21, 2012

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Shortbread is the ultimate indulgence. With an ingredient list traditionally comprised of one part white sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour, these Scottish “biscuits,” popular since the 16th century, have surely stood the test of time. On my last trip to the U.K., I took home a box of shortbread from Harrod’s famous upscale “food court” and savored every last bite while back home in New York. I made a double batch to bring home for Christmas since both my Dad and my fiancé love shortbread as well ~ a win-win situation for all! This recipe calls for you to double bake the shortbread and from my experience is the best method to cook this delightful buttery treat. Because there is only a short list of ingredients, the quality of each is very important. In light of that, I decided to use European-style butter to elevate the richness of the shortbread and provide the most flavor possible. If you can’t find European-style butter at your grocery store or market, you can certainly still use regular butter for this recipe. After baking the shortbread twice (first in a pan and then cut into fingers on a baking sheet), it came out rich, crumbly and the most beautiful golden butter color. I hope you enjoy this little taste of Scotland in your kitchen for the holidays this year!

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Saltine Toffee

December 19, 2012

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I just finished making a batch of one of my favorite holiday treats ~ Saltine Toffee. This crunchy candy is irresistible and so easy to make. Check out my recipe here. Enjoy!

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There is nothing like a batch of freshly baked, buttery Christmas cookies frosted in rich royal icing and dusted with colorful sugar. I can guarantee that you will not find a better, more delicious recipe for cutout sugar cookies anywhere. These festive cookies are favorites of kids and adults alike and are truly a work of art! This year, I decided to do trees, stars, snowflakes, candy canes and reindeer, and I’m thrilled to share with you my recipe for these scrumptious frosted cookies along with a few helpful tips and techniques for frosting the cookies. So, throw on some Christmas carols and get baking!  Read More…

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Knob Creek Balls

December 11, 2012

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Known as “Southern Truffles,” I couldn’t wait to make a batch of fun, boozy bourbon balls. Most of all, I wanted to impress my fiancé, quite the bourbon aficiando, with a dessert made of his favorite Kentucky bourbon, Knob Creek. These no-bake balls are easy to make and pack quite the punch. Inside the balls is a mix of crushed Nilla wafers and pecans for just enough crunch. I rolled them in chocolate sprinkles to make them beautiful enough to serve at any of your holiday parties this year. Enjoy!  Read More…

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Pecan Pie Biscotti

December 6, 2012

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This week my grandmother and I stumbled upon a scrumptious looking biscotti in the newspaper. The warm color of the cookies and the addition of pecans, which you do not usually see in biscotti, was especially intriguing this time of year. We noticed there was not any butter or oil in the cookies – quite the rarity in the baking world! I did a quick Google search and found out that there are 2 varieties of biscotti: simply put, ones that are made with butter and ones that are not. Armed with this information, we set out to bake what turned out to be a delightful, light and crispy biscotti full of crunchy pecans and sweet brown sugar. They are wonderful to make around Christmastime and I highly recommend adding them to your assortment of cookies this year. Try one with coffee or a cup of tea for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Enjoy!  Read More…

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