Monthly Archives: March 2012

Cheesecake Tarts

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I am always trying to figure out new ways to add to my list of recipes and now that I manage a café I am constantly taking recipes I normally would make into something large and decadent into a more petite sized treat. These Cheesecake Tarts were perfect for the café. I took a simple cheesecake recipe and miniaturized it.

I used a cherry pie filling and a mixed berry pie filling to top my cheesecake tarts but you can use what ever is your favorite filling.

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German Chocolate Bars

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I made these bars last year for one of the students birthday. I asked her what she wanted and she said a German Chocolate Cake. I decided to improvise and turned ingredients from the cake into a simple bar. These German Chocolate Bars are as decadent and rich as if you were eating a slice of German Chocolate Cake.

Many people assume because it is called German Chocolate Cake that it originated in Germany. Actually, it is not German at all. It is traced back to an American named Sam German who developed a certain type of dark chocolate which soon was introduced by the Baker’s Chocolate Company as German Chocolate.

The first time I made this bar I added pecans but this time I did not. So pecans are optional.

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Granola Cookies

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Trying to be as creative as I possibly can be, I was looking around the café trying to find something to bake. I realized I had a ton of extra granola so I thought why not put it into a cookie. I used my own Granola Clusters in this recipe but you can basically use any of your favorite granola. This cookie has a little bit of everything in it to make it one extraordinary cookie. It is packed with flavor and definitely craves your hunger.

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Fudge Cookie Dough Tarts

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I am always trying to come up with new recipes for the café. Especially tart recipes because I feel like there are very few out there. When I think of tarts I always think of fruit tarts. Well I decided to break that assumption and come up with as many different tarts that are just out of this world. For this tart I thought about cookies because well I love cookies and then fudge because who doesn’t love a little fudge. I must say these little tarts did not last long on the shelf. 🙂

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Kapusta–Polish Dish

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My dad has begged me to make Kapusta that my Auntie Sandy use to make when we lived up in Chicago. My Auntie sent me the recipe and it was finally time to make an all time favorite family recipe. Kapusta is a polish dish that is another word for cabbage. It is mainly used as a side dish to add flavors in which other foods contrast. After my dad took the first bite he was in heaven. He said now I can make it during the holidays and even in the summer as a side dish when he makes a polish sausage on the grill. My grandpa, Papa, used to like to eat this with boiled, salted potatoes sprinkled with chives.

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Whole Wheat Pancakes with a Banana Syrup

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Along with my Buttermilk Pancakes this morning, I tried to make some whole wheat pancakes. If you are trying to add more whole wheat to your diet, then this is the perfect thing to start your morning off with. I had two pancakes and it filled me up. I made a banana syrup topping to add sweetness to the dish. Below is the recipe for my Banana Syrup Topping.

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