Cream Cheese Banana Muffins

We all know the real reason I made these muffins was for the cream cheese filling in the center. And ohhhhh, is it worth it. Growing up, I never disliked cream cheese but I was never a fan of anything (i.e. toppings/sauces) in excess. My older sisters lived on plain bagels with cream cheese and…

Wacky Cake

    This cake has been a family favorite for birthday’s for as long as I can remember. When we’re looking for chocolate cake with white frosting, we make this one and if we’re looking for chocolate cake with chocolate frosting we make the Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake. It’s always one or the other though. It…

Tarte au Citron Meringuée

  Is there anything that represents Easter more than this tart? The little dollops of meringue even look a bit like Easter eggs. Or at least the design you may find on one. And the bright lemon curd really captures the cheery nature of spring. 🙂 This tart is composed of three elements: Pastry Crust…

Easter Custard Bread

While Brioche Bread with Custard Filling is a more descriptive name for this recipe, I had to reintroduce it in honor of our themed ABeeBakes Easter week. My family cycles through different bread recipes each Easter. One year we’ll make Orange Brioche (that I typically make at Christmas) and we’ll shape it into a dove. When we want…

Easter M&M Cookies

Every single holiday, (and even an excuse for other events like baby and bridal showers, or graduations and anniversaries) m&m candies are quick to supply special colors to match the theme of your event. I personally love it. Because it prevents me from having to do what I personally don’t love: going out to buy…

Braided Glazed Easter Bread

It’s hard to imagine that Easter is this weekend. How did that happen? This is a great time of year for baking. Especially breads. All the brioche, sweet breads, and hot cross buns. Also, with passover approaching, challah. Yum! This week on A Bee Bakes I’m focusing on Easter related recipes. Starting with this delicious…

Charles Chocolates

The coolest thing happened. A few months ago, a local chocolate making company, Charles Chocolates, hosted a contest on Instagram. All one had to do, was demonstrate an experience making some candy or chocolate related confection and to hashtag their final product. I shared the Chocolate-Covered Praline Bars that everyone loves and no one can possibly get enough…

Fudge

Being the youngest, I’ve always had siblings to visit in other cities and states. I have so many memories of driving from the bay area down to San Diego to visit one of my sisters. The drive is about 7 hours, but it felt like a lifetime as a kid. We stopped frequently along the…

Salted Pistachio Honey Cookies

They may not look like much, but don’t let looks deceive you with these. They’re soft, just like I love. They’re salty and sweet. And their flavor combination is surprisingly sophisticated. You can really taste the honey, which amazed me. And honey, goes SO well with salt. All in all, they’re really a nice change…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is everything I want in a dessert: chocolate. ’nuff said. Quite frankly, flourless chocolate cake > chocolate cake. There’s just something so much more luxurious to me when eating a piece of dense flourless chocolate cake. It melts in your mouth the way a classic chocolate cake does not. It’s rich, creamy, and so…