Every once in a while, readers send me recipes they think my readers or I would like to try. I’d like to pass along a couple of those recipes now.
First, a shout out to reader Angell Pasley for sharing her recipe for dark chocolate bark with coconut and walnuts. This recipe is easy, great for winter holiday gifts and adaptable. Don’t like nuts or coconut? Omit them and add your favorite dried fruit, such as cherries or apricots.
Next up, a recipe for banana bread from reader Karen Moffitt, who was inspired by this week’s column on quick breads. Karen offered up a great tip: If you have bananas that are overripe and ready for making bread but don’t have the time to make the bread, put them in the freezer. Thaw before using. It’s a simple tip but one that reminds us to never assume other cooks know all of the simple tips!
Alright, here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: this week’s Cookbook Giveaway. The sweet-stuff cookbooks continue to roll in, probably in anticipation of the giant sugar binge that is to come this holiday season. This one is “The Cupcake Diaries” by Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, stars of the TLC series “DC Cupcakes.” These ladies are the owners of the popular bakery Georgetown Cupcakes in… well, Georgetown.
The book is filled with tips, stories and seasonally-organized recipes for treats such as caramel apple cupcakes, lemon-blueberry cupcakes with citrus glaze, bacon blueberry pancake cupcakes, and berry-infused purple buttercream frosting.
If this sounds good to you, get thee to the comment box and leave me a message on this entry. I’ll pick a random winner on Monday.