The holidays and peppermint go together perfectly, don't they? You can find the red- and white-striped candy everywhere this time of year – all over grocery stores, on Christmas trees, and even swimming in mugs of hot chocolate. We've rounded up five of our favorite peppermint recipes. Each one of these sweet treats gives you the refreshing, peppery burst of peppermint flavor.
No doubt many of you have heard of Voodoo Doughnut; the crazy and insanely delicious doughnut shop in Portland and Eugene where anything goes on a doughnut - namely the Bacon Maple Bar. My friend and I were in search of the perfect donut shop in our blog. Well, Voodoo was definitely a no-brainer for myself in Eugene, and honestly I'll take any excuse I can to head over there and try new things. The other place was a tiny little mom and pop donut place in Anaheim, CA, where people line up around the building and down the street for their signature blueberry donuts. If you're ever in any of these two areas of the states, please do yourself a favor and check them out.
It'd be impossible to make it through the holiday season without eating at least a few decadent desserts on top of our homemade edible gifts. Thankfully, Team Yum has seen so many sugary standouts in 2010 that we're well-equipped for all that Christmas baking. Want to end your meal (and your year) in an outstanding way? Then click through for some sweet inspiration.
The cooking process is basic: Dissolve sugar in a wine-and-water mixture, cooking raspberries down until a gooey syrup forms. The finished product is not only sweet and tart, but also has a lingering floral flavor from the rose water. See the easy recipe — and the different ways I made use of the syrup! — when you read more.
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Given how enjoyable tiramisu is on its own, I wondered if the berries were even necessary, but I quickly realized the fresh berries add a tartness and texture that makes this dessert doubly refreshing. In particular, I hoarded the blackberry bites, as their seeds add a wonderful crunch that goes swimmingly well with mascarpone cream.
Beware: This dessert is quick to make, but it'll be consumed even faster. If you don't have sambuca, try a coffee-flavored liqueur like Kahlua, or even an orange one such as Triple Sec for an equally nice flavor. Want the recipe? Then keep reading.