Ginger Beer Cupcakes with Roasted Pear Mascarpone Frosting

Ginger Beer Cupcakes with Roasted Pear Mascarpone Frosting

 

Sometimes, I find myself daydreaming of new confections that Wonka would put out of his tiny-people ran factory. Maybe a snozzberry gumdrop, strawberry pie lollipops that are the size of your head, miniature chocolate Oompas for Loompa Easter. During my last daydreaming deluge, I came back to earth to decide on something almost as magical: Ginger Beer Cupcakes.

 

Spicy, but sweet, ginger based cupcakes topped with a super-smooth roasted pear mascarpone frosting. All topped with crumbled ginger snaps and candied golden ticket ginger pieces. GOOD DAY, SIR! But, seriously. It will make for an amazing day.

 

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Macarons 101: A Beginner’s Guide and Printable Piping Template

Macarons 101: A Beginner's Guide

 

Ahhhhh, les macarons. Could there be a better Valentine’s Day treat? These sweet, bite-sized almond pastries have exploded right out of their tiny shells during the past couple years. For good reason, I say. Out with the cupcakes and in with the macarons. (Ok… Cupcakes can stay, too.)

 

I’m going to share my ups and downs of homemade macarons and hopefully save you a few exhausting days and bins full of squished, deflated, hollow, crunchy batches.

 

Keep reading for Macarons 101: A Beginner’s Guide and a free downloadable/printable macaron piping template.

 

 

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Sweet Red Pepper Relish

Sweet Red Pepper Relish

 

Let’s just imagine that it’s warm, beautiful summer. Weekends on the lake are my jam. Sun beams, fishing, burgers on the grill, warm swims, evening boat rides. *sigh*

 

There is this tiny little hole-in-the-wall restaurant near the lake, which I like call home in the summer, that serves what we Southerners call down-home cookin’–  Amazing catfish, unlimited hushpuppies (seriously!), and the most amazing slow-cooked seasoned white beans with a house-made jam-like Sweet Red Pepper Relish on the table. This stuff is just plain addictive. After batches and batches of ehhhh ok results, I finally nailed it.

 

 

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