Downton Dish: Brownies

Look, Sybil’s having her baby. It’s tense; you’re gonna want some chocolate, just trust me on this one. And these are possibly the greatest chocolate brownies I’ve ever encountered in my entire life. Rich, fudgy, so, so good. Bake up a plate and have it on hand. Best Damn Brownies Adapted from Martha Stewart Ingredients 1 stick (8T) butter 4 oz bittersweet chocolate 2 eggs … Continue reading Downton Dish: Brownies

Stir-Up Sunday

Happy Stir-Up Sunday! It’s time to officially kick off the holiday season–starting with dessert. Those Christmas puddings need time to mature and develop their flavours (some people actually make them more than a year in advance), so pull out those pudding basins and steamers and let’s get to work! Christmas pudding has its origins in the medieval period and is also traditionally known as plum … Continue reading Stir-Up Sunday

Ghoulish Goodies: Marshmallow Ghosts

I love making homemade marshmallows. For one thing, they’re fabulous. If you’ve only ever tried the store-bought kind, make these just once so you can taste the difference. Like night and day. For another thing, they’re a great example of kitchen alchemy, and since I’m a tiny bit of a closet science nerd, I love me some kitchen alchemy. It’s hard to believe that this … Continue reading Ghoulish Goodies: Marshmallow Ghosts

Downton Dish: Wedding Fruitcake

I don’t think it’s too spoilery to say that there’s a wedding coming to Downton Abbey, and weddings in England apparently mean fruitcake. Now, fruitcake’s gotten a bad rap over the years, but the real stuff is pretty damn good. Unfortunately, it usually needs several days (even weeks) to cure, so I found a recipe that skips that step entirely by leaving out the alcohol. … Continue reading Downton Dish: Wedding Fruitcake

Downton Dish: Crème Brûlée

Ok, I was going to be all sensitive and PC and do something innocuous today, like scones. But since tonight’s episode revolves heavily around I guy with burns, I just couldn’t resist. I shrugged and said: “Eh, the hell with it. I’m doing crème brûlée.” What can I say? I have a rather morbid sense of humor sometimes. Besides, crème brûlée is delicious deliciousness, and … Continue reading Downton Dish: Crème Brûlée

Downton Dish: Crêpes Suzette

My dear readers, I can’t believe, with my love of cooking and Downton Abbey, that it didn’t occur to me until now to put the two together. As we all settle down for another episode, it’s nice to have something to snack on, and let’s face it—regular old popcorn simply won’t do (what would Violet say?!) Instead, perhaps we should turn to this classic, elegant … Continue reading Downton Dish: Crêpes Suzette