Strawberry & Chocolate Ganache Tart

As a busy fall beings with graduation, weddings, and holidays my time is limited for easy evenings off to bake and relax. This past week I found an evening to relax and listen to some records and bake. This tart has a rich chocolate filling covered w fresh strawberries. I used Ghiradelli chocolate chips for…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eclairs

Another recipe I experimented with, for a family picnic, was using Choux Pastry and a peanut butter butter cream. These eclairs were to die for. They passed the test after being tested by my mother. Using the Choux Pastry recipe from my previous post for Blueberry filled eclairs seen here: https://pottsboilingover.com/2017/07/28/blueberry-cream-choux-pastry/ and using a simple recipe…

Julia Child’s Chocolate Almond Cake

“A party without cake is just a meeting.”- Julia Child. Today’s recipe I cannot take any credit for. It is straight from the pages of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” by Julia Child. I wanted to channel one of my heroes and bake something sweet; like usual. This Cake I baked for a family…

Berry Tartlets with Chambord Custard Cream

Another great weekend including a family picnic is all I needed after a week of studying and work. So, for this family picnic I decided to make a few desserts I’ve never tried before. The love of family is truly life’s greatest blessing. Today I made berry tartlets using my favorite pastry crust, 4 different…

Cleveland Cassata Cake, Canton Style

This weekend is a new friend and classmate’s birthday. She requested a cake or dessert to celebrate. She mentioned a Cassata cake, a cake original to Cleveland, OH. So, after some research I decided why not. I’ll make a Canton version and bring it to class for everyone to enjoy. This Cake is a 4 layer…

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

Going away parties: another reason for cheesecake. A few months ago a beloved professor, now to friend Yvonne, moved to Florida. The last day we all made a lunch to say goodbye. So, I figured, why not bring something sweet to the potluck. This cheesecake had a cookie base, cinnamon crunch filling,  and a cream…

Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

A favorite flavor of mine has always been red velvet. I do not know if it is the color or the dark chocolate flavor but it is always a go-to when there’s is a decision to be made. Since it is fall, and my favorite season, I decided to decorate and make something tasty. For…

Easy Strawberry Cake with Lime Buttercream Icing.

Potts family holidays have always had a few guarantees; there will be lots of laughs, loads of love, tons of food, and the rolls will always be burnt. There is nothing that compares to a Potts Family holiday. All are welcome, some come empty handed, others; pans full of treats, but all the same; everyone…

Lemon Bundt Cakes

So, if you know me, you know I love lemon. Probably an inherited trait. Chocolate being a close second. So today I am tucking my tail and giving two recipes; one came out awesome and one I screwed up but still tasted great. Hint: Always butter your bundt! (Butter and flour your pan) 🙂 The…

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Icing

So here is to another week, another class, another shift ended. I decided to make this cake because it included my favorite beer, Guinness, and my favorite coffee creamer, Bailey’s. And since I cannot bring either of these to work with me I decided to make them into a cake. This cake was made in…

Bittersweet Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel Tart

Remember: “Desserts is stressed spelled backwards.” After another inscessent week of obligations, I decided,  it was time to make another dessert. Scrolling and flipping through pages of sweet dishes I came across a recipe that started with “bittersweet.” This was it. This described the week. This was the recipe. This dessert has my favorite crust…

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

This week being a busy week of class, work, and social engagements I didn’t have the time to create anything sweet. So, this is a recipe I made a little while back and it was a hit with my fellow nurses. Not that pretty but delicious nonetheless. This cheesecake has a Girl scout Thin Mint…

Bourbon & Roasted Peach Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

Baking always fixes a rough mood, rough day, or even a rough week for me. Being a cheesecake lover, I decided this week would be a perfect time to try out a new cheesecake recipe with peaches, my favorite fruit. And this one has booze! A soft ending to a hard week. I like a…

Strawberry & Blueberry Tart with Lemon Curd Mascarpone

When you have fresh blueberries and strawberries on hand, what do you do? I’ll pair it with some cream, a crust, and be a happy, happy boy. This recipe is easy to whip up for a fresh dessert during the summer or anytime. It looks impressive and tastes delicious! Strawberry and Blueberry Tart with Lemon…

Macarons Fit for a Bride

“Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul satisfying and eternal.”- Julia Child This past weekend I made four different kinds of French macarons for my sister’s bridal shower. I planned on baking just a few dozen but, after making 3…

Blueberry & Cream Choux Pastry

This past weekend for a family picnic I decided to make something new. So, I decide on two different types of éclairs. First was blueberry and the second was chocolate peanut butter. Today I am sharing the blueberry recipe. Once put on a plate they only lasted minutes. So i filled another, they disappeared. So,…

One Delicious Mistake

I am not a stranger to making mistakes or learning by failures. This has been something I’ve been especially used to from driving, to cooking, to relationships. So in true Cory fashion my recipe today is the result of a mistake. Late Saturday evening, this past weekend, I needed a good distraction so I decided…

The Dark Side of Macarons

These two macarons are rich and delicious. They have been a crowd pleaser for sure! My two favorite sinfully sweet macarons are 1. Nutella and Chocolate and 2. Peanut butter and butter cream filled Chocolate Macrons. Enjoy! I use the same base macaron cookie with two different fillings, convenient and easy! Ingredients 2/3 cup almond…

Following Inspiring Footsteps

Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought- Matsuo Basho All of my life I’ve sought to impress or keep up with society and what others might see as successful. Still to this day I struggle with “needing” that validation, or even just perceiving that I am on…

Orange Glazed French Madeleines

In my attempt to be fancy, once again, here is my second recipe for French Madeleines. These soft French desserts are pretty and sweet and can be made with many different flavors. This time I made orange glazed French Madeleines. With orange juice in the batter and in the glaze it was full of awesome…

Lemon Curd Cheesecake

Lemon is one of my all time favorite flavors. There are endless recipes turning this tart fruit into sweet and sour desserts. During my week of vacation, I played around with this recipe. (knowing my grandmother, my boyfriend and I all love lemon.) For being a baked cheesecake this is surprisingly light. Most of the…

French Macarons 3 More Ways!

Lavender White Chocolate, Raspberry Cream & Rainbow Buttercream French Macarons Cooking is my meditation, (not medication; that’s sugar) but I also like to have fun in the kitchen. I love creating new tastes and experiment with old and new recipes. So today I made French Macarons. The first being a light purple cookie with a…

Mary Berry’s Bakewell Tart

Sticking with my love of The British Baking Show, here is a tasty tart I made during my week of vacation last week. I used one of my new favorites, Mary Berry’s recipe for a Bakewell Tart. This pastry has a basic vanilla tart crust with a small hit of fruit preserves in the bottom…

Lavender Madeleines

After following a local bakery on Facebook, I was intrigued by these small sponge cake textured desserts Madeleine cookies are a pretty dessert that aren’t too hard to make and the result is worth the effort. I tried them for the first time this week and doing so, I made three different kinds. I started…

Peach and Raspberry Clafoutis

Here I am again, mixing a little bit of me with some inspiration from Julia Child and a little bit of a recipe I found. Her recipe for a “Cherry Clafouti” inspired me to make this warm dessert that is a combination between a flan and a custard. With fresh Georgia peaches from my mom…

Getting Naked Cake

A friend at work was planning a wedding for her daughter. She asked me to make the cake and a few small desserts. The request was something light and airy with fruits or flowers that would compliment the backdrop. The wedding would take place in the family orchard and was to be an outdoor wedding….

The French Macaron

L’æuvre d’art, c’est une idée qu’on exagére. -André Gide “A work of art is an idea that someone exaggerates.” Le Macaron Français. I have admired through the windows of bakeries and Pâtisseries these sweet petite desserts that are as delicious as they are delicate. Nervous but anxious to try my hand at them I did…

Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake

Coming up with a dessert I knew all the nursing staff would enjoy wasn’t too difficult. Add coffee or espresso and it’s a guaranteed success. I didn’t have a single negative critique or at least I didn’t hear any since the other nurses’ mouths were full. (And they only stop running for chocolate) This cheese…

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

“This is some of my favorite things to do (slices garlic), these little, you could almost call them mindless tasks but, I actually think of them as mindful tasks. It is almost about getting to that point in your mind where this becomes pleasurable instead of drudgery. As a culture we’ve gotten so far away…

Twice as Nice; Double Chocolate Tartlets

A friend of ours invited my boyfriend and I for a dinner at his house. He requested a small dessert. Agreeing to something with chocolate or fruit I dug into my recipes. I came up with a small chocolate tart. The crust was a bitter cocoa based shortbread crust and the filling was a sweet…

Oh Baby! It’s a Dutch Baby!

One night I was searching for a super easy recipe to make the next morning for a romantic breakfast in bed. I stumbled across a video on Food Network for a “Dutch Baby.” It was an extremely simple breakfast that looked extravagant and was easier to make than a pancake! It only used a blender…

White Chocolate Truffle Cake

One night I decided I wanted to be a fancy pants and make something that looked as delicious as it tastes. I wanted to try something new and something I haven’t seen before. When I think of truffles I think intricate and fancy. This two layered dessert has a dense sour cream cake base and a…

The Sweet Taste of Lavender and Honey

So I guess it is time to share one recipe that I have made that everyone went crazy over; my Lavender and honey cheesecake. I had been on a search for lavender flower for a while and with no result I passed over this recipe a few times. While shopping around Canton I came across…

The Great British Baking Show

  This spring I binge watched The Great British Baking Show. The show inspired me and introduced me to new recipes I would have not tried otherwise. I have a whole new list of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood recipes to try. Having a whole day off for me is rare so I took the…

Grandpa’s Christmas Challah

Last Thanksgiving I decided to, once again, try and follow in my grandfather’s footsteps. After listening to a story from my grandmother, I was inspired to recreate a memory from her past. My late grandfather, Thomas McMahon, was a man of many great talents and attributes. He was a contractor, a Korean war veteran, an…

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

If you want someone to like you; butter them up with a cheesecake. If you want to impress them; make something with peanut butter. If you want them to love you; combine the two.  I made this peanut butter cheesecake when meeting my partner’s roommates for the first time. The boys came to the conclusion…

Snozzberries?! Who has ever heard of a Snozzberry?

Two things I love is sweets for breakfast and sweets after dinner. So, while shopping, I picked up enough raspberries to make two sweet and savory desserts. The first is a raspberry and white chocolate tart. Combining the tartness from the raspberries and mascarpone the sweetness of the white chocolate and crust it creates a…

If Perfection was a Chocolate Chip Cookie

Early last year I traveled to NYC for a few days to see the city for the first time. I researched the Upper West Side where I was staying for all the good foodie spots. Every search led me to the Levain Bakery as one of the best places for cookies in all of New…

The Perfect Lemon Tart

My grandmother introduced me to lemon meringue pie when I was a young boy. I remember sitting in a little café, “Knights” restaurant, and each of us taking a big piece from the display spinner. I remember the smell of the smoky old air and leather booths. I used my fork to flick off the…

Starting something new

As I sit here, on break at the hospital, I think of what I want this blog to entail. My two personal passions in life are nursing and baking. With dreams of traveling the world as a nurse and traveling and learning everything I can about pasties and cakes and everything sweet. This recipe I…

What it all boils down to…

My favorite chef, J. Child, once said “the best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken.” So I try to take this as a kind of philosophy when prompted with a new challenge. Cooking for me is a means of escape, brings me peace,…