It’s March Break in my neck of the woods, which means everyone and their dog is on vacation. Basically, all my social feeds are flooded with pictures of palm trees, tranquil seaside sunbeds, and carefree shots of delectable beach snacks and ice-cold bottles of beer. None of these photos belong to me. I’m still in frosty Toronto thanking my lucky stars that spring snow rarely accumulates. Yes, that’s what I’m currently reveling in. This is why Canadian dig out their cut-off jean shorts the moment the temperature hits 10°C. But just because I’m not sunning myself on a beach somewhere doesn’t mean I can’t manifest the tropics in my own backyard or kitchen, in this case. Today’s Citrus Punch Pavlova is a sunkissed sugary delight. Filled with a bright and sunny Five-Alive-inspired curd, this dessert will instantly transport you to sunny shores.
It’s been a minute since I posted a dessert. I don’t tend to bake all that much in January. Too burnt out from the holiday baking season, I suppose. But now that it’s February, my least favorite month of the year, I am in need of something sweet. It’s cold, it still gets dark before 5:30pm, and regardless of what the groundhogs had to say on the subject we still have a heck of a lot of winter left to go. So yeah, I feel like we could all use a sweet little lift. And today’s Banana Crème Caramel is just the dessert to do it. So let’s get started.
Okay, so this tart was supposed to appear on the blog before Christmas but I got a little too into the merrymaking of it all. But I figure December as a whole is baking season and now that all the gifts have been purchased, and the elaborate tables have been set we actually have the time to, well, take our time in the kitchen and bake for fun. And I can tell you this Earl Grey Caramel Tart is very fun to make. It’s obviously more fun to eat but what dessert isn’t?
This is the second dish in this year’s nostalgia-themed holiday menu. And yes, we’re skipping right to dessert. It doesn’t appear to make sense, I realize that. But I figured this was the best place to put this Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Board because this is one of two dessert options. Yes, you have another dessert coming to you and I promise it will be more appropriately placed chronologically speaking. And when it comes to dessert and sugary things in general it pays to spread them out. Plus, this is a board and the Jalapeño Cold Pack appeared on a board, so they sort of make sense as a duo. Sort of. It doesn’t matter. What matters is this Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Board delivers elegant salty-sweet bliss. So let’s talk about it!