Known in the United States as Black Friday, today is the traditional kick-off to the holiday buying frenzy. I didn't do any shopping today; I had better things to do, like sort through forty-three gorgeously sweet creations submitted by wonderful bloggers eager to share their fascinating recipes, designs and techniques. I thank you all for your wonderful treats. It's an eye-popping round-up that I was very happy to have hosted. You glow, girls and boys! I wouldn't called today Black Friday at all. How could it be when we all know it's SUGAR HIGH FRIDAY - ALL THAT GLITTERS!?!
gateau with an intriguingly intricate glossy design.
Deeba - Passionate About Baking
A softly frosted fondant and foil frills are among the
finishing touches to an extravagant cream puff creation.
Cathy - La Prochaine Fois
Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Shot with simple table sugar, crispy chai
cookies twinkle in even the faintest light.
Hannah - Bitter Sweet
The alluring fragrance of quince lights up a
kitchen for a sweet sauce featuring fall's harvest.
Sarah - What Smells So Good?
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Fruity-sweet squares of semolina and sugar
glisten in a classic Indian confection.
TBC - The Budding Cook
Carved Italian creams, as delicate, feminine and romantic
as cameos, luxuriate in the sweetest of floral elixirs.
Rosewater Panna Cotta
Dhita a.k.a. barefootster - Cooking Etcetera
Inner Mongolia, China
Coconut milk pastry cream provides a delicately
novel filling under a line-up of ganache-slick éclairs.
Monica - The Sour Plum
Pretty as party dresses, tender little pink cakes
gather to gossip about all sorts of frilly things.
Lori - Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness
Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
"Sugar-free, wheat-free, vegan"...an ambitious and creative
baker turns a chocolate nut dessert into a taste no less dangerous.
Ricki - Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Melted ghee lacquers the surface of a crushed nut
and cardamom experiment that proves a sweet success.
Badam (Almond Halwa)
Sharmi - Neivedyam
The romance and mystery of the rose flavor the refined
curves of one of world's most-favored miniature butter cakes.
Zita - Simplicious
Vegan cookies are easier than you think. You'll put your stamp
of approval in the center of each one before you fill it with jam.
Mansi - Fun and Food Cafe
As glamorous as Grace Kelly's gloves, a green tea and
amaretto terrine makes a movie-star entrance.
Bay Area, California, U.S.A.
Dark, chewy, naturally sweet fruits replace nuts in moist,
deliriously rich squares of an easy, classic comfort cake.
Dark Chocolate Brownies with Dried Fruit
Lisa - Lisa's Kitchen
London, Ontario, Canada
Pastel-pale citrus and sweet spice sparkle on
the palate for a refreshingly frozen last course.
Lisa - Dandy Sugar
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
A mistress of decorative arts carves a comma of a cake
evocative of an ancient and exquisite design motif.
Swati - Sugarcraft India
Silver-beaded cashous create exciting
caché when pressed into heavily frosted cupcakes.
Alex - Eating Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire, U.K.
A Daring Baker dares not let caramel get the best of her
for a French confection as decadent as it is distinctive.
Brilynn - Jumbo Empanadas
Rich chocolate and fanciful adornments create
sweet holiday gifts that are simple to stir up.
Suganya of Tasty Palettes for The Daily Tiffin
Natural brown sugar melts into a sparkling mantle
atop tiny tins of egg-free pumpkin custard.
Libby - The Allergic Kid
Tampa Bay, Florida, U.S.A.
A terrific trio of layered spice wakes the tastebuds
to the thrill of golden ginger in every bite.
Lysy - Munchkin Mail
Homemade berry and cream cheese ice creams won't
have you singing the blues in this holiday tribute to Elvis.
Blueberry Ice Cream Pie
Elizabeth - Cake or Death
Like a beguiling gift box wrapped in festive cellophane,
a golden ganache cake tempts you to look inside it.
Anne a.k.a. Foodie Froggy - A Foodie Froggy in Paris
You'll feel like a queen when you serve this crown jewel of a
cheesecake sparkling with ruby-red pomegranate seeds.
Katherine - From My Table...To Yours
North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Gold dusting powder is the icing on the frosting of citrus
cupcakes baked for the sophisticated and adult diner.
Denise and Lenny - Chez Us
Don't cut that cake yet! You'll want to catch yourself
smiling in the high-shine reflection of rich red fruit.
Anna - Pure Pastries
San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Working with hot, molten sugar is tricky business. Let this
practical guide to a simple candy teach you with its valuable tips.
Ramki - One Page Cookbooks
Do you like your cookie dough straight from the bowl?
Then you're going to love adding cookies into your dough, too.
Shaheen - Ambrosia
A crafty baker designs a foil-lined display tree to do her
sparkling, mile-high cupcakes the justice they deserve.
An airy light angel cake lives dangerously, enrobed
in a devil of a dark and shiny ganache.
Anna - Life's Too Short for Mediocre Chocolate
San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Blood-red cherries are sacrificed on the etched
pewter altar of a veganized dessert. Don't worry.
It's all for a delicious, cruelty-free cause.
Lucy - Nourish Me
You'll need a very sharp knife to cut this creamy and dreamy
cake into clean servings. Ricotta makes for a super-moist
crumb reminiscent of pudding-in-the-middle recipes.
Priya - Priya's Easy 'N Tasty Recipes
Not too fond of the holiday fruitcake your boss is
walking your way? Best to bake your own with fresh,
homemade peels to show 'em all how it should be done.
Kate: A Merrier World
A devoted daughter conjures up a magical dessert to
treat her mom to a gluten-free birthday surprise.
Sarina Nicole - Trini Gourmet
Easy, crackly, sugar-crusted cookies, easily eaten up,
give a novice baker a well-deserved boost of confidence.
Jenn - sweet * catastrophe
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Like hand-crafted ornaments, these candy snowflakes
are so precisely prepared, you will want to make
an extra batch to hang on the tree.
Winnie - Bake from Scratch
Sugared cranberries and maple glaze add to the merry
mix in a bundt cake built for every festive occasion.
All-in-One-Holiday Bundt Cake
Paula - Half-Baked
crusted custard grace the earth, one sometimes wonders
why the planet also offers deep-fried Mars bars.
Shores of Lake Huron, U.S.A.
Pineapple isn't the only fruit you can turn over on its head
for a show-stopping, crowd-pleasing dessert.
Mansi - Food and Fun
Dark chocolate shells encase caramel ganache for a box of
bon bons so luxurious, Marie Antoinette would have approved.
Kelly - The Pink Apron
Charleston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Hershey's Kisses lend an elfin touch to rich peanut butter
drops that disappear as quickly as they bake up.
Candice - Mmm, Tasty!
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pomegranate, pistachio and cardamom - three exquisite flavors blend
seamlessly in a crumbly, frozen treat sure to garner accolades.
Laurie - Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.
Butter, brown sugar and cinnamon burnish the
crannies and contours of a simple yeast cake
with a powerful flavor and fragrance.
Thanks, again, for the fantastic round-up - and a thunderous applause, too, for Jennifer, The Domestic Goddess, for creating an event that is still going strong for quite a few years now. Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions, and I'll make the changes right away. I'll be visiting your blogs next week to leave individual comments on your posts. ~~~