Friday, November 28, 2008

Sugar High Friday - All That Glitters - The Round-Up

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!?!


A daughter's last-minute guilt inspires a mocha
gateau with an intriguingly intricate glossy design.

Chocolate Espresso Cake
Deeba - Passionate About Baking
Gurgaon, India


A softly frosted fondant and foil frills are among the
finishing touches to an extravagant cream puff creation.

La Religieuse
Cathy - La Prochaine Fois
Austin, Texas, U.S.A.


Shot with simple table sugar, crispy chai
cookies twinkle in even the faintest light.

Sparkled Chai Cookies
Hannah - Bitter Sweet


The alluring fragrance of quince lights up a
kitchen for a sweet sauce featuring fall's harvest.

Apple-Quince Sauce
Sarah - What Smells So Good?
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


Fruity-sweet squares of semolina and sugar
glisten in a classic Indian confection.

Mango Burfi
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.

Coconut Milk and Chocolate Éclairs
Monica - The Sour Plum


Pretty as party dresses, tender little pink cakes
gather to gossip about all sorts of frilly things.

Pomegranate Petit Fours
Lori - Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness
Rochester, New York, U.S.A.


"Sugar-free, wheat-free, vegan" ambitious and creative
baker turns a chocolate nut dessert into a taste no less dangerous.

Chocolate Pecan Pie
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
Illinois, U.S.A.


The romance and mystery of the rose flavor the refined
curves of one of world's most-favored miniature butter cakes.

Rose Madeleines with Glittered Honey Lemon Glaze
Zita - Simplicious
Amman, Jordan


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.

Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Mansi - Fun and Food Cafe
California, U.S.A.


As glamorous as Grace Kelly's gloves, a green tea and
amaretto terrine makes a movie-star entrance.

Matcha and Amaretto Cheesecake
Venus - L'Atelier Vi
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.

Grapefruit and Star Anise Granita
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.

Choco Floral Ecstasy
Swati - Sugarcraft India


Silver-beaded cashous create exciting
caché when pressed into heavily frosted cupcakes.

Chocolate Studded 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
Ontario, Canada


Rich chocolate and fanciful adornments create
sweet holiday gifts that are simple to stir up.

Chocolate Spoons
Suganya of Tasty Palettes for The Daily Tiffin


Natural brown sugar melts into a sparkling mantle
atop tiny tins of egg-free pumpkin custard.

Pumpkin Mini Pies
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.

Gingered Ginger Biscuits with Ginger
Lysy - Munchkin Mail
Warwickshire, U.K.


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.

Chocolate Bling Bling Cake
Anne a.k.a. Foodie Froggy - A Foodie Froggy in Paris
Paris, France


You'll feel like a queen when you serve this crown jewel of a
cheesecake sparkling with ruby-red pomegranate seeds.

Gemstone Cheesecake
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.

Blood Orange Margarita Cupcakes
Denise and Lenny - Chez Us
California, U.S.A.


Don't cut that cake yet! You'll want to catch yourself
smiling in the high-shine reflection of rich red fruit.

Acai Mousse Tart with Acai Mirror Glaze
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.

10 Indian Chikkis (Brittles)
Ramki - One Page Cookbooks
Chennai, India


Do you like your cookie dough straight from the bowl?
Then you're going to love adding cookies into your dough, too.

White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes
Shaheen - Ambrosia


A crafty baker designs a foil-lined display tree to do her
sparkling, mile-high cupcakes the justice they deserve.

Very Vanilla Cupcakes
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


An airy light angel cake lives dangerously, enrobed
in a devil of a dark and shiny ganache.

Angel Food Cake with Honey Ganache Glaze
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.

Wine Dark Cherry Kanten
Lucy - Nourish Me
Melbourne, Australia


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.

Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake with Chocolate Gelatin Ganache
Priya - Priya's Easy 'N Tasty Recipes
Paris, France


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.

Candied Peel
Kate: A Merrier World
Devon, U.K.


A devoted daughter conjures up a magical dessert to
treat her mom to a gluten-free birthday surprise.

Glitter Gelatin Torte
Sarina Nicole - Trini Gourmet


Easy, crackly, sugar-crusted cookies, easily eaten up,
give a novice baker a well-deserved boost of confidence.

Sparkly Snickerdoodles
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.

Glittering Marshmallow Snowflakes
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
Alabama, U.S.A.


When such elegant and sumptuous desserts as delicately
crusted custard grace the earth, one sometimes wonders
why the planet also offers deep-fried Mars bars.

Carolyn - 18thC Cuisine
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.

Upside-Down Cranberry Cake
Mansi - Food and Fun


Dark chocolate shells encase caramel ganache for a box of
bon bons so luxurious, Marie Antoinette would have approved.

Salted Caramel Truffles
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.

Peanut Blossoms
Candice - Mmm, Tasty!
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Pomegranate, pistachio and cardamom - three exquisite flavors blend
seamlessly in a crumbly, frozen treat sure to garner accolades.

Pomegranate Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwiches
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. ~~~


  1. This is phantasmagorical collection of glittering treats, by which you have really done justice with your lovely round-up. I've gone up and down and back again several times, trying to take in the impressive variety of sweet selections. Thanks for your good work on this, Susan.

  2. What a fantastic round-up, Susan! The layout is easy to read even with my pre-coffee, bleary morning eyes and your descriptions are so poetic! Just lovely.
    Thanks you so much for hosting, you've done a great job.

  3. A beautiful (and beautifully descrbied!) roundup! So glad to have participated, and thanks for hosting. All I can say is, "glossy!" "glowing!" "glittery!" "shiny!" "sparkly!" "luminescent!" "reflective!"-- (please continue for 36 more adjectives!) Can't wait to check these out. :)

  4. Fabulous array you got here Susan...& beautifully presented. Love the attention to detail you gave each entry...have a sparkling good holiday season! Well done indeed!

  5. Dear Susan,
    A great write-up--such a dazzling theme! Thanks for hosting SHF!

  6. wonderful array of glittery treats - such a pleasure to read - am sorry not to have had occasion for my own sparkling entry but enjoy being an armchair consumer!

  7. Nice delicate photos you have in your site! This is a pretty long post wanted to comment at the sight of the first few pictures but realized there are even more beautiful pictures when you scrolled down ha!

  8. Beautiful presentation Susan. Thanks for putting this together.

  9. All that glitters is certainly very sweet. I'd take this over shopping any day.:)

  10. Thanks for the lovely roundup! so many awesome recipes. Btw There is something wrong with my pic. looks blurred, can I send you a decent one?

  11. Lovely, lovely.

    There's a load of glorious Festive Season ideas in here - just the season for sparkles, be they the cold glow of glistening snow or, in our case, bright, clear summery skies reflected in almost everything.

    Your warm, generous (and poetic!) hosting style makes every single participant feel special. Thank you.

  12. Lovely roundup - and in the spirit of the season.

  13. I loved being a part of this Susan.. Beautifully showcased!!

  14. Susan, that's one of the best laid roundups I've seen! you've done a swell job with the descriptions! thanks so much for hosting such a fabulous roundup!:)

  15. Thank you so much for hosting, Susan! :D It's really sweet of you take some time and add a description to every entry. A wonderful personal touch.

  16. Great roundup! I'm inspired by several of the recipes and creativity. And now have a few more blogs to visit...

  17. Great job! Thanks for doing the roundup.

  18. Hi, everyone! Thank you for your kind comments. Rest assured, I am on my way over to your blogs to leave comments. I've been more bogged down with real life lately and have not gotten to your recipes as soon as I had hoped, but I'm on my way.