Gwyneth’s Fudgy chocolate brownies

Love her or hate her, Gwyneth Paltrow has some pretty solid recipes in her repertoire, like this fudgy chocolate brownie recipe. It is super moist and tastes decadent, even without loads of butter and refined sugar! My favorite thing about Paltrow’s recipes is that so many are kid-friendly and use healthy ingredients. When my kids […]

Coconut chocolate truffles

They say good things come in small packages and these coconut chocolate truffles make the perfect edible gift. They are easy to make and are often requested by the more severe chocoholics in my family. What I love about this recipe is that you can make it up to 2 weeks ahead and just keep the […]

Pierre Hermé’s Chocolate sparklers

Pierre Herme chocolate sparklers

Pierre Hermé has a wonderful cookbook that focuses on chocolate desserts, my absolute favorite kind. These are called sparklers for their sugary edges. If you really want to go all out, try using crystallized sugar mixed with a bit of gold dust. You can find these items at any baking specialty store. In Montreal, you can […]

Lighter chocolate chip banana bread

Chocolate chip banana bread by

This chocolate chip banana bread recipe was given to me by a relative who is the health nut of the family. She takes, say an Ina Garten recipe that calls for a pound of butter, and replaces half the amount with applesauce.  She is a great baker and looks pretty good too, which is why […]

Chocolate macarons, the Pierre Herme way

The macaron is one of my favorite cookies to make.  Some may say they had their moment a few years ago and are now passé. I totally disagree. Like a Chanel purse, the macaron is timeless and elegant, and always gives guests the impression that someone made a special effort for them. There is so […]

The Healthy Lunchbox Series: Chocolate Granola Bars

(The Healthy Lunchbox series will appear weekly with suggestions on how to replace packaged snacks and lunches with easy homemade recipes that kids will love. To kick off the series, here is a great recipe for white and milk chocolate granola bars. ) Of all the packaged snacks I sometimes include in my kids’ lunches, […]

Praline Chocolate Tarts

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, my famous praline chocolate tart recipe. This is a perfect dessert to serve when entertaining as it is divine yet so simple to make. Many a diets have been broken once these delightful desserts were brought to the table. The chocolate is rich and smooth and contrasts with the […]

Outrageous Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Outrageous peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are outrageous because they possess all of the addictive qualities of a chocolate chip cookie despite being refined sugar free, egg and dairy free! They are chewy, abundant with chocolate, and have a rich flavor. If you prefer a smoother texture, you can replace the oats, almond flour, and […]

Pecan Buttercrunch

Pecan butter crunch by Bake Bellissima

This buttercrunch should come with a warning sign because it is truly addictive. The combination of the sweet buttery toffee, rich dark chocolate, followed by the salty crunchy nuts are heavenly. This recipe makes a large batch, but not to worry, the likelihood of leftovers is very low. It is a really great recipe that […]