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A Celestial Seasonings tea recipe caught my eye. In the end, it needed a total re-invention but the lovely combination of steeped raspberry tea, lemon curd and a shortbread crust is unbeatable. In the BB Test Kitchen, I also combine half English breakfast tea with half Raspberry Zinger, sweetened it with honey, chill and serve over crushed ice, in wine glasses, with a slice of orange an mint leaves. It is a soothing and refreshing iced-tea with a fruity twist.

French pastry chefs let nothing go to waste. Leftover croissants (make sure you use great ones) filled with an almond butter paste, and rebaked, are sublime.  This is a pastry and hotel school staple and something you can expect to see in many a French pastry shop window. They are puffy, buttery, extremely easy but unique treats that will make you say, 'Oh shut up. Too good!"   If you like this recipe, you'll also love Costco Cronuts from BetterBaking.com (C) and Butter Flakey Doughnuts (not quite Cronuts)

Probably the easiest recipe going - and the most classic. Fewer eggs means a more chewy brownie, add another one and you get a more cakey brownie.

A lazy baker, a brainstorm of an idea. The Maccabees would have approved. Someone suggested this to me a while ago – and I finally got around to concocting it. It is easy and just another route to rugulah that still spells success. Instead of rolling crescents, this special recipe creates a rugulah lasagna. Never mind, just try it!

A classic combination done brownie style. Three layers of bliss.

Every one needs one cocoa-based brownie and one made with melted chocolate. These days, it is difficult to find quality unsweetened chocolate but new-kid-on-the-block chocolatiers, Scharffen Berger makes unsweetened chocolate, as well as semi-sweet and others that are the dreams of  pastry chefs like me. Here both types of chocolat get a work out in this second ‘little black dress” of brownie-dom.

Kids rarely tire of these, and adults have been known to become rather fond of this version.
These look like truffles that ballooned into brownies. Soft mounds of cocoa covered fudge brownies. Use a great cocoa inside and out. The cocoa is also a nice foil to the sweetness of the brownie. Chilled with ice-cream and hot fudge sauce, this is quite the treat.

The health food store near me has this thick, sweet, brownies that use date paste as part of the whole deal. I tried it and voila -  a beautiful brownie with pure gourmet taste and pedigree but with a health food store sensibility. These are dense, sweet and fudgy and best served cold. For goodness sakes, please don't tell your kids these have flax seed and are butter-free or otherwise healthy. The dates are mellow and sweet and being dark in color, they amplify the chocolate bouquet. These are more cake brownies than chewy but they are so dense and dark and served very well chilled, they are almost fudge.

This is the nicest marriage possible: tart sweet fruit, basking on a foundation of a sweet shortbread crust. Cut into big squares, serve on a napkin, and balance it on your lap, with a mug of coffee nearby. Very Silver Palate.....

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