Sour Cherry Brown Butter Tart

I’m obsessed with sour cherries. So obsessed, in fact, that I bought two buckets of them last year when I went to Door County. Initially the second bucket was for my mom, but, um, sorry mom… I kept them for myself.

I’m finally about half-way through with the second bucket, mostly due to this tart. The original recipe calls for raspberries, but thanks to my favorite blog in the whole wide world, Smitten Kitchen, the idea to use cherries was introduced to me. I made it for my dad’s birthday (in September–yeah, I’m behind), and it was so good I ended up making it again for a family party a few days later.

Still not convinced? On my dad’s birthday I brought it with me to my brother’s bar, Rootstock, and after sending a few slices to the kitchen, the sous chef came over to our table just to tell me how amazingly delicious it was. Score. Continue reading

Hazelnut and Brown Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

Last week my friend Miquel came to visit from Spain. The two of us met when I was studying abroad in Barcelona and he was the R.A. in my dorm. Back then we weren’t as great of friends as he was always upset with me for finding wine in my closet or staying out too late. I was in Spain (and college) – give me a break. Fast forward 2 years later and we are much better friends considering I’m not threatening his job for the sake of a couple glasses of Rioja. It’s working out quite well.

So during his time in Chicago, what did we do, you ask? No, we did not go to the top of the Sears—ahem, Willis—Tower. No, we did not ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. One thing we did do, though, is make cupcakes. Yes, I said cupcakes. They don’t have these things in Spain.

   

Ok, yes they do–but my friends Claire and John are getting married (heyo!), and their engagement party was one of the nights that Miquel was in town. Miquel also shares a love for baking so we made them these delectable brown butter and hazelnut cupcakes with chocolate ganache. Yes, I did say brown butter, hazelnut, and chocolate.

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