Friday, February 12, 2010

PAMA Pomegranate Liquor and more cupcakes

Valentine's Day is just around the corner along with my baby's impending birth. (Yes, I'm still waiting.) But if I had my choice in a Valentine's dessert--it would be a cupcake.

I'm a complete cupcake fanatic. There is no question. So when PAMA Pomegranate liquor sent me a press release on these decadent cupcakes from more cupcakes, I was hoping that this baby would make its debut so that I could try these. So far, no such luck.

However, that certainly does not mean the rest of the world cannot enjoy these things. Just look at them--rich dense Belgian dark chocolate cake (my personal favorite), filled with chocolate Valrhona liquor mousse, with a decadent PAMA pomegranate infused buttercream. HELLO?! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. A cupcake mixed with a pomegranate liquor? Um?? You have my attention.

Where can you get your hands on these babies? Apparently you can just order them and they will be sent to your house?! No work necessary. It can't get any easier than that. For $66, 'more cupcakes' will send you a dozen of these little morsels. Check out their website here for details.

I think my next trip to Chicago will have to include a trip to more cupcakes...just look at this place!

Cupcakes just bring back childhood nostalgia, but pair it up with PAMA Pomegranate Liquor and you have one sweet 'adult only' treat.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I've been busy in babyland for the last few months. Between dealing with the holidays, over swollen feet, and setting up a nursery, I haven't taken much time to post. So now that I have finished with all my 'nesting' all I have left is to just wait for this baby to come....

Although I have cooked quite a bit throughout my pregnancy, my baking has fallen to the way side due to uncontrolled water retention! I basically work to get food on the table for dinner and consider that a success.

So when I saw this recipe for homemade peanut butter cups, I just couldn't stop myself! The good news: they are easy and I could sit in a chair while making them! The result: amazing, better than store bought anything, melt in your mouth, treat.

I followed the recipe from Martha exactly; I'm running thin on brain cells these days so the less I have the think the better it is on everyone. My advice, do not skimp on the brand of chocolate. Get the best you can find. I used both toll house chips (because that is what I had left from Christmas and was trying to get them out of my pantry) and I used ghiradelli. There was a big difference in taste. Toll house is just too 'waxy' for me. I used a bittersweet chocolate but you can use milk chocolate or any combination that you prefer.

I will tell you--this recipe makes WAY more than it says. I would say I made nearly 80 cups with the peanut butter mixture. I just needed to melt a bit more chocolate to even it out. I used small candy cups I found at a baking shop.

I took these over to my father in laws house for his birthday, and then the other half I made for my house!

If you are looking for something fun to make for Valentine's Day, these are utterly amazing!

Click here for the recipe!