Baking inspiration is everywhere at this time of the year. I was in the baking aisle (surprise!) of the grocery store when I spotted Chipits coffee flavored chocolate chips. The recipe for these brownies were attached to the shelf. The recipe called for another new product – Eagle Brand dulce de luche flavored condensed milk. Normally I would not dip my finger in a can of condensed milk but this time I was tempted. Wow! I have to say I was very impressed with the taste. I will definitely look for ways to incorporate this new flavor into my baking. Overall the brownie recipe worked very well. The toppings give it a flavor similar to a caramel frappaccino. Certainly a simple switch up on a bar that is similar to a Nanaimo bar but has the base of a brownie.
This time of year there is baking inspiration everywhere you look. Oh, that looks good! Oh, I want to try those little tartlets! The bounty of ideas is endless. Before I know it my “goodies to do list” is ridiculously long. There are certain goodies that I only make at Christmas time and my family expects their favorites to be on the goodie tray. I absolutely have to stick to those but I will also bake some new goodies. I found this cute little “Frosty Bite” at Sur La Table in Scottsdale, AZ this past weekend. What a cutie! And quite delicious considering he was likely baked months ago in order to be shipped out to the stores. Regardless, he is my inspiration for this year! I am regularly to manage my baking – taking mini-bites out of my list – plus I am going to try miniaturizing these trusty family standbys. As always I will share my efforts with you and provide shortcuts and techniques that you can incorporate into your own “baking to do list” for your holiday season.