Outtakes 2015

Added on by Caroline Zhang.
Fig and Honey Rolls | Pass the Cocoa

This is the hardest part of food blogging, I think, right here, this first sentence of a post introducing a new recipe. The baking is hardly easy, but it looks after itself and is certainly the most immediately rewarding part of the process. However, quite a few recipes get lost somewhere on the way from finished bake to a post on this website; sometimes it's because the recipe needed more work or I didn't like the photos, but often I simply didn't have anything compelling enough say about it. 

So, instead of a best-of-2015 type of post, I wanted to share some of these recipes I cut along the way this year, for one reason or another. I did enjoy baking, eating, and shooting all of them, and though they didn't get their own posts, I do want to show them to the light of day. 

Courtesan au Chocolat: flavored with Earl Grey and Chocolate pastry cream, these little choux buns were inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel. The presentation wasn't as neat as I would have liked, and in the end I decided not to post these.

Courtesan au Chocolat | Pass the Cocoa

Grapefruit Tart: I was experimenting with a citrus tart that was lightened with whipped egg whites. 

Grapefruit Tart | Pass the Cocoa

Cappuccino Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling: Recipe from Sprinkle Bakes. I went through a phase when I really liked shooting pictures with chairs in them. Most of those got cut.

Cappuccino Muffins | Pass the Cocoa

Fig and Honey Rolls: I held on to these photos for a long time, and always told myself I would post them. The recipe itself wasn't remarkable, and I honestly don't even really remember what they tasted like, but these are some of my favorite pictures that I've shot.

Fig and Honey Rolls | Pass the Cocoa

Corn Muffins: Photographed on the heels of my Fraisier Torte, with a very similar style (and the same batch of strawberries).

Corn Muffins | Pass the Cocoa

Jam Sandwich Cookies: A simple shortbread cookie that I've made, many, many times.

Jam Sandwich Cookies | Pass the Cocoa

Baked Green Tea Mochi: Stay tuned, there will be a mochi recipe coming on the blog!

Baked Mochi | Pass the Cocoa

Ma'amoul: Middle Eastern date-stuffed cookies. I took a shortcut with a shortbread dough, but here is a more traditional recipe.

Ma'amoul | Pass the Cocoa

Lemon and Pecan Biscotti: This made an excellent breakfast for several days. The lemon/pecan flavor combination works surprisingly well.

Lemon and Pecan Biscotti | Pass the Cocoa

Apple and Cinnamon Bread Pudding: I fully intended to post this one, and had even taken step-by-step pictures, but somehow it just never happened.

Apple Bread Pudding | Pass the Cocoa

Enjoy, everyone! I'll see you in 2016.