Here are the desserts we had with our after dinner coffee last evening. Yes, we drink caffeine late in the day. While I would love to give you the recipes, I promised my dear Aunt Sister (remember, I'm from the south and we all have an "Aunt Sister") that I would never divulge the secret family recipes. Just like Colonel Sanders and the man who came up with the formula for Coca-Cola (Co-Cola back home) formula, Aunt Sister was fiercely protective of her recipes.
Enjoy with your eyes!
My dessert is made up of a genoise layered with coconut cream and homemade strawberry jam. It is topped with an exotic "southern" fruit and I can't remember the name. It comes from further south than I do! That little chocolate "topper" was most difficult to get right.
The Baker has tried twisting my arm for the recipe for his serving of a dark chocolate genoise layered and topped with a mocha buttercream and a candied coffee bean on top. I did not give in!
DISCLAIMER: On the off chance that any one of you believed me, I don't really have an Aunt Sister and I didn't make these lovely pastries. I do have Vanille Patisserie, 2229 N. Clybourn in Chicago. If you're in the neighborhood and possess a degree of willpower, stop in.