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Past, Present and Future.

Last night while perched comfortably on the lap of my love with Angel Icebox Dessert in hand and a smile on my face I warmly welcomed 2011. These few months of transition from one year to another is always interesting. It's when you mistakenly mark papers with last year. It's when you find confetti and glitter in impossible places. It's when you eat leftover hors d'oeuvres for dinner just because you can. It's when you think fondly on the past and look forward to the future.

What better time to review my top ten favourite posts here on Hot Polka Dot? The recipes I enjoyed making. The good times. The challenges. The triumphs.

Angel Icebox Dessert: The single most technically difficult dessert I've ever mastered, but still my favourite dessert. Think about it, crispy pavlova slathered in smooth custard, topped with fresh whipped cream and sprinkled with toasted almonds. It's what I imagine clouds in heaven taste like.

Banana Cinnamon Bread Pudding: I've never tried the combination of banana and cinnamon and really I don't know why. This was a close second with it's crispy toasted banana bread top and the soft moist middle.

Honey Lemon Pound Cake: A seemingly simple cake with a huge punch of lemon flavour. I made it for my Lee and we enjoyed it during a summer picnic in the park for our one year anniversary. It's extra special to me.

Lemon Blackberry Mousse Sponge Cake: One of the prettiest cakes I've ever made and definitely one of the tastiest. Who wouldn't like layers of springy cake blackberry mousse and lemon glaze?

Cheddar Biscuits: The tenderest, flakiest biscuits I've ever tried. I attempted to make them like the ones at Red Lobster and I like to think I did a pretty good job. Butter, garlic and cheese. What could be better?

Honey Almond Flower Cookies: It's so hard to pick a favourite cookie, but I think these might be them. They're modelled after traditional Chinese almond cookies with a sweet honey twist.

Boston Cream Pie: This was the first time I've ever had Boston Cream Pie. It really makes me happy to make things I've never tried and do them justice. This dessert was impressive and oh so decadent.

Honey Peach Upside Down Cake: This one was pretty popular with all of you and it definitely is with me too. It's so sweet, moist and filled with my favourite fruit.

Maple Bacon Oatmeal Muffins: Certainly one of the most creative things I've ever made. I am fascinated by the idea of mixing salty with sweet and I'm beginning to think that bacon might make everything better.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns: You know I've overcome my irrational fear of yeast when I make up a bread recipe. I've never attempted cinnamon buns before and, though they're a little time consuming, they're totally worth it.


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