Sunday, August 28, 2011

SMS: Top 5

Wow. The Sweet Melissa Sundays group is over. Complete. I missed it since I was working, but the last recipe was baked last week. I joined this wonderful group of ladies later in the game (circa March 2010), so there are still many recipes that I have not made. Nevertheless, I definitely was able to try some new things, meet some new bloggers (several of I would consider friends), and eat some great food. 

When Gloria suggested that we do one last round-up including our favorite recipes from the book, I was all in. I am excited to see what some of the other ladies pick as their top recipes, so without further ado, here are mine in descending order:

Honorable mention: Pavolva Peach Melba 

5) Chocolate Walnut Brownies -- or in my case Chocolate Brownie Bites. I know that I've said that I am not much of a chocolate person, but these have to make it in the round-up for the shear reason that my dad and brother couldn't stop popping them in their mouths! Even in my opinion, these made a pretty good brownie.
4) Cinnamon Peach Preserves - All the preserves really. I was only able to make 2 - the strawberry rhubarb and cinnamon peach, and they were both fantastic. Never knew homemade preserves could be so easy.
3) Honey Cream Caramels - My husband's step-father makes the best caramels every Christmas, and while the recipe is a little different, these completely remind me of his! I didn't cook mine quite long enough the first time, but that is easily remedied next time :)
2) Butterscotch Pralines - I had never had a praline prior to these, but knowing we love butterscotch, I was sure these would be a hit.
1) Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream - I actually didn't make this with the group, but it is a recipe from the Sweet Melissa Baking Book so it counts. I have made this several times, and it may be my favorite ice cream. Ever. That's a serious statement.
Hope you've enjoyed the round-up and the desserts over the past year and a half. Be sure to stop by the SMS page today to check out the favorites from the other ladies as there is sure to be some good eats over there :) 


  1. Fun post! I am hoping to be able to do this as well. We're out west visiting my son, so time is a bit limited.

  2. Number 1 and number 2 together PLEASE! YUM.

  3. I can't believe you all have made it through the book!! I have the book, and this makes me want to get it out and cook from it!

  4. Great list Tessa! Clearly the ice cream is a favorite by many. I had terrible luck with my butterscotch pralines but adored the honey cream caramels and the preserves recipe. It's hard to believe SMS has come to an end.

  5. I love your choices. Even not completing every recipe leaves one with a feeling of satisfaction.

  6. Great top 5, Tessa. I'm glad to see the preserves recipe in it. I don't think I have bought jam from the store since I "met" this recipe :o)

  7. mmmm the cinnamon peach preserves looks so great (as they all do!) just found your blog! can't wait to browse around!
    -mini baker

  8. What an impressive list!! I want them all!! YUM!!

  9. I thought for sure I'd already commented on your post so huge apology for the delay! I love your top 5, a couple of the recipes were on my list too. The ice cream is such a favorite among the members of this group :)


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