Category Archives: Desserts

Pear Pie with Red Wine and Rosemary

This is a really unique pie, and great for the Fall. I could see this as a perfect Thanksgiving pie with a glass of wine after dinner. The lattice ensures that it’s not too heavy, and you can actually eat a normal-sized piece without feeling like a total glutton. Pastry chef Kierin Baldwin’s pie dough method is special in a… (more…)

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Mascarpone

  Fall is in the air, this cake is a perfect reminder why there is a fall, this moist, warmly-spiced cake also makes wonderful muffins.  The recipe makes two (2) cakes one to share and one to keep just for yourself, my favorite way to make cakes.  Bonus! Makes: 2-8” cakes Ingredients: 3 cups flour, plus more for pan 1… (more…)

Peach Melba

Classic Desserts are called classic because they are absolute perfection, this recipe is no exception.       Famed chef Auguste Escoffier created this recipe for Peach Melba  in 1890,  In his own words he wrote: “Peach Melba is a simple dish made up of tender and very ripe peaches, Vanilla Ice cream and a puree of sugared raspberry. Any variation of the… (more…)

Butterscotch Pudding

Who doesn’t love Butterscotch Pudding,  Ok! No one.  This recipe is from David Lebovitz / Ripe for Dessert.  The original recipe calls for “Cassonade” Sugar (that you can only find in France),  I think that Dark Muscovado sugar, available at Whole Foods to be just as good.  You’ll also notice, I add a splash of Scotch whiskey. One theory is that… (more…)

Chocolate-Almond Upside-Down Cake

In case you haven’t noticed, I am a huge fan of single layer cakes (not to say I don’t love 2 layer or even 7 layer cakes).  I love them for the ease of making and because they seem like the perfect amount of cake for a mid-week treat.      For me, Chocolate and Almonds is one of the most… (more…)

Strawberry, Lime and Black Pepper Popsicles

  Who doesn’t love popsicles?  No one!  Texture-wise, I love that these popsicles, since they’re made from tender fresh strawberries, don’t get rock hard (the way ones made from juice will) but stay tender and totally nibble-able.  Adapted from the book on Plaetas,   “a whole book of Mexican-style popsicle recipes” and Smitten Kitchen. The addition of cracked pepper adds an… (more…)

Buttermilk Blackberry Crumble Popsicles

For some reason, which escapes me, my family is big on popsicles. I recently deduced that as children my Grandparents always had popsicles in the freezer, from Orange Juice in an Ice-tray with tooth picks in them to the Store-bought Creamsicles.    Recently on a trip to wine country (California) I was visiting my brother and I was telling my sister-in-law… (more…)

Coconut Pinkcherry Frozen Yogurt

OK, folks,  cherries are coming into season, and I look forward to this all year.  This is so easy to make and is probably one of the best things I have made in my Ice Cream Maker.  Guess how you make frozen yogurt? You take yogurt, and you freeze it.  I don’t mean to make the recipes sound simplistic, but… (more…)

Homemade Snicker’s Bars

Snickers bars are probably one of my favorite candy bars, right up there with Reese’s peanut butter cups, Butter fingers and about a dozen other ones.  Do I have to pick a favorite,  no I don’t think so. Being that these are a homemade version of Snicker’s makes it even better.   Turns out, these taste exactly like a Snickers bar.… (more…)

Whole Wheat Chocolate Brown Sugar, Sugar Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Brown Sugar, Sugar Cookies Ok folks,  take a deep breath, we’ve got yet another holiday upon us. What I am talking about is Valentine’s Day.  Some holidays we can ignore without much ado,  but I don’t care if you are single, married, partnered, smitten or bitter about it all, we have to deal with it.  It is… (more…)