An abundance of mint graced my garden this summer. I grew chocolate mint, spearmint, peppermint and lemon mint. Guess which one flavored this ice cream? Chocolate mint plus some spearmint gave maximum flavor. For texture, cacao nibs are the crunchy bits that make this ice cream unique. Continue reading →
Julia Child introduced us to clafoutis, the fruit dessert that is both cakelike and soft as pudding. The easy method to this dessert lends itself to employing all manner of seasonal fruits.Like stone fruits in Nectarine Almond Cake. Blueberries are plump and sweet this summer, so let’s get to baking. Continue reading →
Homemade cakes got extra attention when I was growing up. We were a dessert family; store bought cakes showed up occasionally, but when mom made her own, we felt the love. Even when the cakes were lopsided, partially frosted or just plain plain, they were always better than anything we purchased. Continue reading →
The default easy dessert is usually ice cream. You purchase, you scoop, you please your guests and your own palate. There are so many options and so many flavors you can’t go wrong . Making a restaurant-level dessert like this Chocolate Chile Panna Cotta is a breeze and looks like you’ve been very busy in the kitchen. Because of Valentine’s Day, February is the month for chocolate, am I right? Let’s get to this simple recipe. Continue reading →
Perhaps your Thanksgiving celebration will look a little different this year, with fewer faces around the table, less hustle and bustle and fewer dishes. Or perhaps you’ve been so aggravated with 2020 you’ll skip the turkey and sides and focus only on desserts like the sweet-a-holic we all know you are. Am I pointing the finger at myself? Yes, why, yes I am. Continue reading →
Technically, it is still summer but when the Virginia apples are stacked at the roadside stands, colorful and fragrant, I’m thinking fall. Fall means apples in everything, from the savory to the sweet. Continue reading →
Maybe you’ve started to entertain again, safely and with distance between your guests. Maybe you are getting more adept at preparing elaborate home brunches, weary of dining options limited to carryout. Or maybe you just want some homemade cake. If you fall into any of these maybes, here is a summery cake for you with fresh raspberries and raspberry fruit spread for a double dose of berry. Continue reading →
The challenge : creamy desserts that are free of dairy and without cashews, dates, chocolate, chickpeas or soy. The reason : friends who are dairy intolerant. And weary of the usual ground dates and soaked cashew substitutes for fudgy chewy creamy things. My search for nondairy creaminess also extends to cooking for clients who are either intolerant or seeking a more plant-based diet. Today’s dessert tarts do have eggs and are not vegan, but they make use of two nifty items readily available in groceries these days—vegan butter ( let’s not call it margarine which sounds so seventies) and almond milk whipped cream.
My sister and I were reminiscing about mom’s home baked treats. Gingerbread, with a light veneer of lemon glaze, was always a favorite and spoiled us for any other, homemade or purchased. We don’t think she even used a recipe but rather created by instinct. She had excellent instincts.
Sweets for the sweet during St. Valentine’s month, or maybe not. If your tastes run more to bitter, tart or just plain less sweet when you enjoy desserts, or breakfast, you will like this Greek yogurt based pudding with maple sweetened blood oranges and chia seeds.