Category Archives: desserts

closeup of sherbet

Pomegranate Coconut Sherbet

may 31, 2022

closeup of sherbet

 

 

I did not sign up for triple digit spring weather. Nevertheless, I don’t feel so bad when I read that central Australia reaches 120 degrees  on the regular. According to Bill Bryson in the delightfully entertaining travel book In a Sunburned Country, desert temps are not trifling. He wrote this book twenty years ago. I cannot imagine a Down Under desert trek in today’s climate. Continue reading

whole cake

Salted Chocolate Potato Cake

april 20, 2022

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I dedicate this cake to my friend Jeannie Boisineau of Superior Creamery and Confections. Her weekly bake box  recently included potato chip chocolate chip cookies, which combine the two most important food groups :  potato and chocolate. Brilliant, and bravo, Jeannie. Continue reading

banana tunnel of fudge cake

Banana Tunnel of Fudge Cake

february 8, 2022

banana tunnel of fudge cake

Imagine my disappointment when I learned that classic  Tunnel of Fudge cake has no fudge. Sadly, there is only undercooked batter in the middle. I remedy that problem with this cake. There is real fudge baked in the center of this moist banana cake. Continue reading

serving of no bake sweet potato cheesecake

No Bake Sweet Potato Cheesecake

december 7, 2021

serving of no bake sweet potato cheesecake

Did you have pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? Sweet potatoes? Are you craving cheesecake? Answer yes to any of these questions and this dessert is for you. I love easy entertaining at year’s end holiday time. These No Bake mini Sweet Potato Cheescakes are simple, yet fancy for company. Continue reading

slice of brown sugar apple pie

Brown Sugar Apple Pie

November 9, 2021

slice of brown sugar apple pie

We say the phrase ” as American as apple pie” when we want to convey authenticity. What does this mean to you and your family? Slab pie, double crust, streusel-topped? I love apple pie any old way, especially if topped with a nice scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.

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chocolate mint ice cream cone

Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

september 28, 2021

chocolate mint ice cream cone

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

Blueberry Lemon Pudding Cake

july 20, 2021

bowl of blueberry lemon pudding cake

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

slice of rhubarb poppyseed cake

Rhubarb Poppy Seed Cake

june 1, 2021

slice of rhubarb poppyseed cake

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

Chocolate Chile Panna Cotta

february 8, 2021

chocolate chile panna cotta

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

skillet apple cobbler with ice cream

Skillet Apple Cobbler

november 17, 2020

skillet apple cobbler with ice cream

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