Category Archives: desserts

whole lemon berry angel pie

Lemon Berry Angel Pie

June 11, 2024

whole lemon berry angel pie

My client requested the dessert his grandmother made many years ago. He sent a photograph of a weathered recipe card for angel pie written in spidery old school script. Splatters and tears in the paper showed me this was a much loved, and often made, family treasure. Continue reading

loaded chunky cookies and milk

Loaded Chunky Cookies

January 24, 2024

loaded chunky cookies and milk

Do you remember the Chunky Candy Bar? It’s loaded with chocolate, peanuts and raisins. I learned of its existence in college and became a fan. Haven’t had one since. An old advertisement triggered a memory and thus this easy cookie recipe. No mixer, no chilling and a quick way to see that treats fill the cookie jar. Continue reading

maple apple dessert sauce on ice cream

Maple Apple Dessert Sauce

October 17, 2023

maple apple dessert sauce on ice cream

The thrill of the hunt begins each fall at the roadside stands. I look for unfamiliar varieties of apples to try for cooking and eating. This year it’s the Ozark Gold apple. This variety is a little over fifty years old, so not exactly new, but new to me.

ingredients for maple apple dessert sauce

Bright bands of sunny yellow and burnished red decorate this fruit. It’s an early type so I bought up a mess of apples before others take its place. Soon there will be Stayman and Empire and the marvelously crunchy Evercrisp. I do love a crisp apple to remind me of Virginia’s bounty. This chef also likes to add apples to all manner of sweet and savory dishes before the stands close for the season.

Maple Apple Dessert Sauce is a cinch to make and it stores in the fridge for a couple weeks. Plain vanilla ice cream becomes something ethereal. Waffles and pancakes get the salon treatment with an unexpected alternative to syrup. Apple and ginger make a compatible couple. Imagine the decadence of this sweet sauce ladled sparingly on top of Gingerbread Ice Cream  .

waffles with maple apple dessert sauce

This dessert sauce is chunky and thick with apples and toasted pecans. You will need to gently heat it in the microwave if not used right away. It becomes very thick once refrigerated. If you want the sauce to be more pourable, add a few drops of extra maple syrup after heating.

closeup of maple apple dessert sauce

Maple Apple Dessert Sauce

recipe by Michele Humlan, The Good Eats Company

makes about 2 ½ cups

ingredients 

1 ½ pounds apples, peeled and chopped (about 5 cups total)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
⅔ cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 ½ cup apple cider
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup chopped toasted pecans*
*to toast pecans, keep halves whole for even toasting, then chop; 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes will give a nice color and flavor

directions

  1. In heavy nonreactive saute pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add apples, salt, maple syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Once mixture begins to sizzle, add apple cider and keep at a low simmer, uncovered, until thickened, stirring gently occasionally, about 35-40 minutes.
  4. If mixture looks thin and watery, it will thicken on standing.
  5. Cool to room temperature and add toasted pecans.
  6. Use immediately or refrigerate up to 1 week.
  7. To serve, very lightly microwave to soften until spoonable and use over ice cream, puddings, cake, pancakes or waffles.
  8. If you’d like this to be  even more pourable, add a few drops of maple syrup to the warmed sauce.
bowl of nutty buddy ice ream

Nutty Buddy Ice Cream

August 8, 2023

bowl of nutty buddy ice ream

Friends reminisced recently about ice cream treats of our youth. Specifically, how they’ve changed. Ice cream sandwiches evolved into elaborate affairs with gourmet ice cream between real chewy homemade cookies. Sherbet became sorbet and ice cream choices are gelato, frozen yogurt and nondairy frozen desserts. Variety appeals to everyone. Continue reading

piece of lemon blueberry cheesecake bars

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

May 24, 2023

piece of lemon blueberry cheesecake bars

Blueberries are in season. Are you hungry for cake, pie or bars? This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars recipe has all those wishes covered. Crust and filling like a pie, tangy lemony cream cheese middle like cheesecake. Equally important, this spring dessert is crafted as bars to cut whatever size serving your heart desires. Continue reading

plate of almond shortbread cookies

Almond Shortbread Cookies

March 14, 2023

plate of almond shortbread cookies

These Almond Shortbread Cookies are delicious with a cold glass of milk or a steaming cup of tea. I see these as the perfect ending to a Mediterranean dinner, served with a cup of black coffee. Continue reading

apple ginger cake

Apple Ginger Cake

January 17, 2023

apple ginger cake

Cake for dessert is expected. An unexpected treat is a slice of cake with a steaming hot mug of tea in winter. Any old time of the day or evening. This Apple Ginger Cake has lots of shredded apple, giving it a dense yet tender crumb.  We could all use more fruits and vegetables. Am I right? So this cake will lead you down the path to better health.  Continue reading

slice of zucchini fudge cake

Zucchini Fudge Cake

October 4, 2022

slice of zucchini fudge cake

Zucchini is one of the last local summer vegetables at the roadside stands. Slick green squash batons keep company on the racks with many-hued fall squashes, smooth and warty, solid and spotted and striped. Continue reading