Rich toasted hazelnuts and the unique punch of cardamom make these cookies a perfect, not too sweet accompaniment to your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Continue reading “Hazelnut Cardamom Shortbread Cookies”
Rich toasted hazelnuts and the unique punch of cardamom make these cookies a perfect, not too sweet accompaniment to your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Continue reading “Hazelnut Cardamom Shortbread Cookies” →
I love frosting. Don’t tell my husband or my dog but I kind of want it to be my Valentine. It shouldn’t be too fancy. I like a smooth European buttercream as much as the next person but give me a fluffy, sweet, powdered sugary American buttercream and I simply can’t stop eating it. It completes me. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Frosting” →
Hi. Apparently, I took the summer (and most of the fall) off. It wasn’t planned, I’m just letting life take me where it needs to these days. Yesterday it took me to this Bourbon Pecan Pie with Dark Chocolate, just in time for a Thanksgiving post. Continue reading “Bourbon Pecan Pie with Dark Chocolate” →
Happy Sunday! I’m going to open with a smallish rant as I’m currently laid up with an injured knee which has most inconveniently interfered with my past week and threatens to put a quite a damper on my upcoming plans. Continue reading “Strawberry Pie Bars with Dark Chocolate” →
I have to admit I never really understood the red velvet cake obsession. I mean, a touch of cocoa in the cake and red food coloring? Why ruin what could be a perfectly good chocolate cake? Continue reading “Red Velvet Cupcakes” →
I really shouldn’t make these. Oh, but I do… I made them yesterday and I will have to make them again because they are almost gone now. Ella just reported there are four left then said, “You didn’t hear it from me, but I saw Hailey sneak one earlier.” (Pretty rich coming from the girl who routinely sneaks chocolate then leaves the wrappers on her bedroom floor.) Continue reading “Spritz Cookies” →
A crostata (aka galette if you’re in France) is basically a free-form pie that is a little less sweet and a little heavier on crust, both features that suit my tastes well. It’s also easier than pie, literally, and I feel like it doubles as a breakfast pastry. (Okay, I feel like pie doubles as a breakfast pastry too but this really is less sweet.) You can use just about any kind of fruit; apples, berries, cherries, pears… I recently made a sweet/savory one with pluots and figs that I topped with blue cheese and pecans, big hit with the book club. This recipe showcases fresh peaches, in season now! Continue reading “Peach Crostata” →
This is Bob’s favorite. I made it for him for Father’s Day and, lucky for him, it’s not the girls’ or my favorite so he got to eat it five nights in a row until it was gone. I actually really liked it too, as did Hailey (Ella opted for ice cream with chocolate syrup), which is saying something because I don’t generally enjoy the texture of cooked cherries. The sweet/tart flavor won me over though as did the buttery cobbler crust. Once I added vanilla ice cream the texture of the cherries was barely an issue. I might even make it for him again someday. He deserves it, he’s a pretty great dad.
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