Category Archives: Desserts and sweets

CHOCOLATEY CHOCOLATE CAKE . . . WITH BUTTERCREAM FLUFFY FROSTING

This rich,dense, spectacularly chocolate cake in every is my absolute favorite of all cakes.    It has a delicate moist crumb and the dream-like chocolate buttercream frosting stays light and fluffy to the very last slice.   This is the cake … Continue reading

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THE UBIQUITOUS ITALIAN TART . . . SPICED BLUE BERRY CROSTATA

If I could make only one type of pie a crostata would be my choice. It is spectacular in presentation with a sublime choice of fillings. Its professional appearance belies the simplicity of its construction. A dessert to swoon over … Continue reading

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APPLE CINNAMON AND CARDAMON CAKE . . . A CAKE TO KEEP THE WOLF FROM THE DOOR

A wind like wolves prowling across the fields. Growling at windows and doors. Snarling down the fireplace chimney. The kind of rainy, dark, dismal day that cried out for a kitchen perfumed with the fragrance of exotic spices. A cake! … Continue reading

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WALNUT BUTTER CAKE WITH MAPLE BUTTER FROSTING

This gloriously simple cake can be made with the usual pantry items,  a good sized bowl and a whisk – if that is your desire.    Or you can whip it up with  hand held electric beaters or a stand mixer.  … Continue reading

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THE COMPATIBILITY OF CAKES . . IN THIS EASILY MADE CHOCOLATE YOGURT CAKE

This is a cake recipe that is compatibility with the baker. I have two sisters. My older sister is 91 years old. She is a fabulous baker but she find the time it requires very tiring. My younger sister’s health … Continue reading

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DARKLY DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BUNDT CAKE

One could be forgiven for keeping one of the key ingredients of this cake a secret.  Those who grow zucchini know that overnight a zucchini can morph to a monstrous size.   At least that is what it seems.   … Continue reading

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CHERRY STREUSEL . . . Juicy Bing cherries nestle between layers of meltingly rich short crumble.

This is a sublime riff on a fruit crumble.  An almond flavoured rich cookie base.  Juicy, dark Bing cherries.  Then a strusel topping whispering the same cookie taste.  A cake that is not a cake but a crumble.  A decadent … Continue reading

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THE POLITE CLASSIC CRISPY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE

When someone lists their favourite cookies this cookie is almost always on their list.  It is a classic and I collect classics.  I call it a polite peanut butter cookie.   It is at once crisp and chewy.   There’s … Continue reading

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BESOTTED WITH BLUEBERRIES . . . BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE

BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE This is one of my favorite blueberry recipes.  It is a straightforward  light, tender cake.  It’s easy to serve for breakfast, dinner or a midnight snack.  The dominant flavour is the berries, those wonderful deep full-flavoured blueberries. … Continue reading

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JELLY ROLL TO THE RESCUE

If there ever was a time we needed comfort food it is today.     Something sweet to sooth the soul and have you smiling with delight.  A jelly roll to the rescue.    What a delightful idea.  Bake a cake.   … Continue reading

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