Category Archives: Desserts

THE COFFEE CAKE OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON . . . CRANBERRY ORANGE WITH STREUSEL CRUMB TOPPING

This is not your quiet, little every day coffee cake.  This is a coffee cake with attitude.  The cake is rich with sour cream and enhanced with the brilliant, tart flavour of cranberries.  There is the important streusel crumb topping.  … Continue reading

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RHUBARB CRUMB CAKE WITH SUMAC CRUMB . . . THE PERFECT SNACKING CAKE

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I walk to the garden past hedges heavy with fragrant with wild roses and awash with cow parsley. Blackbirds, wrens, robins and song thrushes fill the air with glorious song. The early morning sun catches glittering drops of dew suspended … Continue reading

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CHOCOLATEY CHOCOLATE CAKE . . . WITH BUTTERCREAM FLUFFY FROSTING

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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

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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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SPICED PUMPKIN AND WALNUT TART . . .AROMATIC SPICES AND A SWEET WALNUT PASTRY

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Spiced pumpkin and walnut tart. The perfect Thanksgiving dinner always ends with pumpkin pie. The delicious aroma of aromatic spices fill your kitchen as you take this delicate creamy textured tart out of the oven. Pumpkin is one of those … 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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WARM SOFT-CENTERED CHOCOLATE CAKES

This is the epitome of decadent desserts.  Deeply dark, warm chocolate cake served right out of the oven.  Warm chocolate cake has an edgy  reputation for being a difficult production.  Many  recipes have you making the cake,  baking the cake, … Continue reading

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DECIDEDLY DECADENT CHOCOLATE AND SALTED DULCE DE LECHE TART

Chocolate dark as midnight.  Caramel sauce –  toffee-like  with just a suggestion of burnt sugar.    A superb marriage of flavours.   CHOCOLATE AND SALTED DULCE DE LECHE TART is a very indulgent and very very French dessert.   One sees it … Continue reading

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ITS ALL ABOUT THE ICING ON THE CARROT CAKE!

  This is not your usual carrot cake recipe.   This is a carrot cake made sublimely rich with butter replacing the oil.   The results are a fine, firm crumb that holds and slices beautifully (so necessary in a layer cake). … Continue reading

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