Category Archives: Desserts

Raspberry, Pear & Walnut Coffee Cake

Raspberrypearcoffeecake

 

I think you may have guessed by now that I really like baking coffee cakes! I especially like this one because of the addition of the fruit! Anything “Raspberry” and I am all over it! My mum makes a coffee cake very similar to this recipe, but instead of using fresh raspberries, she uses a meringue made from raspberry jam. I decided to step it up a notch and take that very basic sour cream based coffee cake recipe and add a mixture of my favorite fruits. Walnuts are used in my strudel topping, but you could use pecans and the outcome would be just as amazing! You could also substitute Blackberries or Blueberries instead of the Raspberries! Continue reading

New York Style Crumb Cake

crumbcake

My husband was born and raised in NYC. He basically grew up eating this crumb cake! I, on the other hand, had never had crumb cake until we were married…What can I say, it wasn’t a popular dessert in my Midwestern town! I think it is more of an East Coast thing. I am happy to say… I am now a convert and I love this cake with a nice, hot cup of tea! This is also one of my Father-in-Law’s favorites…we have been known to drive with a hot one, fresh out of the oven, all the way up I95 to NYC! Continue reading

My Easter Dessert!

Raspberry, White Chocolate & Almond Trifle

Raspberry, White Chocolate & Almond Trifle

Ahh…The Trifle! Doesn’t it look soooo beautiful? It is one of those desserts that is so easy to make, and makes such a visual impact when you put it on the table! Everyone thinks you have mad skills! I have to admit…this is my “virgin” trifle. I am really hoping it tastes as good as it looks. I made it a day ahead per the instructions. Apparently the longer it chills, the more the flavors meld. I always love recipes that can be made in advance of any holiday meal. One less thing on my list for tomorrow.

I stumbled upon this recipe on Epicurious. I did the usual tweaking to make it my own. I substituted Ladyfinger Cookies for Sara Lee Pound Cake and frozen raspberries for organic mixed berries. I would have preferred to use the Ladyfingers, but in my small town with limited shopping options, I was unable to find them!

I have already set my table for Easter and thought I would share a couple of sneak peaks at it. My menu is really eclectic. I am almost embarrassed to share it with you…but I will. I will be cooking Prime Rib for the hubby and my parents, crab cakes those that don’t eat meat but like fish, eggplant rollatini for my vegetarians, and of course the usual suspects; mashed potatoes, string beans, roasted cauliflower and broccoli and rolls. I am even going to attempt to make Hot Cross Buns for my mother. They are her favorite. I know most people make them on Good Friday, but we had family in town and I was busy enjoying their company instead of baking buns!

I hope everyone will have a wonderful day with their families. Happy Easter!

My Easter Table

My Easter Table

Simple Mini Centerpieces

Simple Mini Centerpieces

Madeleines

I Heart Madeleines!

I Heart Madeleines!

Madeleines For Everyone!

Madeleines For Everyone!

These cookies come with a little background story as to why they became so popular in our household…When my family lived in Seattle and my children were toddlers, we would often spend time at the local shopping mall playing on all the indoor play structures. We did this several times a week because it rained so darn much and it was much more comfortable playing at the indoor “park”, than the outdoor one! In order for me to persuade my kids that it was time to go, I would do what all bad mothers used to do, I would bribe them with their favorite cookie! In those days, it was a madeleine from the Nordstroms Espresso Bar! My motto at the time; Cookie for you, Latte for me!

When my mom came out to visit, she noticed how much everyone loved these cookies. When she returned home, she packed up her madeleine pan, the one that had gone unused, that had been sitting in the bottom of her baking cupboard for years! She also sent me this amazing recipe to go along with it! From that time on, I am proud to say, we never bought another madeleine from Nordstroms, they always tasted better coming fresh out of the oven filled with moms love. I did, however, continue to buy my lattes! Continue reading

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