All posts filed under: Dessert

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

This cake is so lovely and festive. Cranberries are such a stunning, bright red and adding a sprig of sugared rosemary makes this dessert look just right for a holiday party. I first saw this recipe in a Cook’s Illustrated Magazine and more recently was reminded of it when NPR aired a Thanksgiving interview with the founder of Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen, Christopher Kimball. The story mostly sang the praises of cranberries and the many recipes you can enhance with them this time of year. Having stocked up on cranberries I was all ears. The Cranberry Upside-Down Cake sounded delicious. A simple, moist cake and tart cranberries make a great combination. Indeed it was delicious! I had a hard time snapping pictures before digging in. I highly recommend trying it out for your next holiday gathering. Cranberry Upside-Down Cake From America’s Test Kitchen via NPR Topping 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 cups fresh or defrosted frozen cranberries 3/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Cake 1 cup all-purpose …

Dia de los Muertos Tres Leches Cake

Day of the Dead Three Milks Cake The internet and social media sites are all a buzz with Halloween treats. I love them and think they are all adorable. Halloween is such a fun holiday. Who doesn’t love dressing up and eating candy!? I have made a few halloween themed treats this year, but alas I can not come up with anything original, so this year I’m skipping over a hollowed blog post and moving onto the following day, Day of the Dead. Where I am from there is a large hispanic population and celebrating this cultural holiday has become a community event. This is the second year I will be participating and even throwing my own party. If you are interested in learning more about this holiday in which passed loved ones are celebrated check out Dia En Downtown. It will give you information about the events taking place in my hometown. For more information on the history and tradition of Dia de los Muertos check out this site: http://www.mexicansugarskull.com Dia de los Muertos isn’t …

Pumpkin Curd

Pumpkin curd… it sounds totally gimmicky or at least trendy. It is, however, that time of year where everything turns into pumpkin spice. While some combinations are more savory than others even the most reluctant people get the urge to indulge in the sweet mixture of warm spices and squash. I was brainstorming about pumpkin pie and how I would like it more if it had a different texture. I like the thick custard alright, but if it was more creamy like a pumpkin cheesecake I would be more into it. That is when it hit me! Pumpkin curd! The thick pudding like texture I enjoy so much, combined with the flavors of fall. After only a couple attempts I came up with a recipe that I love so much I keep eating it by the spoonful, on ice cream, or with apple slices. I can’t wait to put it in oatmeal or even a pre-baked pie crust. I hope you will enjoy it as much as me. Pumpkin Curd 5 egg yolks 1/3 cup …

Rustic Plum Torte 

These beautiful pictures of plum cakes, tarts, and tortes keep showing up on my Instagram feed.  It is obviously the time of year for plums. I needed to make a dessert for my mom’s birthday so I jumped on the plum bandwagon. All the photos I’ve been seeing are strikingly similar to each other and they all reminded me of a recipe I discovered from NPR a few years back.  It is such a breeze to make.  Seriously if you are short on time, but need a yummy dessert I highly recommend whipping up this rustic plum torte and serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  This article explains it all and shares the recipe as well as a few other plum recipes. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95437400 The story is in praise of Italian prune plums which I have had access to and used some in the past, but I wasn’t able to get my hands on any quite yet this year.  They seem to be prolific in friends’ or neighbors’ yards or in the …

Hot Fudge Sundaes

Father’s Day is tomorrow.  My parents are going to be out of town, so we celebrated a week early.  My step dad is a chocolate loving kind of guy. When I decided last minute that we needed to have a celebration before they took off I was able to throw this fudge sauce together to satisfy his chocolate needs. I grabbed some good quality vanilla ice cream at the store and the sauce added a nice homemade touch.  It took hardly any time at all. A few chopped hazelnuts on top complimented the balance of both fruity and nutty flavor notes of the cocoa powder. Not to bore you too much with the complexities and flavor profiles of chocolate, but I am very interested in trying this sauce made with different high quality brands of cocoa powder. It would be fun to see how the flavors vary.  Cocoa powder differs in flavor- some are fruity while others are smoky, nutty, or coffee like.  The biggest differences you will notice are between natural and dutch processed cocoas.  …

Goat Cheese Berry Parfaits

Summertime and the living is easy. It really feels like summer has arrived. Today I helped paint a fence, got to go swimming with friends, and I spent the evening grilling pizzas and enjoying homemade limeade. That was all after I got done with work. I have been so busy enjoying the weather and good company I almost forgot to sit down to write about these yummy and oh so summery berry parfaits. This treat is perfect for a warm summer day. It is creamy and refreshing. The goat cheese offers a slight tang complimenting the fresh tart berries. A touch of honey adds just enough sweetness.   Goat Cheese Berry Parfait 4 ounces goat cheese 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup heavy cream About 1 1/2 pints mixed berries Wash berries and set aside to dry. Cream the goat cheese and honey together until smooth. In a separate bowl whisk the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold the goat cheese into the whipped cream. Layer the goat cream and the berries. These are …