Jul 132019

Blueberry Buckle

Side view of blueberry buckle on cake stand with nasturiums

This blueberry buckle is a coffee cake with lots of fresh blueberries and a generous helping of streusel topping. Serve with yogurt and you can almost convince yourself it’s breakfast.

Jun 292019

Cherry Mascarpone Ice Cream

White bowl of cherry mascarpone ice cream with mint sprig

This cherry mascarpone ice cream has a mild, fresh fruit flavour that balances with the cheese for a sweet, creamy treat.

Jun 012019

Rhubarb Cream Cake

Side view of rhubarb cream cake on cake stand and green background

A tender cake with bright rhubarb and lime, topped with walnuts and brown sugar. A perfect anytime cake that you can just about justify being breakfast.

May 112019

Strawberry Cilantro Chutney

3 jars of chutney, one open

A chutney with fresh strawberries, herbal cilantro, and a hint of spice from ginger and white pepper. And for more spring strawberry madness: strawberry cilantro chutney! I really wanted to create a semi-savory strawberry garnish, and cilantro or parsley seemed to be the key (also I have both of those in the garden now). I tried eating both herbs with fresh strawberries before setting off in a direction. While I liked the parsley, it could too easily dominate the strawberries. The cilantro was a better balance, highlighting the herbal flavours in the fruit without overwhelming them. Chutney is one of…Continue Reading

Apr 302019

Carrot Cupcakes with Candied Orange Peel

Carrot cupcakes with several on cake stand

Tender carrot cake studded with walnuts and candied orange peel, in cupcake form topped with mascarpone frosting. Great for decorating as little or as much as you like. I know posting carrot cakes is customary before Easter, but since I don’t celebrate, it didn’t really occur to me to do so. But it’s still spring, there’s still tasty fresh carrots coming out of the ground, and is anyone really going to argue with cupcakes? And a good carrot cake recipes is nice to have at any time of the year. I adapted this recipe from a cookbook I use for…Continue Reading

Apr 162019

Super Citrus Cake

Citrus cake with a blue stripe towel

An amazing citrusy cake with cream and multiple types of fruits and a slightly caramelized glaze. Well here’s another creamy citrus dessert before it gets too far away from citrus season. In this cake I originally used tangelo, lemon, and mandarin, but you could use a variety of different fruits. Using grapefruit in the cake and orange for the glaze would also be great. It you want an intense orange flavour, you could certainly use orange in all layers. I started off considering a loaf cake with a glaze and serving cream alongside, but I rarely make layered cakes and…Continue Reading

Apr 132019
Rosemary lemon ice cream with almond toffee

Rosemary infused ice cream with a lemon curd swirl, served with a nutty almond toffee. Hopefully you had a chance to make some lemon curd this citrus season. As I mentioned previously, I certainly have. So now we get more creamy, citrusy desserts. I rarely make ice cream in the winter and early spring, simply because people are less interested in eating it. It just sits in the freezer getting freezer burn, and isn’t that a sad fate for any ice cream? But when I had an abundance of lemon curd, using it as a swirl was just too tempting.…Continue Reading

Apr 062019

Baklava Blondies

Baklava blondies and dripping honey horizontal

Blondies with lots of nuts and honey to mimic the flavors of your favorite baklava can be made easily in one bowl for a fast treat.   I had a major hankering for baklava a few days ago. But baklava is a pain to make (though there is a local place that does some excellent baklava) with the filo. So I used the flavors and made a one pan/pot blondie. Ok, maybe it’s not that close to most baklavas being made with multiple types of nuts, but it sure is tasty and has that wonderful honey flavor coming through. Personally,…Continue Reading

Feb 262019

Radicchio and Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Baked and cut radicchio flatebread

A chewy focaccia-like flatbread with creamy cheeses, sweet onions, and seasoned radicchio. I have a love hate relationship with radicchio. I really enjoy eating it when I am out, but every time I try to cook with it, my dish becomes intolerably bitter. Recently I came across a recipe on SugarLoveSpices for a radicchio pizza and a recipe for a caramelized onion focaccia on The Candid Appetite and thought that the combination would be great. And for once, it was. The sweetness of the caramelized onions balances out the bitter of the radicchio with creamy cheeses to cut it further.…Continue Reading