Jul 202019

Stone Fruit Meringue Pie

Side view slice of stone fruit meringue pie with stand in background

This variation on the traditional lemon meringue pie can be made with any combination of stone fruits – peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots, or plums. A fun use for whatever stone fruit you have an excess of. Less tart than the original, most of the sweetness comes from the fresh fruits and is topped with a pillowy meringue that gets lightly toasted in the oven.

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 082019

Red Wine Rhubarb Syrup

Candied rhubarb, rhubarb wine syrup, syrup on ice cream

A tasty red wine and rhubarb syrup for pouring on ice cream or waffles or to use in drinks. And some crystallized rhubarb for good measure. With spring nearly ending I was intent on making a rhubarb syrup to share. But I wanted something different than my typical fruit and spices or herbs. Well I did just pick up a wine club shipment. And who doesn’t like a red wine reduction? I suggest a fruity red for this rather than something dry. I used one of our California fruit bomb cabernets. And because I had a bit of extra rhubarb,…Continue Reading

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 262019

Strawberry Lavender Cookies

Strawberry lavender sandwich cookies with a blue napkin

Nutty almond and lavender cookies sandwiched with strawberry jam and topped with white chocolate and more lavender for fun spring treat.

May 142019

Banana and Coffee Cake

Single slice with remaining loaf of banana and coffee cake with banana and white jug

A tender banana cake with a hint of coffee and a sweet cold-brew drizzle.

May 072019

Strawberry Bars

Strawberry bars on parchment side shot

A strawberry curd with fresh bites of strawberries on a nutty oat and whole wheat base for a not-too-sweet and creamy treat.

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