Strawberry Shortcakes

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This dessert requires a lot of steps but stay with me–I promise the reward of a slightly sweet biscuit topped with cream and juicystrawberries is more than worth it.  The biscuits can be made ahead of time, and the strawberries can be left to macerate for several hours. Strawberry Shortcakes Makes 2 strawberry shortcakes. Ingredients For […]

Lemon Cream Cupcakes

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Lemon desserts were my grandmother’s favorite and now they have become mine.  I make these cupcakes with Meyer lemons when they are in season.  I read somewhere that a good substitution for Meyer lemon is half orange zest and half regular lemon zest.  I’ve never tried that, but if you have, let me know if it’s tasty. […]

Perfect Brownies

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This recipe is a blank canvas for you to turn into your own.  If you make the recipe as-is, they have a cake-like texture.  This is how I enjoy my brownies—plain and unadorned.  If you prefer brownies with a fudge-like texture, I recommend stirring in an additional 2 tablespoons of your favorite chopped chocolate into […]

Rhubarb Crisp

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Hooray for rhubarb season!  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a sweet crisp:  stewed diced rhubarb spiced with rose water, orange zest and allspice topped with crispy oats. Fruit crisps are meant to be enjoyed the day they are made.   If they are re-heated the following day, the topping will […]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

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This is my birthday cake of choice.  Hold the chocolate cake for me—all I need is fruit cooked in syrupy brown sugar.

Strawberry Crostata

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I used to not be a fan of fruit desserts because I felt that fruit should be enjoyed raw in its natural state.  But I was clearly missing the picture.  Fruit desserts are a perfect example of when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  This strawberry crostata is my favorite way to [...]

Vanilla Pudding

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Here is a recipe for plain and simple vanilla pudding.  It’s great on its own in two cute little cups or tucked into a graham cracker crust with whipped cream on top. Whisking the dry ingredients into the milk and cream before placing it on the stove ensures a lump-free pudding every time.

Creme Brulee

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Smooth luscious cream topped by crunchy caramelized sugar.  Enough said.  This is the quintessential romantic dessert for two. Save Print Creme Brulee   Makes 2 6-ounce ramekins. Ingredients 3 egg yolks ½ cup heavy whipping cream ¼ cup sugar, plus 2 teaspoons 1 teaspoon vanilla Instructions In a glass bowl, whisk together egg yolks, cream, [...]

Chocolate Cream Pie

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This was my grandfather’s favorite dessert.  The story goes that his sister made it for him on the day he came home from the war.  He sat down at the table and ate the entire pie in one sitting.  How’s that for a homecoming? Save Print Chocolate Cream Pie   Makes 1 small 6″ pie. [...]