Desserts

Sweet Heart Cocoa Coconut Torte

Sweet Heart Cocoa Coconut Torte

Have your cake and no sugar too! No added sugar and no gluten, but plenty of flavor! Cocoa Coconut Torte is sweetened with raisin and date puree like my Raisin-Date Apple Muffins. The cake is rich and sweet, similar to a flourless chocolate torte. Ground almonds replace flour for a little extra […]

Cranberry-Orange Pecan Bread

Cranberry-Orange Pecan Bread

Crunchy toasted pecans and Angostura Orange Bitters complement tangy cranberries in this easy, yummy holiday quick bread.  My Orange-Laced Frosting here makes a fancier quick bread.  For holiday gifts, I’m going to try this recipe using two smaller, 3 x 5-3/4″ loaf pans (perhaps three smaller pans – tbd).  Of […]

Stuffing, Cranberries, and Pie

Stuffing, Cranberries, and Pie

It’s time to revisit some of our Thanksgiving favs. For me, there are so many different dishes at Thanksgiving that I tend not to re-invent the food wheel. Rather, I use tried-and-true seasonal recipes that get four-star raves from around the table. So first here, is my Artichoke Mushroom “dressing” that I […]

Apple Crisp with a Twist

Apple Crisp with a Twist

It’s apple season! That, and the cooler autumn air lure me into the kitchen, nudging my creativity. So what’s the twist with my apple delight? A crispy oatmeal topping laced with Angostura bitters adds richness and depth to this traditional autumn dessert. Rosie asks “Bitters […]

Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles

Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles

Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles Active Prep Time: about 30 minutes Plus Chill Time: 30 minutes Makes about 16 truffles. 2 pints peppermint ice cream or favorite flavor- look for Dreyer’s Limited Edition Peppermint 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup (6 ounces) white […]

Carrot Cake — Redux

Carrot Cake — Redux

  I usually avoid baking cakes that call for whipping egg whites separate from the yolks, it’s too much work! (Though I’ll make exception for egg whites in my favorite angel food cake recipe by baking expert Flo Braker). So I nearly passed up this recipe for carrot cake that my daughter […]

Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans

Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans

Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans Prep & Cook time:  23-25 minutes total      Makes 4 servings with about 1/3 cup sauce 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon Ground cardamom 2  Tbsp. milk 2  Tbsp. dark rum Grated peel of one lemon 3  Tbsp. butter 3  […]

Go Nuts for New Years!

Go Nuts for New Years!

Sweet-Salty-Bitter Glazed Nuts Prep time 30-35 minutes       Makes 3 cups 2          Tbsp. butter 2          Tbsp. Angostura aromatic bitters 6          Tbsp. sugar 1-1/2    tsp. kosher salt 1/2       tsp. cinnamon 3          cups raw nuts – pecan or walnut halves, whole almonds or cashews, 12-14 oz total (Pre-roasted cashews […]

Halloween Spider Cookie Pops

Halloween Spider Cookie Pops

Halloween Spider Cookie Pops Makes about 32 cookies     Prep time: 15 minutes      Bake time: 24 minutes    Plus decorating time. 1        cup butter or margarine, softened 1-1/2   cups firmly packed brown sugar 2        eggs 2        teaspoons vanilla 6        ounces (1 […]

Breakfast Date Cake for Mom

Breakfast Date Cake for Mom

Breakfast Date Cake Serves:  9-12      Prep Time:  20 minutes 3/4 cup  chopped dried dates* 1/2 cup  packed brown sugar 1/2 cup  chopped walnuts 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 cups  all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon  baking soda 1/4 teaspoon  salt 3/4 cup  granulated […]