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The Perfect Fall Dessert: French Pear Cake

French Pear Cake

This cake is unlike any other I’ve made. Well, except for the apple cake that it’s based on.

But, here, in this rebooted version, pears replace the apples and pecans replace the walnuts. The pears are peeled and thinly sliced and then mixed into a very light batter. During a second trip into the oven, the brown sugar and pecan topping firms up and turns golden brown, with an almost custardy cake beneath. It’s really pretty amazing.

There may seem to be a number of steps, but don’t fear, it all comes together . . . → Read More: The Perfect Fall Dessert: French Pear Cake

Late Spring Dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a Lattice Crust

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Getting out of my changing-of-the-seasons slump with a strawberry rhubarb pie! So, delicious. The brown sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon all get together here (with the fresh fruit) to work a kind of pie magic. Every year, this is one of my most favorite pies to make! And not just because I like the challenge of a lattice crust (just kidding, it’s really easy)!

So yeah, take advantage of the remaining rhubarb season and make this pie now. Or, you could even decrease the sugar** just a little bit and try this with . . . → Read More: Late Spring Dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a Lattice Crust

Baking Spotlight: Lemon Curd Thumbprint Coconut Macaroons

Lemon Curd Thumbprint Coconut Macaroons

When you find yourself with a bag of sweetened and flaked coconut in your cabinet, there’s only one appropriate response—coconut macaroons! Historically, these little cookies first made an appearance in an Italian monastery and today, are sometimes upstaged by the showier and trendier French macaron, which is an entirely different little cookie that uses almond flour and egg whites.

The coconut macaroon is a delicious mix of flaked coconut, sugar, and egg white. They can incorporate jams and curds or even get a chocolate dip. Some recipes use sweetened condensed . . . → Read More: Baking Spotlight: Lemon Curd Thumbprint Coconut Macaroons

Salted Peanut Butter and Orange Marmalade Bars

Salted Peanut Butter and Orange Marmalade Bars

I don’t really remember eating an abundance of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when I was a kid, but I must have because it is one of my most favorite long-standing food partnerships. Like ham and swiss. Garlic and (insert name of any food). Pizza and beer. You get the idea.

This recipe is like the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich ever. I really like orange marmalade and think it’s underrated as a peanut butter pal, but if you don’t care for it, you can really use . . . → Read More: Salted Peanut Butter and Orange Marmalade Bars

Blood Orange and Cardamom Sherbet

Blood Orange and Cardamom Sherbet

I tend to neglect my ice cream maker with a fair amount of frequency. It’s stored out in the garage freezer, so it’s not like I see it all the time to help remind me. Plus, it seems like some of my previous ice cream/sorbet experiments have not blown me away.

Enter this Blood Orange and Cardamom Sherbet…Blown away!

So creamy, pretty much ice crystal free, and a not too sweet, but with a totally dessert-like flavor. And such a pretty pink color. It reminds me slightly of my beloved, . . . → Read More: Blood Orange and Cardamom Sherbet