Category: Dessert

Dessert

Sweetness to Guide the Lengthening Days

I know for sure that the season has changed when the spring sun hits my kitchen window for the first time in a year and the returning ospreys settle on their nest. The golden light streaming in and the joyous sounds of birdsong signal that the farm fields are also waking up, and over the […]

Dessert, Pies, Thanksgiving

Finding Some Love for Pumpkin

Many years ago, when living in my native England, I decided to throw a Thanksgiving dinner. After compiling a guest list of assorted ex-pat Americans and a few other friends, I got to work on the menu. I knew there should be several types of pie and settled on pumpkin, pecan, and coconut custard. After […]

pavlova
Dessert, Featured, Summer

A Red, White & Blue Pavlova

“Please bring your Pavlova’, is the request I get from my hosts when I offer to contribute to their summer gatherings.  My signature seasonal confection hails from Australia, and features a rich, pillowy meringue base, with a crisp shell and a soft interior topped with cream and fruit. It was invented to honor the visit […]

pumpkin_cupcake
Autumn, Cake, Dessert

The Real Pumpkin

Pumpkin Spice: words that conjure up an idealized world of glowing fall leaves, holiday treats and cozy evenings by the fireplace. But there is a lot of Halloween trickery afoot in the grocery aisles and your favorite coffee shop at this time of year.  Chances are that the confections, lattes and smoothies on offer have […]

rhubarb_cake
Cake, Dessert

A Grown-Up Crumble Cake

I have a lot of respect for the brave people who first tasted rhubarb in its raw and natural state and experimented until they finally rendered it edible. Its virtues are not immediately evident, with its poisonous leaves and sour stalks. Yet, once cooked with the required amount of sugar, this fruit (which is really […]

Coffee & Pecan Cake with Baileys Buttercream
Cake, Dessert

Coffee and Pecan Cake with Baileys Buttercream

In a surprise twist, this coffee cake actually includes coffee in the ingredient list! Based on a traditional British favorite, I have substituted pecans in place of walnuts and added Bailey’s Liqueur to the buttercream frosting. This rich and moist cake is best served in small slices, with a fresh brewed cup of your favorite […]

fruit cake
Cake, Dessert, Winter

A Perfect Cake for the Holidays

by Alison Boyd-Savage If you are looking for one great cake to carry you through the holidays, then look no further. Even if you are not a fan of fruit cake, you will love this wonderful recipe that bears no resemblance to the typical offerings you may be familiar with, which are so dense they […]

Christmas meringues
Dessert

Meringues for Giving

The holidays are looking different this year. Many of us will not be gathering for our traditional celebrations but staying safe with low-key festivity. What will not change for many is the preparation and enjoyment of some of the special foods that mark this time of year.  While we may not be able to gather […]