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Rustic Cherry Tart

If you asked me my favorite fruit periodically throughout the year, the answers would all be very different, but this time of year I can’t get enough fresh cherries. They have such a wonderful sweetness to them that tastes fresh and not cloying, yet still satisfies my persistent sweet tooth. Their flesh is firm and satisfying to bite into, and their deep red color is stunning (if also quick to stain). I’ve been buying enormous bags nearly every week, mostly devouring them straight out of the bag, but also incorporating them into baked goods. One night I was craving something carb-loaded and sweet, so this tart came to be, and it totally hit the spot. (more…)

Pear Cranberry Crostata

This year for Thanksgiving, we had the biggest crowd that we’ve ever hosted. I have a very small immediate and extended family, and most of my extended family lives in other parts of the country (and world), so holidays are usually just my mom and dad, brother, one uncle, and one set of grandparents. What little family I have is great, and I always love spending time with them on the holidays and otherwise, but it was really fun to have such a big group this year. (more…)

Apple Tarte Tatin

Lately I’ve been on a caramel kick, dosuing any and all desserts with a heavy handed scoop of homemade salted caramel sauce, or creating desserts that are based around caramel-y flavors. When I was home last weekend, I made pumpkin cupcakes with a caramel buttercream (recipe coming soon!), and I also made this Apple Tarte Tatin. My mom loves fruit upside-down cakes, so whenever I’m home that’s what she wants. Generally though, I’m hesitant to make a tarte tatin, because mostly every recipe I’ve ever encountered calls for puff pastry and I never have any lying around. Plus, I prefer to make every component of my baked goods, so when I finally found this recipe I was sold.


Layered Mocha Mousse Torte

This recipe is a favorite in my family – my mom has been making it for as long as I can remember, and I’ve even taken to making it from time to time, despite my love for always trying new things.  It’s a great-no bake dessert, it looks fancy and sophisticated, but it’s actually pretty easy to make! Plus, it tastes like heaven – pillowy mousse and coffee whipped cream, layered with coffee-flavored chocolate wafer crumbs. Nothing wrong with that!


Stone Fruit Tart

I am a chocolate girl at heart. It is a very rare day in my life that goes by without consuming any chocolate – even just a little bite will do. When the snacks delivery man comes to work every Wednesday and drops of Hershey’s fun size dark chocolate bars and peanut M&M’s… you can bet I stock up for those days in between when he won’t be around! And for much of the year I find ways to work chocolate into as many of my recipes as I can. After all, there’s little better than a warm chocolate chip cookie oozing with melted chocolate chips… or a plate of fresh, chewy brownies, or a bowl of chocolate buttercream icing sitting ready to adorn a cake. It’s a small obsession, really, but not the worst one I could have right?! (more…)

Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Tart

With the strawberry and rhubarb left over from the Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake, and another evening in need of  dessert, I wanted to go a whole different route and try something completely different. I make so many cupcakes/muffins/quick breads/brownies/bars, and not enough of the more complicated and diverse desserts, so that sentiment certainly had some weight in my decision to make this this Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with pastry cream and lime. I love making pastry cream – for some reason it’s one of the most satisfying baking projects to me, just because it involves a lot of my favorite ingredients (cream, sugar, eggs, vanilla) and the end result is simply luxurious – smooth and rich and velvety and beautiful. (more…)

(Late) Thanksgiving Feast

I know Thanksgiving was a week and a half ago, and I’d be better off posting ginger molasses chews or peppermint bark, but I’m still playing catch-up! I won’t bore you with lots of Thanksgiving stories, but I do have a few recipes I’m dying to share. I even tried my hand at a few savory items on our Thanksgiving menu, and they came out quite well, if I do say so myself 🙂 (more…)

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