All posts filed under: Sweets

Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Pink Peppercorn, Nuts, Amaranth, Coconut

Homemade Chocolate Bark

Homemade chocolate bark is a super easy (and gorgeous looking) holiday gift. There is no recipe required, you don’t need to measure anything AND the hands on time is maybe ten minutes. It’s a great last minute gift for practically anyone. Oh, and here’s the best part — there’s no baking either! Hallelujah! For chocolate […]

Bird’s Nest Cookies, Thumb Print Cookies with Raspberry Jam

Bird’s Nest Cookies

Bird’s nest cookies (also called thumbprint cookies) are one of those classic holiday baking cookies that remind you of why homemade baking is just so good. They are super easy to make and are one of those things people seem to love: buttery cookies with a tasty jam filling. What’s not to love? These are, […]

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Spelt Flour

Soft Chocolate Chippers

If there is a “Hall of Fame” for cookies, then my Aunt Heather’s 30-year-old recipe for soft chocolate chippers would have definitely found a place there. Praise be to her for delivering this recipe to me. They are irresistible. Okay, admittedly, I adapted the recipe just a little. But I’ll tell you how a little […]

German Plum Cake (Zwetschgenkuchen) with crème fraîche, vanilla and cinnamon

German Plum Cake (Zwetschgenkuchen)

Here in Germany, summer time is plum cake time. As soon as they make their arrival at the farmers’ market, arrives also the immediate request from my favorite Schwabe to bake a tradition “Zwetschgenkuchen”. Not just any plum cake, but one with a crumbly topping called “Streusel” — in his opinion, very crucial to a […]

Summer Strawberries and Blueberries with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Summer Berries with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

This is definitely not a brand new discovery, but it is oh-my-goodness-how-could-something-so-simple-be-so-delicious good! What’s not to love about fresh summer berries and my secret dessert weapon – mascarpone. Naturally sweet, yet surprisingly light, buttery soft mascarpone cheese makes everything taste glorious (and with 1/2 the calories of butter, it’s not as bad you might think, […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This oh sooo good Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe is curtesy of my dear friend Magali. It’s based on an adaption of a recipe that was originally published in Saveur magazine and later made famous by Oprah Winfrey when she highlighted it in a feature about supermodel Cindy Crawford. She claimed that it is something she […]

Raspberry Rhubarb Maple Crisp

Raspberry Rhubarb Maple Crisp‏ is everything you might think the name implies: perfectly sweet, slightly tart, fruity, nutty, crunchy, delicious. It’s packed with fruit smothered in pure maple sugar and is studded with oats and crunchy pecans. Plus there’s a good measure of bourbon vanilla, a little cinnamon, and mascobado cane sugar to lend it […]

Baked Rhubarb and Oats

Baked Rhubarb and Oats

I recently read that rhubarb is in fact a vegetable. But apparently, at some point, the United States Customs Court ruled that rhubarb was a fruit. Really? A government decision to decide whether rhubarb should be labeled a fruit? And what about the laws of nature? Without plenty of sugar, brace yourself! Bamm, it’s bracingly […]

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Squares (So Delicious!)

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Squares (So Delicious!)

This recipe is thanks to my dear French friend Magali from Geneva. One of her friends has a strong allergy to gluten (he actually went to the hospital a few times due to bad reactions before he was told about having an intolerance), so her daughter Gaelle made him these apple squares with gluten-free ingredients […]

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

I have to proudly say, that these are delightful muffins! They are moist, tender, delicate, and bursting with lemon flavor and poppy seeds. Absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS! These healthy muffins contain whole wheat flour, yogurt and very little sugar. I decided that half a cup of organic cane sugar divided by twelve muffins doesn’t amount to much, […]

Banana and Raspberry Muffin

Banana and Raspberry Muffins

Here’s another perfect on-the-go any time of day snack. This batch of beautiful, healthy banana and raspberry muffins are made with yogurt, homemade apple sauce (easy as pie, by the way) and sweetened with a little bit of natural cane sugar and a smidgen of honey. I used half all-purpose flour and half whole grain […]

Super Easy, Super Yummy Brownies

This is my absolute favorite brownies recipe. It’s simple, irresistibly delicious and always a hit. Thís recipe will make you wonder why you never made them from scratch before. Add walnuts or pecans for a nutty variation. I really think what makes this brownie recipe extra special is the the high quality chocolate, natural brown […]

Gepa Organic raw cane sugar Mascobado

Muscovado – Mascobado – Whole Cane Sugar – Is There a Difference?

For most of us the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word sugar is white granulated sugar. During the first centuries of the sugar industry, cane sugar was made into molasses and rum for shipping overseas. Sugar itself was raw; a light brown in color, and still retained much of its original […]

Blackberry, Pink Peppercorn and Rosemary Granita

Since I don’t happen to have an ice cream machine (my kitchen is tiny – think European-sized in a turn of the century building, yes…tiny), this “sorbet” would actually be considered a granita, which is an Italian style sort of sorbet that has not been churned. Meaning, it’s completely made by hand, and mixed with […]