Archive for the 'desserts' Category

07
Nov
17

Autumn Apples with Cream

Even though apples are mostly available year round, fall is the time for apple recipes that highlight different types of apples. Cortland and Macintosh used here.

Core and section 2 apples. I’ve cut the sections in half that resulted from the core/cutter use.

In your favorite saute pan, start the apples cooking over medium high heat.

Add some butter and a few cardamom seeds…..

 

sprinkle the bubbling mixture with brown sugar, cinnamon and a splash of orange blossom water if available.

 

cook and stir the apples till they are finished to your liking.

Serve the apples with a topping of frozen vanilla cream , ice cream, or even just pour over heavy cream.

 

Let the frozen cream melt into the apples and enjoy !

(a bit of granola topping would be a good addition)

 

01
Oct
17

Grapenut Pudding

I can’t take credit for this simple nutritious recipe. My wife makes this periodically also known as a custard to some.

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One of those handed down faded paper recipes folded and retained for easy access.

 

The recipe, doubled, just fills a rectangular glass ware baking dish, placed in a water bath in a large broiler pan.

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The richness can vary, ranging from any combination from low-fat milk to heavy cream for the milk component. The  grapenuts are the type usually found along side breakfast cereals at the market. Fresh grated nutmeg a plus, an anytime snack  kept in the fridge that doesn’t last long !

 

27
Jul
17

Blueberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

Here’s a recipe that Diane made, a rich sweet pound cake. A small slice suffices even without coffee.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/70828/blueberry-sour-cream-coffee-cake/

 

29
Apr
17

Macaron bake off

Other than white flour, there are  many alternatives, the most recent popular is almond flour or meal used in baking sweet cookies. Most of the recipes are the same. The fillings can vary due to your preference.

Recently the sister in law participated in an invite by Diane to make and bake these cookies, actually a part of a holiday gift package of the macaron baking mat and ingredients.

Both baked on the mat and parchment paper.

Most recipes are not specific as to the use of almond meal or almond flour, the small dark flecks are from the almond skins, if using flour or meal derived from blanched almonds would probably not have the skins contained in the meal or flour.

Would you bake them again ?  Cross that off the bucket list of baking LOL.

21
Dec
16

Tabletops, from Thanksgiving Celebration

Busy,busy, time to recap Thanksgiving….. 

30
Oct
16

Raspberry Charlotte

A cake with a creamy fruit mousse, From America Test Kitchen recipe.

Made by Diane.

The recipe has several steps, here are some pictures of the process.

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A fun project to make.

21
Oct
16

Maple Custard Pie

A recipe made by Diane

From Martha Stewart

A sweet maple tasting custard in a brisee crust.

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The custard has a sweet but not sugary sweet flavor and a hint of the maple flavor, the  crust has a rich buttery flavor and denser than a typical flour and shortening recipe.

 

 




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