Spiced Cocktail Cherries

Luscious red cherries are a glorious fruit to pair with whiskey in house-crafted cocktails.  One of my favorites is the Manhattan, often garnished with a preserved cherry.  I wondered how I could make my own fresher version of this bar back staple, and capitalize on the beautiful sweet cherries currently in season. The Bing cherry…

Fresh Berry Butter Cake

Berries are beautiful — and make this quick, buttery cake the best.  This is a redo of one of my earlier recipes, scaled smaller optimized for berries.  I think it’s perfect for an afternoon treat. Fresh Berry  Butter Cake (makes one 8″ cake) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 5 oz (3/4 cup) granulated sugar…

Golden Spice Chiffon Cake

The Golden Spice Chiffon Cake is the whole package:  deep, rich spice fragrance and beautiful golden color combine with feather light texture to take your taste buds on a magic carpet ride of flavor. I’ve been experimenting with light, fluffy cakes lately, primarily different sponge cake recipes.   However I gravitate to the chiffon cake*…

Almond Date Mousse

This ultra simple dessert is not only delicious and smooth — it’s vegan.  What began as a mistake ended up a surprisingly lovely dessert! After making my Homemade Almond Milk, I used it to make a warm beverage, sweetened with dates.  While it tasted good, the texture was too thick — all wrong for drinking. …

Apple Cranberry Pie

Cranberries are a bright red addition to the classic apple pie.  They both happen to be available in my market, so Apple Cranberry Pie happened today. I made this pie with a double all-butter crust for extra richness.  One tip for baking a perfect pie with evenly brown crust top and bottom is to thoroughly…

All Butter Pie Pastry

I’ve been on a pie making tear this year.  Cakes were easy for me, but I wasn’t as adept at making delicious, consistently flaky, easy to work, all-butter pie pastry.   I knew what I wanted, but struggled to make it.  I’ve used many different recipes over the years but none were what I was looking…