Angel Food Cake

It’s hard to believe that a cake with such simple ingredients can be so challenging to bake. Angel food cake already has a bit of a reputation but add high altitude into the mix and it may seem too difficult to attempt. I have always enjoyed angel food cake but I have been a little hesitant to bake it at 7,000 feet above sea level. Determined to overcome the challenge, I adapted this angel food cake recipe specially for high altitude. The result is a light and fluffy flavorful cake that everyone will enjoy.  Continue Reading…

Green Tea (Matcha) Cookies

If you are unfamiliar with matcha, you will most likely recognize its flavor: green tea. Matcha is a powder made from finely ground green tea leaves. Traditionally, it is whisked together with hot water to make tea. Matcha also has a wide variety of uses for baking. In this recipe, matcha gives soft, chewy cookies a wonderful green tea flavor that is complemented by creamy white chocolate chips.  Continue Reading…

Rustic Plum Cake

August 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Rustic Plum Cake

As the days of summer are coming to a close and autumn is coming nearer, I wanted to test one last summer fruit recipe. This rustic plum cake not only looks beautiful, it is easy to make and goes together quickly in your food processor. The cake is dense, moist and not too sweet. I added almond extract for a stronger almond flavor.  Continue Reading…

Peach Nectarine Crumble

Summer is finally here. Even thought it officially starts tomorrow, I have been in a summer mood for a few weeks now. My vegetables are planted, the flower bed is full of blossoms and jackets are no longer required. I love making crumble in the summer. Peaches and nectarines are readily available and they give this easy dessert such a wonderful flavor. You can also use berries or apples in this recipe, it is very versatile. Continue Reading…

Italian Easter Bread

April 20, 2014 — 1 Comment

Italian Easter Bread

Instead of adding the traditional anise oil to my Italian Easter bread, I added Fiori di Sicilia extract. This extract has a vanilla citrus flavor with a hint of floral aroma. The flavor reminds me of a creamsicle. It is a great “secret” ingredient that gives baked goods a special flavor. You can purchase Fiori di Sicilia extract from King Arthur Flour or you can substitute orange and vanilla extract if you like. Continue Reading…

Molasses Cookies

April 10, 2014 — 2 Comments

Molasses Cookies

I have finally found my favorite molasses cookie recipe. These cookies are very chewy with a rich, spicy molasses flavor. I love this recipe because it is quite flexible. You can use light or dark molasses. Grandma’s molasses is a brand found in most grocery stores. On the label, “original” means light molasses and dark molasses is labeled as “robust”. A third kind of molasses, blackstrap, can be found in health food stores. Light molasses contains the most sugar because of the way molasses is processed. You can read about different types of molasses here. Continue Reading…

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are a classic. They taste great with a cold glass of milk. This recipe is for cookies that are crumbly and crunchy, not soft and chewy. I used creamy peanut butter but I think crunchy peanut butter would taste great also. I sprinkled turbinado sugar on top of the cookies giving them an interesting texture and flavor.

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