Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

To celebrate one of my favorite holidays, I made these spooky little cupcakes. They are moist, rich and deliciously spiced. The creamy frosting is not too sweet and compliments the cupcakes perfectly. I had a lot of fun decorating them but I think they would be wonderful undecorated as well.  Continue Reading…

Orange Cheesecake

I think of this cheesecake as a showstopper. Candied citrus slices make quite the presentation arranged on top of the delicately flavored cheesecake. It is more time consuming to prepare than most cheesecakes, but the syrup alone is worth the time involved. You can save the leftover syrup and use it for other recipes or in place of regular syrup. I think it would be delicious drizzled over yogurt. The original recipe called for kumquats but you can use oranges or a combination of both as I did. Keep in mind, preparing all of the kumquats takes a while since they all have to be seeded and sliced. The oranges take less time to prepare.   Continue Reading…

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…