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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Focaccia Bread

March 25, 2014 — 1 Comment

Focaccia Bread

Focaccia is a flat Italian yeast bread made with high gluten flour. It is typically coated with olive oil and topped with herbs or other flavorful ingredients. It might be easier to pick up a loaf of bread from the store but making it yourself is so much more satisfying. I like using focaccia bread to make sandwiches but it is also delicious on its own. There aren’t a lot of ingredients in the recipe, the main effort involves waiting for the dough to rise. Continue Reading…

Sugar Cookies

February 12, 2014 — 5 Comments

Sugar Cookies

This is the best sugar cookie recipe out there. It goes together so easily, you don’t even have to sift the dry ingredients. The cookies are crispy until you frost them and then they soften up perfectly. The almond extract adds a little something special to the flavor. If you have ever had bland, crumbly sugar cookies you will appreciate these.  Best of all, the recipe works perfectly at high altitude as well as sea level.  Continue Reading…

Limoncello Bundt Cake

February 1, 2014 — Leave a comment

Limoncello Bundt Cake

Limoncello is an Italian lemon flavored liqueur. It gives this bundt cake a wonderful lemon flavor. I especially love the limoncello flavored glaze. I used store bought limoncello, but if you were interested in making your own, here is a recipe for homemade limoncello. Continue Reading…