Tag Archive: desserts

Riesling poached pears with spun sugar

April 11, 2016

Poached pears are a classic desserts and I have posted recipes for poached pears here before.  In that recipe I poached them in red wine and they were beautiful. Poached pears was also one of the desserts I found on almost all of the menus in Italy recently and I got to indulge myself in this lovely finale to many great dinners. The other day I found little honey belle pears at our local produce... View Article

Cream puffs with lemon cream and caramel

April 5, 2016

I have been on a roll since the weekend making pate a choux, or cream puff dough. I am trying to pipe the perfect eclairs but something is going on because they come out of the oven nice and puffed but not perfect, some cracked on top, others a bit lopsided and overall rather annoying. I am persistent though so I will keep trying. While I pipe the elusive eclairs I always make a few... View Article

Chocolate chunk cookies

October 8, 2015

I am winding down my kitchen for the season preparing to leave for Italy in just a couple  weeks. Still, I was watching Giada de Lorentis episode about her visit to Tuscany and watched her made these cookies and could not help going into the kitchen to make a batch. Not sure who is going to eat them, but it’s fun to bake. Giada makes these very large, she scoops them by 1 cup balls... View Article

Easy chocolate cake with chocolate sauce

August 27, 2015

My husband loves chocolate cakes, I love fruit desserts. So…when I feel like being nice I make him a chocolate cake and if I feel like being really nice I also make a chocolate sauce to go with it. The other day I made a lemon-basil cake and thought I’d make captain G a chocolate cake. This recipe is from Martha Stewart website and since it only calls for cocoa powder, no melted chocolate, I... View Article

Quick summer fruit crisp with granola topping

August 23, 2015

Fruit crisps are a perfect summer dessert. They are easy to make and showcase beautiful local and seasonal fruits. You can make them for one or for a crowd with equal ease and if you have a nice large pan to bake it in it looks quite beautiful. For a crowd I bake the crisp in a large, shallow paella style copper pan, garnish with edible flowers and herbs on top and I consider it... View Article

Lemon and basil summer cake

August 19, 2015

Summer is slipping by like sand through my fingers. Can we be nearing the end of August? The hydrangeas are beginning to show signs of the approaching fall as their colour turn antique rose and on my last trip to the market there were pears and a few winter squashes alongside ripe tomatoes, cucumbers and yellow beans. I love fall but not ready to give up summer just yet. There is still summer foods to... View Article

Roasted figs, honey yogurt, salted orange caramel and pistachios

August 2, 2015

Ohhh, lots of good flavours in this simple dish. Remember the figs I bought in Calgary a few days ago? We enjoyed most of them fresh but I decided to roast the last few to extend their life a bit. Once you roast them they keep in the fridge a couple of extra days. Do you have disasters in your kitchen occcasionally? well, here’s mine. I have company this weekend and this morning I made... View Article

Lemon curd tarts with berries

June 25, 2015

These tarts just sing of summer flavours: buttery pastry, tangy lemon and sweet berries. You can make them in individual tart moulds or in a larger one and cut in wedges, either way they are a lovely, light and summary dessert. I have already posted the recipe for the lemon curd so I will not repeat it here but will provide instructions for making and baking the pastry and assembling the tarts. When I make... View Article

When life hands you a lemon make LEMON CURD

June 23, 2015

I can squeeze a wedge of lemon on just about anything. It adds life to soups, salads, dressings, vegetables and fruits, not to mention water, sparkling or still. If you squeeze more juice than required for a recipe  store the extra in a small container in the freezer so you can have it just when you need it. Don’t forget to also freeze lemon zest. Never squeeze a lemon without zesting it first. I wrap... View Article

Rhubarb and raspberry tarts with meringue

June 11, 2015

It’s raining here today as I am writing this, as it did yesterday and as it will tomorrow according to forecast (remember, this is a pre-scheduled post). A perfect day for staying home and cooking. I have always loved rain, the sound of it dripping, the fresh fragrances it coaxes out of the earth and plants, the silvery colour palette of sky and clouds and how everything is more vibrant against the silvery tones. The... View Article

Quick Microwave Molten Chocolate Cake in a Cup/Mug – it works

June 4, 2015

I saw this microwave molten chocolate cake in a mug online and was intrigued by it. The recipe on these sites is identical so I am not sure where the original comes from. I made it once and had to tweak it just a bit the second time. To bake this in one cup use a 16 oz cup with a wide mouth. Note that this produced a rather large serving so unless you are really... View Article

Apple Pie Rose

May 31, 2015

Remember these? A few days ago I saw a video online of someone preparing these beautiful pastries and posted a link to the video on my facebook page. You may have not seen it. Thanks to the annoying FB restrictive distribution policies the post reached a grand total of 14 people but I had no intention of paying them to boost the post. I found the link to the video on Divina Cucina facebook page but... View Article