Category Archives: Recipes

Pumpkin Flan

Pumpkin Flan

I not only love Thanksgiving the holiday, but I devoutly believe in thanksgiving every other day of the year as well. Practicing gratitude and giving thanks to others is a gift to the giver.

This is much of the reason of why I love to bake. By its very nature baking is a communal endeavor. You don’t bake a singular cookie, one slice of pie, or a piece of bread, but rather dozens of cookies, a whole pie, and a loaf of bread. All meant to be given and shared, especially on Thanksgiving.

Now, let’s face it. Thanksgiving is culinary chaos at its best, so anything I am able to make ahead to minimize the stress of the day I welcome. This Pumpkin Flan recipe is not only luscious, caramel goodness, but it’s also a perfect make ahead dessert that is even better the next day. It’s a fantastically fall and perfectly pumpkiny spiced dessert that is fairly easy to make once you master the caramel part (which you will because I teach you how to make it here, step by step!). 

End of Summer Blueberry Buckle

End of Summer Blueberry Buckle

It’s October 1st and it’s pumpkin spice everything already! I get it. I really do. The first hints of a chill in the air mean cozy warm spices to tease your senses and warm your soul. But, I’m holding on to the last moments of summer and celebrating the end of blueberry season in the most comforting way imaginable, with this brunch worthy Blueberry Buckle.

Summer Berry Mascarpone Panna Cotta

Summer Berry Mascarpone Panna Cotta

No one, including me, wants to turn on a hot oven when it’s a sizzling 100 degree outside! No, what we want to do is make a summer seasonal dessert that requires minimal effort, and a high reward of the rich, creamy and fruity dessert variety. So…cue in this Summer Berry Mascarpone Panna Cotta. 

Candied Lemon Cheesecake

Candied Lemon Cheesecake

Spring has sprung, and it was brilliantly evidenced by the batch of Meyer lemon sunshine sitting on my kitchen counter silently begging to be transformed into this creamy, dreamy, luscious, airy, lovingly sweet with a bit of a sour kiss kind of cheesecake.

Valentine Chocolate Truffles

Valentine Chocolate Truffles

“Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always time.”  ~`Abdu’l-Bahá

On this Valentine’s Day, show those that you adore, just how much they mean to you by making them chocolate truffles, instead of buying them. I am a firm believer that you cook and bake with all of your heart, and it is that sprinkle of love that makes all the difference. 

For these truffles, all you need is that sprinkle of love and three ingredients to make the most luscious, heart-pounding and soul stirring truffles ever. 

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding & The Resolution Revolution

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding & The Resolution Revolution

Happy New Year my friends, it feels way too long since we have chatted! While I am always baking, creating recipes and sharing pictures and posts of my adventures in the million and one social media sites out there, (okay, so only on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook…sorry Snapchat, I’m still trying to find time for you!), it has been a bit since I have shared a blog post with you here.

In light of this latency period, I knew that what I posted next had to be good. Like really really good. As in, this Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Good! First take a moment to imagine the best banana pudding you’ve ever had. It’s okay, take your time, I’ll wait…Now imagine how infinitely better it would be made with homemade vanilla pudding, luscious swoon-worthy salted caramel, and fresh-whipped pillowy whipped cream. Yes, it’s that good.

Summer Sweet Roasted Peach Ice Cream

Summer Sweet Roasted Peach Ice Cream

Coming home with an arm-full of fresh, juicy, sweet, succulent sun-ripened peaches from Nashville’s own, The Peach Truck, in the sweltering and achingly humid summer heat could only mean one thing…peach ice cream! Okay, okay, you’re right, it can mean so many a lovely peachy things: pies, preserves, cobblers, tarts, cakes, the list is endless. But in this moment, right now, right here, all I can think of is seeing these ruby speckled gems in a cool, heat quenching Summer Sweet Roasted Peach Ice Cream.

221 Baker Street Mandarin Orange Vanilla Bean Scones

221 Baker Street Mandarin Orange Vanilla Bean Scones

You guys, I spent at least 30 minutes trying to think of a different was to say just how excited I am about this scone recipe! I realize I say this often when it comes to my baking, but I truly mean it, every single time. You see, I find incredible joy in creating recipes, and testing them for weeks, months and even years sometimes to create the perfect bake. The effort in this case was so worth it, as this Mandarin Orange Vanilla Bean Scone is magical. Not too dry, but not too wet either. Not too sweet, but just sweet enough. Best of all, the mandarin orange and vanilla flavors, which were inspired by a certain sleuth, are balanced, without overpowering each other. 

Old School Coconut Macaroons

Old School Coconut Macaroons

 

Don’t get me wrong, I adore a fabulous French pastry as much as the next dessert obsessed baker, but sometimes you just gotta’ go old school!

So, you know that classic candy bar with the soft, sweet, yielding coconut center that is enrobed in a bittersweet coat of perfectly paired dark chocolate? Well, this is an easy-peasy cookie version of that candy that’s put together in minutes, and dare I say, tastes even better than the gas station staple.