Forget candy, this is my kind of treat. A friend sent me the link from someone’s Facebook page, and I knew I had to try them right away. So simple. So delicious. Sweet. Salty. Fragrant with sage and sticky with maple syrup. These little babies hit all the right buttons with me. You can prep […]
This ain’t your grandma’s apple pie. I baked it in a cheesecake pan, for a towering 3-inches of apple-pie goodness. This pie is my riff on Dede Wilson’s Deep-Dish Sour Cream-Apple Pie from her amazing book Unforgettable Desserts. (Go buy yourself a copy, you won’t be sorry. I can’t wait to try more of her […]
I put figs in the same camp as black licorice: People love them—or hate them. There never seems to be a middle ground. If you’re in the first group, then man-oh-man, are you in for a treat. Personally, I love figs. (And black licorice, if you’re keeping score.) They’re sweet; they’re earthy. Not to mention, […]
If you know me, you know that I’m not a huge fan of making fussy desserts. Creamy. Buttery. Rich. Yes. But fussy, not my speed. (Don’t get me wrong, I love fancy pastry, but life’s too short to make certain things at home…) This dessert is actually the best of both worlds: It *seems* fussy, […]
I know: When will I stop raving about compound butter? Never, probably. (But I’ll bet you could guess that.) The stuff is just too easy to make—and too darned good. What is compound butter? If you’ve never made it, compound butter is a great way to add a lot of flavor to a dish with […]
Warning: Baking this cake will fill your kitchen with the irresistible smell of oranges. This is a slightly modified version of a recipe I saw recently in Saveur. It’s a buttery pound cake shot through with freshly grated orange zest and soaked with sweet orange syrup.butter, cake, orange, sugar
Candied fruit peel is one of those miraculous acts of culinary alchemy. You take tough, bitter fruit rind that’s packed with oil you could use to polish your furniture, and, thanks to the magic of sugar, transform it into heavenly, fragrant candy.
I have to admit: Until recent years, I was scared to death of these little things. Are you kidding me: “Prune” in the same sentence with “dessert?” No, thank you. I didn’t get over it until well into my late twenties. And I’m still kicking myself that it took me that long.crumble, dessert, fruit, pie, plums, prune