Category Archives: Dessert

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Chocolate Matzah Crunch

Why do we seem to crave chocolate at this time of year? Not sure, but it seems that we do. Maybe it's the notion that chocolate can make almost anything taste better ... especially bland matzah?!
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Chocolate Beet Cake

Sometimes you unexpectedly stumble upon a really good recipe - like I did while glancing at a Colavita Olive Oil advertisement in a magazine!! Chocolate Beet Cake with Pink Sea Salt. I was intrigued.
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Flourless Carrot Cakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

One night, realizing I was in a bit of a funk, my sweet husband decide the best way to help me out of it was to surprise me with a Carrot Cake. An entire Carrot Cake ...
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Coconut Macaroons

You gotta' love coconut if you're going to love these macaroons. If you do love coconut then these are the cookies for you!! Unlike most of the macaroons I've tasted for Passover, these are not terribly sweet -- such a nice change ...
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Seriously Simple, Virtually Foolproof, Almond Cookies

This is one of those ingenious recipes: loved for its few ingredients and lack of complexity. And huge flavor. It's quick to prepare, hard to mess up ...
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For the Love of Baking

Lillian Kaplun. This is the woman who’s name is on the cover of the first cook book belonging to me. And the second cook book and the third … but I only ever used the first. I felt a personal kinship to her: as a young wife my mother, who was always a really good cook and a great baker, took baking lessons from Lillian Kaplun. Many years before that, Ms. Kaplun lived in a small Northern Ontario town, where my maternal grandmother lived as a young bride — my grandmother always claimed that the recipe for Banana Cake with Chocolate Icing (a dessert staple in our house!), was actually her own! Oh, how intertwined!!

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A Little Twist …

I wasn't going to post again this week, but just wanted to share ... Wanting to take something to a New Year's Eve get-together, but finding myself with little time to prepare: it had to be something quick and innovative.
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Flourless Chocolate Mini-Muffins

You know that horrible moment of realization: you've finished preparing a dish, only to find a key ingredient still sitting on your counter. Or worse, you forget to put something in, only to find out too late to re-bake or remedy.

If it’s early summer it’s Strawberry Shortcake time …

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A ¬†few years back, with an abundance of strawberries on on my counter we decided to make a strawberry shortcake. I actually think it was my daughter Leah’s idea: she was coming home to visit and thought it would be the perfect thing to prepare. She was right!

If I recall correctly, that year it was such a hit I ended up making five cakes in a very short time — two over that very first weekend.

Now, the onset of summer always means Strawberry Shortcake; the berries are super sweet, the temperatures are hot and no one wants a heavy dessert. And, if there’s ever any leftovers it makes a wonderfully decadent breakfast!

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