Category Archives: Cakes & Tarts

A Very More-ish Cake

Sometimes a hankering just pops into my head and I can’t seem to shake it. This is the second time I made this cake in a week and I may aim for a third. It came from a lack of sweet things in the house and a desire to use up some chocolate still leftover from Easter.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Breakfast, Cakes & Tarts, Italian

Cleaning out the freezer

17757666_10209500613815821_7688563126078257386_n

Every year, I wait patiently for peaches. I won’ eat them except in the month of August because a sad peach is a terrible thing. An August peach, that is a thing of beauty. Normally.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Cakes & Tarts

Harry Potter and the Gateway to All Things British

14724453_10207958651747733_969458960695394852_nThis post may seem a bit rambling but bear with me and you will be rewarded with cake.

It was summer. I was in elementary school, I think. I sat on the beach, like I did most summers, with two of my friends. Similarly pale, freckled girls, we shared much more than a desperate need to reapply sunscreen on an hourly basis. We shared a love of reading which some might call voracious. I distinctly remember getting in trouble in second grade for reading during class on multiple occasions.

This was the summer of Harry Potter. The first three books must have just come out. I’m not sure how they ended up in my hands but I flew through them. Over the next few years, I would attend midnight book and movie releases and spend afternoons reading through Harry’s latest adventures. So how, my enthusiasm for Harry dropped off as he got more popular.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under British, Cakes & Tarts, Thoughts

Putting bakeries to shame

img_1581

Yes, I am wearing a citrus shirt while serving a citrus food. What can I say? I know what I like.

Lemon bars are a big hit in this household and at my work. But for a more tropical vibe, and a more elegant feel, I like a lime tart. With a coconut shortbread crust, it is like eating a little piece of heaven. This was made for the birthday of a very lovely lady and I think it is an excellent way to ring in another year of friendship!

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Cakes & Tarts

All cake, all the time

13895516_10207399279163768_7277692515078874384_n

I’m beginning to think I have a problem. This certainly isn’t helping my pants fit any better. But birthday and celebrations call for cake and there certainly seem to be a lot of them this summer.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Cakes & Tarts, Italian, Thoughts

A serious cake for a serious party

13445736_10207099198661943_3135885390297159191_n

I was honored to make the birthday cake for my father-in-law’s surprise 60th.He’s a man with very classic tastes and a fondness for banana bread. To dress up this tea time treat, I added some whisky and cream cheese frosting. Makes everything better!

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under American, Cakes & Tarts

Sticky Plum Pudding

sticky plum pudding

I missed posting this for Christmas by a lot. But in my defense, I didn’t decide to make it until Christmas morning after the roast had gone into the oven.However, as it has fruit in it, I am deeming it a “healthy dessert.”

I love a British Christmas. It just seems so ideal to me: Charles Dickens, a roaring fire, steamed pudding, the Queen’s speech, Christmas crackers. Since it was going to be a fairly small celebration at my parents’ house, I decided create something different and special. Standing rib roast, check. Yorkshire pudding, check. Sticky toffee pudding, full of dates and sugar-y goodness, oops.

We had no dates. Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under British, Cakes & Tarts, Puddings