Tarts, Pies, Cakes

Summer Coffee Cake v1

You can’t resist them. They are in their prime for just a short time once a year.  Plump sweet blackberries, boysenberries, and raspberries.  One of each, please, and throw in basket of those beautiful red strawberries. [click to continue…]

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Strawberries and Cream Sponge Cake Roll

Lightly sweetened sponge cake.  Fresh strawberries.  Whipped cream.  Waits for you in the fridge for a day or two.  Really?  A filled sponge cake roll you can make ahead and serve at your convenience? [click to continue…]

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Apple Sharlotka 1Make a dessert that’s all about the apples and relaxed entertaining.

Apple Sharlotka can be served warm or at room temperature so you can bake it a few hours ahead or shortly before serving.

Sharlotka is the Russian cousin to Britian’s Apple Charlotte.  Charlotte is like a bread pudding that often lines rich bread or sponge fingers (ladyfingers) on the sides of the [click to continue…]

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Clafouti

Have you avoided making French clafoutis because you couldn’t get past the pronunciation?

Klah-FOO-TEE [click to continue…]

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Renny Powell entered the 1954 Pillsbury $100,000 Recipe and Baking contest with a “coffeecake” style blueberry cake she called Boy Bait.  The 15-year old’s cake took only second place in the youth division in the competition but Renny’s famous cake has maintained first place in post-WWII American baking folklore.

The boys have grown up.   [click to continue…]

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Okay, I admit, this cake is not much of a looker.  Where it lacks in appearance, it more than makes up for in the “OMG! This tastes wonderful!” category.

And that’s not all.   [click to continue…]

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