Delicate lemon cake with royal icing roses

Last week my sister came back after having lived abroad for a while, so I had a perfect opportunity to make a cake. What better way to welcome someone home than a homemade cake? For the cake itself I found a lovely vanilla cake recipe and changed this a bit by adding lemon juice and … Continue reading Delicate lemon cake with royal icing roses

Cranberry orange sweet bread with almonds

Cranberry orange sweet bread has been a staple at our family Thanksgiving meals for as long as I can remember. While we always baked it for Thanksgiving, I think it would make a lovely addition to any winter celebration table, as well. Recently I asked my mother where she had gotten this recipe from, as … Continue reading Cranberry orange sweet bread with almonds

Fraisier cake: a Christmas adaptation

This Christmas I decided to make a fraisier cake. Generally it is a traditional French birthday cake, and is a bit more summery in style than many Christmas cakes. Yet, modern life allows us to find strawberries during pretty much any season of the year, so I was able to put this cake together despite … Continue reading Fraisier cake: a Christmas adaptation

Fresh cranberry shortbread bars

Fresh cranberry shortbread bars

Before Thanksgiving I bought a very large bag of cranberries, with the goal of using them in holiday baking and cooking This delightful  fresh cranberry bars recipe was a perfect choice because of it's simplicity, ease of preparation, and the delightful combination of both buttery and zinging flavors. Many thanks to Sue and The View … Continue reading Fresh cranberry shortbread bars

Pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate mousse and dark chocolate ganache

Piece of pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate mousse and dark chocolate ganache

Here in the USA we celebrated Thanksgiving last week, as many of you already know. The holiday really is a celebration of family, friends, and good food. So, of course I had to bring a special dessert to the gathering with my family! I had a dessert recipe in mind since October and was determined … Continue reading Pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate mousse and dark chocolate ganache

Simple puff pastries with jam

Plate of puff pastries with raspberry and apricot jam

It's been a little while that I've wanted to try my hand at puff pastry. For a lady with a toddler and a husband busy with medical school, rough puff pastry seemed to be the better one to start with. I say it's better because it is less time-consuming than traditional puff pastry, but not … Continue reading Simple puff pastries with jam

Mini pumpkin cakes by Preppy Kitchen

Yesterday my husband, daughter and I went to an autumn gathering at the home of some friends of ours. We brought an adorable fall dessert that - to my delight - many people at first misconstrued to be gourds for decoration! My sister found a video on youtube about these adorable cakes and she passed … Continue reading Mini pumpkin cakes by Preppy Kitchen