Friday, June 28, 2019

Strawberry Orange Cheesecake

Strawberry Orange Cheesecake, Strawberry Cheesecake, No-bake Cheesecake Recipe, Strawberry Dessert Recipes, Summer Dessert, No-bake DessertWith the weather heating up, I'm less inclined to bake lately, although I still crave sweet things.  And anything with fresh berries and cream for dessert suits me just fine when it's hot out.

Cheesecake is a good compromise since I only bake the crust, and my cheesecake recipes usually have an egg-free, no-bake filling that's thickened with gelatin.  The result is a superbly creamy, light, almost mousse-like filling that makes a perfect summer dessert...

Monday, June 24, 2019

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Cake with Flowers, Chocolate Ganache, Cake Decorating IdeasOne of the first cake recipes I shared on this blog about six years ago was for Mint Chocolate Chip Cake.  It's been on my mind to update my recipe - not to mention those awful early photos of mine - and so a few weeks ago, I was finally able to get around to making this beauty.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Pistachio Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream

Pistachio Coconut Cake, Coconut Cake, Pistachio Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Gold Cake Stand, Vintage SilverFor my husband's birthday recently, I decided to try a new cake recipe.  Risky, yes, to experiment with cake for a special day, without doing any test bakes ahead of time, but I was pretty confident that the cake would be great.  He's usually a chocolate and caramel kind of guy, but we have chocolate cake often, and I'd been wanting to do a pistachio cake for a while.  I thought the pistachio would be delicious paired with coconut.

The cake has a really tender crumb and a beautiful flavor, with cream cheese substituted for most of the butter, beaten with sugar until light and fluffy.  Both vanilla and coconut extracts.  I used cake flour, but I think all-purpose flour would work just fine as well.  Canned coconut milk provides more coconut flavor, of course, and the richness of it enhances the softness of the cake.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Mr. Darcy Pies

Pie, Pie Decorating Ideas, Mr. Darcy Quotes, Pride and Prejudice, Romantic QuotesI've had a love affair with classic fiction for as long as I can remember.  I grew up reading the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Little House on the Prairie books and ran free with Heidi across the Swiss alps.  I wanted to be one of the March sisters in Little Women, and cried when Polly and Tom finally fell in love in An Old Fashioned Girl.  I dreamed and imagined and played along with Anne of Green Gables.  I had a pretty serious crush on Teddy in the Emily of New Moon series.

In junior high and high school, I watched every movie version there was of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.  And in college, with a Creative Writing degree and a minor in English Lit, I finally read through all of Jane Austen's novels, along with classic English books by so many other authors...