Tart Lemon Bars

Because every baker needs a simi-functional lemon bar recipe…  and I’ve dealt with my fair share of dysfunctional ones in the past.  Believe me.  Some of my biggest baking disasters can be traced back to lemon bars.  Below is a recipe that has yet to fail me, is super simple, and requires no additional frills…

Vanilla Pound Cake

I have heard that the old rule of thumb behind pound cake is that you combine together four simple ingredients; a pound of flour, a pound of sugar, a pound of eggs, and a pound of butter.  Just that simple, right?  In all my years of baking pound cake, and the countless recipes that I’ve…

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Because cheesecake and brownies aren’t enough of an indulgence on their own.  I refuse to contemplate the caloric intake of these wonderful beauties, just know that they are worth it – to the very last crumb. There are three different components to this recipe, but don’t let that deter you.  Once you have each of the…

Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Now I’m sure this is not what you were expecting from me for a Thanksgiving week post (if any one expects anything from this blog, because I certainly don’t, that’s part of the fun), but I will be heading out of town for most of the week to spend my Thanksgiving with my family in…

Tahini Brownies

I came upon a recipe similar to this one in Sweet, and it brought to mind the iced tahini mochas I was obsessed with drinking last summer.  As I am partial to my own brownie recipe, I decided to use that one instead of the one in the cookbook, and just add a swirl of…

Pastel de Tres Leches

Pastel de Tres Leches or three milks cake is a personal favorite of mine, and has, surprisingly, not made to onto this blog yet.  Shocker! and past time to remedy that.  Tres Leches is a light sponge cake that gets soaked through with a mixture of evaporated milk,  sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream.  How…

Chocolate Mousse

When my sister called me yesterday with a “mousse emergency”, my mind immediately jumped, like every Vermonter upon hearing those words, to her having hit a “moose” with her car.  A scarily, common occurrence around here that can have dire, and sometimes even deadly, consequences.  Once she calmed me down, she specified that it was,…

Peach Pie

Along with baking a blueberry pie, we decided upon baking a peach pie for some variety.  Peach pies, much like apple pies, straddle the beautifully tempting line between tart and sweet.  I have found that the key to a good peach pie is to have perfectly ripened fruit.  You want your peaches to be firm…