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The Ultimate Vanilla Banana Cream Pie

The Ultimate Vanilla Banana Cream Pie

Banana cream pies are a simple pie that is difficult to get right. Some don’t use enough banana, so the fruit flavor gets lost in a sea of whipped cream. Other versions don’t use enough vanilla, producing a pie that is creamy, but bland. This pie, of course, doesn’t have any of these failings and that is what makes it my Ultimate Vanilla Banana Cream ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

The next time you find yourself with a basket of fresh blackberries, the Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Muffins from Floating Kitchen are a great way to use them. The fluffy muffins have lots of fresh berries in each one and include a hint of orange zest that makes the sweet berries pop. Dark chocolate adds some richness to the muffins and contrasts well with their fruitiness. ... Read More »

Stovetop Pina Colada Crisp

Stovetop Pina Colada Crisp

There are days during the summer that I avoid turning on my oven, days when it is especially humid or when temperatures hit the triple digits. Those days, I bake cookies in my car or opt for a no-bake recipe that won’t heat up my kitchen. This Stovetop Pina Colada Crisp is a delicious fruit dessert that is prepared entirely in a skillet on the ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: All About Coulis

Baking Bites for Craftsy: All About Coulis

A coulis is a sauce made with fruit (or vegetables) that is strained to remove all pulp and seeds. Coulis appear frequently on restaurant menus as a way to add some additional flavor to a dessert (veggie coulis appear with structured salads and main dishes), but they are also used to make a simple dish look more elegant by enhancing the plating. Coulis add color, ... Read More »

No-Bake Treats

No-Bake Treats

When the weather is hot, I don’t always feel like turning on my oven, but the desire to have dessert never quite goes away. Hot weather calls for no-bake treats that don’t require any preheating to get them to come together and you can find plenty of them in No-Bake Treats: Incredible Unbaked Cheesecakes, Icebox Cakes, Pies and More. This cookbook is packed with dozens ... Read More »

Tropical Swirl Banana Bundt Cake

Tropical Swirl Banana Cake

There is something about a swirl in a cake that just makes each slice look especially tempting. This banana bundt cake has a swirl of jam running through it that gives it a splash of color and adds an extra layer of flavor that goes very well with the banana. I used Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Tropical Fruit Spread, which has peaches, mango and passion ... Read More »

Quick and Easy Homemade Strawberry Sherbert

Quick and Easy Homemade Strawberry Sherbert

Sherbert is an ice cream-like frozen dessert that was a favorite of mine as a child and it instantly brings back memories when I take a bite. I usually opted for rainbow sherbert because I liked the swirl of colors, but strawberry was always the flavor I ate first. This¬†Quick and Easy Homemade Strawberry Sherbert is probably quite a bit better than the sherbert I ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Easy German Chocolate Cake

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Easy German Chocolate Cake

German chocolate cake is named after a unique type of chocolate¬†that was developed with baking in mind. The German’s chocolate is a dark chocolate with a higher sugar content than some other dark chocolates, which means that the chocolate has less bitterness to it but still does not contain any dairy, unlike milk chocolate. The recipe for the original cake was published in the 1950s ... Read More »

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