Category Archives: Crisps and Other Fruit Desserts

Fresh Fruit and Cream Cheese Tart

chocolate strawberry close up

When you walk into a bakery, or even by the bakery section of the supermarket, what catches your eye? Is it the tray of perfectly decorated cupcakes? The seven-layer chocolate tortes? The piles of huge, perfectly-formed chocolate chip and shortbread cookies? Each and every option has its appeal (which is precisely why bakeries cleverly use clear cases to showcase their product), but I would put ... Read More »

Grilled Peach Shortcakes with Candied Ginger

grilled peach shortcake, at night

I really hope that everyone is having as good luck with strawberries as I am right now. Every basket in recent memory has been fantastic and very few have lasted more than a few hours in the kitchen; they’re just that hard to resist. Ordinarily I wouldn’t complain about something like strawberries being too delicious, but I just can’t keep enough around to put together a ... Read More »

Strawberry Buttermilk Shortcakes

strawberry shortcake

 Strawberry shortcakes are one of the quintessential summer desserts, largely because fresh strawberries are so incredibly tempting when they are at their peak. The desserts also require minimal prep work, which is nice on a hot day. Taking “minimal prep work” to an extreme, you can even by pre-made “shortcakes” at the grocery store these days, meaning that a bottle of whipped cream and a ... Read More »

Blackberry Cobbler

cobbler, served

Sometimes I think of cobbler as pie for lazy people, as it delivers all the delicious flavor of a well-made fruit pie without requiring you to go to any of the trouble of making a full pie crust. Or at least, I tend to make them when I want something homey without the effort of doing a full pie from scratch. They’re definitely a favorite summer ... Read More »

Berry Oatmeal Crumble Bars

crumble close-up

Food blogs are some of the best places to find culinary inspiration. Magazines and cookbooks aren’t to be overlooked, of course, but when you hear someone you know (or have come to know over the years of writing) raving about a dish, it is the ultimate incentive to try it. I was recently inspired by Joe‘s post on Strawberry-Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars, which sounded summery and looked ... Read More »

Baked Apples

Baked apples are something that I don’t make very often because it is just so much easier and faster to eat the apple as it is. Of course, when you do that, you’re not getting the warmth and tenderness that a baked apple has, which can be very satisfying on a winter day. The apples are very easy to make, since they’re basically just apples ... Read More »

Plum Jam

When I heard that the theme of this month’s Sugar High Friday event, hosted by Delicious Days, was to make jam, jelly or some other type of preserves with fresh summer fruits, I was momentarily disappointed. I love jam, but I don’t love the huge amount of work that goes into making it, and I certainly had no intention of standing around and sterilizing jars ... Read More »

Cherries and Cream Pie

I watched a special on the Food Network a few weeks ago that was about a pie competition. At the competition, there were a number of categories for amateur bakers: apple pie, fruit pie, cream pie, etc. Just about every pie looked delicious, but the one that ended up winning the best in show award was a fluffy pie that used Cool Whip as one ... Read More »

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