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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 »

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 »

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 »

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Cacao Nibs

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Cacao Nibs

The next time you find yourself biting into a chocolate chip cookie and thinking that it could use some more chocolate in it, set the cookie down and make yourself a batch of these Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Cacao Nibs instead. The cookies deliver a tremendous amount of chocolate flavor in every bite, in spite of the fact that they look like ordinary chocolate chip ... Read More »

Fresh Plum and Almond Cake

Fresh Plum and Almond Cake

Stone fruits are wonderful to bake with, whether you are using nectarines, peaches, apricots or any other favorites. Plums are one fruit that I find to be slightly underutilized when it comes to stone fruit baking. This could be because plums are so delicious on their own that people rarely have enough to bake with sitting around in their kitchen, or it could be a ... Read More »

Strawberry Cucumber Pimm’s Cup

Strawberry Cucumber Pimm's Cup

Pimm’s #1 is a lovely liqueur that is closely associated with a single cocktail: the Pimm’s Cup. The Pimm’s Cup is a simple cocktail that combines the liqueur with lemon and ginger ale. Like all simple recipes, this one is an excellent choice if you want to play around with other flavors and put your own twist on it. This Strawberry Cucumber Pimm’s Cup combines ... Read More »

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella is one of my favorite gelato flavors. This milk-based ice cream is packed with lots of fine chocolate shavings just waiting to melt in your mouth. It is similar to chocolate chip ice cream, but the pieces of chocolate are much finer, so you get a more even distribution and a more subtle chocolate flavor. The name stracciatella comes from the Italian word “stracciare” ... Read More »

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