Golden Spice Chiffon Cake

The Golden Spice Chiffon Cake is the whole package:  deep, rich spice fragrance and beautiful golden color combine with feather light texture to take your taste buds on a magic carpet ride of flavor. I’ve been experimenting with light, fluffy cakes lately, primarily different sponge cake recipes.   However I gravitate to the chiffon cake*…

Almond Date Mousse

This ultra simple dessert is not only delicious and smooth — it’s vegan.  What began as a mistake ended up a surprisingly lovely dessert! After making my Homemade Almond Milk, I used it to make a warm beverage, sweetened with dates.  While it tasted good, the texture was too thick — all wrong for drinking. …

Apple Cranberry Pie

Cranberries are a bright red addition to the classic apple pie.  They both happen to be available in my market, so Apple Cranberry Pie happened today. I made this pie with a double all-butter crust for extra richness.  One tip for baking a perfect pie with evenly brown crust top and bottom is to thoroughly…

All Butter Pie Pastry

I’ve been on a pie making tear this year.  Cakes were easy for me, but I wasn’t as adept at making delicious, consistently flaky, easy to work, all-butter pie pastry.   I knew what I wanted, but struggled to make it.  I’ve used many different recipes over the years but none were what I was looking…

Rose Drop

My beautiful Gertrude Jekyll rose is about to bloom — time for a Rose Drop.  This recipe was recently featured in the May 2017 Sunset magazine.  Enjoy! For me, the garden is a place of deep inspiration for my cooking.  I have a beautiful rose bush* — right now in full bloom with deep pink,…

Jasmine Ice Cream

My pink jasmine is in full bloom and its intoxicating fragrance beckoned me to use it in my kitchen. Here is my take on a simple, creamy and luscious custard ice cream gently perfumed with fresh pink jasmine. I use my trusty Cuisinart ice cream maker for homemade ice cream.  It only takes about 20…