Summer blueberry tarts

The summer blueberries have been so delicious this year, and we have treated ourselves to some delicious tarts with crumble topping.  And, I have to admit, the crumble topping is the highlight of these tarts.  Also, by using some cute tart pans, serving them can have some added fun.  I used my Emile Henry ceramic…

Warm Pears and oranges

Tender pears and Mandarin oranges prove to be a delightful dessert when warmed in a slow cooker.  As I have shared in previous posts, fruit desserts are some of my favorites. Of course, they can also be served with a slice of pound cake, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, or even…

Oven Baked Stone Fruit

We have had a Winter warm-up of temperatures in Michigan, which makes me feel like Spring might be on the way. Stone fruit is in the market, with peaches, plums and apricots being my favorites. I decided to bake some peaches and top with some vanilla sugar a few days ago, and they were delicious….

Bavarian Apple Torte

Just like others, I have recipes that I have made for my family for years. This one, in particular, I have made dozens of times over the past 30 years.  It is a classic.  I obtained the recipe from a friend of mine from the very first garden club I had ever joined, back in…

Baked pears

Throughout the winter months, I enjoy baked fruit.  First of all, I really enjoy a nice breakfast during the coldest of winter weather.  Also, I think warmed fruit is a nice option and great alternative to a cold fruit platter.  I like to serve cold fruit during the warmer months instead. So, here is another…

Farm fresh strawberries

Summer strawberries fresh from the farm were gifted to me a couple of weeks ago, and were they ever delicious. There is something special about fresh strawberries that have not gone through a market of handling, packaging and processing for shipment. These berries were sweet, tender and delicious. Many of them were petite and perfect…

Almond apple crisp

  One of the best gifts I have ever received was a cookbook from a friend who knows how much I enjoy my own kitchen garden.  She gifted me with The Complete Kitchen Garden, by Ellen Ecker Ogden, who is the co-founder of The Cook’s Garden, which is a seed catalog filled with Heirloom varieties…

Hasselback Apples

Fruit desserts are some of my all-time favorites.  One of the easiest fruit desserts has to be this apple recipe.  Be sure to choose a Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apple, as some of the other softer flesh apples will not hold up during the cooking process.  I found this recipe last year in Cooking Light…

Brown sugar cream tart

Here is another summer berry tart recipe which was adapted from Coastal Living magazine, July August 2011 issue. I love the creamy filling in this recipe which is added to a pre-baked already cooled tart shell.  I even refrigerated these two steps before adding my berries right before serving.  I think that pretty much guarantees…

one pan cake with fruit

I am becoming a fast fan of Martha’s cookbook  One Pot.  I have been trying recipes in every category with outstanding results.  Even in her dessert chapter, all of the selections are made with just one type of pot, pan or skillet.  So, I would call these quick and easy desserts.  Reading through the recipes,…

strawberries in a cloud

  spring is here.  some of the best desserts for spring and summer are made with fruit. strawberries cannot taste any better than when they are floating in a cloud. i whipped some real whipping cream in a very cold stainless bowl with cold beaters, added 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of…

lavender and honey apple puffs

  here is another easy recipe to make with frozen puff pastry sheets.  i found this online in p. allen smith’s gardening blog.  he uses many ingredients from his garden to prepare recipes that have been successful for me when i attempt to bake or prepare them. this one was made rather quickly and turned…