Category Archives: Desserts

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Custard Sauce

My college-age daughter spent Spring Term in Great Britain and had a wonderful time thanks to her dedicated professors who organized a great trip. She has a sweet tooth like me, so wherever she ate she ordered dessert. She sampled … Continue reading

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Baked Peach and Blackberry Pudding

Years ago, when we lived in New York, I belonged to a gourmet luncheon club about which I have written before. One August the theme was summer foods and one club member brought a baked peach pudding. It was so … Continue reading

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Nectarine and Raspberry Trifle

This dessert is beautiful and delicious using local fruit. It would be a lovely addition to a Labor Day gathering, so make it while fruit is at its peak. I find it easiest to prepare the custard the day before … Continue reading

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Lemon Custard Tart

This tart recipe is terrific. I love the luscious and creamy lemon custard filling, which I developed for a recipe for lemon custard sheet cake. While the custard is hot, the lemon flavor is not so pronounced, but once the … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Peach Cobbler

We have a lot of rhubarb in the yard right now. I like rhubarb combined with berries or apples, but it is also nice with peaches. I have jars of peaches that need using, so it was a good way … Continue reading

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Strawberry Mascarpone Pie

I’ve always enjoyed American-style strawberry pie in which strawberries are suspended in a cornstarch-thickened gel and served with a big dollop of whipped cream. This variation is now my new and preferred favorite, made with puréed strawberries whipped into mascarpone … Continue reading

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Italian Fig Cookies (Cucidati II)

I posted a recipe for cucidati a few years ago but I recently tried a different dough recipe given to me by my cousin Barbara. I added cinnamon and orange zest to the tender and flaky dough. It is wonderful. … Continue reading

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Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

This ice cream is always a hit with family and friends. It is rich and creamy and simple to put together. It would be a nice Valentine’s Day dinner dessert. The recipe came from my friend Marie. Chocolate Hazelnut Ice … Continue reading

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Hungarian Poppy Seed Cake

This is another delicious holiday recipe which came to me from my cousin Connie. It is called a cake, but it really is a sweet bread. The recipe makes 6 loaves that freeze beautifully, wrapped in plastic wrap then foil. … Continue reading

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Italian Butter Cookies

My husband loves these butter cookies.  The recipe is adapted from Laura Vitale, who uses a bit of shortening in the dough that gives it nice texture. Butter cookies are rich, so you don’t need a giant cookie; I like … Continue reading

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