Coconut Lemon Cake Recipe

Coconut Lemon Cake

A nice and moist cake with a tropical twist of toasted coconut and tangy lemon-coconut milk glaze. Perfect with a freshly brewed tea or coffee. A rainy afternoon pick-me-upper for sure!

Almond Plum Tart Recipe

Almond Plum Tart

Torta de Ameixas e Amêndoas, a lovely recipe from the Confeitaria Tavi in Oporto. The original recipe uses fresh plums or apricots in season, but it works equally well with dried ones. Serve with crème fraîche.

Nectarine Coffee Cake

A light and fruity cake, studded with juicy nectarines that comes easily together. Terrific on its own, irresistible with icing sugar on top and a dollop of cream on the side. Anything else? A nice cup of coffee or tea. Blissfulness on a Sunday afternoon!

Baked Figs with Greek Yogurt Recipe

Baked Figs with Greek Yogurt

Ripe figs are naturally sweet so you don’t need a lot of embellishments for this easy recipe. In France baked figs will be served with Faiselle, an unsalted, soft and very fresh curd cheese either made from cow, goat or sheep milk. For us mortals not living in France, baked figs can be served with strained Greek yogurt or fromage blanc.

Apple Ginger Cake Recipe

Apple Ginger Cake

A cake that is pure comfort and joy. Dense and moist, studded with candied ginger and topped with a honey and apple brandy glaze. A perfect dessert for any occasion.

Philadelphia Cheesecake Recipe

Philadelphia Cheesecake

A simple cake recipe which is always a winner no matter what occasion. Impressive, yet easy. Let it ripen in the fridge overnight and for up to 3 days. The taste will improve tremendously. That is to say, if it survives that long.

Apricot Compote Recipe

Apricot Compote

I love apricots, they herald the summer. The challenge is finding juicy apricots in your local market. This quick compote can be served with ice cream or Crème Fraiche as an elegant dessert.

Apricot Tart Recipe

Apricot Tart

Try to find the ripest apricots in your local market They should have deep orange flesh and a red blush on the skin. Avoid unripe ones. This tart is all about flavor!

Quince Paste Recipe

Quince Paste

Quince is an old-fashioned but dearly loved fruit with Provence traditionalists. Quince paste is one of the 13 sweets of the traditional Provence Christmas. It combines well with cheese and is a delicious addition to breakfast.

Poached Pears in Red Wine Syrup Recipe

Poached Pears in Red Wine Syrup

An enticing dessert option for an elegant dinner. This recipe maximizes the pears’ natural sweetness. For added drama, I fill the core holes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream using a melon baller as a measure to form the balls.

Banana Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Banana Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am always on the lookout for ideas using very ripe bananas. After having baked quite a few banana bread last year I tried this delicious recipe – oatmeal muffins with bananas and chocolate chips. The trick here is to adjust the amount of sugar to the sweetness of the banana and to place the chocolate chips on top. I know, coating the chips lightly with flour avoids that they sink to the bottom. Yet I rather prefer to have them on top – it gives you a nice chocolate jolt on your first bite.

Banana Chocolate Cake Recipe

Banana Chocolate Cake

The key to this recipe is to use high-quality baking chocolate with a cocoa content of 60% or more. I like to use the Dutch unsweetened cocoa powder, like the ones from Droste, Ghirardelli, and Scharffen Berger.

Lemon Cake with Caramelized Almonds

Lemon Cake with Caramelized Almonds

I have been meaning to replicate this recipe for many years. It’s probably one of the best lemon cakes I have eaten. It can still taste it after so long. Where did we encounter this marvel? At 140 years old and still “baking” Dunvegan Bakery & Coffee Shop, on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Homemade, utterly scrumptious, moist, and with that tangy kick of lemon. After many trials and so-so results, I think I’ve got it – the secret is the butter, only the best will do. I let the cake ripe overnight for extra lemony flavor.

Lemon Cake with Caramelized Almonds

Zitronenkuchen mit karamellisierten Mandeln

Dies ist wahrscheinlich einer der besten Zitronenkuchen, die ich je gegessen habe. Wo habe ich dieses Wunder gefunden? In der 140 Jahre alten und immer noch “backenden” Dunvegan Bakery & Coffee Shop auf der Isle of Skye in Schottland. Absolut köstlich, saftig und mit diesem würzigen Zitronenkick.

Upside Down Pear Cake Recipe

Upside Down Pear Cake

A buttery light cake with pears nestled in gooey nutty caramel. Looks impressive and begs to be eaten immediately. Perfect for that afternoon tea or as dessert after a light lunch. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side will not be out of place. No wonder it is one of my favorite cake recipes.

The 15 Minute Chocolate Cake Recipe

The 15 Minute Chocolate Cake

A cake recipe done in 15 minutes? Hard to believe but possible. This deliciously sinful cake is a breeze to make. Dense, rich, with consistency between a cheesecake and a chocolate mousse. A superior quality bittersweet chocolate with a proportion of at least 70% cocoa is an absolute must. After all, it is a really, really, chocolaty cake.

Strawberry Cheese Tart Recipe

Strawberry Cheese Tart

This glorious cheese tart recipe is inspired by the Tarte au Fromage blanc a la Alsacienne. It uses cream cheese instead of Fromage Blanc which is difficult to find in the US. It is nevertheless delicious on its own and a stunning dessert when crowned with glazed strawberries.

Apple Custard Tart Recipe

Apple Custard Tart

A light, crisp, and tasty apple tart with a rich and creamy custard. Can be served on its own but also makes for a delicious dessert. A gratifying recipe! The tough part is to get ripe, juicy apricots.

Apricot Mousse Recipe

Apricot Mousse

Mousse d’Apricots, a fragrant, light dessert based on a recipe I got from friends in the South of France. While fresh apricots are enjoyed in season, a great deal of them is dried for use throughout the year. I use dried ones and serve it with crème fraîche or mascarpone.

Apricot Almond Custard Tart Recipe

Apricot Almond Custard Tart

A delicious and light apricot tart with an intense flavor of apricots. It combines well with an old-time favorite – baked custard. A traditional recipe from the Provence, Tarte aux Abricots à la Crème d’Amande. Doing your own pastry adds 1 hour to the preparation. A good quality store-bought pastry will shorten the time.

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