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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Torta Caprese (Chocolate Almond Torte) Recipe

Torta Caprese (Chocolate Almond Torte)

A cross between a chocolate mousse and a cake. Lusciously moist and a sinful chocolate taste in every bite. There is no flour at all in it, just ground almonds and chocolate. An all-time favorite recipe of mine from the island of Capri near Naples, Italy. I serve it with crème fraîche, Mascarpone, or vanilla ice cream.

Quince Compote Recipe

Quince Compote

A rather time-intensive recipe, that’s why you rarely see it on restaurant menus. Quinces are very hard and it takes a lot of effort to peel them with a sharp knife. If you do quince paste it’s worthwhile to try your hand on quince compote, killing two birds or rather two quinces at the same time.

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