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!

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 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.

Fig and Almond Cake Recipe

Fig and Almond Cake

A soft cake with a consistency close to a clafoutis, a good choice for an afternoon tea or coffee. This delightful recipe is known as Moelleux aux Figues Fraiches et aux Amandes, a summer favorite from the Provence when the figs are ripe and bursting with flavor.

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