Cookies, Cakes, Pies and Strudels
Custards and Fruity Desserts
Vegan Custard Berry Tart
Whether you are vegan or not, you will absolutely love this tart! It is an incredibly delicious and creamy dessert; all your friends will be so impressed!
Frozen Coconut Pineapple
A great simple and healthy treat for breakfast, dessert or after workout snack! After you make these treats, store in a Ziploc or airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Take one out whenever you have a craving for a guilt free treat!
Caramel Apple Dutch Baby
A Dutch Baby is a classic German pancake / popover served for breakfast. In this version, I have a little cheat to make it super simple to prepare – pancake mix! I do recommend serving immediately after this dish comes out of the oven, otherwise the caramel will harden and get stuck to the bottom of your skillet (it won’t come out nicely). If you want to slice a few pieces after the caramel has hardened, just pop it back in the oven for 5 minutes to make it easy to slice once again!
Pear and Ginger Galette
This is just a spectacular dessert to serve at the end of a sit down dinner party! You can poach the pears up to a week in advance and then assemble the tart the day of your party.
Ginger Poached Pears
Pears and ginger love each other’s company in this beautiful poached treat! This can be served for an elegant dessert or brunch. If you would like to prepare in advance you can store the pears in an airtight container with the poaching liquid for about a week. Be sure to keep the liquid even after the pears are eaten – it is great to sweeten up your morning smoothies!
Oooh yes Apple Nachos! Crisp apple slices are layered with melted peanut butter, caramel and toasted nuts – what could be better! This is a great “healthy” treat to have while watching a big game without the guilt!
Homemade Almond Halva
Halva is a Middle Eastern Dessert delicacy! Making your own is actually a lot easier than you may imagine! In this version I added almonds and a touch of rose water, as that has always been my favorite halva flavorings. I suggest you use a candy thermometer for this to ensure precision.
Dark Chocolate Almond Treats
These little dessert treats are so special! The crunchy almonds underneath the smooth dark chocolate is just divine! When baking with nuts its always important to use good quality nuts and toast them to bring out their flavor. I suggest using a chocolate mold which can be purchased at a baking supply store to make the pretty flower shapes. You can also use a silicone ice cube tray. If you want to make these in advance, pop them out of the molds once set and place in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. This recipe will give you about 36 chocolate treats.
Chocolate Coconut Bars
These are just crazy delicious. As you bite into that dark chocolate exterior you get the creamy coconut interior...mmmm! They will also keep really well in the freezer in an airtight container for about 6 months. So make a big batch and pop a few out when you have company! This recipe will give you 12 large or 20 small treats.
This is an exquisite way to enjoy a pomegranate! The rosewater brings out the natural flowery taste of the pomegranate! It is even better the next day, so feel free to prepare it in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Decadently Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread
This Banana Bread tastes so incredibly decadent that you will never believe it is actually pretty healthy! With whole wheat flour, lots of fresh banana and flax seeds you won’t feel guilty serving chocolate cake for breakfast!
Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Bite
This is so elegant to serve as a dessert for an upscale party! Place a whole lot of these spoons on a tray and pass them around!
Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pie
Using coconut cream here makes such a divine mousse, topped with beautiful raspberries, how can you ask for a better dessert! You can keep the mousse in the refrigerator for up to 1 week in an airtight container before assembling this pie.
Stacked Apple Pie with Orange Marmalade Glaze
This dessert sounds very fancy but it is really simple to prepare and absolutely delicious. It is stacked full of crisp apples with a dusting of cinnamon and sugar glazed with orange marmalade. A beautiful dessert to bring to a party or to serve friends for a casual get together!
Mini Fig and Apple Tarte Tatin
Tarte Tatin is a French dessert where the fruit is cooked underneath the pastry, in order to serve it is flipped over. In this version I use fresh figs which caramelize beautifully! Muffin tins are used here to create individual tarts. You can serve them for dessert or even as a first course for a formal brunch. : if you are preparing these deserts in advance, prepare steps 1-4 up to the day before. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Just before serving complete steps 5 and 6 (if it has been refrigerated – it should cook for 20-25 minutes instead).This recipe will give you 12 tarts.
Deconstructed Apple-Berry Strudel
This desert is a cross between a pie and a strudel. One day I opened up a package of filo dough and realized that all the sheets were torn. Instead of getting upset that I couldn’t use it for a traditional strudel I came up with this recipe!You could make this strudel a few hours in advance. Just before serving put it back in the oven for 5 minutes.
These turnovers are absolutely delicious especially when hot out of the oven. You can prepare them in advance; keep frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 months. When you want to serve them, allow to defrost on the counter for at least 30 minutes. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 375 to heat up. This recipe makes 24 turnovers.
Crunchy Chocolate Nut Clusters
These clusters are absolutely delicious! They have the perfect crispiness from the nuts and cereal as well as chewy tartness from the cranberries. Best of all, no one will believe how simple they were to make!
Cardamom Infused Poached Pears
This is such a simple, but elegant treat! It is especially nice for a dinner or brunch gathering as everyone can get their own poached pear. You can serve it on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or even some yogurt if you are having it for breakfast! If you would like to save these pears for a few days, store them with the liquid in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also save the poaching liquid to sweeten up yogurt, or some freshly made iced tea.
Simple Strawberry Sorbet
This sorbet is so refreshing and light for a summer evening. I use frozen strawberries for this recipe not only because of its ease, but also because in order to achieve the proper texture of the sorbet the fruit must be frozen first. If you have a lot of fresh strawberries, you can always wash and hull them (remove stem) and stick them into the freezer the night before you prepare the recipe.