Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Rose’s Rockin Granola

I know, I know, what’s so special about granola you ask? You can buy it anywhere, there are so many flavors and variations, and you can get countless recipes online. What’s so special about this granola?  For me, homemade granola will always be synonymous with my friend Rose’s granola. That’s because until Rose gave me her homemade granola a few years back I didn’t even know one could make it at home. I thought it’s something complicated that only factories and gourmet specialty shops could make. I was happily buying granola in the store for years not ever thinking that it could be made in my kitchen. Continue reading Rose’s Rockin Granola

Apple Walnut Spice Cake

This apple spice cake from all recipes.com has to be the moistest cake I have ever made.  I shouldn’t be surprised given that the recipe requires 4 cups of chopped apples which makes a large apple spice cake, perfect to take to a party or for a large gathering at home. Give this recipe a try if you are craving a super moist cake chock full of walnuts and fresh apples. Apple Walnut Spice Cake Continue reading Apple Walnut Spice Cake

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake
makes 2 
poundcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick), plus about 1 tsp softened butter for pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh grated apple
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup sweet dessert wine
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits such as raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried figs, and dried apricots. Soak overnight in 1/4 cup sweet wine.

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All-Natural Christmas Fruitcake

The term fruitcake usually conjures up images of a heavy dense cake that is cloyingly sweet with bad quality dried fruits and fake syrupy candied fruits, all soaked in alcohol. This has always been my impression of fruitcake because over the years I have tried them all, and they have all – I hate to put it this way – but they all taste grossly teeth tingling sweet 😝.   So when my friend Basanthi told me she had an amazing fruitcake recipe that she makes every year over the holidays with our mutual friend Lakshmi, I was needless to say very skeptical.

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Then last year at Basanthi’s Christmas party she served the Christmas fruitcake she had been raving about.  I have to say it was the best fruitcake I have ever tasted!  In fact, the cake just disappeared before our eyes, as everyone at the party couldn’t get enough of it! Continue reading All-Natural Christmas Fruitcake

Ginger Vanilla Pound Cake with Golden Raisins

Sometime’s it’s just easier to eat a piece of cake not knowing exactly what’s in it 🤔, because then we can blissfully enjoy our cake clueless as to how much fat and sugar are in each piece 🍰😋😊.  That is my love/hate/love affair with poundcake 💛💔💛.

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I love pound cake 🍰😋😋! That dense, yet soft and moist buttery cake is so delicious I could eat at least two pieces. It’s the butter that makes pound cake taste so good 😋.

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This ginger vanilla pound cake was my attempt to make a soft, buttery, moist pound cake with half of the butter required, while still keep that unique pound cake characteristics. It’s the Greek yogurt, fresh grated ginger, and orange juice that give my pound cake that wonderful dense, buttery moist texture and outstanding flavor. Try it! Here is the recipe. Continue reading Ginger Vanilla Pound Cake with Golden Raisins

Dark Chocolate Stuffed Figs with Edible Petals

I’ve been wanting to make something fun and exciting with fresh figs for a while now. I usually make a salad with fresh figs, or a fig tart, or serve figs with cheese and walnuts; or better yet, just eat them fresh and delicious.

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This year I wanted to try something new, like a fig sweet treat that looks really pretty and  that looks like it came from a specialty confectioner, and the idea for stuffed figs enrobed in dark chocolate is what came to my mind. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Stuffed Figs with Edible Petals

Cocoa & Nut Super Seeds & Cardamom Protein-bar Truffles

Usually, I would never have given a second thought to making energy bars or protein bars at home, it’s not something I think of replicating in my kitchen. I got the idea for making protein packed energy bars from our friend Aaron H. One day we were talking healthy snacks when he told me he had been trying unsuccessfully to make an energy bar at home.  Energy bar at home? And that to Aaron making it?  I did a double take.

Aaron said he had been trying to make an energy bar of sorts with almond meal, raisins, and cocoa powder and he was still figuring out how to get the texture right. You see his “energy bar” was very sticky in the mouth – almost like a peanut butter.  He said he added water but that didn’t help. He even tried baking the mixture but it turned out too hard and not edible. We got to talk about how we could make the texture better and bounced around ideas such as adding applesauce and bananas, or coconut oil.  But in the end I promised him I would try and make an energy bar at home, and if it turned out good, share the recipe with him.

Guess what folks? I made nut energy bars in my home kitchen and they turned out great 😋. I shaped them into truffles hence the name energy bar truffles. Continue reading Cocoa & Nut Super Seeds & Cardamom Protein-bar Truffles

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies with Chrysanthemum Petals

Our family loves Mexican hot chocolate. That creamy hot chocolate with cinnamon and a hint of cayenne pepper – yummy 😋!  So when I came upon a hot chocolate recipe in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine that took the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate and transformed it into a cookie, I had to try it. An added bonus is that the ingredients for these cookies are ingredients I usually have in my pantry.

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Sunset Ice Cream

Have you ever had marigold petals in foods?  The flowers have a spicy almost intoxicating fragrance that reminds me of the temples of India.  Their color –  wow! Marigolds are such a rich tapestry of warm colors – reminiscent of warm summer days and vibrant evenings sunsets.

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Santa Barbara, California

The colors of marigolds are positively decadent – they come in glorious shades of golden yellow to vibrant orange, to even dark burnt burgundy.

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To show off the beauty of these lush decadent yellow and ochre colored edible marigold petals, I got the idea to make a marigold ice cream with saffron milk and golden honey.  Saffron provides a subtle yellow color that is a perfect color companion to these rich gold marigold petals.

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