Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Honey Orange Saffron Ice Cream

Think vanilla ice cream with the delicate flavors of saffron, the sweetness of honey, and tender bits of orange. A while back I had bought over six jars of honey from a local beekeeper and I had so much honey that it gave me the opportunity to get adventurous with them.  I made a few jars of  flavored honey.  One of the flavors I tried was tangerine flavored honey.  To make this flavored honey I submerged tangerine slices along with saffron in a jar of honey.  I then let the tangerine and saffron marinate for a few weeks. At the end of four weeks the honey developed a wonderful saffron orange flavor, and here’s the best part! The orange slices themselves had become nice and tender and honey sweet! Continue reading Honey Orange Saffron Ice Cream

Lemon Ice Cream with Vanilla

When preserving lemons with powdered sugar lemons become deliciously tender and sweet including the rind.  These tender lemons are easy to blend into a wonderful sweet lemon sauce. The chunky lemons sauce is so delicious I sometimes just have a teaspoon or two to satisfy my sweet tooth!  The sauce can also be topped over yogurt or had as a compote with pancake or crepes.  Another idea is to use this wonderful lemon sauce in an ice cream. The sauce not only adds a fresh sweet lemony flavor it also adds texture to the ice cream.  This is is delicious creamy, sweet and tart ice cream with tender lemon pieces. Give it a try! Continue reading Lemon Ice Cream with Vanilla

Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries

Lemon tart. How hard is it to make this delicious dessert? Getting the egg yolks to cook with the cream without curdling, then add the lemon juice and hope that it all sets into a beautiful custard. It’s a lot of work and tricky to get it just right. That’s why when one of my twins wanted to make a lemon tart – all I could think of is how hard it is to make. But when Rani informed me that this recipe actually doesn’t require eggs, and for that matter you don’t even bake the tart, but instead you just make the lemon cream and cool it in the refrigerator, it really got me interested. Continue reading Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries

Dark Chocolate Brandy Cardamom Ice Cream

With Father’s Day upon us this Sunday I thought I would share one of my most popular ice cream recipes that I posted around this same time last year. The ice cream flavor is a dark chocolate brandy cardamom ice cream and folks absolutely loved it. Brandy and dark chocolate are so good together and cardamom just takes it to the next level, and our guy (Father of three) absolutely went gaga over it! Naturally, this ice cream is not meant for kids, however of you are looking for an adult ice cream that takes care of after dinner drinks and dessert all in one –  then this decadent dark chocolate and cardamom brandy ice cream is the one.   Continue reading Dark Chocolate Brandy Cardamom Ice Cream

Ginger Honey Ice Cream

Ginger ice cream is hard to find at ice cream parlors and grocery stores, however there was one candy shop here in Los Gatos called Powells that did have ginger ice cream and it was amazingly delicious 😋🍨.  Sadly the parlor closed down a few years back and another candy shop opened in their place, still selling ice cream but not my favorite ginger ice cream 😞.  A craving for that ginger ice cream is what prompted me to make my own version of ginger ice cream with all the ingredients that make ginger ice cream taste awesome  – fresh ginger, candied ginger and heavy cream. And since ginger and honey are so good together in tea I decided to sweeten my ice cream with honey.  This ginger honey ice cream hits all the sweet and ginger cravings in one delicious ice cream. Sweet and creamy with a fresh ginger flavor and little bits of candied ginger, this ice cream is truly ginger decadence 😋🍨🍨!  Give it a try! Continue reading Ginger Honey Ice Cream

Homemade Ginger Honey Soda

I love sweet fizzy sodas. It’s one of those things that I know isn’t good for me but I do love that fizzy sweet taste. I am trying very hard to stay away from soda as we all know its loaded with too much sugar, this is one of those recipes I came up with when I was craving soda and wanted something on the healthier side. I figured sparkling mineral water couldn’t be bad for me – right?  And if I add ginger and honey I should get a healthier version of soda?  That’s how I came up with this homemade ginger honey soda. Continue reading Homemade Ginger Honey Soda

Hazelnut Apricot Torte

I am always looking for inspiration when it comes to cooking creatively; I especially love it when friends send me an impromptu text sharing a photo of what they’ve made. That’s how I came across this easy and amazingly delicious Italian hazelnut apricot torte. I had just sent my friend Rose a text with a photo of a Spanish almond cake I had made (from her recipe) when she in return sent me a photo of her freshly baked hazelnut apricot torte.   Continue reading Hazelnut Apricot Torte

Cinnamon Cardamom Baked Donuts

Making donuts at home isn’t easy especially as it involves so much frying, that’s why when I came across a no-fry donut recipe it got my attention.  Cinnamon baked donuts is a recipe I came across on Ina Garten’s Food Network show Barefoot Contessa.  Ina describes her recipe as the easiest no-fry donuts ever.  Folks, these are awesome donuts! Even better is how easy, quick and delicious these donuts are to make.  Just mix dry ingredients, then mix wet ingredients, combine them together and bake! That’s it. This recipe is so easy it will become your new favorite donut recipe. Warm donuts right out of the oven and then coated with cinnamon sugar, these taste heavenly on a Sunday morning with a good cup of coffee. Give it a try! Continue reading Cinnamon Cardamom Baked Donuts

Rose Drop Cocktail

A cocktail with the dreamy fragrance and color of roses? All made with roses from the garden? This is one gorgeous cocktail that looks as beautiful as it tastes. I found this rose infused cocktail recipe in one of last year’s Sunset Magazine’s western edition but couldn’t make the cocktail then as by the time I read the recipe my roses were winding down for the season, however I did save it to make this year when my roses are in full bloom again. Continue reading Rose Drop Cocktail

Pistachio Cake with Rose Petal Confetti

It’s rose season in our area, all I see are roses, roses everywhere in full bloom. Besides making rose bouquets I am also looking for creative ways to use rose petals in edibles. I especially favor my fragrant pink David Austin roses for cakes and ice creams.  A pistachio cake maybe?  I figured a beautiful backdrop of pale green would look lovely for these rose petals.  And so began my hunt for a really good pistachio cake recipe; an all-natural kind,  the type of recipe that uses actual pistachios as one of the cake ingredients. Continue reading Pistachio Cake with Rose Petal Confetti