Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Herbed Greek Yogurt with Crunchy Fruit & Granola

Our family loves Greek yogurt with berries and granola. It’s our go-to breakfast and many times we even have it as an afternoon snack too. With fall upon us and crunchy fruits like apples and persimmons in abundance let me share another variation of Greek yogurt parfait. This version perks up Greek yogurt with fresh herbs from the garden. Sweet herbs like mint and basil add a fresh unexpected surprise to the Greek yogurt when combined with crunchy fall fruits like apples, Asian pears, and persimmons. Then add a few raisins and fresh grated ginger, all topped with a dirzzle of honey. This will make a delicious fall-inspired crunchy Greek yogurt parfait. Continue reading Herbed Greek Yogurt with Crunchy Fruit & Granola

Rum Raisin Cake

I love Haagen Daz’s Rum Raisin ice cream – the original!  Hitesh and I have been hooked on this ice cream ever since we first met almost thirty years ago at University of Texas in Austin. Our inexpensive indulgence on our starving student’s budget was a pint of rum raisin ice cream that we would share and finish off in one go. Today, we feel guilty having more than a scoop of ice cream, we are much older and our metabolism has slowed down 😞 yet we can’t resist this ice cream.  Craving rum raisin ice cream but not wanting to stop by the grocery store and get some, I thought I would try making a rum raisin flavored cake. Why not?  It has all the rum and raisin flavor of the original ice cream but in a cake form.  The cake turned out awesome! If you like rum raisin ice-cream you will love this rum raisin cake. Give it a try! Continue reading Rum Raisin Cake

Lime Juice Bundt Cake

I usually don’t bother looking through a a department store magazine such as Costco’s, what could they possibly communicate except promote the products they are selling is what I used to think. Then my friend Basanthi shared a piece of chocolate cake she had made with avocado of all things! I asked her where she found this unique recipe and she said from the Costco Magazine. Continue reading Lime Juice Bundt Cake

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream is my daughter Rani’s creation who loves loves peanut butter and anything dark chocolate. If you like dark chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter cups then this ice cream is for you. When I was making my dark chocolate cardamom ice cream, Rani came up to me and asked if she could make an ice cream with peanut butter – I told to her to go for it.  Rani’s ice cream creation has peanut butter melted with dark chocolate, honey and cream.  As if it doesn’t have enough peanut butter, Rani added more melted peanut butter and swirled it into the ice cream.  For a decadent peanut butter ice cream – give dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream a try!

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Banana Date Cake

Folks, do you love bananas and dates? Then this cake is for you. This banana cake has over 3 ripe bananas 🍌🍌🍌!!  The cake is moist from all the bananas and plump dates, nutty from the loads of chopped almonds, and earthy from the dark brown sugar. All these ingredients turn this into a gourmet tasting banana date cake. Continue reading Banana Date Cake

Fresh Figs with Honey & Ricotta

Light and creamy ricotta cheese infused with a hint of Vanilla and orange zest, then topped off with fresh plump figs drizzled with honey and roasted pistachios. Seductive, delicious, and satisfying this dessert is. This dessert looks so glamorous and tastes so good that I’m excited to share how easy it is to make. An awesome dessert in just a few minutes. Continue reading Fresh Figs with Honey & Ricotta

Pastini Di Mandorla. Maltese Almond Cookies

Pastini Di Mandorla are popular almond cookies that are a specialty of Malta. These almond cookies were introduced to me by my friend Georgina who is from Malta. Georgina has been dropping off her almond cookies for over a decade, every time my Dad visits us here in California. Once Georgina figured out how much I too loved her almond cookies, she started gifting them for my birthday as well. Honestly, I never bothered to ask her how to make these cookies since I was getting my supply about twice a year. Continue reading Pastini Di Mandorla. Maltese Almond Cookies

Apple Crisp

I had my friends Devi and Rose over last week for a little celebration lunch for our friend Rose’s birthday. On a warm September Friday afternoon I thought I would keep our lunch on the lighter side and made veggie sandwiches, soup, and salad. Devi brought fresh cut fruit and fresh figs from her garden, and since my friend Rose is the queen of baking 😋👑🍪 she was assigned to bring dessert. For our humble lunch Rose brought not just one sweet treat but two! A delectable apple crisp and biscotti. Continue reading Apple Crisp