Category Archives: Sweet Treats

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

Chilled Overnight Oats with Fruits and Nuts

I don’t remember exactly where my daughter Anjali had this breakfast last year; maybe in Maui or maybe on the Big Island, I just remember how beautiful her oatmeal looked.  It was chilled overnight oats topped with fresh tropical fruits, coconut flakes, dried fruits, nuts and fresh mint. It really tasted as good as it looked! Trying to replicate that cool beautiful breakfast back home in the Bay Area is how I came up with this variation of chilled overnight oats with inspiration from Hawaii! Continue reading Chilled Overnight Oats with Fruits and Nuts

Flourless Chocolate Torte with Spring Edible Flowers

A chocolate torte so easy that all you do is combine the ingredients in one bowl and bake. This is my kind of recipe! I had this delicious flourless chocolate torte a while back when we had hosted a Father’s Day Brunch and our friends Tracy and Carl had brought a decadent flourless chocolate cake for the party.  It was so good that everyone devoured it! I’d been meaning to ask them for that recipe but just forgot until a couple of weeks ago when we met them for dinner at their new home and I recalled that chocolate cake. Continue reading Flourless Chocolate Torte with Spring Edible Flowers

Mango Sorbet with Port

Happy Saturday!

Today I’d like to share a recipe for one of the most unique and delicious desserts I’ve had in a very long time. I had it at our friend Tracy and Carl’s place when we went over for dinner last weekend. What makes this dessert so original for me is that I’ve had port in desserts many times and mostly with berries, in cakes, tortes, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream, but never with a tropical flavor like mango. This combination I have never had before, and let me tell you folks it tastes outstanding. A mango sorbet drenched in port 😋🍨. This is the type of dessert that takes care of dessert and after dinner drinks all in one beautiful sweet treat. Continue reading Mango Sorbet with Port

Instant Granola Yogurt Parfait

Looking to whip up something sweet and dessertish for an afternoon snack but want to keep it healthy – this instant granola yogurt parfait is the one to try. Delicious, beautiful, and healthy this parfait will satisfy any afternoon sweet craving. Sometimes for an afternoon snack I crave cool creamy yogurt with crunchy granola and fruit but when I’ve run out of granola, this instant yogurt parfait is what I turn to. I just scoop Greek yogurt into a bowl, add some berries, top it with crushed roasted pistachios and drizzle the entire gorgeous bowl of goodness with maple syrup.  A granola type parfait without the granola 😀😋.  It has crunchy nuts, dried fruits and maple syrup. Add a cup of tea or coffee and you have the makings of a perfect afternoon snack time treat.  This little bowl doesn’t require much by way of a recipe, just pile on the good stuff and enjoy! Continue reading Instant Granola Yogurt Parfait

Sweet Chardonnay Pinnacolada Cake

This sweet wine cake is a great way to use up an already open dessert wine you might have in the refrigerator, and because the cake isn’t that sweet it actually tastes wonderful with a glass of chilled dessert wine🍸🍰.  Sweet dessert wine adds a subtle grape floral honey like flavor that is lovely, and pairs really nicely with the pineapple in the cake. With crushed  pineapple, coconut and sweet wine I call this cake a sweet chardonnay pinnacolada cake that will have you wanting more than just one slice 😋🍰. Continue reading Sweet Chardonnay Pinnacolada Cake

Spicy Ginger Hermit Bars

Chunky, moist, sweet and spicy, these ginger bars are awesome accompanied with a warm cup of tea for a winner of a cozy combination ☕️ 🍪. These delicious spicy ginger bars have golden raisins, candied ginger, molasses, warming spices, and dark rum – doesn’t all this make your mouth water 😋?   Spicy Ginger Bars from my favorite celebrity chef Ina Garten came to mind this week as its been cold and rainy and there is something about cold wintery days that makes me crave warming spices like nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. This is an awesome sweet treat to make when the weather gets cold and all you want is something sweet with a warm cup of tea. The best part is these bars are easy to make and taste great! Continue reading Spicy Ginger Hermit Bars

Spanish Almond Orange Cake

Almond orange cake. Need I say more? For someone like me who loves almonds and loves oranges, this cake is a marriage made in heaven 🍊🍰! I absolutely love almonds, I eat them everyday and I like them so much I have to control how many almonds I have. Anything with almonds is always a hit with me. I love oranges too, especially now in our Bay Area winter when oranges are as juicy and delicious as can be. So as you can see combining two of my favorite foods in a cake is just a winner of recipe for me. Continue reading Spanish Almond Orange Cake