Category Archives: Sweet Treats

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

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