Apricot Almond Tart

I have to admit that I prefer to serve fruit based desserts after dinner.  I think they are the perfect ending to a meal, I also prefer to serve small portions so everyone can enjoy a small sweet treat after an enjoyable dinner.  This time I was pairing a dessert after an Indian inspired meal.  I served this Apricot Almond Tart and it was a perfect ending to the meal.   I served it straight from the refrigerator with a small dollop of peach ice cream.  Oh so cool and refreshing…a great combination.

apricot almond tart

 

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Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Well, I definitely bought more peaches than I needed this past Saturday at the Farmers Market.  It was just one of those impulse buys where the peaches were ripe, the samples were delicious and when I asked if they had peaches ready to use – they headed to their “chefs box” and handed me beautiful ripe peaches.   I few years ago, I purchased an ice cream maker that has proved to come in very handy in the kitchen.  If you do not have an ice cream maker, it is a great kitchen gadget to have.  You keep the liner in your freezer and when you are ready to make ice cream, you simply pour in the chilled ice cream mixture and in approximately fifteen minutes, you have delicious homemade ice cream or frozen yogurt. So, ripe peaches called for my second peach recipe of the week – Fresh Peach Ice Cream.  Cool, creamy and delicious….perfect for these hot steamy July days.   I can’t wait to see what I find this week at the market!

fresh peach ice cream

 

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Fresh Peach Cake with Crumble Topping

Another great find at the farmers market this week – perfectly ripe peaches.  How could I possibly pass those by?  Fresh Peach Cake with Crumble Topping is the perfect recipe for these gems.  This cake features a moist cake layer topped with fresh peaches and a crumble topping.  Delicious served with coffee for brunch or a delightful summer dessert.  Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a wonderful summer treat.

Fresh Peach Cake

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Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies

These are the perfect brownies for the upcoming holiday weekend.  The Fourth of July is a great time for a picnic and fireworks.  These Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies are moist and easy to transport.  I am thinking hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, and Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies this weekend!  It’s time to celebrate!

cream cheese swirled brownies

 

 

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Cheesecake Pie with Fresh Fruit Topping

I can’t think of a more perfect dessert than a cheesecake.  This recipe is from my stash of recipe cards and a family favorite.  I like to use a single-crust pie crust for this pie but you could also use a graham cracker crust.  Cheesecake Pie with Fresh Fruit Topping has three layers, a cheesecake layer, sour cream layer and fresh fruit topping.  This time I used blueberries but you certainly could use fresh raspberries, strawberries, peaches. or other fruit for the topping.  

cheesecake pie with fresh fruit topping

 

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Berry Cobbler

This is the time of year when the minute you walk into the grocery store you are immediately surrounded by fresh berries.  This time I was immediately hooked when the sign said buy one – get one free.  Well, how could I pass by that offer – so into my cart went fresh red raspberries and blueberries.  When I got home I mentioned that I was thinking of making a cobbler and the immediately response from my husband was “sounds delicious”.   This time I baked my cobblers in two 5 inch ramekins, you can also make one cobbler in a 9 inch baking dish.

Berry Cobbler

 

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Raspberry Coconut Bars

This recipe was one of my mom’s “go to” recipes.  Easy to prepare, basic ingredients and delicious.  A great shortbread type crust, gooey filling and light crunchy topping.  She never used a mix or can of soup in her recipes, scratch baking at it’s best!   I sure was lucky growing up with such a great cook in the kitchen.

raspberry coconut bars

 

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Candied Oranges

Sometimes I think my kitchen is more of a chemistry lab than a kitchen.  I love candied oranges, however, they are definitely pricey when you see them and not readily available.  So, I thought I would try my hand at making candied oranges.  They are the perfect accompaniment to a cheese tray, great to chop and mix in muffins or quick breads, an interesting addition or garnish for cocktails, delicious served with whipped cream mixed with brandy, serve sliced with an after dinner cordial and my latest concoction – chop two candied oranges and mix into one-half gallon of vanilla ice cream and top with chocolate sauce.  Below I have highlighted another fantastic Virginia food find I came across Willie Byrd Chocolate Sauce , I heated and topped my candied orange ice cream with this and all I can say is…  unbelievably delicious!

candied oranges

candied orange ice cream  

 

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Rum Baked Pineapple with Vanilla Cream

This dessert tastes as great as it looks.  When you are looking for a “WOW” dessert – this is it.  You can make everything in advance and bake the pineapple just prior to serving.  (I cut two pineapples in the photo below since I was serving 10). The hardest part of this recipe is cutting the pineapple!

rum baked pineapple

 

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Citrus Biscotti

These crisp Italian cookies are one of my favorites.  I have made many variations but this is one of my favorites.  I added orange and lemon peel, then topped with coarse grain sugar.  There are not many recipes that can be served for breakfast and dessert.  This is one of them, fantastic with coffee or a glass of dessert wine. 

citrus biscotti

 

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