Lemon-Coriander Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon-Coriander Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon-Coriander Poppy Seed Cake

 

With the advent of fall, and the crisp weather it brings, I always find myself drinking more and more tea. Heading to the tea pot to warm up on a chilly gray afternoon has become a welcome routine for me- there’s nothing quite like curling up in a comfy chair with a good book and a piping hot cup of tea. Unless of course you add in a generous slice of cake!

This cake is one of my favorites for pairing with tea. Buttery lemon poppy seed cake with a dash of spicy coriander lends itself beautifully to a cup of Earl Grey, with a wonderfully creamy filling of lemon curd gently folded into whipped cream. Top it all off with a generous dusting of powdered sugar and you have the ultimate cake to brighten up that dreary autumn day! Continue reading

Mocha Brownie Pudding Cake

Welcome to chocolate heaven! As the name suggests, this incredible dessert is like the love child between rich, fudgy brownies and chocolaty pudding- you just can’t get any better! Well, unless you serve it up warm with a big scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream on top… Continue reading

Very Vanilla Cupcakes with Matcha Green Tea Frosting

Looking to add a little pizzazz to your baking? Need something special for that next bake sale? Heck, does anyone really need an excuse for cupcakes? I don’t think so, but if you do, you might want to give these cupcakes a try. Filled with healthy antioxidants, these vanilla cupcakes with matcha frosting take tea time to a whole new level!

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Pear-Apple Crisp with Pecan and Oat Topping

There’s nothing like a warm fruit crisp to brighten up your evening- especially if you top it off with some melty vanilla ice cream.  This recipe is made up of a blend of tart apples and sweet pears, and topped with a crunchy-chewy layer of toasted oats and pecans, and sweetened with Yacon syrup, a natural sweetener and weight loss aid (or you could just use honey- but where’s the fun in that?!) Continue reading

The Ultimate Black Forest Cake Recipe

Moist, decadent chocolate cake is livened up with tart red cherries and whipped cream in this classic cake recipe.

This is hands down my favorite cake! I have never been a huge fan of traditional cake frosting, since it tends to be too heavy and sweet for my taste. The whipped cream on this cake is airy and light, with just the right amount of sweetness, and while you can’t exactly pass off cake as being healthy, this reduced-sugar recipe will at least be gentler on your waistline without sacrificing flavor.

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Banana Split Mousse

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Did you know that today was national mousse day? In celebration, I wanted to share this original recipe I created in an attempt to use up some extra whipped cream from Thanksgiving. It’s incredibly light and silky smooth with a wonderful flavor reminiscent of a banana split – layered with fresh bananas and topped off with a sprinkling of cinnamon, this mousse will satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down!

Banana Split Mousse – serves 1

  • 1 rounded T dark chocolate chips
  • 1 rounded T white chocolate chips
  • 1/2  C whipped cream
  • 1/2 banana, sliced thinly
  • cinnamon, dash

In a microwave safe bowl, combine white and dark chocolate chips and heat in microwave on medium until melted. Stir chocolate until smooth, then fold in whipped cream, one spoon at a time, until very thick and fluffy.

In a sundae bowl or glass, layer mousse and slices of banana. Top with more slices of banana and a light sprinkle of cinnamon.

Enjoy!

Recipe Review! Sweet Potato and Pecan Cinnamon Buns with Maple Glaze

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I found this recipe on www.vegetariantimes.com and just had to give it a try. Originally vegan, I switched out the dairy substitutes for real dairy ingredients (don’t hate me!), and even though it calls for a lot of rise time, they were impressively easy to make- not to mention delicious! I can’t think of a better way to use up any leftover sweet potato you might have from Thanksgiving.

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Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

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Just in time for thanksgiving! This is a coveted family recipe that’s been in my family for years, and an absolute must for holiday get-togethers.  While some recipes call for a marshmallow topping (a no-no for vegetarians because of gelatin), this creamy sweet potato casserole sports a crunchy, praline pecan topping with plenty of brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. What’s not to love? Oh, and my favorite part- getting to pretend that this is not a dessert so I can eat it with my dinner. 😉 Continue reading

Ooey-Gooey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These wonderful cookies are amazing fresh from the oven when they are still warm and the chocolate is melty. Better than plain old chocolate chip cookies, they contain a boost of fiber and protein from the oats, not to mention a delicious chew. These cookies pair extremely well with strong coffee or tea! Continue reading

Raspberry Walnut Brownies

 

Who doesn’t love brownies? In this take on the classic chocolate treat, we added rasperries for a bright, tart pop to cut through the richness of the butter. But these fudgey beauties hold a dark secret- they only have half the sugar of a traditional brownie recipe! Why, you might ask? Too much sugar overpowers the senses and dulls our ability to taste subtle flavors in our foods, so the more you cut back, the more flavors you will experience. Especially when it comes to chocolate! Continue reading