Butterscotch Caramel Sauce On Fig Banana Bread

Everyone loves banana bread, right?  My Mom’s banana bread recipe is something of a legend in our family and a while back I gussied it up and posted my recipe for Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread.   Then last month, Valley Fig Growers  invited me to compete in an Instagram photo contest.  They sent me two free bags of dried figs to use in their recipe for California fig banana bread and I decided to turn my entry into dessert by topping it with ice cream and drizzling my favorite butterscotch caramel sauce over the top. Continue reading “Butterscotch Caramel Sauce On Fig Banana Bread”

Chocolate Malt Cake With Vanilla Malt Frosting

I was trying to choose what kind of layer cake to make for Easter this year, so I went back through my previous posts and considered  making a carrot cake, then I thought about a white cake, or maybe a coconut cake.  Still undecided, I ran across a recipe for a chocolate malt cake with vanilla malt frosting in  “All-Time Favorite Sheet Cakes & Slab Pies” by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, their new cookbook just released at the end of 2017.   I immediately decided that malt would be the flavor of our Easter cake this year! Continue reading “Chocolate Malt Cake With Vanilla Malt Frosting”

A Pi Day Escape with Piña Colada Pie

You may be familiar with Pi Day which is celebrated on March 14th every year because, as you learned in high school math, π is 3.14   For Pi Day 2017 I did a post about a silky smooth chocolate pie and a previous post featured a crazy good citrusy beach pie, so either of those would be a good choice anytime you’re in the mood for an easy homemade pie.  But when I was trying to decide on a pie recipe to make this year, I happened to hear the catchy 1979  hit “Escape (the Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes Continue reading “A Pi Day Escape with Piña Colada Pie”

Honey Apple Bundt Cake With Apple Caramel Sauce

THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS BEAT THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS IN THE NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND GAME LAST SUNDAY!!!  To celebrate that stunning victory, I developed this recipe for honey apple Bundt cake with apple caramel sauce using as many Minnesota products as possible.    Continue reading “Honey Apple Bundt Cake With Apple Caramel Sauce”

Walnut Topped Spicy Chai Bundt Cake

“A party without a cake is just a meeting”.   That’s the Julia Child quote on the napkins that I received as an add-0n Christmas gift from our youngest daughter; they’re the ones in the background of the photos below.  I love that saying and this chai Bundt cake with its topping of creamy icing and toasted walnuts is ready to party! Continue reading “Walnut Topped Spicy Chai Bundt Cake”

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies For Sharing

It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I love Thanksgiving because not only do you get to enjoy great food with family and friends, but because it means that the next day I can start decorating for Christmas AND start baking cookies and German stollenContinue reading “Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies For Sharing”

Rich and Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

In a few short weeks, we’ll be leaving home for the summer to escape the Florida heat, humidity, and hurricane season, so I was taking inventory of perishables in the refrigerator and pantry to use up before we leave.   The refrigerator cheese drawer held a pound and a half of cream cheese that provided the perfect excuse to make cheesecake, but in the Tampa/St Pete area we’ve already been having record-shattering temps in the high 90s, therefore I had no desire to turn on the oven.  I decided that making rich and easy no-bake chocolate cheesecake  Continue reading “Rich and Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake”

Luscious Chocolate Swirl Banana Cake

We love bananas at our house, but it seems like there are always one or two (or three) that are forgotten behind a loaf of bread or a bag of tortilla chips and they end up all brown and squishy.  When I found two large ones in that sad state I thought about making strawberry banana walnut bread, Continue reading “Luscious Chocolate Swirl Banana Cake”

Almond Tea Cake–More Than The Sum Of Its Parts!

On the second level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

I just got home on Wednesday from my bucket-list trip to France and it was fabulous!  I went with our three youngest daughters (Joe and our oldest daughter couldn’t make it).  I’ve wanted to visit France since I was nine years old and–except for the rain and 50°F temps–the trip was everything I hoped it would be. Continue reading “Almond Tea Cake–More Than The Sum Of Its Parts!”

Sensational Coconut Layer Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

This year we’re having Easter dinner at the home of my brother and sister-in-law, and my brother asked me to bring dessert.  After considering several possibilities, I decided to make a coconut cake. Continue reading “Sensational Coconut Layer Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting”