York Style Cheesecakes are creamy, and smooth, and rich, and dense, and
absolutely delicious. more
crisp is perfect when the weather turns cold. There is something so
appealing about warm baked apples covered in cinnamon and sugar,
made all the more tasty with a crisp and crunchy topping.
Pumpkin puree is used to
make this sweet, moist, and flavorful quick bread. What sets this
bread apart is a layer of cream cheese filling.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
are made with butter and a combination of white and brown sugars
which produces a rich and chewy cookie with caramelized edges.
Pumpkin Cookies have a
wonderfully soft and spongy texture and taste of pumpkin and its
complementary spices (ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves). Absolutely
delicious with a cream cheese frosting.
This lovely Pumpkin Roll
consists of sweet and moist pumpkin sponge roll wrapped around a tangy
cream cheese filling. more
These rich and buttery
miniature shortbread tarts are filled with a delicious cream filling
made with cream cheese, condensed milk and lemons. Garnish with
fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or kiwi slices.
This recipe takes
brownies out of the realm of casual food and makes them an elegant
The almond filling
(Frangipane) is a pastry cream made with almond paste that has a
delicious almond flavor. more
This cake consists of layers
of moist coconut-flavored butter cake that are filled with a tangy lemon
curd and then the entire cake is frosted with a smooth and shiny
7-Minute Frosting and sweetened coconut. more
This Yellow Butter Cake
has two moist and buttery cake layers that are filled and frosted with a
delicious chocolate frosting. more
Three layers of moist
chocolate cake sandwiched together with Dulce de Leche and a buttery
smooth Swiss Buttercream Frosting.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies take
two round domed shaped pumpkin cookies and sandwich them together with a
soft and creamy vanilla filling. more
Pumpkin Bread Pudding is a
delicious combination of cubed bread that is soaked in a rich custard
containing cream, pumpkin puree, and spices.
A seasonal favorite,
buttery balls of dough are rolled in toasted nuts and filled with jam.
These little gems get their name from the fact you use your "thumb" to
make an indentation into each ball of dough for the jam.
wouldn't seem complete without a batch of gingerbread men. Fragrant with
ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves the amount of which can be
adjusted to suit your own individual taste.
Pecan Tassies are like
miniature pecan pies with their lovely golden brown crusts and their
sweet and gooey pecan filling. more
Individual Cheesecakes have
a lovely creamy smooth texture and are wonderfully rich.
Melting Moments are a
delicious shortbread-like cookie covered with confectioners sugar that
literally melt-in-your-mouth. more
Pecan Squares are the
perfect combination of a shortbread crust topped with a chewy and gooey
pecan filling. more
These rich and elegant,
bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white
chocolate and cream (ganache) to which various flavorings can be added:
butter, liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or
dried fruits. more
These melt-in-your mouth,
shortbread-like cookies go by many names; a Russian Tea Cake, a Mexican
Wedding Cake, an Italian Butter Nut, a Southern Pecan Butterball, a
Snowdrop, a Viennese Sugar Ball and a Snowball.
Loaded with oats, this
version produces a crisp and chewy cookie that can be filled with
chocolate chips (white or dark chocolate), dried fruits, and/or
chopped nuts. more
There seems to be a
consensus that fudge making began on American women's college campuses
during the 1890s. more
Everyone loves the
elegance of a fruit tart with its topping of beautiful fresh fruit.
Whether you use a single fruit (like strawberries) or a medley of
berries, sliced kiwi, plums, bananas, pineapple, and/or melon no one
can resist its beauty. more
Key Lime Pie has a sweet and
grainy graham cracker crust, a creamy and tangy lime flavored filling,
and is topped with a soft and fluffy whipped cream.
This rustic looking
Raspberry Crostata combines the sharp flavor of homemade raspberry jam
with a crisp and crumbly short crust pastry.
This Vanilla Cake has a sweet buttery flavor
a moist velvety texture. The buttercream frosting
used to both fill and frost the cake has a sweet and buttery flavor with
a light and fluffy texture. more
Angel Food Cake has a sweet
golden brown crust and a soft and spongy, snowy white interior.
This White Butter Cake
has a sweet and buttery flavor and a light and fluffy texture. A layer
of jam is placed between the cake layers and it is also filled and
frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. more
Once you try this moist and
tender chocolate cupcake with a satiny smooth peanut butter frosting
it's sure to become a favorite.
love this soft and tender vanilla white cake that is covered
with crunchy bits of caramelized almonds.
Day is an annual holiday to give thanks. It is celebrated in both the United States,
on the fourth Thursday of November, and Canada, on the second Monday of October. Both countries celebrate this holiday by gathering with family,
and food, most notably the turkey, takes center stage. (That is probably
why Thanksgiving is also known as "Turkey" Day.) Parades and football are
also part of the festivities with the parade watching usually taking place 'before' the feast
and football watching taking place 'after' the feast. The traditional
Thanksgiving dessert, in both countries, is pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin Pie is an open-faced single crust pie shell that
is filled with a smooth custard-like filling made with pumpkin
eggs, cream or milk, sugar, and spices (mixture usually consisting of cinnamon,
ginger, allspice, and cloves). It is considered a "soft" pie because it is
made with an unbaked crust and uncooked filling that is baked until the crust
has browned and the filling is set.
Another popular pie, especially in the
Southern U.S., is the Pecan Pie. It,
like the pumpkin pie,
is an open-faced single crust
pie shell that is filled with a custard-like filling. But, unlike the
pumpkin pie, the filling isn't smooth, as it is chock full of toasted and
chopped pecans which makes this pie very rich and decadent.
Now, there are other desserts that are traditionally served at this feast, but these
often vary from family to family as well as by region of the country. But
if your dessert menu is looking for something new this year, may I offer some
suggestions. For the pumpkin lover, besides pumpkin pie, try either
the Pumpkin Spice Cake or the Pumpkin Cheesecake as it combines that classic New
York-style cheesecake (always a favorite) with pumpkin puree and its
complementary spices. Other real showstoppers are the raspberry-topped Chocolate Genoise,
the truffle-topped Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, the Raspberry Cream-filled Sponge
Cake, the beautifully topped Fruit Tart, or the brilliantly colored Red Velvet
Cake. More homey desserts are the Apple Pie, Apple Crisp, or the Cranberry
Pear and Apple Crumble. Of course, we cannot forget the children, and
nothing pleases them more than cookies, whether that is Chocolate Chip Cookies,
Chocolate Fudge, or deliciously decorated Gingerbread Men.
We will soon be heading
into the busy Holiday Season which means decorating the house, buying gifts and
lots and lots of baking. So for now, take the time to give thanks and
enjoy the company of your family and friends.
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