Pawpaw Ice Cream

 

Pawpaw Ice Cream

Pawpaw is the super-yummy native fruit most people have never heard of.  It is the largest fruit native to North America and grows abundantly in midwestern forests.  It’s the only fruit in its family that grows in our temperate climate.  The rest, like the custard apple, are tropical.  And the best, most delicious way to enjoy pawpaw is Pawpaw Ice Cream.

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Grapefruit Curd

Grapefruit Curd

I’ve been on a quest for the perfect IPA-inspired dessert.  Spoiler alert:  this post is not about that dessert because I’m still mulling it over and tinkering and drinking beer for research.  But I know a few things about this mythical sweet.  It must have hops.  It must have conifers.  And it must have grapefruit.  My love for lemon curd borderlines on fetish, so I thought grapefruit curd had to be even better.

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Carmelized Spruce Syrup

During all those walks around the neighborhood gathering violets and dandelions for jelly, I started to notice that baking inspiration literally grows on trees around here.  There are lilacs, redbuds and magnolias galore.  They all have edible parts but I was all flowered out.  Then I happened to see a post from Once Upon A Weed about spruce syrup and remembered there’s a spruce growing in the parkway just a few blocks from here.  It’s about 40 feet tall and absolutely covered in itty-bitty spruce tips. Continue reading “Carmelized Spruce Syrup”

Blackberry Bramble Bars

Blackberry Bramble BarsDespite my own personal views, apparently cupcakes are not the solution to every problem.  Sometimes you need to bake something for a brunch, for a potluck, or for a weekend treat and for some reason cupcakes just won’t work.  Sigh.  You don’t have to like it, but you do have to have a go-to, delicious, and simple recipe that will still get rave reviews.  This is it.  Plus, they have fruit in their name, so I’m thinking they’re probably very healthy. Continue reading “Blackberry Bramble Bars”

The Perfect Crusting Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s handy to have a basic frosting for every occasion and this Crusting Cream Cheese Frosting is a decorator favorite. It holds it’s shape perfectly to show of ornate designs.   It smooths easily for a finish as crisp as fondant and is sturdy enough to weather warmer temperatures.  And the flavor! Yum! Continue reading “The Perfect Crusting Cream Cheese Frosting”

Chocolate Buttercream with Cocoa Powder

Rich Chocolate Almond ButtercreamThis week I’ll be posting three of my best frosting recipes, a basic frosting for every occasion.  Today’s topic:  Rich Chocolate Buttercream made with cocoa powder.  Some recipes call for melted chocolate.  But melting chocolate just adds more bowls to wash and more steps.  This recipe is insanely delicious and is finished in minutes.  Super chocolatey, super rich.  The almond extract and hint of salt put it over the top.  It is my most-requested frosting, hands down.  Continue reading “Chocolate Buttercream with Cocoa Powder”

Earl Grey-Lavender and Lemon Tart

I had the pleasure of hosting a spring baby shower for a dear friend.  I wanted to make something really special for dessert.  The mom-to-be loves lavender.  I love lavender and Earl Grey!  I’ve made a lot of cakes that combine Earl Grey, lavender, and dark chocolate but this occasion called for something lighter.  So I decided on a lemon tart with a shortbread crust that I would top with an Earl Grey-lavender buttercream.   Continue reading “Earl Grey-Lavender and Lemon Tart”