Plum Thyme Pie with Rye-Butter Crust

This must be dessert week… Last weekend was a busy one for me, and it included lots of opportunities to bake. I made this pie for a bbq on Sunday, and it was fantastic! Last summer I made these blueberry basil hand pies, and the unique herbal fruit flavor hooked me. This plum pie has…

Olive Oil-Cacao Nib Gelato Sandwiches with Chocolate Rye Cookies

Rich, creamy, delicately flavored ice cream  sandwiched between chewy, chocolate-y cookies might just be the best thing that ever happened to dessert. In my not-so-humble opinion, home-made ice cream is the ultimate summer indulgence. There is something special about ultra creamy, perfectly soft ice cream, and the addition of olive oil really takes it over the…

Healthy Homemade Cacao Bites

It’s finally Friday! I hope that you have had a good week. Mine was uneventful, but the weather has been fantastic in Salt Lake City, and I’m adjusting to running in the hot sun. This weekend we’re off  to Southern Utah to try out our fancy new tent and see how the puppy likes camping….

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Pecans

Strawberry rhubarb is just about the most stereotypical ‘springtime’ flavor. For the longest time I thought that I didn’t like strawberries and rhubarb combined. Perhaps because I have never been much of a pie fan, the combination just didn’t interest me. Then, a couple of years ago, I made a strawberry rhubarb crumble for my…

Amarula Chocolate Stout Cake

I celebrated my birthday earlier this week, and cake ranks high among the many things that I love about birthdays. In Germany, you are expected to bring a cake to work on your birthday. I absolutely love baking cakes, so this was a highlight for me. Now that I am back in the US, I…

Irish Coffee Pots de Creme

Do you need a last-minute dessert idea for St. Patrick’s Day? In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better (or simpler) than a classic Irish Coffee, but if you want something a little more impressive, these easy pots de creme are a great choice. Pots de creme are a wonderful dessert. They are rich, smooth,…

Healthy Black Sapote Muffins

Have you ever heard of a black sapote? The black sapote, aka ‘chocolate pudding fruit,’ is just about my favorite thing. Related to the persimmon, this fruit has smooth, creamy pulp that tastes quite a bit like chocolate. I first encountered this fruit in Australia years ago, and I have been trying to find it…

Healthier Whole Grain Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you probably know that cookies and brownies are my baking weakness. There is something special about fresh from the oven, buttery, chewy, gooey baked goods, and I personally count the humble chocolate chip cookie as dessert heaven. Because I derive so much pleasure from making and…

Chocolate Porter Mousse

Hooray for making it half way through the week! I’ve been keeping busy here, between work and running in the snow (finally!!!), but I wanted to take a few minutes to share my new favorite dessert recipe. Chocolate mousse has always been one of my favorites…rich, chocolatey, creamy, and airy all in one bite…it doesn’t…

Porter Chocolate Party Cake with Coconut Cream and Cacao Nibs

If you need some dessert inspiration to get you through your Monday, here it is. I made this cake for a party over the weekend, and I’m really sad that it is already gone. Cakes baked with beer are simultaneously incredibly moist, and wonderfully light. Dark beers and chocolate are a natural pairing. If you’re…