Sticky, Boozy Chocolate Plum Pudding Cake (Gluten-free or not)

This is such a deeply satisfying dessert.  The bittersweet chocolate, the plums and the booze all combine to make for a very grown up sort of treat.  These cakes would be amazing for Christmas, Christmas Eve or boxing day desert….I guess at this point it would have to be boxing day.  They remind me a bit…

Seville Orange Marmalade with Whiskey and Brown Sugar

Last year, a dear friend of ours returned from a trip to Australia and gave us a fabulous jar of whisky marmalade as a gift.  This is a perfect gift for me, because I LOVE marmalade, but it’s also risky.  I am a woman who has some very strong opinions about marmalade.  Luckily, the whisky…

Chocolate Pear Pudding Cake (gluten-free or not)

Happy Boxing day!  This pudding cake is similar to the Friday Afternoon Pear and Hazelnut Pudding Cake I posted…hmmm…almost exactly one year ago!  Appearently I crave pear pudding cake of one sort or another at this time of year.  In the winter, it is very important to me to come home from school and have warm…

Slacker’s Caramelized Rhubarb Clafouti (gluten-free or not)

I know that the strawberries are finally in season and I should be moving on from the rhubarb.  I know that this is my third rhubarb post this month.  I know. The truth is that I have a hard time making it to the greenmarket early enough to get the strawberries.  By the time I…

The Right Kind of Marmalade- Made with Bitter Seville Oranges

I have a lot to say about marmalade.  If you want to read a lot of personal marmalade stories from my childhood, college years and young adulthood read on.  If you just want a recipe for marmalade scroll to the bottom! I grew up eating marmalade with butter on the world’s best scones, baked by…

Meyer Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is a creamy, tangy, sweet spread for scones or biscuits.  You can also use it to fill tarts and pies or in between the layers of a cake.  You can also stir it into yogurt.

Butter Tarts for Boxing Day (Gluten-Free)

I have always thought of the butter tart as the finest example of Canadian cuisine.  You can get butter tarts everywhere in Canada from the gas station convenience store to a fancy bakery.  I have never encountered a butter tart anywhere outside of Canada, not even on the border states.  Not even in Maine, which…

Coronation Chicken Salad

I have posted this recipe before, but it was buried in another post I wanted it to be easier to find for the folks who are looking for the recipes from the wedding picnic menu.  I usually poach my chicken for this recipe which also produces a wonderful chicken broth. However, since we were multiplying this…

Strawberry Rhubarb Trifle (Gluten-Free)

Trifle is a thing of beauty.  It is boozy cake, layered like a parfait with fruit preserves, custard, whipped cream and nuts.  It  looks gorgeous and tastes amazing.  A trifle is an excellent desert make ahead of time when you need to feed a lot of people.  It is a British desert (I’ll say it…