This weekend has been pretty amazing. I had the chance to catch up on lost time with old friends which was really exciting, and tonight I celebrated Easter with a delicious dinner at my parents’ house. I brought this Apple Cake with Hot Cream Sauce for dessert and everyone gobbled it up in no time. The decadent cream sauce is what takes this cake from delicious to extraordinary. Happy Easter everyone!
Today is my first day of Spring Break! And something very exciting just happened – as I was sitting here typing up this post I saw a huge bald eagle flying right outside my living room window! His wingspan must have been at least 4 feet wide, definitely the largest bird I have ever seen. It was amazing to watch him fly spreading those remarkable wings out and soaring right in front of my eyes. I ran for my camera but he was gone by the time I got back to the window. But back to the cake! This Sicilian dessert is moist and dense, a huge hit for any crowd.
This Thanksgiving my family came from all over to celebrate at my parent’s house. There was so much food but the best part of course were the desserts. Everyone brought a pie, including apple pie, blueberry pie, pecan pie, chocolate pudding pie, and carrot cake whoopee pies, which all were to die for, but what’s a Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? To complete the scene I made an Eggnog Pumpkin Pie. After a debate between which eggnog is the best, a taste test found that Stewart’s brand eggnog came out on top.
Last year at about this time I decided that I needed to add a new plant to brighten up my indoor garden. I wanted something unique and with pizazz, and with that I went online and bought a Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. It came as a one-year-old twig with 3 leaves on it and has since grown into the most awkward looking plant I ever did lay my eyes upon. With one branch sticking out so far that it is longer than the main trunk itself, the tree is growing askew. This poor tree requires supports and stakes to keep it upright, and because it has managed to flower and grow 9 beautiful lemons it is weighed down even more. My first 3 lemons ripened this week, the rest to ripen soon. I was so excited to have homegrown (in upstate New York!!) Meyer lemons that I absolutely had to make a variation of the American classic Chess Pie. Meyer lemons are sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons.
A free form pie is making a pie without a pie pan by folding up the crust around the filling. This pie has tender peaches topped with a crumbly almond and brown sugar topping. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Ever get the craving for a nice big hunk of chocolate cake but never feel like pulling out the mixer, heating up the oven, and baking a huge cake when you only want a slice? No Bake Chocolate Banana Cake is the solution! It is a rich, decadent chocolate cake loaded with bananas, and best of all, you cook it in the microwave.