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Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Rhubarb Almond Crumb Cake

Getting to be spring so I thought that I would make the most of this lovely Sunday morning by making some spring-like food: Rhubarb, first of the season for me. This is a great little coffee cake, perfect for breakfast but would be great with afternoon tea as well. Fool-proof too. And if it isn’t rhubarb season, substitute fresh blueberries or even apricots or peaches later in the summer. Lots and lots of crumble, something my dad really loves.
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Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Happy Christmas one and all! Here I am celebrating in the woods of Maine, where, sadly, there is no white Christmas and it’s 52F. Still wonder and nice though. And I made this Cranberry Upside Down Cake for Christmas dessert. It’s not much of a looker, but tastes fantastic — that whole combination of sweet and tart, with a little bit of cinnamon, clove and ginger. Also a touch of whipped cream add to the mix. Anyway, enjoy the day!
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Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Rustic Mixed Berry Cheesecake Pie

What can you say really … when you have an overload of delicious berries from the Pick Your Own at Russell Orchards, you just have to go crazy. This is amazing, if I do say so myself. You might call it a cheesecake (very lemony!), you might call it a pie. I call it yummy. Topped with red and champagne currants (disclaimer: I got the champagne / pink ones from Whole Foods), jostaberries, strawberries (the very last of the season!), blueberries and raspberries. It’s a time consuming project, but oh so very very good. If you have 24 hours to spare (or at minimum twelve, but half of that is cooling time anyway), give it a go.
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Breads, Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Blueberry Bread with Lemon Glaze

Here is Kat’s silly tip for the day, which you probably already know, but I am going to tell you again. When making muffins or quick breads, has it ever happened to you that the “stuff” (i.e. blueberries, chocolate chips, nuts) all gravitates to the bottom and then you have a nice top but everything else ends up in a gooey mess? solution: toss the berries, chocolate chips and/or nuts with a couple of spoonfuls of flour, creating a light coating. Then mix them into the batter. This makes the “stuff” grippier and it doesn’t all sink to the bottom!
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