Coconut Chocolate Washboard Cookies

Hello friends! If I could turn back time, I’d transport back to the nostalgic feel and flavors of my grandmother’s coconut washboard cookies. We all have special, nostalgia-inducing treats from childhood that we still crave as adults.  For me, the snack cabinet at Grandma’s house was always full of Coconut Washboards cookies.  What’s yours? These simple…

Brown Butter Hot Milk Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Hello, friends! Today, after first tasting a piece of Hot Milk Sponge Cake, I said, “I need to have this delicious cake in my baking collection!” Hot Milk Cake is a classic, old-fashioned Southern treat.  The cakes quirky name spun out of the Depression-Era when ingredients were limited and taking advantage of scarce resources. It’s a…

Chocolate Carrot Cake Loaf with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Greetings, friends! “Joannie, can I please have this recipe,” I asked my dear high school friend after tasting her carrot cake for the first time.  “It’s my mom’s recipe! Shared by none,” she said.  Hum! “I need to change that,” I thought. Since that moment, I have always been drawn to carrot cake. I’ve tasted and baked…

Blueberry Snack Cake with Buttery Coconut Crumbs

Hello bakers! I’m gonna make you love me! Yes, I can and I will after you taste this delicious, tender, blueberry snack cake. This light snack cake made with fresh or frozen blueberries is baked in a buttery, sweet, cinnamon flavored cake and topped with a crumbly, coconut, walnut crumb. It’s super easy to make…

Sour Orange-Brown Sugar Buttermilk Chess Pie

Hello, bakers! While thinking of Spring and imagining the upcoming warm, sunny afternoons, I was reminded of my refreshing sunny Sour Orange-Brown Sugar Buttermilk Chess Pie with its tropical flavors. This should push the calendar forward to warmer times in my mind. Sour Orange-Brown Sugar Buttermilk Chess Pie is a sweet, tart, creamy buttermilk custard pie….

Irish Apple Crumble Cake

Hello friends! You’re in luck this St. Patrick’s Day to be able to enjoy my Irish Apple Crumble Cake! Also known as Kerry Apple Cake in parts of Ireland, this traditional Irish cake is a mixture of tangy, crisp, juicy apples, warm cinnamon, spicy nutmeg, and a wee bit of cloves.  The crumb topping has…

Irish Soda Bread Scones

As the famous song goes, “It’s a great day for the Irish. It’s a great day for the fair!” or, as I like to add, it’s a great day for Irish soda bread! St. Patrick’s Day is the feast of St. Patrick after the patron saint of Ireland. Of course, there’s the wearing of the…

Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

Hello friends! Winter is here and in most places it’s brutal outside.  On these gloomy winters days, the cold turns you to your snuggly blankets and binge-watching Netflix in hopes of Spring. Is it any wonder that I’ve had a craving for chocolate that won’t go away? Just the sound of chocolate is warming. Step out…

Grapefruit Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Hello friends, You either love them or you hate them: Grapefruits! I happen to love grapefruits. I usually eat a whole grapefruit just like an orange. I love their sweet, sometimes sour flavor. Each grapefruit bursting with juice makes it an easy flavor choice for my pound cake. This luscious grapefruit poppy seed pound cake…

Orange Olive Oil Cake with Cornmeal

Hello friends! Orange Olive Oil Cake…O.M.D. (Oh My Delicious!) For some time, making an olive oil cake had been on my radar. So, I finally created my Olive Oil Cake with Semolina and Peaches. I loved its rich flavor, moistness, and its simplicity. It was so good that I knew I had to make it again….

Blueberry-White Chocolate Scone Bites

Hello friends! It’s February and the groundhog hath spoken. This omen indicates six more weeks of winter! Great. Hopefully, the groundhog is wrong. Push through your cold February mornings while enjoying my bite-sized Blueberry-White Chocolate Scones.  These quick, easy, light and tender scones have juicy blueberries tucked throughout the moist and tender cakey crumb and…

Caramel Chocolate-Banana Upside Down Cake

  Hello, friends! Chocolate, bananas, and salted caramel take this dessert to a whole new level.  A delicious twist on a classic dessert using bananas instead of pineapples, adding chocolate cocoa, and whole wheat flour for a chocolatey, nutty flavor; this scrumptious caramelized chocolate-banana upside down cake is downright genius. This is a beautiful, moist,…