Cranberry Curd Tarts

Cranberries are abundant in stores at this time of year. They are a fun tart fruit that can be used in things like cranberry sauces, cranberry loaves and cranberry desserts. This recipe is a twist to lemon curd. Start by preparing the tart shells. I bought pre-made tart shells. Bake them as instructed on the…

Easy Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie is a classic dessert for Thanksgiving and Halloween. It is one of my favourite desserts. The only thing I don’t like is the cloves and nutmeg found in store bought pies. I like only using cinnamon. I found this recipe on the back of a pumpkin pie can label. I decided to try…

Strawberry Daifuku

Daifuku is a Japanese sweet made with mochi and stuffed with various fillings. You can use anything from red bean paste to ice cream to fresh strawberry. I decided to try making Ichigo Daifuku or Strawberry Daifuku. This was my first attempt at making them so they were not the prettiest. These also require practice…

Butter Mochi

I discovered butter mochi during my trip to Hawaii. Butter mochi in Hawaii is usually made with mochiko (sweet rice flour) and coconut milk. In Japan, they usually use whole milk. I decided to try a whole milk butter mochi. Butter mochi is very easy to make and is a hit at dinner parties. Begin…

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

For my nephew’s party, I wanted to make something special. I decided to make cupcakes because I hadn’t made them in ages and they are always a hit at any party. This is a cookies and cream cupcake recipe from The Scran Line . Its an amazing site, full of beautifully done cakes, cupcakes and other…

Pumpkin Cheesecake

When the rain starts falling and the leaves change from greens to reds, I start dreaming of pumpkins; pumpkin pies, pumpkin puddings and of course pumpkin cheesecake.  I love cheesecake and I love pumpkins so this recipe is the best of both worlds. Start by making the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F….

Pear Polenta Cake

There are many different cakes and I wanted to try something new. In my cupboard, there was polenta that had been sitting around for awhile and I wanted to get rid of it. I decided to see if there was a dessert I could make with it. After googling, I found a recipe for  upside…

Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

Rhubarb is one of those beautiful plants you find in many gardens. They have bright red stalks and dark green leaves.  The leaves of the rhubarb are poisonous and cannot be used in baking and cooking. The red stalks are sour and need to be cooked or baked with sugar. My backyard has one rhubarb…

Decorating Jello with Fruit

Jello doesn’t have to be an understated dessert. You can make your Jello the life of the party by decorating it with fruit. I came up with this idea because my friend who loves Jello would always make Jello “cakes”. For her birthday, we decided to make her a Jello Birthday Cake. To decorate the…

Creme Brulee without a torch

A couple weeks ago, I posted a review on Nordstrom Cafe. When I was there I ordered creme brulee. It was yum.  I decided it was my turn to make this favorite dish. One reason I don’t make this dish often is that I hate using a torch.  I improvised in this version. You will…

Green Tea Mochi! (with Homemade Red Bean Paste)

The other day was my grandma’s birthday. Instead of making her a cake I decided to make your green tea mochi.  I have always wanted to make mochi but was scared that it would be hard. In fact it is super easy.  I even made the filling! The night before I rinsed and put the…