Category: fruit

Carrot Cake

By , December 11, 2013 6:17 pm


I have recently made this recipe for the restaurant.  I know what you’re thinking.  And the answer is: YES.  She WAS that good of a baker and her goods mesmerized people all around us.  This time, I made the carrot cake without nuts, and served it with a mascarpone whipped cream frosting,  Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream, drizzled with Spicy Caramel Sauce and dusted with ground nutmeg. Some people just don’t dig on the carrot cake, usually.  But not this one.  I had numerous people who usually HATE carrot cake say that they loved it and would never have even tried it because of the horrible monstrosities that they have experienced with others before; frosting that was too sweet, dryness of the cake (which is the ultimate sin in all of baking), and the number one complaint about previous ventures, the “weird textures,” which included the addition to nuts in the cake.  I totally get that.  I hate nuts in my cake.  I’m eating something soft.  Why should that have to compete with a totally different medium of texture like a nut?! Kinda ruins the whole experience in my mind. I never let my mom know that I hated them.  I just picked them out, or just ate them. Until I got older and started to help her bake. Then I found my voice. We would make one with nuts, and one without. Yup.  My mommy spoiled me :) Now go spoil yourself with this recipe :D



  • 2C AP Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 2C Granulated Sugar
  • 1-1/2C Canola Oil
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2C Raw Shredded Carrots
  • 1 20oz can Crushed Pineapple, drained. (applesauce can also be used in place of the pineapple)
  • 1/2C chopped Walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350* and grease 9’9″ pan
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, canola oil until well combined.  Add carrots and pineapple.  Add flour mixture and combine thoroughly.
  • Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 1 hour, or until top is browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for about 30 minutes before cutting.  Also freezes well.



Halina’s Cranberry Sauce

By , November 20, 2007 10:12 pm

My 2nd mother, Halina, gave me this recipe. It’s divine! The Grand Marnier was my idea though.

1 12-oz bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup pineapple juice
2/3 cup sugar
2 shots Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
Dash of ground nutmeg

Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse under cold water, discarding any stems or rotten cranberries. There are always a few in each bag. Take one cranberry and eat it raw while looking at yourself in a mirror. You should have made a funny face.

In a heavy sauce pan mix sugar and pineapple juice and throw in the cranberries and nutmeg. Cover and bring to a boil. When the boiling begins you should hear the cranberries starting to pop open. Remove cover and stir. Reduce heat slightly and continue slow boiling while stirring very often. After about five minutes all of the cranberries should have popped. Smash any cranberries that appear to be intact with the back side of a spoon. Cook another minute or two while continuing to stir. After it has a jelly-like consistency, remove from heat and spoon into a bowl. Cover and cool completely in the fridge.

Happy Thanksgiving! Yankees suck!

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Fresh Strawberries or Blackberries with Ricotta

By , March 8, 2006 10:35 am

Try to find fresh, creamy ricotta cheese with no preservatives for this recipe. Don’t use the stuff you get in the grocery store that comes in mass-produced fashion in tubs.

½ pound fresh ricotta cheese
1 quart fresh strawberries or blackberries
2 tablespoons granulated raw sugar
1 banana, sliced thin
6 tablespoons banana liqueur

Drain the ricotta through a cheesecloth for 15 minutes. Wash the berries, clean and hull them, and drain until dry. Place ricotta on a deep serving plate. Add the berries, sugar and banana slices and mix gently. Spoon banana liqueur over the top. Serve with ladyfinger cakes.

Baked Apples in Burgundy

By , March 8, 2006 10:09 am

4 large red apples, cored (I like Fuji Apples)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 tablespoons sugar or Splenda
¼ cup Burgundy
1 cinnamon stick
4 lemon slices

Heat oven to 375°. Place apples in a large saucepan and cover with water. Boil apples, covered, for five minutes. Transfer apples to a small baking dish, just large enough to hold the apples. Whisk together butter, sugar and wine. Pour the butter mixture into the hollows and over the apples. Pour a few tablespoons of hot water into the bottom of the dish. Break up the cinnamon stick and add it to the dish. Add the lemon slices. Bake for about 40 minutes basting several times during baking.

Fried Apple Pies

By , March 6, 2006 10:47 pm

I must thank the great Paula Deen for this yummy southern treat.

2 tablespoons butter
4 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (8-piece) container refrigerated flaky biscuit dough

For the filling: add the butter to a large sauté pan and melt. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice and cook over medium heat until the apples are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.

When the filling is cool, roll the biscuits out on a lightly floured surface so that each biscuit forms a 7 to 8-inch circle. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of the filling on ½ of each circle. Brush the edges of the circle with water. Fold the circle over the filling to make a half-moon shape. Seal by pressing the edges with the tines of a fork.

Heat a deep fryer or a deep pot halfway filled with oil to 350°. Carefully add the pies to the oil, one at a time, and fry until golden brown, turning the pies as necessary for even browning, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar immediately.

Grilled Peaches with Italian Mascarpone Cheese

By , March 6, 2006 10:24 pm

I miss California in the summer. Warm sun, cool water, beer, bikinis and peaches!  Grilled peaches!

3 firm but ripe peaches, pitted & quartered
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Italian Tuaca vanilla citrus brandy
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup dry white wine
Olive oil

First off, crank up the barbecue grill to medium-high heat. Scour the grill well and lightly brush the grill with oil. Place the peaches on the grill and cook until the grill marks are formed, slightly softened and heated through, about 5 to 6 minutes total.

Meanwhile, stir the sugar, brandy, and lemon juice in a medium bowl to blend. Set the brandy mixture aside. As the peaches are ready, remove them from the grill and place them in a shallow baking dish. Top them with the brandy mixture, and toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes and allow them to cool and marinate, tossing occasionally. Stir the mascarpone and vanilla in a small bowl to blend. Slice and divide the grilled peaches equally among 6 coupe dishes. Pour the wine over the peaches. Dollop the mascarpone mixture atop the peaches, and serve.  Your welcome.

Cobblers !!!

By , February 22, 2006 3:15 pm

I’m the furthest thing from a baker, but these cobbler recipes are a breeze. I’ve been looking for a good recipe for apple cobbler/crisp. If anyone knows of one, please share. I make the peach cobbler all the time. Serve that with some French vanilla ice cream or pour over a generous helping of heavy cream for a proper presentation. My friend Graham says the peach one is “damn good cobbler.” Not a bad compliment coming from a Georgia Tech boy!

Peach Cobbler

2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup of self-rising flour
¼ + ¼ cup of melted butter
1 28oz can or two 15oz cans of sliced peaches with their juice

Heat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl coarsely mix the sugar, flour and ¼ cup of melted butter. Sprinkle about 2/3 of this mixture on the bottom of a greased medium-sized baking dish. Place the peaches, with their juice, in a large bowl and cut each peach slice in half, crosswise. Add the peaches and their juice to the baking dish. Top the peaches with the remaining flour mixture. Sprinkle the top with two tablespoons of sugar and the remaining ¼ cup of melted butter. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until brown and bubbly. Serve hot!!

Of course, fresh peaches can also be used. When using fresh, peel, pit and dice them, sprinkling the dices with an additional ½ cup of sugar, and refrigerate for at least three hours before using.

Blueberry Cobbler

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 stick melted butter
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Heat oven to 375°. In a bowl mix together the flour, sugar, milk and butter. Place the blueberries in a greased baking dish. Pour the mixture over the blueberries. Bake for 35 minutes.

You can also use canned blueberries, but you are better off using the above peach cobbler recipe and substituting the canned peaches with 28oz of canned blueberries.

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