June 13, 2017

Farmers' Market Peach Galette {Simple Recipe}

Even though it's one of the simplest desserts in the French baking repertoire, a homemade galette is always an impressive creation. This rustic tart is sure to dazzle your guests, when served with afternoon tea or as the last course at a dinner party. My recipe calls for fresh organic fruit, ideally from the Farmers' Market. The rich buttery, flaky crust is the perfect complement to delicate, aromatic peaches. There's only one teaspoon of sugar in the entire recipe, which makes this galette relatively healthful. 

May 15, 2017

Lemon-Yogurt Cupcakes {Ina Garten Recipe}

Citrus zest gives these delicious little cupcakes a refreshing, aromatic flavor. The recipe is also relatively light because yogurt and vegetable oil replace butter. If you're looking for a healthier way to prepare breakfast muffins or mini cupcakes (teacakes), this is it. The recipe is versatile enough to make blueberry muffins (simply add a cup of fresh berries to the batter). If serving with tea or coffee, the mini teacakes are an even more wonderful treat when finished with lemon glaze. Another option is to use a loaf pan to bake a classic lemon pound cake. 

March 31, 2017

Lavender Honey Madeleines {Simple Recipe}

Little shell-shaped cakes, madeleines are a classic French treat to serve with tea. Marcel Proust immortalized the madeleine in a famous passage of his novel Remembrance of Things Past: "squat, plump little cakes called 'petites madeleines,' which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted valve of a scallop shell.

But don't be intimidated by the literary pedigree. The elegant look and rich, buttery flavor belies a simple preparation.  Madeleines are so simple to prepare that even beginning bakers can produce perfect results.