Category Archives: Dessert

Custard and Coyotes

When I say custard I don’t mean flan or the kind you bake in the oven. I’m talking about the traditional, gluey English kind you “prepare on the hob and pour over puddings (desserts)” to quote something I read about … Continue reading

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Deconstructed Trifle/Tell Me How You Really Feel

One man’s trifle is another man’s heaping, delicious dessert. Or woman’s. Or child’s. You get it. I’m calling it “deconstructed,” not because I think literary critics from the 1980s are awesome, but because I skipped the custard and booze in … Continue reading

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New Year’s Gluten-free Tarts

The title may be misleading. I am not giving up gluten for the New Year. I was just invited to a New Year’s Day party that was going to feature many gluten-free people, and I saw a recipe for fruit … Continue reading

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Super-Easy Fast Chocolate Pudding Meets Creme Chantilly from Normandy

When I am at the health food store (which is actually my local grocery) I can’t resist buying those chocolate bars that claim they are made of World Peace. You know the ones I mean — they have photos of … Continue reading

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Don’t Overthink the Pumpkin Cupcakes

I made a couple of dozen pumpkin vanilla cupcakes for a party tonight. My friend, who was having the party, instructed me not to “overthink the cupcakes.” Because she doesn’t know me very well! I wouldn’t have a baking blog … Continue reading

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Dairy-Free Cheesecake — Take 1

My mother’s cheesecake recipe, which to be fair, was really some other academic wife’s recipe that has a long, “you will die if you reveal this recipe” story connected to it that I’m not supposed to tell, is the best … Continue reading

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Vegan Caramel Apples with Maple Syrup (and some nutty caramels leftover)

Is good vegan caramel even possible? This is the kind of question that keeps my lactose-intolerant mind up half the night. One blog I read claimed that smashed figs are the vegan equivalent of caramel (!!!). Trying not to be … Continue reading

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Mocha Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting

There’s nothing special about these cupcakes except that they are very delicious. My most popular posts are for things that are vegan but these puppies were made on the fly, as a thank you to some people who had helped … Continue reading

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Vegan “Buttercream” Frosting Take Two

Yes, I did have to make frosting to make those “low sugar” muffins taste right. I give. But what are New Year’s resolutions if not there to be broken? I’m still working off some vanilla coconut milk so I used … Continue reading

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Dairy-free Fruit Tart Revisited

A reader named Christie e-mailed, wondering if my 4th of July fruit tart could be done sans dairy (I used lactose-free milk for the pastry cream). I urged her to try coconut milk (canned kind), my favorite “safe” milk du … Continue reading

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