Christmas Recipes

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Dessert Recipes
Dessert Recipes

Fresh Apple Coffee Cake

We don’t seem to take enough coffee breaks these days. How did it happen that our worlds became so rushed? I remember growing up and being at my great-aunt’s house and watching her bake.


Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake

I’ve been thinking about how much baking I do with blueberries in the summer months. It’s not quite summer and there aren’t any sweet blueberries yet to bake with. That doesn’t stop me from craving blueberry sweetness.

I had to cave in to my cravings and buy some frozen blueberries to make this bundt and I’m happy I did. My neighbors are once again 1/2 vegan (1/2 the family is, 1/2 isn’t). Their diet change inspires me to to bake a little differently more often. I’m always very satisfied with the results of my vegan baking experiments. I never miss the eggs or the dairy products. I’ve been trying to cut back on dairy in my diet and it’s been a challenge since I’m a cheese lover (anyone else love cheese as much as I do?Raise your hand HIGH!). 

This beautiful Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake is a vegan idea for my month of bundt baking. If you aren’t cutting back on dairy or are vegan, you could use real buttermilk and use 2 eggs instead of the flaxmeal mixture. 

Do you love baking and eating bundts as much as we do? Have you got any Beautiful Bundts you’d like us to see? Don’t be shy! Show us your BUNDTS! Link your Beautiful Bundt to this post. We can’t wait to see them!
  • From now until June 12th, link your Beautiful Bundt cake. It can be an older post or something brand spanking new!;) That’s all you have to do! 
  • Check back on June 13th for the next part of our #SummerSweets series.
  • You can tweet about your Summer Sweets with the #SummerSweets hashtag.
  • You can check out the Show us Your Bundts-Beautiful Bundt board here on Pinterest. We want to see your BUNDTS on this link to us.:)
If you’re not familiar with baking vegan, you may assume that this is a dry cake. I know. I used to also think it’s impossible to bake a moist cake without eggs, butter, and regular dairy products. This cake is moist. Very moist and delightful. Delightful enough to want to bake all summer long with your fresh berries or any time throughout the year. 

Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake
adapted from It Ain’t Meat, Babe


3 cups all-purpose white flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup margarine (I used Earth Balance)
1 1/2 cups raw sugar
juice and zest of one lemon
3 tbsp flaxmeal mixed with 9 tbsp water
1 cup buttermilk (I used almond milk mixed with one tsp white vinegar. let it sit for a few minutes and you have vegan buttermilk)
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour your bundt pan (regular 12 cup bundt pan). I personally prefer to use baking spray for bundt pans.

In  large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, cream margarine with sugar. Mix in the lemon juice and lemon rind. Slowly add the flaxmeal mixture. Mix on medium speed until combined. Stop the mixer to scrape the sides of the bowl with spatula to combine all the ingredients.

On low speed, mix in 1/2 the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate. Add in the buttermilk and beat on low speed until incorporated followed by the remaining flour mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate.

Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.

Pour the batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly pressed.

Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend:) Thank you for your comments and support.

Nonna Mary’s Ciambella from Hazan Family Favorites

The last few weeks I've been pleasantly perusing and reading Giuliano Hazan’s latest book, Hazan Fam­ily Favor­ites. It is filled with photos of Giuliano as a boy with his darling mother Marcella and other family photos from the time he spent as a child in Italy. Each recipe brings back memories from Giuliano’s childhood.

Browned Butter Banana Bundt Cake

Sometimes you have to avoid certain food memories. Not because you have a strange aversion to them. Most times it could be the complete contrary. Like you have an obsessive attraction to them. I confronted one of those elicit food memories with this Browned Butter Banana Bundt Cake. 

Mango Jelly Roll-Guest Post

You know my mango tree is just exploding with heavy mangos. The tree is so full that the lower branches almost touch the ground. I didn’t even realize that I had some mango jam leftover from last mango season.

Mini Chocolate-Espresso Bundt Cakes-

There isn’t much I need on Mother's Day. It’s just another day, really. Not that I wouldn’t mind breakfast in bed. I’ll take eggs benedict and a hot cup of coffee. The New York Times would be lovely, thank you.


Raisin Focaccia {focaccia con uva passa}

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. I love the smell of espresso brewing first thing in the morning. It makes me smile a little even though the sun isn’t even out yet and I’d rather be back in bed under the covers.

Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Green Beans {Orecchiette con Cavolfiore e Fagiolini}

You can stop by my house most days of the week and find me either baking or making pasta. Most days I am probably doing both. Pasta is something we can all agree on over here and you may find it hard to believe my kids love pasta with cauliflower. They really love it.


Breaking Bread: The Begininning-Caramelized Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Whoever told you baking bread at home was easy kind of lied to you! There, we said it. Bread baking is not a simple task. If it were easy, every single home baker across the world would be baking their own wonderful, crispy crusted bread with soft and moist centers every single day.