Easy Key Lime Pie ~ the best, authentic recipe starts with fresh squeezed lime juice blended with a few other ingredients and baked in a simple graham cracker crust. Tangy-sweet with a little texture from slivered almonds. It doesn’t get much better . . . until a simple raspberry sauce is drizzled over the top.
Some of the best Key Lime Pie I’ve ever eaten is from Publix grocery store in Florida. No joke. We escape to Florida every winter to relax with family and soak up some sun. Publix pie is one of the first things we buy. Smooth and creamy ~ slightly sweet with just the right amount of tangy lime flavor.
Here in the Midwest, there isn’t a Publix within several states so when I get a craving for Key Lime Pie, I make this one. It reminds me of warm breezes, swaying palm trees, Jimmy Buffett music and the sun on my face. The raspberry sauce is my own spin that takes an already delicious pie to the next level.
Strawberry Bread recipe ~ moist, lightly sweet bread loaded with fresh strawberries and topped with a simple cream cheese glaze.
This Strawberry Bread is a simple to make quick bread, meaning no yeast or kneading and it takes full advantage of the abundant crop of Florida strawberries coming north this time of year.
Keep the recipe on hand in early June too when bright red, sun-sweetened homegrown berries can’t be beat. Because the bread isn’t overly sweet, a thick slice is delicious with morning coffee and equally good for dessert in the evening. Bonus: it whips up in less than 10 minutes.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ easy Easter dessert recipe from scratch! Freshly grated carrots and applesauce make these cupcakes moist and delicious. Top with homemade cream cheese frosting and finely chopped pecans.
I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse when you learn to make your favorite dessert at home. The only thing I can say about these Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting right now is that latest batch is gone. Completely and totally gone because I didn’t trust myself to have so many of them in the house.
I sent some home with my daughter and donated the rest to the YMCA. After my workout, the only thing left was an empty container and I haven’t gotten them off my mind since.
They’re cupcakes that act like a muffin (at least in my book) because they contain fresh carrots. That gives us license to have one with our morning coffee without judgement. Boom.
Easy Chocolate Raspberry Tart ~ simple, deliciously light rustic chocolate raspberry tart. Golden puffed pastry topped with Nutella, homemade raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries dusted with confectioner’s sugar.
Today I’m here with a Public Service Announcement: Do not make reservations this Valentine’s Day. For the record, I’m coming from experience(s) that include rushed meals, lost reservations, limited menus and a less than stellar meal.
Let’s shake things up this year and make dinner (heart-shaped pizza excluded) along with this luscious, decadent easy dessert for afterward. Or before . . . no judgement here. Because you’re guaranteed to have room for dessert if you start with it.
I’m not anti-Valentine’s Day. Or even Galentine’s Day. Celebrate to your heart’s content . . . with a dinner at home. Why you ask? Because it’s just a damn good idea. Granted you’ll have cleanup, but the meal will be infinitely better.
Easy Mini Baklava Cups ~ easy, delicious no fail, 1-2 bite dessert ~ finely chopped almonds, pistachios and pecans blended with honey, butter and cinnamon, baked in mini store-made phyllo dough cups.
This post has been recently updated. The recipe remains the same.
I originally created Mini Baklava Cups for Easter but they’re actually a treat all year.
In my family we typically have several desserts at any gathering. Why be restricted to just one ~ and besides who wants to make that decision?
So there are usually several and that’s one reason one bite desserts like this Mini Baklava Cups recipe are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.
Rum Caramel Banana Bread Sundae ~ sliced banana bread topped with warm rum-caramel pecan sauce, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramelized bananas.
Judging by the dessert-to-savory ratio on this site, you may think I don’t have a sweet tooth. The fact is, I love all sweets ~ in the way that Oprah professed to love bread. I even scope out the dessert menu before I order the entrée.
Last week we met for girls’ dinner at a local restaurant where we swapped and shared leaving room for dessert. We ordered two split between six of us. This Rum Caramel Banana Bread Sundae was one I wish I didn’t have to share . . .
This Boozy Brownies recipe was written by my daughter, Lauren Dezenski who was on her way to Peru in this photo. Lauren works in advertising, loves good food and wine and is always on the lookout for her next travel adventure!
Be sure to check out the video near the recipe card!
Summer is my season, but I welcome fall and all that it brings: boots and scarves, all things pumpkin and tailgate season for those of us more interested in the social aspect of football. Which brings me to Boozy Brownies.
I’ll be the first to admit that I can get a little competitive when it comes to bringing food to a party. Let’s be honest…Pinterest has me and the rest of the world in a frenzy about bringing THE best dish.
Now everyone has access to everything from cutting edge fashion to must-see travel destinations, ways to get fit and of course a recipe for every occasion.
Peach Galette Recipe ~ rustic, free-form flaky crust baked with sweet fresh summer peaches.
Last week my friend Audrey called saying that I had to buy some peaches from Altermatt’s, one of the local farms. Oh my gosh she said emphatically ~ they’re soooo good.
She wanted to make a peach pie but was leaving for the weekend and didn’t have time. I was leaving for New Orleans for a food blogger conference so making peach anything wasn’t in my immediate future either.
That didn’t stop her from emphasizing ~ “you just have to get some”. Not only is Audrey a good friend and the single best gift receiver you’ll ever meet, but her enthusiasm for well, almost everything is contagious. By the time I got home I was having serious peach FOMO.
I never made it to Altermatt’s, but bought these beauties at the farmer’s market and whipped up a peach galette in under 15 minutes. No joke.
In full disclosure, I’m a fan of store made crust and used it in this recipe. It was every bite as flaky and delicious as it was in this savory pie. Haters don’t hate. This peach galette is delicious.
Easy Fried Ice Cream Cake recipe! A Classic Mexican dessert ~ vanilla ice cream with a crispy honey-cinnamon “fried” Corn Flakes coating drizzled with fudge and caramel then topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
We love ice cream in the summer . . . and by summer I mean all year long. Cold temps, snow on the ground ~ we still eat ice cream. We’re those people.
That’s just one reason this Easy Fried Ice Cream Cake makes the perfect anytime dessert. True story: I’ve never actually tasted Fried Ice Cream in a restaurant. By the time I’ve munched on chips and salsa, guacamole and more chips and some sort of spicy, melted cheese Mexican concoction plus rice and beans ~ I’m stuffed!
So when our daughter requested a Mexican theme for her birthday dinner, I jumped at a chance to actually eat Easy Fried Ice Cream Cake. The answer to the No Room for Dessert dilemma is to make it at home. That way you really can have your cake and eat it too.