Rustic Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Tart

Summer is officially here! That means soon there will be all kinds of fresh berries available! Yippee! I’m really more of an autumn girl – actually, around the end of May I start looking forward to sweaters, colorful leaves, hearty soups and the smell of new school supplies. It’s a sickness. Add it to the list of things that are completely and totally wrong with me. But, summertime certainly has the corner on berries. And I love berries. My favorite are raspberries. Especially when they are dusted with powdered sugar like perfect little summer snow-capped mountains of juicy goodness.

Rustic Raspberry Lemon Tart - Bakerlady

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Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

In the past several weeks I made two monumentally bad choices. Probably more, but these two will probably haunt me the rest of my life. The first mistake was trying salt n’ pepper pistachios for the first time. Please hold your judgement until you find out the other thing I’ve never had before. Pistachios pale in comparison. I think since I first cracked one of those salty nuts I’ve taken down an average of a pound of them a day. No exaggeration. I’ve blown thru three 5 pound bags of those evil snacks in about two weeks. Fifteen pounds of nuts? That’s crazy! I just can’t get enough of them.

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Double Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

This is one of my favorite recipes. It requires practically no skill at all, the time commitment is very short and the payoff is HUGE. Your friends will think these chocolates belong in a fancy boutique somewhere. Where people handle things with white gloves and there’s soft music playing in the background. The smell alone makes me think I’m in an old-fashioned chocolatier. (inhale deeply) Oh, it’s so decadent. I’ve made hundreds & hundreds of these truffles in various flavors and they are all fabulous. I always put them in little mini-cupcake liners. Somehow, everything looks better when wrapped in a crimped paper shell. This newest variety I put together for my end of year MOPS tea tomorrow. I can’t wait to share them with my gals! [Read more…]

Raspberry Pain au Chocolat

Everything sounds better when you say it in French. In English this recipes is just Raspberry Chocolate Croissants. Yeah. I like the French version way more too. Raspberry and chocolate is a divine combination. Wrap puff pastry around it and you’ve got a guaranteed winner. A little sprinkle of powdered sugar and folks will think these came straight from Champs Elysees.
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Bismark Doughnut Muffins

To me, you can’t get better than a warm, jelly filled Bismark doughnut. I love them. It’s a really good thing there is not a doughnut shop on my normal driving route because raspberry Bismarks are one of the foods I cannot resist. Really. Anybody wants to capture me and torture me for information – use a fresh Top Pot Raspberry Bismark as a reward for talking. I found a recipe today that I couldn’t wait to make – my favorite doughnut, turned into a muffin. How dee-lightful! I doubled the basic recipe because it said it only made 10, which is way not enough for my small group. Messed with the spices a little and made half with raspberry jam (topped with the cinnamon/sugar) and half with lemon curd (topped with powdered sugar…still brushed with butter first). These are a perfect alternative to my favorite doughnut. Fantastic!
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Raspberry Coulis

Made this quick and delicious raspberry coulis to serve with “Patrick” – Flourless Double Chocolate Truffle.

Depending on how tart your berries are, you may need to add more sugar, to taste. I like mine with a hint of pucker since I’m usually serving it with something really rich. Make sure once it’s boiling, you stir continually to keep it from burning to the bottom of your pan. Great with chocolate, over ice cream or on top of cheesecake. [Read more…]

Raspberry Linzers

I made these out of shortbread cookies. A little orange zest added to the dough would make them truly outstanding!

Linzer Cookies

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Super Moist Chocolate Cake

This is a really easy (one bowl!) chocolate cake. Nothing too fancy, but it’s deliciously moist and the perfect amount of chocolate. I cut each cake in half and put raspberry jam between the layers then frosted it with a rich chocolate frosting. Today we had it to celebrate my daughter’s 4th birthday. It’s the first year I’ve been able to make a normal cake for her – because up until last Christmas, she was allergic to dairy. I have to say, making this chocolate cake sure beats having to do a soy-butter/rice milk cake.

Super Moist Chocolate Cake

Super Moist Chocolate Cake

2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two nine inch round pans.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
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