Simply Desserts

great dessert ideas and recipes

Chewy Almond Squares

Sometimes I want to bake something sweet, but I just don’t want a big fuss with a mixer or running the oven for an hour. These chewy almond squares fit the bill. They’re basically blondies, but made with almond extract instead of vanilla, and with chopped toasted almonds mixed in instead of butterscotch. A big […]


Chocolate Bundt Cake

My father is somewhat of a homebody. He doesn’t often drop by unannounced, but when he does, there’s usually food involved, especially if that food includes chocolate, or cake, or in this case both. This chocolate bundt cake can feed many, so I was happy to have dad’s enthusiastic support enjoying it. (He gives it “two thumbs up”!) Continue […]


Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

What’s your favorite pie? Mine is strawberry rhubarb, without a question. When it’s the season (mid spring here), and both strawberries and rhubarb are available in the market, it’s the one pie that we must make. Do you cook with rhubarb? It looks like pinkish red celery, or the stems of really fat swiss chard. […]


Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Please welcome guest author, my good friend and neighbor, master baker, and fellow food blogger Evie Lieb, who shares a recipe for a favorite treat—no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars—with easy substitutions to make them kosher for Passover! ~Elise These chocolate peanut butter bars are a classic treat, and so easy to make—no baking required! They hold […]

slow cooker compote

Slow Cooker Summer Fruit Compote

Slow Cooker Summer Fruit Compote Ingredients 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks 2 medium pears, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 cups frozen sliced peaches 1 cup frozen pitted cherries 1  cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 2 tablespoon packed dark-brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons cornstarch   Directions: 1. Combine pineapple, pears, peaches, cherries, […]


Bread Pudding

Resurrected from the archives for Mardi Gras. Best bread pudding ever! No substitute for alcohol in the bourbon sauce, definitely NOT kid-friendly. This one is for the grown-ups. Originally posted 2005. ~Elise This bread pudding recipe is based on one from the famed Bon Ton Cafe in New Orleans. My friend Becca has been making this […]


Pear Tarte Tatin

Have you ever made a tarte tatin? It’s classic French rustic tart, made like an upside down cake, in a cast iron skillet. You create a caramel base at the bottom of the pan, top with sliced fruit such as apples, pears, or quince. Top again with a pastry crust, either rolled out dough or […]


Cranberry Upside Down Cake

This is probably TMI, but for years I’ve harbored a fantasy of creating a holiday card of me lying in bathtub covered with cranberries. Sort of like that Annie Lebovitz portrait of Whoopi Goldberg in a tub of milk, but holiday themed, with cranberries. It’s a fun idea visually, in my mind, which is where […]


New England Apple Cheddar Galette

“An apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze.”  There is a tradition in New England, and some parts of the midwest, to serve a slice of cheese, usually sharp cheddar, alongside a piece of apple pie, or even melted on top. For those of us who didn’t grow up with […]


Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pound Cake

It’s the beginning of blueberry season over here; let the parade of baked goods begin! I had a basket of blueberries giving me the eye the other morning, as well as some ricotta cheese in the fridge begging to be used up. Hmmm. Blueberry muffins maybe? blueberry pancakes? or pound cake? A lemony blueberry pound cake […]


Hummingbird Cake

Please welcome my dear friend, guest author Steve-Anna Stephens as she shares a Southern classic, just in time for Mother’s Day! ~Elise Do you have a sweet tooth? Truth be told—I do not. At all. Pass me a second helping of beef tenderloin at dinner, thank you very much, and you can have my dessert. […]


Chinese Chews

Please welcome my dear friend, guest author Steve-Anna Stephens as she shares a favorite treat, Chinese Chews. ~Elise Every now and then, I just have to bake something. Anything. It’s almost always more about the baking than the eating. So, you’ll find me walking around the neighborhood, knocking on doors, and giving whatever it is […]


Walnut Mocha Torte

Happy Valentine’s! Here’s a special treat that would be perfect for the day of hearts: a German-style torte, a layered cake made with ground walnuts, whipped eggs, sugar and breadcrumbs, frosted with a light, mocha flavored whipping cream frosting. The recipe comes from my friend Gabriele, who has been making it as her go-to special […]


Diabetic Desserts

Diabetic Desserts - Eating healthy (dessert) Image by DeathByBokeh Diabetics have to watch what they eat. While they can take insulin to boost carbohydrates, it is not possible to eat carbohydrates like a normal person. The advent of sugar substitutes, along with the availability of reduced fat and fat free cooking ingredients, makes it easier for […]


carmel apple with gummy worms

Kalahari carmel apple with gummy worms Image by cursedthing carmel apple with gummy worms great dessert for the kids they love this!

Strawberry Scape

Strawberry Creme Pie

Strawberry creme pie Image by jeff_golden Strawberry Scape Creme Pie delicious


“Friendship Brownies” Recipe

Friendship Brownies If you’re having a brownie craving and want a quick and easy recipe, I highly recommend trying the Friendship Brownie recipe below. This is by far my favorite brownie recipe. I have made numerous other brownie recipes, including one from the usually good Mrs. Field’s Cookie Book, but none of them compare to […]


Quick and Easy Blueberry Lemon Muffin Recipe

How to prepare quick and easy blueberry lemon muffins? Blueberries and lemons team up to make a delightful breakfast treat or snack. The lemon sugar crust adds wonderful crispiness. And remember that this is a gluten free recipe. This recipe makes 12 muffins. Follow the directions carefully: QUICK AND EASY BLUEBERRY LEMON MUFFIN RECIPE DRY INGREDIENTS 2 […]

peanut butter balls

peanut butter recipes

  5 Uses For Peanut Butter,Peanut-holics! Here are 5 uses for peanut butter you peanut-holics won’t be able to resist. And on my way to create this wonderful article, I was inspired to spread peanut butter on the bottom of a chocolate chip cookie, smash it together with another and eat a fantastic choco-butter sandwich. […]