Sweets

Valentine Treat! Almond Chocolate Cake/Torte

The recipe for this yummy, dense, jam covered almond and chocolate torte found it's way into my recipe box many, many years ago.  The cake is very simple to make and frosting it couldn't be easier - simply cover it with jam after baking?

When I make this torte on Valentines Day, I bake it in two little 8" heart pans - one to eat and one to give!.  But a 9" or 10" spring form pan is recommended.  The recipe makes 1 - 9" or 10" cake or 2 - 8" heart cakes.

Chocolate Almond Torte

3/4 cup unsalted butter
7/8 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
5 eggs, separated

Pumpkin! - Easy as Pie!

It is pumpkin harvest time!  Meet my pumpkin harvest!  My one and only pumpkin! The perfect size for a pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin pie is the EASIEST pie to make!  Simply whisk together a few ingredients with  pumpkin puree, pour into a pie shell and bake!   ANYONE, armed with a whisk, bowl, and a pie plate (with home made or ready-made pie crust) can make a pumpkin pie! 

Apple Pie Secrets Revealed!

Recipe!  And apple pie secrets!! 

Who doesn't swoon over the heady fragrance of an apple pie baking in the oven?

And since we are right in the middle of apple season (in the Northern hemisphere),  what better way is there to welcome fall than by baking an apple pie! 

Making the filling is very easy - remove the skin and core, slice thinly, stir together with a few simple ingredients, place the mixture in a pie shell and bake!  If you haven't yet learned to make pie crust, there are  ready-made pie crusts on your supermarket shelves.

Blueberries!

My sweetie in the garden fixin' breakfast! Blueberries! Very, very healthy food! Easy to freeze! Fun to pick! Yummy to eat!

I have said this before, but it bears repeating - if you have a u-pick farm near you, take advantage of the opportunity to spend a morning out in the fresh air picking your own produce and saving LOTS of money. And I mean LOTS!

Raspberry Blueberry Pie

Raspberries are ripe at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island!  K and I just got back from picking a year's supply of berries to freeze. This holiday weekend would be the perfect time to take the kids and go berry picking. How to get there? Here are directions!

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