All Blog Posts Tagged 'Desserts' (38)

St. Brigid’s Day Signals Spring Is Near

In Ireland, February 1 is the feast day of Saint Brigid, a woman whom many believe should be granted equal billing with Saint Patrick as Ireland’s female patron saint and that her feast day should be declared a national holiday. Saint Brigid’s…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on February 1, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Downsizing the Christmas Cake -- Mini Bundt Fruitcakes

For obvious reasons, Christmas 2020 will be scaled back a bit, so for many the “big Christmas cake” won’t happen this year. Not to worry: for those like me who still love holiday baking, these mini fruitcakes will fill the bill. Same great flavor, same great taste, just sized down to fit the “new…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 7, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Cranberry Bread: A Seasonal Favorite!

Cranberries take center stage this month in both sweet and savory dishes. One of my favorites is this quick bread, sweet enough for dessert but not-too-sweet for breakfast or afternoon tea. The versatile little berry is widely available in markets this month and next, so buy a few…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 12, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

We Still Love Pumpkins -- Nutty Pumpkin Muffins

While pumpkins are not native to Ireland, they are in great demand during the autumn, from Halloween straight through to Christmas. In the U.S., we use pumpkins and other winter squash varieties in many sweet and savory dishes, always enticed by the look of a supermarket display or a roadside…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 29, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Fabulous Figs . . . From Teatime to Cheeseboards

Fresh or dried, figs are it! While not native to Ireland, they’re no longer considered “exotic” and are widely available to use in dishes ranging from teatime sandwiches to appetizers and. Christmas bakers have probably already started to stockpile dried ones for holidays sweets, but, in…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 4, 2020 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

A Delicious Tart That's, Well, Just Peachy!

As August comes to a close, the fruits of summer show no signs of slowing down — lots of peaches, blackberries, plums, and nectarines available for snacking and baking. This tart recipe starts with a shortbread-like crust and is then filled with peaches and blackberries. (You can substitute…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 16, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

Blueberry Fool -- A 'Foolproof' Summer Dessert

A fruit “fool” – the word supposedly derives from the French fouler, meaning “to crush”—calls for combining puréed fruit with beaten eggs and sugar, whipped cream, sour cream, or yogurt for a virtually “foolproof” dessert. This recipe, which pays homage to the fraughan (also known as…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 29, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Berry Merry Summer Pudding

What could be sweeter (and easier) than a big bowl of fresh berries for a summer dessert? A trifle, perhaps? A cobbler? A summer pudding? A bit more effort, I agree, but the rewards are greater too. You'll find recipes for other delicious summer recipes in my new cookbook Teatime in…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 21, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

Very Berry Summer Cake

Long before gluten free was a food phenomenon, a friend gave me this recipe for an unusual, flourless — thus gluten free — cornmeal cake that became my go-to summer dessert. The original recipe suggested a fruity wine syrup topping, but I also love it as an…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 28, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

All-American Holiday Dessert

When friends and families get together these days to (responsibly) celebrate, you might want to add this rich pound cake to the menu. Grand Marnier and citrus are the perfect aromatics to flavor it, and olive oil makes it moist and delicious. It’s a perfect recipe for summer entertaining,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 20, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

Elevate Tea Sandwiches From Great to Fabulous

By definition, chutney is a relish-like sauce made with fruit, sugar, spices, and vinegar. It was often made to give late summer and autumn fruits a long shelf life and was used to add contrasting flavor to meats, especially poultry and game. It’s also a great — make that fabulous — addition to a…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 4, 2020 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Fruitcake Ushers in Most Delicious Time of the Year

I haven’t posted in a month and my Irish guilt is gnawing at me! So it’s back to business this week as “that time of year” is fast approaching. I’ve already started plumping my fruit for the several varieties of fruitcake that I make, but not for this one because the fruit is boiled! I’ve had the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 9, 2019 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Very Berry Scones

Strawberry season has just arrived where I live in the Northeast. The season is over almost as quickly as it arrives, so I grab as many as possible and eat, bake, or freeze them as fast as I can. As the Fourth of July approaches, they’re especially colorful in red, white and blue scones, treats you…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 20, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

'Eaton Mess' An Easy Springtime Dessert

While locally grown berries are not quite in-season yet in most parts of the U.S., their wide availability makes them popular year-round. For a quick and delicious Easter dessert, you might want to serve this easy-to-assemble berries-and-cream dish known as Eton Mess. Despite its rather inelegant…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 16, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

'What's Up, Doc!': National Carrot Cake Day Is February 3

Who doesn’t love carrot cake? I sure do, and when I learned there was actually a day devoted to celebrating it, I couldn’t wait to make one in its honor. For the record, food historians suggest modern carrot cake probably descended from carrot puddings popular during the Middle Ages when sugar and other sweeteners…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 30, 2018 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Love That Mincemeat!

Mincemeat, a mixture of chopped dried fruits, spices, and spirits, is a favorite holiday ingredient most often found in pies and tarts. It was developed more than 500 years ago as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking, and gradually cooks sweetened it by adding ingredients like apples, oranges, and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 11, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Biscuits for Breakfast and Beyond

If you’ve already run out of ideas for what to serve at your holiday drinks party, think “biscuits” — not your average breakfast biscuits, but these yummy bites from Kerrygold. Laden with sage and walnuts, these buttery bites are a sophisticated alternative to crackers and cheese. The recipe suggests cutting them…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 4, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

That Time of Year Again

I haven’t posted for a few weeks and my Irish guilt is gnawing at me! So it’s back to business as “that time of year,” aka “the holidays,” is fast approaching. I’ve already started plumping my fruit for the several varieties of fruitcake that I make, but not for this one because the fruit is boiled! I’ve had the recipe…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

More Ideas for the Great Pumpkin!

As promised in my last post, here’s another interesting recipe using one of fall’s most popular ingredients---pumpkin. Since most cooks find it more efficient to purchase canned pumpkin rather than to cut and scrape the flesh from a fresh one, this recipe uses pumpkin purée. You’ll find more like these in my newest…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 16, 2017 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

'Nobby Apple Cake' -- Reminiscing with Fall Fruit

My family always called this not-too-sweet apple cake “nobby” because my mother roughly chopped the apples, a method that left the top distinctly rough and, well, nobby! While she usually made it…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 11, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

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