Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing

Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing

Before summer ends, savor the season with Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing. A fine quick bread, easy to make and easy to share.

“And summer passed into hot fragrant autumn.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

If you’re still summering making Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing will keep you planted firmly in the season. I expected so much from this recipe, the ease of a simple loaf cake paired with the sweet fragrance of ripe summer melon. Bonus was the recipe for Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing makes two loaves. One for us, one to share. The final product was less melon flavored than I’d hoped for, but still scrumptious enough to make again. READ MORE . . .

Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Mint Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt is a harmony of flavors, a tangy yogurt base paired with a minty background and loaded with mini chocolate chips.

“There was always some little delicacy, very special and good—foie gras or a tossed salad, pastry bought at Lang’s Bakery just across Main Street. “

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt is a tangy alternative to calorie busting ice cream. Real ice cream is made with cream, it’s impossible to resist. Cream has a whopping 821 calories per cup, while whole milk yogurt has 170 calories per cup, a compelling reason to try this recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt. This super easy recipe for frozen yogurt has floated all over the net. For vanilla frozen yogurt there are only four ingredients, full fat yogurt, sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix everything in one bowl, process, freeze, done. No custard to make and chill, no overloading on fat filled calories from dairy. A summer worthy frozen dessert, Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt is slightly tangy from the yogurt, minty from the extract and chocolaty from the mini chips. READ MORE . . .

Picnic Cake with Buttermilk and Summer Fruit

Picnic Cake with Buttermilk and Summer Fruit

Bites of sweet summer fruit peak from the buttery Picnic Cake with Buttermilk and Summer Fruit. Picnic Cake with Buttermilk and Summer Fruit is a sweet way to use up leftovers from binge buying too much summer fruit.

“It’s a pleasant little stream that gurgles through the Alisal against the Gabilan Mountains on the east side of Salinas. The water bumbles over round stones and washes polished roots of the trees that hold it in. The smell of azaleas and the sleepy smell of sun working with chlorophyll filled the air. On the bank the Ford car sat, still breathing softly from its overheating. The back seat was filled with azalea branches.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

Picnic Cake with Buttermilk and Summer Fruit announces summer to everyone who shares a slice. Bites of sweet summer fruit peak from a buttery, buttermilk laced cake lightened with whipped egg whites. This cake is a sweet way to use up the odds and ends leftover from binge buying too much summer fruit. This is a versatile cake recipe, adapted from a vintage church cookbook. Any type of stone fruit or cane berries can be used, apricots, plums, peaches or nectarines. Cherries and cane berries, whatever you would like to use.

Essentials

Picnic cake, snack cake or sheet cake, it’s all the same type of cake. Fill an oblong pan with cake batter, frost or not, slice and serve with enough to share. The term sheet cake is the current trendy term. I’m partial to Picnic Cake. It evokes summer with a setting, a place to relax and share. Pick the name that brings joy, and make Picnic Cake with Buttermilk and Summer Fruit. READ MORE . . .

Olallieberry Peach Galette

Olallieberry Peach Galette

Olallieberry Peach Galette is a fabulous summer dessert. Without all the waiting and pie making the ethereal combination of a buttery crust and sweet summer berries is all yours with Olallieberry Peach Galette.

“Liza was rolling out pie crust on the floury board. She was so expert with the rolling pin that the dough seemed alive. It flattened out and then pulled back a little from the tension in itself. Liza lifted the pale sheet of it and laid it over one of the pie tins and trimmed the edges with a knife. The prepared berries lay deep in red juice in a bowl.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

Olallieberry Peach Galette is more instant dessert gratification than pie. Especially with Olallieberries. These are fragile and juicy berries, a pie cut too soon will be a glorious mess of sweet, fragrant berry juice. Waiting for the Olallieberry pie to firm up is more self restraint than I wanted to impose on myself. With Olallieberry Peach Galette
the ethereal combination of a buttery crust and sweet summer berries is all yours, without all the waiting and pie making. Who has time to make pie when Olallieberry jam needs to be made? READ MORE . . .

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble with Ice Cream

Dive into summer with Blueberry Crumble. Lush, seasonal, easy to make, this is an all-American dessert. The crumble is reminiscent of oatmeal cookies, hovering gloriously above the jammy blueberries. This is summer in every bite.

“When June came the grasses headed out and turned brown, and the hills turned a brown which was not brown but a gold and saffron and red—an indescribable color.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

Summer has overtaken me. A deep dive into the season is all I seem to care about. Even my dreams have been drenched in sunshine. One was set in Paris. The early summer heat bounced across the stately buildings, warming all the old stone that was still cold with winter. We went to a museum with air-conditioning. Chilled, we zig zagged into blinding light, then a cafe. Perched on those classic red and white bistro chairs, the men were bare chested and tan, intent on their political conversations. Women in washed out linen and humongous straw hats dripping with vintage ribbon flowers. Bored with Paris, they were waiting for their annual summer holiday on the French Rivera. I thought to offer them some all-American Blueberry Crumble but it was just a dream. READ MORE . . .