Desserts

Classic Cherry Pie

My entire world could be crumbling, but if I have a pie crust to make/eat, all is ok in the world.

Good thing I had this pie because this week has been trying. It’s been one for the records in terms of toughness. Amelia is having her own rough week because she hates fireworks and my neighborhood always decides it’s a great time to shoot off fireworks for the whole week of Fourth of July. She’s been hiding in the bathroom all today. EMOJI CRYING FACE!

So, we’ve both stress-eaten a bit of pie. Can you blame us?

Classic Cherry Pie

Summer is a sad sight without cherries.

They’re the best part of summer. Last fall I made a simple apple pie and took it to a dinner and sort of scratched my head as to how or why there wasn’t a classic and simple apple pie on this blog. So I fixed that issue.

Now, I’m fixing the issue that there isn’t a classic cherry pie recipe on this blog. Because sometimes you don’t want something complicated. Perfectly ripe summer fruit doesn’t need much manipulation—it’s a gem on its own. Just sweet summer cherries swimming in a pool with sugar and tapioca starch and cinnamon and salt. Nothing overpowers, nothing really stands out except the beautiful sweet cherries.

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Potato Chip Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches

One of my favorite past times is to eat potato chips while watching a movie. Seems like a simple idea but it gets complicated really quickly. It always requires for me to inevitably turn up the volume up REALLY loudly because the crunchy sound from the potato chips interrupts the movie (I can’t hear!) and then I have to rewind and re-watch some parts.

This is sort of a better idea, combining dessert with snack time, resulting in an ice cream sandwich that is chocolate-y, crunchy, caramel-y and overall super awesome. The one downfall? Ice cream sandwiches get melty and messy; life is full of challenges!

Potato Chip Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches

Potato Chip Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches

For this post I teamed up with Kettle Brand Chips (my all-time favorite is the Sea Salt & Vinegar) to bring you this fun, summer-filled recipe. The cookies are soft and chewy; the perfect cookie for ice cream sandwiches. If the cookies are crunchy or hard the ice cream will spill out the sides—not ideal!

Crushed potato chips are folded into the batter, chocolate is melted on top and then more pulverized potato chips are sprinkled on top of the chocolate, almost like how you would do with sea salt.

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Mocha Ice Box Cake

It’s summer now.

Yep. Time to slather on that sun tan lotion, squeeze into a bathing suit :/ and eat all the watermelon available.

Summer has never been my season. I’m more of a fall leaves, scarves kind of girl (even though I live in LA, I know I’m complicated) but this is how I embrace the season: cakes that require no oven. Cakes that aren’t really cakes! Because there’s no batter, no icing, no nothing cake-like. Except this recipe relies on cookies to soak up all the mascarpone/coffee/chocolate mixture and then it slices up so lovely, so deliciously.

This cake is very tiramisu-like. The flavors are v v similar except you don’t have to both with lady fingers, which if I’m speaking honestly, is the biggest bummer about tiramisu. Most lady fingers are dry and bland and taste like cardboard. Of course, we could make our own but am I really going to do that??! I mean, maybe, yes, very likely. I am the type…stand-by maybe we’ll do this.

Mocha Icebox Cake

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Blackberry Pie Bar Milkshakes

Ice cream was one of the first non-baby food items I ever ate. I know this only because there are tons of pictures of baby Adrianna with ice cream all over my face. I must’ve been 3 months old? Is that even ok? Probably not but it was the 80s and my parents were too young to care. I totally survived but it left me with a huge love for ice cream. My dad is to blame, obviously.

It’s no secret that I love pairing summer fruit with spices like cinnamon, cardamom and ground ginger. Those warm, fall-ish spices are so glorious with fresh fruit. Today I teamed up with McCormick Gourmet to bring you these Blackberry Pie Bar Milkshakes. The ground ginger works gloriously with the fresh blackberries.

Blackberry Pie Bar Milkshakes

And can we speak about pie bars for a quick moment? I’ve always loved a good pie bar. I was looking through the recipe index a few days ago and was sort of appalled that not one recipe for a pie bar lives in the archives. We will change this! Change is coming! I’m thinking something peach-y and creamy…and maybe something else.

In the meantime, we have milkshakes! Let’s make a syrup and a crumble and pair it with milk and ice cream. This milkshake is something I want to drink, guiltless, on a stoop while I watch people walk by. I think of myself in a place like New York or something. There’s something sort of magical and gross all at the same time about New York in the summer. It’s muggy and balmy but everyone is outdoors and I love that so much. I love New York in the summer.

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S'mores Pavlova

S'mores Pavlova

You know that part in Clueless when Cher turns to Ty and says, “Elton said you gave him a toothache.” And Ty was like, “What’s dat?!” And Cher was like, “It means he thinks you’re sweet, stupid.”

This S’mores Pavlova will give you a toothache, in a good way. It oozes summer fun. It shines bright just like a diamond. And it’s screaming to be made and taken and bragged about at a BBQ.

I feel like this recipe is a lil’ ratchet. It’s definitely not the most classy recipe I’ve posted in my life, but it sure is fun.

The pavlova is chocolate-y by way of sifted cocoa powder and folded in bits of dark chocolate. The 7-minute frosting acts like a marshmallow and gets all toasty when a flame kisses it. (You can also do this in the broiler.)

S'mores Pavlova

The crushed graham cracker is sprinkled on every. single. layer. My favorite part about this recipe is the chocolate-y pavlova. It’s not crisp and dry throughout, which sometimes I want; this one is gooey and fudge-y in the center.

The idea is that it’s supposed to mimic how a piece of Hershey’s chocolate gets when a warm, toasty, burnt marshmallow is placed on top. It’s like that!

S'mores Pavlova

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Matcha Cheesecake

Matcha Cheesecake

Matcha everything, please!

I feel like matcha is having a moment. Spotlight is on matcha. Like every week on the Instagram I see a new-to-me dessert using beautiful green matcha and am like WHOA! SIQ! Well, here’s another I’m throwing in the mix, though when I went to Google “matcha cheesecake,” thinking I would be the sole inventor, I quickly realized a genius I am not.

That’s usually how my day goes: 1. Think of genius idea. 2. Google genius idea. 3. Discover a million people have already done it and watch as my genius idea turns into a “genius idea.” It’s sad.

So, to make mine different, I did a lil’ swirl action, which made me super excited. This cheesecake actually sort of matches this green gazpacho. If you wanted to do a green and white swirl themed dinner party, these two guys would be great for that!

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Baked Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like doughnuts? Well, if you have, those people are called monsters and I wouldn’t get too close to them.

It’s some sort of weird doughnut week or National Doughnut Day. Whatever. I barely pay attention to days like that (except this time I did) because doughnuts are great for any day, not just one day out of a whole year, duh!

Baked Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Despite my attitude, here I am participating, drinking the Kool-Aid, following the rules. But only because this day coincided which my craving to create a chocolate-y cake doughnut that felt dense, very rich, decadent and unlike most baked doughnuts. This baked doughnut is legit AF. I’m in love with it. If I was a lunatic, I would eat like five in a row but I can’t because I try to be a reasonable person in my life but sometimes i fail. I ate three. And Billy ate like three, too.

LET US LIVE!

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Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

Today is June 1st, which means nothing at all except that time is moving so very quickly that it’s gonna be Christmas in like a half a minute.

It’s depressing.

In other less depressing news, there are a few big things happening this week. Number uno: it’s doughnut week or something like that (I haven’t Googled it). Number dos: it’s Negroni week. I love both and if someone can figure out how I can have a doughnut and a Negroni and how they’d taste good together, LEMME KNO.

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat
Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

Have you eaten nougat before? It’s kind of like taffy or divinity or maybe I’d even describe it like a stronger, firmer marshmallow.

It’s firmer than a marshmallow but still soft and chewy. This particular nougat is spiked with strawberry flavor and pistachio. The strawberry flavor is added by pulsing freeze-dried strawberries into a powder and adding it to the egg whites just when you add the boiling sugar. It’s melts into the candy, infusing it with a strong strawberry flavor. YUM.

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Green Chile Chocolate Pudding Pie

Are you giving me side-eye right now? I’m pretty sure I know what you’re thinking. This is weird. You’re not wrong; putting green chiles in chocolate pudding is weird but it’s also really cool and interesting.

I think we’re all pretty used to the idea of spice and chocolate together. But it’s usually more like chipotle pepper or Ancho chile pepper, not green chiles, which aren’t really all that spicy at all.

This is another New Mexico-inspired dessert. When we had dessert at the Santa Fe Cooking School one of the desserts had butterscotch with diced green chiles. I loved the combination of sweet, rich with the pieces of green chile so I took that idea and made this.

Green Chile Chocolate Pudding Pie

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New Mexican-Style Sopapilla

Last week I spent a few days in New Mexico (whole re-cap coming soon!) and one of the best things I ate during my trip were sopapillas. Have you had a sopapilla before? There are different iterations; before last week, the only version I have had were South American and Tex-Mex versions, but the puffy ones you see pictured are vastly different.

The New Mexican-style sopapilla is almost like a cross between a South American sopapilla and a Native American fry bread. Think of them like that. They’re soft and fluffy and puffy. You’re supposed to dust them with lots of powdered sugar, pinch off a corner and drizzle honey inside them. They leave you licking your fingers with a bunch of powdered sugar all over your face but you won’t care, trust me.

New Mexican-Style Sopapilla

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