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Category: Desserts (page 2 of 11)

Pineapple Cake With a Blueberry Lemon Sauce

This pineapple cake with blueberry lemon sauce is a refreshing and beautiful summer treat!  Enjoy the flavors of pineapple, blueberry and lemon all in one cake with this variation of the classic pineapple upside down cake.  It is delicious right out of the oven as a warm dessert, and it is also really good the next morning for breakfast, either at room temperature or even cold, if it is a warm morning.  The beautiful colors are a treat for the eyes as well!

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Rustic Summer Tarts

Showcase summer fruit with these delicious free-form tarts.  Mouth-watering cherries, blueberries, black raspberries, and nectarine slices are lightly sweetened with honey and baked on a wholesome pastry.  These rustic summer tarts are sweet enough to eat for dessert, yet healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast.  You can mix and match the fruit in the tarts, depending on what is most available and fresh, because the fresher the fruit, the better these taste.

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Strawberry Sauce Over Biscuits

When nature delivers such juicy, sweet berries, we don’t need to add a lot of extra ingredients to make them shine.  That’s the case for fresh, ripe strawberries, which are in season here right now.  A quick and simple no-cook strawberry sauce over sour cream biscuits is an easy dessert to pull off, and a complete treat for the taste buds. Though this dessert is very similar to that all-time favorite strawberry shortcake, sometimes it’s fun to make individual biscuits instead of a shortcake.  And it tastes really good for breakfast too!

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Strawberry Mango Mini Galettes

Sweetly fruity, colorful and fun, these rustic strawberry mango mini galettes will brighten up your table and your taste buds.  Fresh strawberries and mango slices are stirred with honey, layered over a delicious almond paste and baked in a lightly sweet pastry.

When I want to bake with fruit and find myself at a loss, I turn to the galette.  Making a galette (or four mini galettes) is easier than making a pie, but gives a very similar result:  warm, juicy fruit against the backdrop of a flaky, tender pastry.  And in this case, a homemade almond paste adds flavor and texture.  The beauty of making galettes is that they are not supposed to look perfect, and in fact, the more imperfect they look, the more authentically rustic and pretty they look.  If you suffer from perfectionism (like I do), making galettes is a good way to let it go.  And the flavor of the fruit and almond paste with the pastry is lovely!

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Mango Pound Cake

Moist and delicious with the added flavor and deep golden color of pureed fresh mango, this cheerful mango pound cake will brighten up any table!

I like to cook and bake with foods that are in season as much as I can.  But in the middle of February in Michigan, sometimes I need to just let that go and bake something with tropical fruit!  Sometimes we just need that burst of flavor and color, and thank goodness tropical fruits are available to us in February if we want them.  (My local grocery store even has mangoes on sale right now!) The sweet bright flavor of mango adds a burst of joy to this beautiful mango pound cake.

mango pound cakeCooking shows are some of my favorite things to watch on TV.  We don’t watch a lot of TV in my household, but when we are home and want to relax in the evenings, my husband and I sometimes turn on PBS and look for cooking shows and travel shows.  That is how I found the inspiration for this delicious mango pound cake.  We were watching Pati’s Mexican Table recently, and Pati made this beautiful, yet quite easy, mango pound cake while her main dish was cooking.

I love her show.  Her enthusiasm for food is inspiring, and I love the way she embraces food as a way to bring family and friends together.  And this mango pound cake is right up my alley because it can be made fairly quickly, yet the mango makes it special and fun.  I found the recipe on her website and tried it.  The cake turned out great–moist and flavorful, and I will definitely make it again.

The weather here is supposed to be quite warm (for winter time, anyway) and sunny this weekend.  After a pretty gray few weeks, I am looking forward to getting out into the sun! It has been a strange winter here, with lots of rain and not much snow.  We have not been able to do our usual winter outdoor activities.  I think a lot of us are a bit deprived of the benefits of sunlight.  But this morning, this sunrise was just beautiful.

february sunrise 2And it looks like we will have at least a couple days more of sunshine! I hope you all have a great weekend, and hope you get a chance to get out in the sun.  I think that is why I was drawn to this mango pound cake–mangoes taste like sunshine to me.  I will be sharing this recipe over at Angie’s virtual potluck Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Zeba @ Food For The Soul and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cookmango pound cake

Mango Pound Cake

  • Servings: 8-10
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus a little more for greasing the pan
  • 1 and 1/3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, plus a little more for dusting the pan
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of course sea salt
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of diced fresh mango (about 2 mangoes) or thawed from frozen
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk
  •  1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • confectioners’ sugar for dusting the top (optional)
  • fresh berries for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and lightly dust it with flour.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until soft, for about 2 minutes.  Add the sugar and continue to beat for about 5 more minutes, until the mixture is soft and creamy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth and creamy, about 2 more minutes.

In another large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Place the diced mango, buttermilk, vanilla extract and almond extract in a blender.  Puree until very smooth.

In four additions, add the flour mixture and the mango mixture, little by little, to the bowl with the butter mixture, beating after each addition, and alternating adding the wet and dry ingredients. Mix just until everything is completely combined.

Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan.  Bake in your 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until the cake is lightly golden brown on top, springs back when touched, and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Allow the cake to cool.  When it is cool, flip it upside down on a board and then turn it right side up onto a platter.  Dust the top generously with confectioners’ sugar. Or, just leave it in the pan and cut slices from the pan, if desired. Enjoy!

 

This recipe is adapted from Pati Jinich @ patijinich.com.

 

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