Desserts

Plum Crumble

This crumble is made with not too much sugar, so the sweet-tart plums can take center stage. Serve for dessert on its own, or with some melty vanilla ice cream. It also doubles as a lovely breakfast.

Mascarpone Cream

This super easy topping is excellent on anything from fruit pie to cobbler to pound cake. 

Apricot Upside-Down Cake

Thanks to spelt flour, almond meal, and ground coconut, this cake has an intensely flavorful and delicate crumb, and the tender apricots in it are plentiful. It’s well worth turning the oven on, and would be welcome at breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Coconut Mango Icebox Cake

In this icebox cake, whipped cream is enhanced with cream cheese and cream of coconut, and layered with graham crackers and lots and lots of mango, then topped with toasted coconut flakes.

Duck Egg Cake with Rosemary

This cake is very very easy to make. If you don't want quite as much "ducky" flavor, substitute the duck fat with butter. If you don't like rosemary, omit it altogether, or use lemon verbena, sage, or winter savory instead. For a sweeter cake, increase the sugar to a full cup. Served with whipped cream and fresh fruit, this is a dessert that's sure to please.

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Morning Buns with Lemon-Blueberry Glaze

With layers of flakey dough, a filling of lemon-poppyseed-sugar with a hint of vanilla, and a bright purpley-pink glaze, these buns are well worth the effort of working with yeasted dough. This recipe is a much-speeded-up shortcut of the typical lamination process - it’s still somewhat complicated, but nowhere near as time-consuming as it usually is.

Tangerine Cupcakes

These delicate and golden cupcakes are topped with an elegant, glossy citrus icing.

Vanilla-Almond Sandies

This cookie couldn't be any easier to make and are great as is for snacking on and dunking in milk, but are easy to change up as well (dip in chocolate, add lemon extract and poppy seeds, dust in cocoa powder or confectioners' sugar...).

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

This is a thick, rich pudding, similar to tapioca, but is so healthy you can eat it for breakfast. Ripe mango adds enough sweetness that you can even skip the agave nectar if you'd like. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants.

Scandinavian Coconut Cookies

Many of us find ourselves short on time during the holidays with places to go, things to do, people to see. If you find yourself needing to prepare a dessert that looks fancy but takes less than an hour to make, look no further than these easy coconut cookies.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds

Many of us find ourselves a bit short on time during the holidays. Places to go, things to do, people to see. If you find yourself needing to prepare something fancy that takes less than an hour to make, look no further than these yummy, simply addictive, chocolate-covered almonds.

Whole Grain Caramel Apple Hand Pies

These hand pies are a perfect use for the first local apples of the season. You’ll have extra caramel sauce left after making these: nice for spooning over ice cream (or eating out of the jar!).

Apple Strudel

This is a relatively traditional strudel recipe, delicious as is, but it lends itself to improvisation. For best results, make the apple filling the day before.

Green Tomato Honey Pie

A good friend of mine gave me a green tomato pie recipe a few years ago to deal with a season of tomato blight. I've adapted this surprising and tasty dessert to make it totally local.

Simple Strawberry Compote

This two ingredient compote couldn’t be easier! Serve it on waffles, fresh toast, pancakes, oatmeal, or ice cream. When it’s cherry season, try using pitted cherries in place of up to half of the strawberries. And when fresh strawberries are no longer available, frozen would be a great substitute.

Roasted Rhubarb

Here’s a delicious way to serve rhubarb if you’re not interested in pie. Served warm, it’s incredible served with crème fraîche, whipped cream, or ice cream.

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

Deliciously flavored with grapefruit, this cake is light and springy. Nice for a sweet breakfast, or of course, for dessert.

Beet and Poppy Seed Muffins

 

These rosy-hued muffins flecked with dark poppy seeds are great in the morning on your way out the door. Dairy- and gluten-free, they’ll be a hit with everyone in the house.

 

Meyer Lemon Loaf

Perfectly lemony and lightly sweet, this bread is great with hot coffee for breakfast. A bonus is that it’s gluten-free!

Swedish Rye Cookies

These not-too-sweet, shortbread-style cookies are a great basic cookie to have in your back pocket. Barley or oat flour instead of the rye flour could be interesting here, or if you want something more neutral, regular all-purpose would work too!

Cranberry Granita

Refreshing, light, and festive, this granita is the perfect way to finish a heavy meal.

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug

This dessert is a cross between a pie and a cake, and is just the thing when you have a hankering for a slice of pumpkin pie.

Apple Crumble

Apples are cooked once in a skillet before being topped with crumble and baked. The long cooking time turns the apples caramel-scented, sweet, and sticky.

Melon with Chile-Lime Syrup

Honeydew or cantaloupe would both be great in this dessert, sweet and cool with a bit of unexpected heat.

Peach Tart

This raw tart, filled with fragrant, juicy, sweet peaches, is perfect for the summer months when lighter food is welcome.

Almond-Crisped Peaches

Improving upon perfect summer peaches seems unlikely, but baking them with a buttery and crisp topping makes it happen.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

What's not to love about a classic strawberry rhubarb crumble? This one has a generous 2-to-1 fruit to topping ratio.

Apricot Macaroon Tart

This gluten-free tart features a straightforward, press-in-the-pan crust with buckwheat flour, giving it a toasted, nutty flavor.

Fig Walnut Ice Cream

Slightly bitter walnuts and sweet, fragrant figs make a very tasty and sophisticated ice cream. Break out the ice cream maker!

Fresh Figs with Cashew Cream

This seemingly decadent dessert is something all can enjoy: it's gluten-free, raw, vegan, is only lightly sweetened, and it incredibly delicious! Be sure to start the cashews soaking at least six hours before you'd like to serve it.

Strawberries in Wine with Mascarpone Cream

Strawberries macerated in red wine make a decidedly grown-up dessert. The recipe requires minimal effort, just a little foresight. Make the mascarpone cream shortly before you'd like to serve it.

Dirt Cake

Yum yum! Of course this kid-friendly dessert is not made from dirt, but it sure looks like it, complete with candy worms on top!

Coconut Kumquat Tea Cake

Minced kumquats, orange zest, and lemon zest add intense flavor to this moist, aromatic cake. Drizzled with a simple citrus icing and topped with toasted coconut and sliced kumquats, this is a very elegant but easy dessert.

No-Bake Chocolate-Oat Cookies

Cooked entirely on the stovetop, these chewy cookies are a nice, easy treat. These are very easy to make vegan, too (see note)!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You would never think that chocolate covered fruit could be this easy! Coconut oil added to the melted chocolate creates a smooth and lustrous coating for the strawberries.

Ambrosia (Citrus Salad with Coconut)

What a perfect winter dessert! Seasonal citrus pairs up with pineapple and shredded coconut in a simple, not too sweet fruit salad. Note that it only takes a few minutes to prepare, but it's best when allowed to sit for a couple of hours to let the flavors develop.

Grapefruit Curd

Initially reducing the grapefruit juice by half will concentrate its flavor and give the curd's citrus taste more of a punch, as well as a deeper flavor. You can use regular sugar or honey here, but avoid maple syrup or brown sugar, or the curd will look muddy. In a pretty jar, this would make an excellent gift (if you can bear to part with it!)