Desserts

Peach Sherbet

Roasting the peaches for this sherbet will intensify their flavor and sweetness.

Grilled Watermelon with Lime and Red Pepper

The combination of lime zest and crushed red pepper flakes on watermelon is really lovely, but you can try other flavor combinations like brown sugar, lime and cumin, or nothing at all.  Be sure to slice the watermelon into wedges - large round steaks will likely fall apart when you try to flip them.

Yellow Watermelon and Mint Pops

While mint is probably the most kid-friendly, you can try using basil or tarragon instead. When the pops are frozen, they will seem less sweet than when you’re preparing the puree, so keep that in mind when you’re adding sugar to the mixture. 

 

Cherry Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Have one for breakfast, dessert or a snack - these muffins are packed with fruit and enough chocolate to make them feel indulgent. The muffins are made with oat and whole wheat flours, just a touch of brown sugar, and without dairy or eggs. They bake up perfectly light and moist. 

Cherry Almond Tart

This is the kind of tart that you might see at a fancy European pastry shop - it’s definitely a special way to treat yourself to summer cherries.

Blueberry-Coconut Ice Cream

If you haven’t got an ice cream maker, don’t let that stop you from making ice cream! This recipe calls for just three ingredients, and you’ll have delicious, creamy ice cream using only a blender. 

Double Ginger Rhubarb Crumble

Serve this crumble with ice cream or whipped cream for dessert, or on its own or with yogurt for breakfast. Two types of ginger appear in both the crumble topping and the rhubarb filling, and the combination of sweet, tart and lightly spicy is unexpected and hard to resist. The butter is easily substituted with margarine if you’d prefer a vegan crumble.

Almond Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Spring has arrived, and with it rhubarb and strawberries! This almond cake with a sweet marzipan base is complemented beautifully by a simple, tart compote. For Passover, simply substitute the flour with finely-ground matzo meal. 

Mango Kulfi

Kulfi is a type of Indian ice cream. This is packed with mangoes, and doesn’t require an ice cream machine. Try the recipe as written, or fold in some chopped pistachios before it goes in the freezer.

Blood Orange Pound Cake

With a pronounced berry finish balanced by a bitter undercurrent, blood oranges are a wonderful ingredient in baked goods. This easy pound cake is topped with a pink-flecked glaze that helps to keep it moist.

Grapefruit Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

Fresh rosemary is an unexpected ingredient in desserts, and it adds a warm, complex note in this simple and straightforward grapefruit cake. Use the nicest olive oil you can.

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet

Rio Star grapefruits are at their peak now, so this is the best time to tuck into this liqueur-infused frosty treat. The Campari helps the sorbet stay scoopable, but if you want to substitute it with orange juice (or grapefruit juice), or omit it entirely, that is fine.

Honey Bee Bars

Honey Bee Bars are a staple at the Willy Street Co-op, and a longtime customer favorite. Now you can make them at home -- this recipe couldn't be easier. 

Cranberry Molasses Pudding with Vanilla Hard Sauce

This English pudding is dark, tender, and quite tart. Served with liberal amounts of sweet, buttery, vanilla “hard sauce” (actually a misnomer, since the sauce is liquid and warm), this dessert could easily become a holiday tradition.

Cranberry, Ginger, and Satsuma Clafouti

This recipe is surprisingly easy, using only a mixing bowl, whisk and baking dish, and results in a stunning dessert that’s a cross between a custard and a Dutch baby.

Gluten-free Pumpkin Bar

Here's a recipe for one of the Co-op's most popular baked goods, so you can make it at home!

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Coconut-Vanilla Icing and Roasted Hazelnuts

This delicious, towering layer cake is actually refined sugar- and dairy-free, and is made with whole grains. If super sweet desserts aren’t your thing, this is the kind of cake to make you wish you had a fall birthday (unless you're lucky enough to have one). (Don't be totally put off by the preparation time -- this includes four hours while the coconut milk is chilling, plus the the time for the cake to cool before frosting!)

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.