Barbara Miachika

Raspberry Angel Cupcakes

Cupcakes are always popular whether they have sweet or savory fillings. At a recent club party, everyone made quite a fuss when they saw these on the dessert table and soon they were all gone! I used 1 box of  angel cake mix for the base, filling each cupcake with batter only 3/4 full in…

Easy Fruit Flan/Torta

Puff pastry is easy when you buy the ready made sheets in the grocery freezer. This delightful pastry dessert uses a circle of puff pastry topped with a Cheese Cake type filling. Once baked it is finished with ripe, seasonal fruit and an apricot glaze. Preheated oven 375F 20-25 minutes. 1 package of frozen puff…

Italian Specialty Easter Dessert

Choose this extravagant finale for your Easter celebration. My Italian friends applauded their approval and excitement to see a familiar memory from their past! Perfect to make ahead and it will cut into 12 servings. Italian, Ricotta Pastry Dessert Pastry Dough 2 1/4 cups flour 2Tbsp sugar 1 tsp baking powder Pinch salt 3/4 cups…

Rhubarb Springtime Butter Tarts

Rhubarb, is a dessert treat; it is a flavorful springtime ingredient. Snow birds from the north are familiar with the leafy tops and the ruby red stalks but often people from southern regions are not sure what to do with it. Classified as a vegetable, it can be delicious when paired with pastry ingredients creating…

Barbara’s Crunchy Biscotti

January is a time for hot drinks and crunchy biscotti. In my book, The Accidental Baker, a cake for every crisis, I list 2 versions of this popular addition to your morning coffee. Here is one version using whole Hazel nuts. Crunchy Biscotti Oven 325 ºF 30-40 minutes plus extra baking time. 2 1/2  …

Christmas Latin Flan with Rum

A wonderful, smooth  Caramel Flan is perfect for a busy Christmas dessert table and an additional choice against pies or tarts. This recipe suggests making a day ahead for best results. It cuts cleanly into squares when making for a crowd. I successfully made double the recipe and used a  2” deep large roaster pan…

Thanksgiving at the Table

We are always looking for the perfect recipe for Pumpkin Pie. Do we use the tried and true or look for an interesting new combination? So many pictures look appealing but here is my newest version of Pumpkin Pie. It has a touch of caramel on the bottom layer of a traditional pastry crust, and…