Classy Cuisine

Fresh Lime/Rum Ice Cream

I had forgotten about this wonderful Ice Cream until I was in the back garden picking limes from our fabulous tree. This tree is ever-bearing but after the October high winds I wondered if all the blossoms would start again. Sure enough hundreds of limes are there again! I do have a Simac Gelato/Ice Cream …

Pineapple Dream Bar

If you love pineapple and whipped cream together, this is your easiest creation for a hot summer day. Serves about 20 and is quick to make but is always delicious. Easy, no bake Recipe 21/2  cups crushed graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup melted butter 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut 1 15 oz. can of crushed pineapple,…

Blueberry Lemon Crisp

This is the right time to find really plump, fresh blueberries here in Florida. This easy recipe is a perfect choice for a casual summer dinner. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. You can also find this recipe in my book, The Accidental Baker, a cake for every crisis. Recipe Oven 350ºF, 35…

Rhubarb Custard Cake

Rhubarb is such a special ingredient! Only at this time of the year will you see ruby fresh stalks at food fairs or roadside stalls; but you can still find rhubarb in the fruit freezer section at some grocery stores all year.  The top of this cake is crusty with caramelized fruit and inside it…

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…

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…

Pear Clafoutis with Honey

This recipe comes from Jean Pierre Moullé; the executive chef of Chez Panisse, (a famous, small restaurant in Berkeley. Ca.) The full story can be found in my book, The Accidental Baker: a cake for every crisis. Fragrant, juicy pears are fanned onto a buttery tart shell. Add  a French custard, (Clafoutis), pour over the…