Category Archives for Desserts

Mascarpone Sorbet

Last week, a series of brilliant ideas led to a series of kitchen mishaps. Not only did I waste some food along the way, I also unjustly (perhaps) lashed out at my three-year old. For this, I feel it my … Continue reading

09. April 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Desserts, ice cream, Vegetarian | 34 comments

Happy Easter, Passover & Weekend

On Easter Sunday 2003, my sister made Nigella Lawson’s Easter Egg Nest cake, a cake that had been featured in The New York Times the Wednesday prior. Studded with flecked pastel eggs, this cake could only suit my sister better … Continue reading

30. March 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Easter, Holidays, lamb | 7 comments

Torta Caprese — Flourless Chocolate Almond Torte

On Christmas Eve my mother served this torta caprese — a flourless, chocolate-almond torte originating from the Isle of Capri — for dessert. If this is any indication of how it was received, not a single person sitting at the … Continue reading

05. February 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Gluten-free, Must Have Recipes, Olallie Cafe recipes | 35 comments

Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

After a month of abstaining from serious dessert (inordinate amounts of dark chocolate, providing heaps of antioxidants, don’t count), a sugar craving and a magazine blurb had me unearthing baking pans and once again scribbling down butter, chocolate and brown … Continue reading

25. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cookies, Desserts | 46 comments

Gingerbread Biscotti And A Few Favorite Holiday Recipes

Biscotti lovers seem to fall into two camps: those who view dipping as essential and those who view dipping as optional. As you can see from the photo above, I fall into the dipping-is-optional camp. I like my biscotti with … Continue reading

22. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Cheese, Cookies, Desserts, Must Have Recipes, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 12 comments

Chez Panisse Almond Torte

Some of you know my sister Lindsey. Some of you have only read about her here and thus only know about her penchant for crust-based dishes — pies and quiches in particular — and her love for Peeps and leftovers. … Continue reading

14. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Fall, Must Have Recipes, Olallie Cafe recipes | 33 comments

Orange-and-Ricotta Pound Cake & A Few Gift Ideas

As five of us celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving down here in Virginia, the rest of my family journeyed north to Vermont to the shores of Lake Champlain for a wild gathering with my aunt and uncle. Upon returning, my mother … Continue reading

30. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, craft, Desserts, Fair Trade, Fall, Gifts | 43 comments

Maple Cream Tart

Sometimes things just work out for the best. Just as I was about to declare Thanksgiving ruined — my third corn syrup-less pecan pie tasted just as curdled and watery and messy as my first — I took a stab … Continue reading

20. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Fall | 37 comments

Double Chocolate Cake, Fair Trade Cocoas, & A Giveaway from Lake Champlain Chocolates

Nearly a decade ago, a pan of brownies emerged from my oven that changed everything. Before discovering this recipe, I couldn’t stash enough brownie recipes away, particularly those sounding most outrageous, the ones loaded with chocolate, the more varieties the … Continue reading

30. October 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Fair Trade, Gifts, Must Have Recipes, Olallie Cafe recipes | 150 comments

Homemade Angel Food Cake

On Monday, Graham turned one, and the four of us celebrated the only way I know how, with an angel food cake, the cake my mother made for me and each of my siblings for nearly the first two decades … Continue reading

10. October 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 28 comments

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