Category Archives for Desserts

Apple Hand Pies with Cheddar Crust— So Delicious!

This is the sort of discovery that inspires me to host a dinner party. After just one bite, I began envisioning the scene: my guests’ hands reaching to the center of the table; the plate piled high with steaming, half-mooned … Continue reading

10. November 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 43 comments

Crème Fraîche Ice Cream in Almond Butterscotch Cookie Cups

This isn’t really my thing anymore. As delicious as they are, I certainly don’t need to eat my nightly scoop of ice cream out of delicate cookie baskets. I’m quite happy scraping right from the carton actually. So why have … Continue reading

29. July 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, CSA, Desserts | Tags: , , | 6 comments

Apricot & Almond Tart

I have no restraint. As I scraped every last morsel of frangipane from my mixer into the tart shell, I knew it was too much. There was barely room for the apricots. I should scoop some of this filling out, … Continue reading

14. July 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 6 comments

Rosemary Shortbread + Cute Parchment Paper Packages

Careful. These are addictive. They’ve got that sweet-salty dynamic, but also a hint of rosemary, a savory touch that might lead you to eat ten of them, as you would a cracker. Try not to do that. Man these are … Continue reading

29. September 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cookies, Desserts, Olallie Cafe recipes | Tags: , , , , | 24 comments

David Lebovitz’ Chocolate Biscotti — Great Recipe

Several months ago a dear friend casually mentioned in an email her disappointment with a batch of chocolate biscotti she had just baked. I have been obsessed with finding a good chocolate biscotti recipe ever since, testing recipes, fiddling with … Continue reading

05. August 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cookies, Desserts, Olallie Cafe recipes | 13 comments

Peach-Blueberry Cobbler

I had signed up to make a “super summery dessert” for a Fourth of July party. I contemplated trifle, pie and tres leches cake. And then I thought, “What could be more summery than a pan of bubbling peaches and … Continue reading

05. July 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Eating Locally, Olallie Cafe recipes, Vegetarian | 12 comments

Shower Desserts: Lemon Bars & Brownies

Last week, for about point five seconds, I entertained the idea of making petits fours for a baby shower. I’m so glad I came to my senses. In fact I’m so glad I tossed out all of my  grand ideas: … Continue reading

26. March 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Olallie Cafe recipes | 23 comments

Balzano Apple Cake, Revisited

I have blogged about this cake before. It is one of my favorites, and I want it to be one of yours, too. The roots of Balzano apple cake lie in the Alto Adige region of Italy, where Scott Carsberg … Continue reading

06. November 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Eating Locally, Olallie Cafe recipes | 60 comments

The Best Bread Pudding, So Much Love for Tartine

I never expected to receive a return phone call. I had been agonizing over how I was going to make my bread pudding … with fruit baked in it or without? Did Tartine really not add any fruit to the … Continue reading

13. October 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Desserts, Olallie Cafe recipes, Travel | 40 comments

Tomato, Corn & Cheese Galette — A Favorite Summer Meal — With A Chocolate Chip Cookie for Dessert

The August 2000 issue of Fine Cooking Magazine was fantastic. I can’t believe that two of my all-time favorite recipes came from that issue — from one article in fact — and that I have now been making these recipes … Continue reading

21. September 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Eating Locally, Entrees, Olallie Cafe recipes, Vegetarian | 48 comments

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