Blueberry Buttermilk Snack Cake

I’m keeping this one brief, here, peeps. There’s no reason not to, as the name of the recipe tells you all you need to know: blueberry buttermilk snack cake. Inspired by my mother-in-law’s blueberry buckle, a version of which I developed for baked occasions, who doesn’t love an uber-moist cake studded with blueberries and topped with a crispy, buttery crumb? It was one of my husband’s favorite treats growing up, made from a recipe that looks very much like this, and now my boys have deemed this snack cake rendition one of their favorites, too. read more

mini pavlovas with red currant compote and cream

mini pavlova with currant sauce and cream

Tis the season – for some – of the flourless dessert and mini pavlovas are the perfect, most delicious of make-ahead passover treats. Crispy, lightly sweetened meringue, with a marshmallow-y, slightly chewy center, topped with plenty of whipped cream and a tart currant compote is what we’re talking about here. I’m partial to dinner party desserts made in advance, and this is now one of my faves. After a long stint in a low oven and then an overnight stay in a cool, dark one, pavlovas emerge room temp and ready to wait out the day (or two) til it is party time. Love that about them.
I first made these when a gluten/dairy free friend – yes I have one or two of those, tho I try to keep it to a minimum (joke) – accepted an invite to come to dinner. I was at a loss as to what to make him, as the combo of no dairy and no gluten had me stumped (and, of course, all i really wanted to bake was cake). read more