Chai Tea Upside Down Plum Cake

 

Chai Tea Upside Down Plum Cake | Cravings & Crumbs

A few weeks ago I had what I consider to be a uniquely modern dilemma.  I was on Amazon searching for a tea that I remember really liking 5 or so years ago that I haven’t been able to find in stores for years.  It’s nothing fancy, just Stash double spice chai, but it was the perfect strength for mixing with sugar and milk without the flavor being diluted too much.  Of course Amazon had a good deal, almost too good of a deal.  I could buy a standard box of 18 tea bags, OR I could buy 100 tea bags for only $3 more at the time… Here in America more is more, right? Read More

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes | Cravings & Crumbs

If you were to open my pantry cupboards you’d find, like most people, different bags and boxes of pasta, various types of canned beans, and canisters full of bags with small amounts of assorted grains, dried legumes, and nuts bought from the bulk section at the grocery store.  I just can’t resist the fact that I can buy as much or as little as I want.  I’m like a kid in a candy store, filling bags with a little of this and a little of that, some old favorites, and some that I’m not sure I like yet, but I want to try out.  The favorites usually get eaten first and the others left to languish, waiting for a spark of inspiration.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes | Cravings & Crumbs

That’s how I ended up with a small bag of hazelnuts – just enough, I thought, for an early March salad of roasted beets and gorgonzola.  Well, I got busy and forgot about the beets at the bottom of the fridge drawer and once I remembered I just didn’t feel like eating them.  I did however feel like eating chocolate cupcakes, and so I did, topping them with the toasted and chopped hazelnuts that narrowly escaped their healthy fate. Read More

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Lemon and Blackberry Mascarpone Cake

Lemon Blackberry Cake | Cravings & Crumbs

Guys, I’m really excited about this cake.  Why?  For so many reasons!  First off, it was ridiculously easy – so easy I can barely even remember making it the next day.  Second, the taste is amazing.  This cake is all sorts of quintessential spring dessert – there’s lemon and fresh berries, the mascarpone is rich, but the cake is light.  Not to mention, it’s beautiful in it’s simplicity.  Just like the daffodil that blooms next to a mud puddle, this cake has a natural beauty, but the bare cut edges of the cake bring you back to reality.  And that’s another thing I love about it – I don’t believe in stuffy food.  Nothing and nobody should be perfect all the time, or even try to be.  I prefer life to be a little rough around the edges – it’s better that way. Read More

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Strawberry Empanadas

Strawberry Empanadas | Cravings & Crumbs

One of the great things about living in California is that you can find an abundance of fresh produce year round.  While obviously everything is best in season, even in winter you can find tomatoes, strawberries, pineapple, and so many other spring or summer season fruits and veggies that I consider to taste good enough and didn’t have to travel very far to get to me.  However, the smaller farms that sell at the farmer’s markets stick to the seasons so I was still excited to see the first of the season’s strawberries pop up at the Sunday Jack London farmer’s market in Oakland.   Read More

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Lemon Cream Tart

Lemon Cream Tart

Last week it was my dad’s 68th birthday and when I asked him what he wanted he said lemon pie.  This is the guy whose favorite dessert of his mother’s was lemon meringue pie and who has been talking about making lemon bars for at least two years, since the last time he made them.  So you could say I was less than surprised by his request.  Yeah, he likes lemon…

Lemon Cream Tart

I don’t make pies or tarts very often, so after a few days of stressing about how I would get all the steps done, imagining completing one part of the recipe each day after work, I just started look at recipes and pulling elements that would actually make this dessert doable.   Read More

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One-Bowl Cardamom Coffee Cake

Cardamom Coffee Cake

A few weeks ago someone in my office brought in homemade cookies and quietly laid them out with a small sign, “Holiday Snickerdoodles”.  Imagine my surprise when I took a bite and they weren’t any ordinary snickerdoodle, but cardamom and currant snickerdoodles!  What a pleasant turn the morning was taking and I hadn’t even finished my coffee yet.  They looked so unassuming on a paper plate, covered up with a paper towel – they weren’t winning any points for presentation, but these cookies spoke for themselves with the first bite.  They were so good they didn’t make it to the next day, but I couldn’t get them out of my mind. Read More

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