We have a few events coming up this weekend – nothing big, just family and friends at our house and then at theirs – so we thought it would be a good time to think about dessert. Of course, some of you are thinking, it’s always a good time to be thinking about dessert. And I generally agree, unfortunately we can’t always act out on those thoughts. So for today, I’ll be content to show you the 7 best desserts we are thinking about for the weekend.
It’s hard to go wrong with a good bundt cake and this is a great one so it has a strong chance of making the cut for this weekend – and next weekend…and then maybe the following Tuesday. You get the idea, it’s good. The spice and rum turn it up a notch. As an aside, I can never think of a bundt cake – spiced or otherwise – without thinking of the scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding where the fiancee’s very American parents bring a bundt to their very Greek soon to be in-laws who have no idea what it is. I think it’s so funny I have included the video below. Desserts pick up below.
If you read this blog regularly you know that we (ok, I) have been on a little bit of a scone kick. I was never a huge fan, never really gave them much thought one way or the other. Gina liked them, my girls love them, and then I tried them. Well, I’m still trying them. Perhaps more than I should. This is a simple recipe for scones but very tasty.
Look, I know how easy it is to make fun of pumpkin recipes at this time of year. What with every corporate marketing department from Starbucks to McDonald’s having the same brilliant idea at the same time to launch a major seasonal marketing campaign around a spiced pumpkin something-or-other the poor gourd is in danger of becoming a cliche through no fault of its own. But here to help burnish pumpkin’s sagging reputation is a recipe for pumpkin flan that is really good and quite respectable. You would bring this pumpkin flan home to meet your parents without the slightest hint of irony or shame. 🙂 Seriously, it’s good.
I am generally a purist when it comes to combining great flavors because so often I think that the whole is less than the sum of the parts. Pineapple pizza? Not for me. I love pineapple and I love pizza – separately. They do not need to coexist on my plate or in my mouth. But when it comes to gingerbread and coffee cake I am making an exception. These two have always sort of had a thing for each other anyway, but nobody wanted to make the first move for fear of embarrassment. Thankfully, “a friend” got them together and this coffee cake is the tasty result. Congratulations gingerbread and coffee cake, we wish you a long and happy life together.
You’re probably thinking that baked apple muffins are nice – not thrilling, but nice. And you’re right. What makes these apple muffins noteworthy is the hazelnut filling. Definitely worth a try.
This is one of my favorites on this list. I love oatmeal – it’s a staple around here – and it makes for a nice earthy, hearty sort of a pie. It’s definitely a little different so even if it doesn’t get made this weekend, it is on the to-do list – maybe for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when we have people over.
Technically this is not a dessert. But who are we kidding? If this was called “babeurre crepe avec noix de pecan epices” it would be on the dessert menu. By the way, that’s French for buttermilk crepes with pecan spices and yes I just made that up using Google translate. But now doesn’t it sound more like a rich dessert you can only get at a Michelin 3 star restaurant and even then only if you are friendly with the chef?