Nectarine and Plum Upside-down Cake
This is a variation of the 10-minute Basic Yellow Cake that you’ll also find in the Easy Desserts chapter of Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals…
. It takes a little longer because you have to slice and arrange the fruit, but it is really worth it. You could use all nectarines, all plums, or throw peaches into the mix. When fresh stone fruit are in season there’s no better time to try this easy summer dessert.
Makes 9 servings
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Butterscotch Pudding Cake
When I was a kid and we visited Cambridge, my parents used to take me to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor in Harvard Square. They served a butterscotch sundae made of coffee ice cream, hot butterscotch sauce, and whipped cream. Boy it was good! This pudding cake reminds me of those sundaes.
When it’s baked, it separates into a layer of cake and a layer of hot, rich butterscotch pudding sauce. It’s a snap to make, and you can finish… more »
Blueberry Pot Stickers
Summertime is blueberry time, and with local berries abundant in markets right now, it is the perfect time for blueberry desserts. To learn more about this special North American berry, go to USDA Blueberry Blog. Here is an easy blueberry dessert that will surprise and delight family and guests.
I have always been a huge fan of the Chinese dumplings known as pot stickers. They’re wonton wrappers filled with pork or shrimp, crisped up in a pan, steamed, re-crisped, then… more »
Blueberry Yogurt Pie
July is Blueberry Month and with local berries arriving in markets right now, it is the perfect time to enjoy some. Go to USDA Blueberry Blog to learn more about this special North American berry. When we came up with the idea for this Blueberry Pie recipe, I was worried because yogurt is so watery and so tart. I just didn’t see how we were going to get the right texture or flavor. Then my recipe tester suggested using Greek… more »
Aunt Alice’s Blueberry Muffins
One bite of these muffins and I’m transported back in time to my childhood visits with Aunt Alice and Uncle Pat and my cousins at their summer place in Kittery Point, Maine. On those evenings when Alice herself wasn’t cooking up something wonderful, the whole rowdy bunch of us would trek down the road to the Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier.
A dock with picnic tables, Chauncey Creek features almost none of the amenities that might qualify it as a restaurant.… more »
Berry Rice Pudding
I love rice pudding, as does the husband, but I am certainly not going to make it from scratch on a weeknight. However, there is a good chance you have leftover rice every so often from a take-out meal, and this would be a very tasty way to recycle it.
Makes about 6 servings
Hands-on-time: 10 minutes
Total preparation time: 10 minutes
1 1/2 cups cooked leftover long-grain white rice or my Simple Boiled Rice
1/2 cup ginger marmalade
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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Gingered Biscuit Topping
Strawberries and rhubarb are a delicious way to welcome spring. Technically a vegetable, rhubarb is so darn tart that it’s usually paired with a sweeter buddy, like the strawberry, in an effort to temper its tang. Try to find field-grown rhubarb. Darker in color, it has a much shorter season than the hothouse variety (late winter to early summer) but is more flavorful. In England rhubarb is often paired with ginger, so for a surprise crunch, I added some crystallized… more »
Everybody knows Baked Alaska, but Baked Alaskan? What can I say—this is a shout-out to Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, who saluted Sara’s Secrets
in the liner notes to To the 5 Boroughs…
, the Beasties 2004 album. In the middle of a song called “Rhyme the Rhyme Well,” Ad-Rock goes searching for a rhyme for “Yo, what’s crackin’” . . .and comes up with “Serving emcees on a platter like Baked Alaskan.” And he’s absolutely right. Baked Alaska, that more »
Fresh Ginger Gingerbread
When I was six or seven months pregnant with Sam, my boss at Gourmet…
volunteered me to cook a dish at a fund-raising event for 300 to 400 people. I was not thrilled. Even when I’m at the top of my game, that kind of large scale cooking is not my forte. But being pregnant really increased my dread. To top it off, the organizers of this gala charged me with making dessert. Of course! Of the dozen chefs working more »
My Chocolate Orange Lace Cookies Retest.
I am delighted that so many of you are enjoying my Associated Press column, “The Healthy Plate” and was concerned when several of you wrote to me saying that you had trouble with my “Chocolate Orange Lace Cookies” running together and not setting up enough to be moved. So I made the recipe this morning and they worked fine. I think the problem was that I said to remove the just baked cookies to a rack to cool. They are… more »
Chocolate Bread Pudding
I have never met a bread pudding I didn’t like. In the interest of keeping this version simple, I used bottled chocolate milk and packaged bread when I first stated to test it. The bread worked out fine, but none of the milks was chocolatey enough. Switching gears, I resorted to ganache. A pillar of classical French baking composed of melted chocolate and cream; it is usually employed as the base of truffles, cake frosting, and anything else that requires… more »
Vermont Apple Crisp with Maple Sauce
I developed this recipe for a spot on “Good Morning America.” The key to its deliciousness is Grade B maple syrup, which is more intense than the readily available Grade A. It can be found in specialty food stores or ordered directly from a producer. The topping can be made a day or two in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the crisp.
For the topping:
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not… more »
Ruth Moulton’s Spice Balls
The holiday season always reminds me of these cookies, one of my favorites from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home…
. Just the aroma of these spicy cookies in the oven will bring the family to the kitchen.
My sister Anne is the baker in our family. Even now, as a doctor at a busy hospital, the mother of two kids, the wife of a doctor husband, and the owner of a generally hectic life, she’ll take time out every so more »
Pumpkin Coconut Bars
For a lot of folks, the first recipe they ever prepared was printed on the back of a box, a package, or a can. Nestlé Semi-sweet Chocolate Morsels gave us Chocolate Chip Cookies. Lipton Onion Soup Mix turned into Lipton Onion Dip. Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup became Classic Green Bean Casserole. After all, why not depend on the makers of a favorite product to have some good ideas about how to use that product?
It was that kind of… more »
Tom’s Apple Macaroon
Tom Mackie, a family friend, sent me this recipe during the summer and I saved it to share just as local apple season is reaching it’s peak. Here is the note he sent with it: “I’m sure you have a recipe for something like this already, but for your amusement this is one that’s been in my family for 100+ years. It was always a favorite for family picnics or any other crowd. Picnics at my Grandmother’s could run from… more »
Sara’s New Book
|In my newest book, I share more than 200 new family-tested, family-pleasing recipes. Whether you’re new to the kitchen or just looking for a way to spice up your recipe repertoire, my carefully tested quick and easy recipes will help you get dinner on the table every night of the week.