Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake

You’re going to want to bookmark this one! Here dark chocolate cheesecake is topped with pillowy almond-scented whipped cream and piled high with fresh summer strawberries and raspberries then dusted with powdered sugar. There’s quite a bit of history to this dessert. The base of this recipe is a cheesecake that’s titled “Chocolate Cheesecake That…

Texas Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo bars are a delicious Canadian treat originating in – you guessed it! – Nanaimo. I first tried one in British Columbia on our way to Whistler (read about that trip here) and I was forever changed. Nanaimo Bars are super rich chocolatey layer treat with coconut, graham cracker crumbs and nuts. Divine! You really…

A Rose By Any Other Name Cake

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – Juliet I came up with this cake for my Romeo and Juliet dinner. It’s a Fiori di Sicliia bundt cake served with summer berries and freshly whipped cream. Fiori di Sicilia is perfect for the theme,…

M&M Bar Cookies

What’s more comforting than warm, gooey chocolate chip bar cookies full of M&Ms? The last time my mom and I were at the lake, she said, “I think you’re going to bake us M&M bar cookies,” so I hopped right up and did just that. They were so good, I just had to share the…

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

The silkiest ice cream you’ll ever had. This is the best ice cream I’ve had outside of Europe. It’s unbelievably silky and rich. Both baking chocolate and cocoa powder are used in this recipe. Imagine chocolate mousse in ice cream form. If you love ice cream, this is a must-try recipe! This is a custard-based…

Braided Loaf

What’s more fun than baking bread? There’s just something so satisfying about slathering butter and jam on warm bread that was flour mere hours ago. This is an easy white bread recipe that only takes about 10 minutes of active time and two hours of inactive time – not bad for bread! You might remember…

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

This homemade ice cream is unbelievably creamy. I used to think that making a custard-based ice cream was too tedious but actually, it takes about ten minutes of active prep time. It’s much easier than it sounds! I highly recommend making the custard base in the morning so it has time to chill, churn, and freeze…

Homemade Reese’s

Peanut butter lovers, this one’s for you! Here’s how to make homemade Reese’s, delightful chocolate-covered peanut butter bars. The dough comes together quickly for this no-bake dessert, making this is a fun treat to make all summer long when you don’t want to turn on the oven. You could shape these into eggs, Christmas trees,…

How to Make Tortillas

What does a Texan do when she doesn’t want to go to the store to get tortillas? She makes her own! Mexican food (and TexMex of course) is part of the culture here in Texas. If I leave the state for even twenty-four hours, I have to go out for Mexican food as soon as I return….

Carrot Cake

The best carrot cake you’ll ever have I told myself I wasn’t going to bake today but I binge watched an entire season of Hart of Dixie around 4 pm I thought, this is the South and it’s a Sunday, I need to bake something! I had these giant carrots just begging to become carrot cake (I…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I’m always in the mood for banana bread. I mean, honestly, what’s better than a thick slice of banana bread warm from the oven with melty chocolate chips? That’s the epitome of comfort baking. If you’ve never made banana bread, it could not be simpler. You whisk together the dry ingredients, stir in the wet…

Rapunzel’s Braid Bread

The most delicious baguette-size bread you’ll ever bake at home Wow, this is good bread. I have been dying to share this recipe with you! Imagine slathering a warm, fluffy piece of white bread with sweet honey butter. I came up with this whimsical recipe for Disney Dinners: Tangled and let me tell you, you will be the hero…