Desserts

Soft, Salted-Rye Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

There’s something about baking a skillet cookie that beckons, “Pull up a chair, and pull out a spoon!” For that reason, this is a great recipe to make if you’re…

Meyer Lemon and Poppy Seed Layer Cake with Roasted Rhubarb and Thyme Compote

This Meyer lemon and poppy seed layer cake — with roasted rhubarb and thyme compote — delivers a pastel-colored dessert that is as fresh and delicate as an early spring morning.

Pumpkin Spelt Loaf with Pepita Streusel

Whole-grain loaves can often be sturdy and squatty, but this fall beauty is almost stately in stature, with a light crumb and subtle kiss of spice. While I love grinding down pepitas to use in the batter, you can certainly use almond or hazelnut meal if you prefer.

Rustic Rosemary Cornmeal Tart with Wild Blackberries

The recipe has grown up with me and reflects my fondness for herbs with sweets and my propensity to add the crunchy, nuttiness of cornmeal everywhere I can! Make one big tart or individual galettes, and serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. If there are leftovers, have a second slice for breakfast with coffee.

Strawberry and Lemon Balm Drizzle Cake

Lemon balm has long been used for medicinal purposes — hence the name — so this cake is practically health food. That’s my story anyway.

Straight-up Strawberry Ice Pops

Fannie’s Ice Pops makes “fun on a stick” — frozen summertime treats that are vegan, gluten-free, all natural, and feature local, organic ingredients whenever possible.

Apricot Ice Cream with Ginger and Bourbon

The apricots are paired with vanilla beans, brown sugar, ginger, and bourbon for a rich tropical flavor to usher in the summer months.

Strawberry Elderflower Tiramisu

This flowery, fruity dessert can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. It features fresh local strawberries.

Blueberry Mint Swirl Popsicles

Summer isn’t summer without popsicles. This recipe is a riff off the classic mojito combination of mint, lime, and brown sugar.

Emerald Forest Cake

At this time of year, a trip to the farmers market yields slim pickings for the seasonal cake baker, and for a time, this seasonal cake-recipe writer was similarly lacking in inspiration, until I turned my attention to all the wonderful local products in our store cupboards and freezers.