Strawberry Crumb Cake

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Strawberry Crumb Cake

Strawberry Crumb Cake

An Easter table would not be complete without a sweet treat. And there is nothing better to serve than a homemade version of the east coast classic crumb cake. Strawberry Crumb Cake is my take on the beloved New York style crumb cake tailored to the spring season. There is a love affair with crumb cake and almost every New Jerseyan and New Yorker. The origin of the moist yet sturdy pale yellow cake covered with a crumb topping of flour, sugar and butter is in Germany. Originally the cake was yeast dough covered...

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Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Fall is a time for everything apple. The cooler temperatures just beg for a kitchen to be filled with the inviting and delicious aroma of apples being baked into mile high apple pies, apple bundt cakes, and cinnamon apple muffins. I hopped on the apple bandwagon over the weekend a baked up an apple filled treat for my family and a few friends of my kids that happen by my kitchen. While working at a gourmet market about 10 years ago, I was continually developing seasonally recipes for the cookies, bars, cakes, and...

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The Perfect Sugar Cookie

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Dessert, Make ahead, Recipes | Comments Off on The Perfect Sugar Cookie

The Perfect Sugar Cookie

The Perfect Sugar Cookie is my “go-to cookie” ever since I made 8 dozen of the buttery, sprinkle laden treats for my son’s middle school dance over 4 years ago.  I have deemed this cookie perfect for a number of reasons. 1.  99% of the time I have all the ingredients on hand. 2.  It takes all of about 5 minutes with mix up a batch. 3.  The cookies are “drop” cookies which means no rolling and cutting out dough. 4.  They are the same size every time I bake them – a...

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Mini Berry Poppy Seed Cakes with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Dessert, Make ahead, Recipes | 1 comment

Mini Berry Poppy Seed Cakes with Vanilla Whipped Cream

The 4th of July is a festive holiday for everyone to enjoy.  Parade spectators line Main Street U.S.A. to cheer for shiny red fire trucks, marching bands, and floats decked out with American flags, streamers and balloons.  Backyards and parks are prime locations for cookouts and picnics and feature grills loaded with hamburgers, hotdogs and barbecued chicken.  And the day wouldn’t be complete without a spectacular display of fireworks that light up the night sky.  Add a splash of red, white and blue to your...

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Caramel Apple Crumb Cake

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Recipes | Comments Off on Caramel Apple Crumb Cake

Caramel Apple Crumb Cake

Caramel Apple Crumb Cake is my version of the beloved New York style crumb cake. Every grocery store, coffee shop, bakery, diner, and convenience mart in New Jersey and New York sells crumb cakes. The more crumb the better. About a good inch or 2 of crumb and a little less of the cake is ideal. I searched the Internet and my cookbook collection to develop my take on the crumb cake. Added were a layer of apples sauteed in brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. I was delighted with the piece I had before bed last...

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Poppy Seed Almond Quick Bread

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Poppy Seed Almond Quick Bread

Poppy Seed Almond Quick Bread

When one of my kids is sick, I will do almost anything to make them feel better.  No Thank You Boy was home a couple days last week with a hacking, coughing, achy, sore throat mess of a cold and felt just plain awful.  He was not very hungry the first day of being home and mostly slept.  But as he started to feel a little better and get his appetite back, it was time for me to make him a treat.  Isn’t that just what moms are supposed to do??  I think so. Poppy Seed Almond Quick Bread is a bakery...

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