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Category Archives: Desserts

Steamed Fruit Dumplings – Recipe and Technique

This recipe is a very old favorite of mine. It reminds me of my grandmother’s cooking days and my Sunday visits to her with my mom.
I love these fluffy dumplings because they are so light in texture, and so delicious served with melted butter and sugar.
This recipe goes back to my great-grandmother who was of German descent, and most likely back to her mother and grandmother, which datewise would go back to the 1700s.

Valentine Cookies – Recipe

Roses and chocolates are most popular to impress your Special Valentine with, but these heart-shaped cookies are so tempting and delicious…:-), and so simple to make.

Honey Cake with Buttercream and Jam – European Recipe

This Layered Honey Cake recipe was born today due to the leftover buttercream from making my Shortbread sandwich cookies.

It is a very simple recipe to make, as you begin with baking a fluffy honey cake on a 13″ x 18″ cookie sheet, then cutting it into 3 even sections and layering them with buttercream and your favorite jam, then drizzling it with a glaze.

Uzvar – Dried Fruit Drink Recipe

During the summer months when fresh fruits and berries are in abundance I like to cook a fruity drink called Kompot.

At Christmas time I prepare a similar drink called Uzvar, which contains mostly dried fruits and berries, plus a few fresh apples.

Kompot and Uzvar may be sweetened with honey, however, I like to use a packet of Strawberry Jello powder for flavor, sweetness, and color.

Shortbread Sandwich Cookies – European Recipe

This is a modified version of a recipe someone shared with me in the past.

What is interesting about this recipe is that you can make several different versions of cookies from this one basic dough.

You can have single cookies with sprinkles or glaze, sandwich cookies with jam, sandwich cookies with buttercream and jam, or even stack 3 cookies together with buttercream and jam and make them into mini cakes.