• salty toffee pretzels cut
    Bar Cookies,  Cookies

    Salty Toffee Pretzel Bars with Shortbread Crust

    Salty toffee pretzel bars are here for your salty sweet cravings! These twisted tongue ticklers are crunchy, salty pretzels nestled in a pool of buttery caramel-like toffee, on top of a tender shortbread crust. You guys, these are the perfect snack bar: crunchy, creamy, salty, sweet, complex yet uncomplicated. Whip up a batch for your next potluck or cookie swap and surprise your friends and family with something different. These come together quickly. Just press a simple shortbread crust into a 9×13 pan. While that’s baking up golden brown, simmer the toffee ingredients on the stove until it reaches soft ball temperature. Finally, toss in a few cups of broken…

  • Ricotta olive oil cake with cherries
    Breakfast sweets,  Cakes,  Seasonal fruit

    Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Fresh Cherries

    The first time I made a ricotta cake, it was at the Italian bakery where I worked. We had a few standard recipes, but the owner and I liked to brainstorm new ideas for seasonal flavors. I would gather a few recipes and begin to test. This particular time, we liked the idea of candied oranges baked into the batter. After a few tries I found a pound cake-like cake with the sweet flavor of orange throughout. Fast forward a few years and I began craving that same dense, moist cake, but I couldn’t find the recipe. My mind was set on a ricotta cake, this time made with olive…