• overhead view of peach monkey bread on a blue plate with pieces removed and a fork
    Breakfast and Brunch,  Seasonal fruit

    Peach Monkey Bread from Scratch

    This recipe for peach monkey bread is my celebration of the end of stone fruit season. I’ve gotten some especially good specimens this year, sweet, juicy and full of flavor without being mushy. Oh man, just thinking about it and I’m already sad, even though there’s still a few lingering peaches and cherries out there. I wanted something fun to eat, and what’s more fun than monkey bread? Little balls of brioche rolled in butter and spiced sugar, then layered with perfect peaches before being baked to perfection! What is Monkey Bread? Monkey bread is also known as pull apart bread, pluck it cake, Hungarian coffee cake and bubble bread,…

  • slices of apple blackberry slab pie on three plates with fork
    Pies and Tarts,  Seasonal fruit

    Spiced Apple Blackberry Slab Pie with Cinnamon Glaze

    Why have I waited so long to make a slab pie?! This spiced apple blackberry slab pie is perfection! I’ve eaten it for breakfast, for dessert and as a snack in between. It’s not super sweet, but packs a ton of flavor from the spices and the tart apples and blackberries. The glaze really sets it off though, a final sweet kiss as you bite. I can’t wait to slab pie all the fruit and see who the ultimate winner is! Have you made a slab pie? I think its easier than making a regular pie, or maybe that’s just because I decided not to do any fancy crimping or…

  • lemon curd filled thumbprint cookies stacked
    Cookies,  Seasonal fruit

    Meyer Lemon and Earl Grey Thumbprint Cookies

    These meyer lemon and Earl Grey thumbprint cookies are the result of a fortuitous find and a little brainstorming. I was so excited to find meyer lemons this weekend, I knew their sweet tart flavor was destined for greatness. I went through the mental checklist, lemon bars, lemon cake, lemon curd. Curd is always a favorite, but sometimes you want something a little fancier than sneaking spoonfuls from the fridge late at night. An easy cookie sounded nice, no rolling or cutting. Now all that was left was deciding on the flavor profile. A vanilla bean cookie would work, but the floral notes of Earl Grey sounded like the perfect…

  • 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…