Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Looking for a last minute dessert for New Year’s Eve? These cute mini cherry cheesecakes are quick and tasty! I think these would be a good dessert for receptions and parties because they are bite size.

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

I was inspired by Bakerella’s Super Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecakes, but added a simple crust since the wafers were larger than the bottoms of my muffin cups.

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Mini Cherry Pies

I’m still not sure what Jaime and I will be doing for the New Year, but I thought I’d share a couple of recipes that I think would make good desserts for a New Year’s Eve party.  These desserts are pretty and festive and easy to make.  First up: mini cherry pies.

Mini Cherry Pies

Unlike regular sized pies, these cute mini pies are a finger food so they are good for receptions and parties.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Bread with Dried Fruit and Nuts

It is finally beginning to feel a bit like fall here in South Carolina.  While it is definitely not the same as autumn in New England or out west, it is enough to get me thinking about fall foods and especially pumpkin.  I saw a recipe for Golden Stollen on the King Arthur Flour website this past weekend.   The golden color of this bread is a result of pumpkin.  This bread sounded like the perfect fall bread so I went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients that I didn’t have on hand — dried cranberries, candied ginger, and pumpkin — and then came home and made this.  I followed the recipe on the King Arthur Flour website with a couple of minor changes.

Pumpkin BreadWhile this bread was baking it filled the house with the sweet aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.  I will definitely make it again.  A slice of this bread with a cup of tea, a fire in the fireplace, and a good book would make a very nice fall evening.

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Another Sweet Birthday Surprise: Black Forest Whipped Cream Cake Recipe

This black forest whipped cream cake has been my birthday cake for as long as I can remember.  It is not like the black forest cakes often sold in bakeries and stores; the base of this cake is a whipped cream cake and not a chocolate cake like in many store bought versions.  I may be biased, but I like this one better! The whipped cream, which is folded in to the batter, makes this cake nice and moist.

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Recipe: Fresh Peach Cobbler

I bought a basket of beautiful fresh peaches during a recent trip to the farmers’ market. Since I managed to make it through the entire summer without making peach cobbler, I decided to take advantage of the tail end of peach season and make a cobbler.

PeachesThe peaches were not quite ripe, but the cooking softened the peaches and if I hadn’t known I never would have guessed that they were not quite ripe.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries are an elegant dessert, but can be pricey to purchase premade and can get a little squishy if they are left to sit for too long.  When I was a child, my parents had a large strawberry patch and we would often make chocolate dipped strawberries for special occasions.  The key to getting nice looking DIY chocolate strawberries is to make sure that the strawberries are completely dry before dipping and that the chocolate is completely melted but not burnt.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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