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Brandied Cherry Sauce

Brandied Cherry Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #elegant #tartcherry #dessert #recipe

Made with tart cherries, this beautifully brilliant red cherry sauce is laced with brandy for an easy, elegant dessert. Simply warm the sauce and serve over ice cream with a sprig of mint and your guests will be enamored. (If you only have sweet cherries available, it can be made with sweet cherries instead.) I haven’t had […]


Maple Cherry Galette with Ginger Frangipane

Maple Cherry Galette w Ginger Frangipane ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cherry #pie #recipe

Highly adapted from A Beautiful Plate Tart cherries in a thick and lovely brandied maple sauce over a beautiful sweet almond mixture with candied ginger (the frangipane) make for a stellar, almost sexy, yet really quite easy, dessert. I found this gorgeous rhubarb galette (rustic pie) recipe from A Beautiful Plate  a couple months ago and I’ve had […]


Fresh Blueberry Apricot Coffee Cake

Blueberry Apricot Coffee Cake ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #breakfast #cake #recipe

Adapted from Freeing my Martha Fresh apricots and blueberries make for delightful breakfast coffee cake that goes oh-so-perfectly with coffee or (my favorite morning beverage) chai tea. I know the chai purists will chastise me for saying “chai tea” because technically “chai” is the word for “tea”, but in the US, there are soooo many […]


Red White & Blue Berry Cheesecake Bites

Red White & Blue Berry Cheesecake Bites ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #patriotic #dessert #recipe

Adapted slightly from The Kitchen is my Playground There are certain simple ideas that never occurred to me, but once I see them, I just HAVE to try them. That was the case with these pretty berry cheesecake bites. I saw them, pinned them, then shortly thereafter, walked into the kitchen and made them. I didn’t have […]


Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp

Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #blueberry #rhubarb #dessert #recipe

Rhubarb and blueberries are beautiful companions. I just discovered this. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier. Last summer I went all crazy on everything strawberry rhubarb, but in all my years of cooking, I never thought to pair blueberries with rhubarb. Perhaps it’s because of the overabundance of strawberries I see in the […]


Blueberry Lavender Truffles

Blueberry Lavender Truffles ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #blueberry #truffles #recipe

A lovely little sweet treat, laced with white chocolate, wild blueberries, a little cream cheese, vanilla and lavender, molded into pretty floral shapes. Of all the truffles I’ve made so far, these were my daughter’s favorite. I’m thinking this would be a lovely Mother’s Day gift … or perhaps a pretty treat to serve at a graduation […]


Jeri’s Fabulous Almond Torte

Jeri's Fabulous Almond Torte ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #almond #dessert #recipe

A celebration of almonds in a dense, almond torte, this simple yet elegant dessert requires just a few ingredients! The top of it has a lovely crunch, with the rest of the torte all soft and chewy and wonderful. Last week my friend Jeri said to me, with excitement in her eyes, “Ann I made a torte […]


Wild Blueberry Pie

Wild Blueberry Pie ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #recipe

If blueberry pie can be sexy, I gotta say, this one really is. It’s perfectly set, flavored just right with a lovely undertone of vanilla and a hint of lemon, but mostly just real blueberry flavor shining through. My daughter and I love to add a bit of pretty light whipped cream on top, you […]


Lavender Pear Bellini

Lavender Pear Bellini ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #festive #winter #cocktail #recipe

. A festive cocktail for the holidays and the New Year! Hello 2017. It’s January. Oh January! It’s always so cold this time of year that it seems all people want to do is stay inside and sleep. But where I grew up, January was also a time to party. We had many a good blizzard party […]


Pretzel English Toffee

Pretzel English Toffee ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #candy #ImperialSugar

It occurred to me last winter when I was in my holiday baking mode that putting salty pretzels in toffee would be a brilliant idea … an idea akin to the saltine toffee that many people make, but with more crunch. So I made it … and it was wonderful … and everyone loved it […]


Pumpkin Cake w/Chocolate Cheesecake Swirl #Choctoberfest

Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Cheesecake Swirl ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Choctoberfest #recipe

This is my third recipe for #Choctoberfest and I’m super excited to share it with you! Thanks to Hurricane Matthew, shipments of Imperial Sugar were delayed, but I finally received mine, along with an adorable apron and a silicon mat that I know I will use a LOT! (Incidentally, I think that’s included in the […]


Chocolate Raspberry Ricotta Cake #Choctoberfest

Chocolate Raspberry Ricotta Cake ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #choctoberfest #cake #recipe

Inspired by Epicurious This post was created for #Choctoberfest … an awesome annual blogger event where many bloggers team up with some great sponsors to share our love of chocolate. Oh, and there’s a fabulous giveaway involved! Run over and enter now. Sooo … on to the recipe. I went to visit my parents last weekend […]


Sunflower Fig Zucchini Bread

Sunflower Fig Zucchini Bread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #yogurt #wholewheat #zucchini #bread #recipe

Do you ever get bored with the same old zucchini bread recipe? I do … so sometimes I have to go out on a limb and make a new flavor. And this time I had some fresh figs that needed using … and making a figgy zucchini bread sounded fun. I constantly wonder about the figgy […]


Mango Peach Crisp

Mango Peach Crisp ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #peach #tropical #dessert #recipe

I’m guest posting for my friend Shea over at Dixie Chik Cooks today! I’m super excited … Have you visited her blog? She has so many amazing recipes … and her burgers are totally epic. That girl knows how to take it over the top to crazy good! Let’s talk about this recipe for a moment […]


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #zucchini #bread #recipe

My mother has been trying new flavors of zucchini bread … she told me the most popular flavor she’s made lately is the peanut butter one. She makes hers with peanut butter chips … my mom is not a big fan of chocolate, but she does like peanut butter. Mom didn’t give me a recipe, […]


(Small Batch) Bourbon Raspberry Fig Jam

Small Batch Bourbon Raspberry Fig Jam ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #nocanning #jam #recipe

Adapted from Flavor the Moments A beautiful bright red figgy berry jam with no pectin or canning required … The very first time I ever purchased fresh figs in my life happened a few weeks ago and it was VERY spur of the moment. I was at Costco … one of my friends had found these […]


Lavender Cream Cheese Stuffed Figs

Lavender Cream Cheese Stuffed Figs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lavender #creamcheese #figs #recipe

I found some fresh figs … right here in the midwest where such exotic things oh so rarely make an appearance. The foodie in me has been extremely jealous of all the fresh fig recipes I see online … I always ooh and ah over them, wishing, oh wishing, that I could experience this marvelous-ness that is […]


Pineapple Blueberry Cloud Parfaits

Pineapple Blueberry Cloud Parfaits ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #fruity #summer #dessert #recipe

This is the quintessential summertime dessert! Light and fruity, with a creamy yogurt mascarpone mousse … it tastes decadent and luscious … add candied almond slices on top for a delightful crunch that contrasts perfectly with the rest of the tastes and textures. My uncle was in town this weekend … my aunt who just moved here recently […]


Coconut Mango Macadamia Zucchini Bread

Coconut Mango Macadamia Zucchini Bread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tropical #zucchini #bread #recipe

Hurrah zucchini season has arrived! I got my first BIG zucchini from an unknown friend at work who had left some zucchini from their garden in the break room with a little note: Please take and enjoy! Oh I love fresh garden zucchini. I made some delicious zucchini kale fried rice with it, but it […]


Honey Mango Rose Italian Cream Soda

Honey Mango Rose Italian Cream Soda ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Homemade #Tropical #Italian #Soda #Recipe

My daughter and I love to make Italian Cream Sodas in the summertime. We’ve dreamed up some pretty fantabulous flavors over the years … but we strive for at least one new flavor every year. This year’s idea was hers. The color of this delicious cream soda is subtle … not as vibrant as some […]


Double Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Double Chocolate Cherry Brownies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cherry #brownie #recipe

I made brunch for an event this month and I really wanted something chocolate … every event needs a little chocolate, don’t you think? I thought and thought upon it and brownies seemed to be the thing that was calling to me. The fresh sweet cherries in my fridge decided to join the party and […]


Strawberry Rhubarb Bread Pudding Cups

Strawberry Rhubarb Bread Pudding Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert for #breakfast #muffins

A long, long time ago, I asked a friend what she wanted me to make her as a treat for her birthday. She said she wanted bread pudding, but not a fancy bread pudding, she wanted a plain bread pudding. She was very specific about this. “What?” I said … “I can’t add any fruit? […]


Lavender Rhubarb Cobbler Cake

Lavender Rhubarb Cobbler Cake ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #rhubarb #lavender #cobbler #dessert #recipe

I first made this lovely “fruit-on-top” cobbler with strawberries. It was such a fun time … my little niece helped “plippity plop” the strawberries on top. Then I had to try it with other fruits. Then I made one with plums from my dad’s (very proliferous) plum tree. And this year, I thought I need to make one […]


Easy Peasy Chocolate Fondue

Easy Peasy Chocolate Fondue ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #5minute #chocolate #fondue #recipe

This super easy chocolate fondue cooks in the microwave, so it’s ready in less than 5 minutes. It will take you longer to assemble the dippers than it will to make the fondue! You see, since I made the cheese fondue, I had to make a chocolate fondue too! Because a fondue party just isn’t complete […]

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