Monthly Archives: July 2011

Coffee Walnut Cake

coffee walnut cake

Friends were coming over for a late afternoon garden get together.  They were bringing most of the food but it was my job to make the dessert.  It was too warm and I didn’t feel like doing anything major but it HAD to be GOOD and for me, it had to be light and more-ish!

Looking through my recipes, I found all sorts of things that took too much time or that needed umpteen steps before I’d be finished – I didn’t have the time or the energy for all of  that.  I also found lots of desserts that looked great but would weigh you down after eating lots of barbequed whatevers and potato salad, etc.

Time was getting short and I had to come up with something – but what?  Then I found it – a coffee and walnut layer cake with coffee butter cream icing – in amongst recipes I’d been collecting for years. Continue reading

Sponge Cake

Is there anyone who doesn’t love the light and fluffy texture of a sponge cake. Sponge cake is one of the original country recipes. It was sometimes made using the egg whites and then a custard was made to cover it using the left over yolks of the egg.Today we use the whole egg, but you can, if you like, make it using only the egg whites rather than the whole egg.

sponge cake picture

Making sponge cake isn’t really an art. In fact, if you can resist opening the oven or disturbing it while it bakes, it’s difficult to really do much… Continue reading

Old Fashioned Cheesecake

old fashioned cheesecakeOld fashioned cheesecake is one of those desserts that we quite often don’t make because it tends to be difficult to accomplish. This old fashioned country recipe for cheesecake is creamy and delicious and remarkably easy to make. It’s one of the few that is lower in sugar and fat, and it can be make with low fat cream cheese as well as with regular varieties.

Cheesecake is a heavier dessert and should ideally be served with a light luncheon or a lighter summer dinner. Topped with fresh fruit, cheesecake makes an amazing dessert or just a mid day snack… Continue reading