All tagged summer

Blueberry Peach Fried Hand Pies with Lavender Sugar

I tried several recipes and tweaks before getting these hand pies right. You need lavender but not too much that things taste like soap. You also need sweetness but not too sweet that you can only taste sugar. The filling needs to be thick enough that it does leak and the dough has to be thin enough that to cooks all the way through when fried. I landed on a crisp pie with a delicately sweetened filling. It has a wonderful floral aroma but is not too overpowering. If lavender isn’t your thing you can just dip in granulated sugar or even add some lemon zest to your sugar before dipping.

Burnt Sugar Banana Cream Puffs

These burnt sugar banana cream puffs are choux pastry covered in sweet craquelin filled with fresh banana pastry cream and burnt sugar whipped cream, sprinkled with more burnt sugar and topped with a brûléed banana slice. The caramelized burnt sugar adds a great depth to the sweetness of the banana pastry cream. The flavor of these bite sized desserts are somewhere in-between southern banana pudding and bananas foster.

Vanilla Almond Plum Berry Crisp

I don't think the sweet summer plum gets the recognition it deserves. The sweet and tart stone fruit is the star of this crumble. It is an easy dessert but has a show stopping color and flavor. The vibrant fruits are topped with a vanilla almond crumble and with just a hint of cinnamon to round out the flavor. The bright flavors of summer blended with a little warmth and spice of the coming fall season.

Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Slice

This patriotic dessert is perfect for your 4th of July cookout. Everything comes together easily and you can even use store bought cookie dough for the crust. Just combine your favorite vanilla bean ice cream with fresh berries for a refreshing and creamy red, white, and blue slice. The hardest part of the recipe is waiting overnight for it to set.