Are you sick of all that summer fruit and begging for some chocolate? Well, maybe it’s impossible to be sick of the fruit, but I can always go for some chocolate. The moment I laid eyes on these on Joy the Baker I was sold. Peanut butter is sandwiched between two banana slices and the entire thing is dunked in warm, melted chocolate. I mean, seriously, is there a better combination?! This is the simplest creation and the best part is that it doesn’t even require an oven!
I’m back with ANOTHER recipe containing fruit. I can’t stay away, but I promise some chocolate is headed your way next week. It’s blueberry picking season and I’ve been to the orchard twice in the last ten days. I swore I was just going to eat the berries straight up and not bake anything, but I gave in. This coffee cake was well worth it, though. It is insanely moist and the crumb topping is perfection. The best part about coffee cake is obviously the fact that it’s an acceptable breakfast food! I was very excited when I received the placemat above recently and it was just too fitting not to use. [Read more...]
As I mentioned in my last post, the fruit this time of year is just too good to pass up, so it should come as no surprise that I can’t stop adding it to almost everything I bake. I make this tart at least once every summer and have yet to use the same combination of fruits. What’s not to love when there’s a buttery crust layered with pastry cream and fresh fruit? I love that the fruit is the centerpiece of this dessert, making it festive for any summer occasion. [Read more...]
Have you had a peach lately?! If not, get your hands on one ASAP. They are to die for and I can’t even get started talking about the cherries. I swear winter makes me forget summer fruit exists and then it appears again and I want to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I curently try to avoid the grocery store because I tend to go a bit crazy buying every fruit in sight. It doesn’t help that almost all of it is on sale right now too. The minute I devoured my first peach of the summer, I was left longing for peach crisp. I don’t even know why, considering a peach on its own is absolute perfection, but I guess the more ways I can add peaches to my diet right now the better.
I browsed crisp recipes for about a week and kept trying to resist. As much as I wanted it, I just wasn’t feeling all the butter and sugar in the summer heat. I finally came across a breakfast apricot crisp in my Smitten Kitchen cookbook and knew I wanted to make a similar healthified version with peaches. With ingredients like whole wheat flour, oats and almonds, this is a dessert that you can feel good about eating. I am not lying to you when I say that this dish tastes every bit as indulgent as the butter and sugar laden version. It is so so good! Barely anything is added to the peaches, letting the naturally sweet flavor of the fruit shine through. The oat crumble topping on top is perfectly crispy and even contains a bit of heart healthy olive oil.
This reheats very well in the microwave, say for instance you want to enjoy a bowl night after night. Just be sure to add a scoop of non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt. You will not regret it. I can even tell you from experience that a dish of this straight from the fridge topped with greek yogurt for breakfast is perfection. Hey, it’s summer, anything goes. If you are looking to indulge a bit lighter this summer, this is the perfect dish to make this holiday weekend. I will definitely continue to make this crisp all summer long.