Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Yes, Pineapple Upside Down Cake sounds unbelievably dated and cheesy.  But in fact it's quite delicious and addicting. I have yet to make this dessert for someone and they not exclaim how much they enjoy it. The combination of tart pineapple with sweet caramel placed on top of a buttermilk cake…

Creme Fraiche Cheesecake

Creme Fraiche Cheesecake

Creme Fraiche Cheesecake I've got to admit I'm not the biggest fan of cheesecake. Often it's overly sweet and a bit too rich. But after making this cheesecake, I was sold. It's tangy, perfectly sweet, and much smaller than the traditional Cheesecake Factory size piece, making it less of a gut bomb. It's also quite…

Coffee Cake

The Best Coffee Cake

I recently bought Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery cookbook. While it's full of delicious looking treats, the one that caught my eye was the coffee cake. I was intrigued with the use of creme fraiche. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Here's my adapted recipe.  It tastes just as good (if not better) and…

The Best Holiday Desserts

The Best Holiday Desserts Here's my list of the best holiday desserts.  Everything from cookies to pie, you will not be disappointed. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Nothing says the holidays more than pumpkin.  These cookies are easy to make, moist, and so tasty it is impossible to eat only one. Apple, Pear, and Dried Cherry…

Almond and Raspberry Thumbprints

Almond and Raspberry Jam Thumbprints

Almond and Raspberry Jam Thumbprints I grew up eating thumbprint cookies and could devour an entire plate in a day.  Being sentimental, I recreated the cookies of my childhood but with a few 'Leslie' changes: the addition of almond flour and almond extract.  The almond flavoring goes beautifully with the fruity jam and is a…

Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookie

Sea Salt Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sea Salt Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies With the holiday season in full swing, these sea salt tahini chocolate chip cookies are exactly what you need! Inspired by a David Leibovitz recipe, these cookies are nutty in flavor, chewy, and full of chocolate chip cookies.  What makes these cookies stand out?  The sesame seeds each cookie is…

Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce There's something so soul satisfying about making and eating homemade caramel sauce.  It's great in apple pies, on top of ice cream, or used as a filling for my brownie mini tarts.  Yes, making caramel can be a bit intimidating, but it really isn't that difficult.  It just takes a bit of patience.…

Brownie and Caramel Mini Tarts

Brownie and Caramel Mini Tarts

Brownie and Caramel Mini Tarts Imagine a brownie like cup filled with salted caramel and topped with a deep chocolate flavored ganache.  These brownie and caramel mini tarts are exactly what you need in your life.  They are inspired by a David Leibovitz recipe, but since I can never follow the rules with baking, I…

Cinnamon and Sugar Muffins

Cinnamon and Sugar Muffins When I first made these muffins by Ree Drummond, I was immediately brought back to my childhood.  I loved making and devouring cinnamon and sugar toast. These, like my toasts, are buttery and covered in a hefty layer of cinnamon and sugar.  Since Ree's muffins are a bit on the sweet…