Pear Bread with Almond Streusel Topping

Pear Bread-this easy pear quick bread has a sweet almond streusel topping and simple almond glaze. It is great for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.  Pear Bread What do you do when your nice neighbors bring you over a huge bag of pears from their tre…

Pear Bread-this easy pear quick bread has a sweet almond streusel topping and simple almond glaze. It is great for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.  Pear Bread What do you do when your nice neighbors bring you over a huge bag of pears from their tree? First, you say thank you and then you make Easy Pear Sauce and…

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Peach Almond Crisp

Peach Crisp-a simple peach crisp made with fresh peaches and topped with a sweet almond oat topping. Add a scoop of ice cream for an extra special summer dessert. Peach Crisp Millions of peaches, peaches for ME! Don’t you just love that song? It …

Peach Crisp-a simple peach crisp made with fresh peaches and topped with a sweet almond oat topping. Add a scoop of ice cream for an extra special summer dessert. Peach Crisp Millions of peaches, peaches for ME! Don’t you just love that song? It always gets stuck in my head, especially when I am eating peaches…

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Summer Fruit Recipes

It’s summer! Whether you’re in or outdoors, hopefully for all of you there are beautiful summer fruits and berries to be had, and I hope that you’re able to get your hands on as many of them as you can. I am loading (actually, overloading…) myself up at the market. While a good portion on the fresh fruit gets eaten just as-is, some of it…

It’s summer! Whether you’re in or outdoors, hopefully for all of you there are beautiful summer fruits and berries to be had, and I hope that you’re able to get your hands on as many of them as you can. I am loading (actually, overloading…) myself up at the market. While a good portion on the fresh fruit gets eaten just as-is, some of it goes into the following dessert recipes that I continue to make year after year. Others go into jam, which is a great way to preserve all those summer fruits and berries, and make them last through fall and winter.

Cherry season is behind most of us (sniff…sniff…), but if they are still lingering where you live, you can type “cherry” or “cherries” into the search engine at the top right corner of the page to find cherry recipes. (And we don’t get a bountiful array of fresh raspberries and blackberries here, so I don’t have many recipes that use them on the blog.) But for nectarines, strawberries, peaches, plums and other summer fruits, here are some of my favorite recipes on the blog…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

The best summer desserts are definitely with the ones using strawberries. This absolutely delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is done in less than 30 minutes! Only 4-ingredient filling and 4-ingredient crisp. Quick to assemble and quick to bake! The eas…

The best summer desserts are definitely with the ones using strawberries. This absolutely delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is done in less than 30 minutes! Only 4-ingredient filling and 4-ingredient crisp. Quick to assemble and quick to bake! The easiest dessert ever!  You know summer is really here if you are thinking about all the delicious...

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Almond Sourdough Muffins with Dried Blueberries

Don’t let that sourdough discard go to waste: make a batch of these delicious almond sourdough muffins! Made with leftover sourdough starter that would otherwise be discarded, these moist and tender muffins are flavored with almond and studded with dried blueberries and sliced almonds. Hooray, more sourdough discard recipes! Y’all are loving my crackers and […]

Don’t let that sourdough discard go to waste: make a batch of these delicious almond sourdough muffins!

Made with leftover sourdough starter that would otherwise be discarded, these moist and tender muffins are flavored with almond and studded with dried blueberries and sliced almonds.

Plate of Sourdough Muffins with a blue chambray napkin

Hooray, more sourdough discard recipes! Y’all are loving my crackers and biscuits so much I figured I’d see what else I could make with sourdough discard. These muffins are the result (next up: waffles perhaps?)

It makes me so happy to see so many people dipping their toes into the world of homemade sourdough. It’s something I’ve been doing for the past 3 years and it brings me endless satisfaction (sure, some frustration too, but that frustration is surely eased when you bite into a fresh slice of homemade sourdough slathered in good salted butter; I mean, it’s one of my greatest joys in life).

Muffin Tin with Sourdough Muffins with one cup filled with sliced almonds

When maintaining a sourdough starter (and especially when you are first developing it), there is a good amount of that starter that is discarded during the process. If you didn’t discard, your starter would just keep growing and growing like something out of a horror flick.

Once you have a thriving starter, you can technically maintain it with a very small amount of flour (as little as 25-50 grams), and unless you plan to bake every day or two, store it in the fridge between bakes rather than feeding it every day (feed it once or twice before you plan to start baking to wake it back up again, especially if it’s been dormant for longer than 2 weeks).

But even reducing the quantity of flour and frequency of feedings, there will still be discard. It’s unavoidable.

But that doesn’t mean it has to go to waste.

That’s where sourdough discard recipes come in – those spoonfuls of starter that would otherwise be thrown away can be incorporated into almost any recipe that already uses flour and liquid, from crackers and biscuits to pizza dough and pancakes. And, of course, muffins.

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Whipped Almond Dip with Pickled Beets & Sourdough

Believe it or not, this creamy whipped almond dip is entirely vegan, and made with ingredients you already have in your pantry! A perfect starter or light lunch, we served this whipped almond dip with pickled beets and slices of fresh sourdough bread (but feel free to treat it like you would hummus, paired with […]

Believe it or not, this creamy whipped almond dip is entirely vegan, and made with ingredients you already have in your pantry!

A perfect starter or light lunch, we served this whipped almond dip with pickled beets and slices of fresh sourdough bread (but feel free to treat it like you would hummus, paired with fresh vegetables, soft pita, or even crispy chickpeas).

White bowl with whipped almond dip, topped with pickled beets and two slices of fresh sourdough.

This recipe was inspired by a dish we had in Sydney, Australia this past fall. On our last night there, we randomly found ourselves in an adorable restaurant down the street from our apartment called Dead Ringer.

One dish on the menu that immediately grabbed our attention was an appetizer of creamed almonds with beets and housemade sourdough. I’m a sucker for anything with beets, and so we ordered it not really knowing what exactly ‘creamed almonds’ would be.

Spreading whipped almond dip on a slice of fresh sourdough bread

Turns out creamed almonds are downright magical. Somehow, without any cream or dairy whatsoever, the almonds whip up into a creamy, fluffy dip with a texture falling somewhere in between hummus and whipped ricotta. With little more than a splash of lemon juice, a glug of olive oil and a garlic clove, it’s surprising just how flavorful this dip is.

In an effort to recreate the original as closely as possible, we topped ours with a drizzle of olive oil, pickled beets, fresh dill and and homemade sourdough.

The pretty pink powder is actually a mix of beet powder and sumac, which gives the dip a tart lemony twist (the beet powder is mainly for looks, so feel free to leave it out, though I’d argue the sumac is not optional since it adds so much flavor).

We realized after the fact that we forgot the black sesame seeds, which would have added another level of visual interest. Next time! (because we will certainly be making this again!)

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Neapolitan Amaretti Cookies

Not one, not two, but three delicious flavors swirled into one supremely soft and chewy almond cookie. Here’s a fun Neapolitan twist (literally) on your favorite soft amaretti cookie – with swirls of almond, strawberry, and chocolate doughs in one delightful bite. At this point I’ve made five different flavors of my popular soft amaretti […]

Not one, not two, but three delicious flavors swirled into one supremely soft and chewy almond cookie.

Here’s a fun Neapolitan twist (literally) on your favorite soft amaretti cookie – with swirls of almond, strawberry, and chocolate doughs in one delightful bite.

Plate with Neapolitan Amaretti Cookies, and bowls of strawberries, cocoa poweder and almonds.

At this point I’ve made five different flavors of my popular soft amaretti cookies.

It’s about time we mash some of them together.

Or, to be more precise, elegantly marble them into a triple flavored swirl.

Cooling rack with rows of Neapolitan Amaretti Cookies

These Neapolitan amaretti cookies combine the original almond and chocolate varieties, along with a pink fruity variation (I used freeze dried strawberries instead of raspberries this time, though either would work).

The result is a sweet swirl of almondy goodness with a hint of chocolate and strawberry that would be perfect for your sweetheart.

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Almond Joy Energy Balls

Almond Joy Energy Balls-chocolate, coconut, and almond come together to create a delicious and nutritious bite-sized snack! If you love Almond Joy candy bars, you will love these healthy little energy bites! Almond Joy Energy Balls I love a good energy…

Almond Joy Energy Balls-chocolate, coconut, and almond come together to create a delicious and nutritious bite-sized snack! If you love Almond Joy candy bars, you will love these healthy little energy bites! Almond Joy Energy Balls I love a good energy ball…or energy bite, protein ball, power ball, protein popper, whatever you want to call…

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How to Make Almond Paste From Scratch

It’s always more fun to DIY. We’re here to show you how to make small batches of great foods at home. Today: With Linda Xiao from The Tart Tart’s homemade almond paste, you can take your almond-based desserts and pastries to a whole new level.
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It's always more fun to DIY. We're here to show you how to make small batches of great foods at home. Today: With Linda Xiao from The Tart Tart's homemade almond paste, you can take your almond-based desserts and pastries to a whole new level.

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Lemon-Almond Snack Cake

This summer, for our vacation, we did our usual road trip, with stops to visit various friends in France, with a delicious detour to Spain. We always look forward to visiting our French friends who have a home in Burgundy, and not just for all the Chablis, jambon persillé, Dijon mustard and gougères. (Oh, and they also have a pool…) But since they live abroad,…

This summer, for our vacation, we did our usual road trip, with stops to visit various friends in France, with a delicious detour to Spain. We always look forward to visiting our French friends who have a home in Burgundy, and not just for all the Chablis, jambon persillé, Dijon mustard and gougères. (Oh, and they also have a pool…) But since they live abroad, we don’t get to see them all that often. This year, two members of their family were celebrating milestone birthdays and a party was planned for nearly sixty friends and family members in their honor.

For the party, we got to work. The first day of prep, everyone was sort of doing whatever they thought needed doing, until a former restaurant cook (me) realized we needed someone to make a prep list, and we all sat down together to map out our plans.

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