Tea Cakes

            Depending on the cultural origin, there are numerous variations and interpretations of tea cakes around the world. In the United States, a tea cake is usually a dense cookie made with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, milk, and flavoring; Petit Fours are also sometimes classified as tea cakes in America. In England (where … Read more

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies

Years ago, I lived and worked in Center City Philadelphia.  On weekends, I would escape the hustle and bustle of the city and drive to visit friends who lived among the lush Pennsylvania Dutch farmlands in Lancaster, Pa. The Amish bakeries were a treasure trove of old-fashioned, homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and pastries. My favorite … Read more

Lemon Meringue Pie (Best Ever)

  This recipe comes from the September 1994 Southern Living Magazine. Reminiscent of old-fashioned American diners, this pie never goes out of style; always a classic and always a crowd pleaser.   The pie is bursting with a fresh lemon curd and topped with soft, billowy, creamy, vanilla scented meringue, all sitting on top of a … Read more

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I think of Coffee Cake as comfort food of the dessert world.  Warm out of the oven with a tall glass of milk, it’s reminiscent of grandmom’s house.  Don’t let the name fool you, coffee cake does not have coffee in it.  Coffee cake is traditionally served with coffee, like tea-cakes are served at tea-time, when getting together with friends for coffee.  … Read more

Chocolate Sables

Sables are a French cookie with a delicate, sandy texture.  Their American counterpart would be something similar to Sandies.  This cookie uses both unsweetened cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate which yields a very intense, complex chocolate taste.  The sandy texture comes from a dry mixture that you bring together to form into desired shapes; the … Read more