Posts Categorized: Dessert

Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Mint Buttercream

Chocolate Cupcake with Fresh Mint Buttercream // Not Without Salt

      I’ve written in this space long enough to have mentioned cupcakes a number of times. At first I thought, “I can’t post yet another cupcake recipe, can I?” Of course I can. Because one can never have too many recipes for a rich and perfectly textured chocolate cupcake and this frosting really… Read more »

Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Cake

Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Cake // Not Without Salt

  Here are my tips for having THE best 32nd birthday: Celebrate at least four times throughout your birthday week and feel no shame about it. Sure it’s only your 32nd birthday, not 30th or 40th but still, if you want to celebrate you celebrate. Have the sort of friends that surprise you with an… Read more »

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Affogato

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Affogato // Not Without Salt

“Do you want ice cream with caramel sauce or hot chocolate?” I ask Ivy. Her face brightens with the choice. She and I plan to take full advantage of a quiet house and the ice cream that sits idly in the freezer. “No wait!” I interrupt just as she is ready to answer. “How about… Read more »

Currant and Orange Marmalade Tea Cake

Currant and Orange Marmalade Tea Cake // Not Without Salt

The marmalade’s original intention was for cocktail experimenting. When that went terribly wrong the jar sat lonely in the fridge until I found the perfect recipe that would accomplish three things: 1. Satisfy my craving for something sweet with my coffee. 2. Give something new for you to look at while I’m gone, which brings… Read more »

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Blackberry Caramel

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Blackberry Caramel // Not Without Salt

  Things look different around here, right? I hope you don’t mind the change. I freaking love it. I was getting tired of staring at the same screen and let’s be honest, even I had a hard time using my old site. Now when I land on the home page I get fluttery and excited,… Read more »

Homemade Snickers

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  Currently in my freezer there is one last slice of ice cream pie. Next to that, a loaf pan of semifreddo minus one bite-size crater removed from its surface. In the fridge a pan of brownies teeters on a bowl of pudding. In the drawer where the vegetables should live, there is beer and… Read more »

Peaches in Moscato

Peaches in Moscato // Not Without Salt

    I realize the time for peaches has passed for many us, but think about blood oranges in place of peaches, or even slices of tender pears that smell of honey. The point is fruit loves to soak in a cup of Muscat. Particularly when the fruit has first sat in a touch of… Read more »

The one that gets made

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First Apricot pie of the season. July 27, 2013   There had been talk of an apricot pie. My brothers and I put in our not-so-subtle requests fueled by the memory of mom’s tender crust and the interior that puddles onto the plate and turns blush-toned yet soft spoken apricots into a perfectly tart and… Read more »

Croissant Loaf + giveaway

Croissant Loaf // Not Without Salt

* The winners have been selected. Thanks to all who commented. I’ve read every single one and am completely in awe of the kindness in this space. You all encourage me when I need it the most. Thank you. And thanks again to Cinnamon Hill for hosting the giveaway. If you didn’t happen to win… Read more »

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake // Not Without Salt

This story has nothing and yet everything to do with roasted strawberry milkshakes. Regardless, I’m going to tell it if for the only reason that I can’t get it out of my head until I get it onto paper (or the screen as the case may be). Gabe and I sat down to a simple… Read more »

Salted Peanut Florentines

Salted Peanut Florentines // Not Without Salt

I can tell you from experience that these lacy, sweet and salty cookies go quite nicely with hot chocolate on a lazy sick day. Early in the morning we declared it a pajama day at our house and I can think of no better lazy day activity then giving a lesson in Mexican hot chocolate… Read more »

Lemon Curd with Fresh Berries, Mint and Cream

Lemon Curd with Fresh Berries and Mint // Not Without Salt

I knew it had to be lemon curd. Usually I’m not this passionate about the sweet and tart, pudding-like dessert but with that lemon tree right outside the window (the same one of the Whiskey Sour fame) it was practically taunting me. With branches bending under the weight of the fruit and large vibrant leaves… Read more »

Butterscotch Pudding with Roasted Banana Whipped Cream

Butterscotch Pudding with Roasted Banana Whipped Cream // not without salt

It was just about a year ago when I had the butterscotch budino (an Italian baked custard) at Delancey. Sitting on top of its perfectly smooth camel colored cap was a pile of billowy cream with streaks of roasted banana throughout. I’ve always been a fan of pudding and its not-so distant cousins; panna cotta,… Read more »

Salted Caramel Date Loaf

Salted Caramel Date Loaf // Not Without Salt

  They say a good friend listens, lends a shoulder to sop up tears, is trustworthy and dependable. Yeah, yeah those are great but this week I’ve seen that a good friend will also schlep a caramel cake from San Francisco to Seattle in her carry-on for the sole purpose of sharing it with you…. Read more »

Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Mascarpone Cream

Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Honey Mascarpone Cream // notwithoutsalt.com

Consider this your fair warning: This blog is about to become sugar laden. “What’s new?” You may say. To that I say, “Hey, remember last week when I fed you Brussels sprouts? Okay then, we’re ready for sugar.” I know for a fact that there is at least one sweet reader eager for this recipe…. Read more »

Chopped Apple Cake

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Happiness is a Sunday with no plans. An early morning where the first few steps are taken towards the oven in order to pre-heat. And even though Ivy manages to put an entire tub of expensive face product in her hair and the boys spend all afternoon doing everything but cleaning their room, Sunday still… Read more »

Let’s agree

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The cup sat on the edge of the table in such a way that light flooded in from behind highlighting little peaks of the frothed leaf that sat suspended on the latte. I took its picture not because I was overwhelmed by its beauty or because I thought it’d make a compelling image but because… Read more »

Cornmeal cake with blueberries and maple whipped cream

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“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus My tendency is to live from one project to the next, marking my life with goals, successes and the trying process of reaching those goals. Ambition… Read more »

Her Carnival Birthday

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It may have been excessive. Perhaps a bit over the top, but that was sort of what I was going for. Billowy balloons marked the entrance. Our guests, young and not so young, were greeted by our Lemonade stand offering a variety of cold beverages that refreshed on one of those perfect, late summer afternoons…. Read more »

White chocolate covered cherries

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  It’s nearly impossible to return from the market without baskets and baskets of berries in various forms this time of year. I’m not the only shopper in the family who falls for their brilliant hues and sweet perfume that lures you in from yards away, my husband is easily wooed too – I adore… Read more »

Two pies are better than one

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They called out for chocolate pie or yet another strawberry pie but I chose the cherries. I may be getting a bit ahead of myself as the cherries were a bit firm and not quite up to their usual sweetness but I couldn’t resist their nearly black exterior and the sign that praised their local… Read more »

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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With a title like that there is really nothing else that needs to be said. In fact I feel sort of badly for writing anything at all knowing that the time you take to read these words is time you are not setting to the task of making this cake. But perhaps there are a… Read more »

There will be cookies

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I wanted to be the mom who had warm cookies waiting on the counter when they got home from school. They would bound through the door and race into the kitchen being lured in by the chocolate and caramelized sugar perfume. I would just be finishing wiping up the last of the flour from the… Read more »

Rhubarb Cake

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As the last of the plates were cleared grandma disappeared from the table. A moment later she returned carrying with her an aged tin box containing over 50 years of collected recipes. The lid no longer able to close as hundreds of  handwritten recipe cards and yellowed newspaper recipes packed tightly inside. For the next… Read more »

Brown Butter Donut Holes

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Because there are some mornings that call for donut holes. Like a morning when friends come over to learn more about coffee knowing that we, or more accurately, my husband, knows a thing or two about it and that we have eight, or so, brewing methods. Or when the sun appears for the first time… Read more »