Archive for Desserts

White Chocolate Naan with Blackberry Sauce

After a yummy dinner of grilled chicken wings, my eldest daughter asked me to whip up something for dessert. Now, to understand the craziness of this request you have to understand that (a) I don’t make dessert and (b) I don’t have a sweet tooth.

I laughed it off and said I’d do something if she washes the dishes. Unfortunately, she agreed!

Now, one of our favorite ‘mother-daughter’ things to do is to watch the television show, Chopped. We love the creativity of the awkward ingredients and what the contestants do to put them together into something edible. Well, here goes…off to the freezer.

I had some blackberries I had frozen because they were going bad faster than we could eat them, some vanilla ice cream, white chocolate chips and Naan all in the freezer. That’s about it.
white chocolate naan with blackberry sauce

My daughter told me I had 20 minutes to pull it together….here goes…I don’t think I ‘transformed’ the ingredients very much but this is all I had on a tired Friday night.

White chocolate Naan with Blackberry Sauce


1 piece of Naan cut into quarters

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

3 T milk/cream

1 cup blackberries

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 lemon juice

1 T vanilla

Vanilla ice cream

How to make white chocolate naan with blackberry sauce

Warm the naan either in a low temperature oven or warming drawer.

Place the blackberries with the sugar and lemon and vanilla into a sauce pan. Heat on medium high until the berries break apart and sugar melts. The longer you cook them, the more the berries will break up. Your choice. I did about 7 minutes.

While the berries are cooking, place the white chocolate chips and milk in a double boiler and heat until the chocolate is melted.

Once everything is ready, spread some white chocolate on a piece of Naan, top with the berries and ice cream and maybe a bit more white chocolate. Serve.

It tasted great. When I brought it to my daughter, she started acting like a judge and asked me, ‘what have you prepared for us today?’ Oh my!

Chocolate Red Wine Cake

Our friend Paige couldn’t make it to Bourbonfest where she was supposed to bring some amazing bourbon brownies. She made up for that in a serious way by coming through with this chocolate red wine cake. Can you say….”Ah-mazing?”

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – 30min; Cook Time – 50 min. 


 2 c. all-purpose flour

3/4 c.  unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 3/4 c. sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 c. dry red wine

Red Wine Chocolate Ganache (see recipe below)

powdered sugar for dusting


1/2 c. heavy cream

8 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped

2 T. red wine

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Bundt pan

Electric mixer

Preparing Chocolate Red Wine Cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour bundt pan. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. 

2. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer. Working in two batches, alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, until just incorporated. 

3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack; let cool completely. Top with Red Wine Chocolate Ganache and dust the cake with powdered sugar and serve. 


Heat the cream until almost boiling, then add to chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes before stirring. Stir until completely smooth, then add red wine and stir again. Let cool to your desired consistency, then pour over cake. 

 Chocolate Red Wine Cake


Dessert Stromboli

dessert stromboli

My baby girl turned 5 the other day and it is custom in our home for the birthday boy/girl to decide what they want for dinner. She opted for make your own pizzas! This is a fun way to get everyone involved and enjoy some pizza together.

After everyone made their pizza, we ended up with extra dough (I buy mine from the bakery at my grocery store!). Somebody said dessert pizza so I decided to experiment and make this dessert stromboli!. It was sweet and delicious.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 10min; Cook Time – 20 min


8 oz Pizza Dough
2T brown sugar
1T white sugar
2T white chocolate chips
2T milk chocolate chips
4T butter, melted

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

You’ll need a pastry brush to brush the butter on the dough


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the pizza dough nice and thin.

Brush it with 1/2 of the melted butter.

Sprinkle it with the sugars and chocolate chips.

Roll it up, place on a baking sheet (lined with parchment for easy cleanup) and shape it into a crescent. Brush the top with the remaining butter and then poke some holes in it with a knife.

dessert stromboli

Place in oven and cook about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Slice and serve!

dessert stromboli

I apologize for the not so fantastic photo ­čÖé

Fried Apples

Sauteed Apples

Maybe this is a Southern ‘thang’ but I don’t care where you are from, fried apples are an amazing accompaniment to your dinner or your ice cream! And, don’t worry, they are not really fried. I think they call them fried apples because they are so amazingly delicious you just assume they have to be fried.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time -10min; Cook Time – 10-15 min


4 Granny Smith Apples

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 T cinnamon

4-6 T unsalted butter (you choose)

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

These are handy if you want to speed up slicing and coring the apple

Preparing Fried Apples:

First the apples. I mention Granny Smith by name because you need a firm and tart apple. I really don’t like substituting another variety. Slice and core the apple, but leave the peel on.

Toss the apples with the sugar and cinnamon.

Apples with cinnamon and sugar

Heat the butter in a skillet and then add the apples, cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Turn the heat to medium-high. Toss the apples to cover in butter but then let sit for 4-5 minutes. Turn them again and then let sit for another 4-5 minutes. This will help them get a little color and color is what makes flavor!! Cook until the apples are tender.

Serve as a side dish to just about anything but they taste best with pork and chicken or serve them with a bowl of ice cream! Better yet, serve them with both!!

Sauteed Apples

Important Tips:

Use the right apples and don’t keep stirring them.

Meal Ideas:

Pork Loin with Mustard Crust

Saut├ęed Greens

Snow Cream

Snow Cream

My mom was born and raised in North Carolina. The first time it snowed in Atlanta after we moved from Miami, she made snow cream for us. It was such a special treat and, obviously, I never forgot it. Anytime it snows, I immediately put out bowls to collect snow to make snow cream for the kids. I even took a picture of one of the bowls yesterday and sent it to my sister. She knew exactly what it is for. Brings back such special memories!!!!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 


Fresh Snow (obviously not the yellow kind)




Preparing Snow Cream:

Take fresh snow and put it in a mixing bowl. Add enough milk to just moisten the snow. Add some sugar and vanilla and mix well. 

Snow Cream


If you are an adult, you can substitute Kahlua for the milk. Just sayin’

Got Leftovers?:

It keeps well in the freezer!

Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake

bourbon cake

For Bourbonfest, I opted to bring this chocolate bourbon bundt cake I had made several years back. It is absolutely delicious and pretty easy to make even if it requires……BAKING!

I found it originally in Gourmet magazine in September 2005.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – 30min; Cook Time – 40 minutes


1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 3T for dusting bundt pan

1 1/2 cup brewed coffee

1/2 cup bourbon (something like Maker’s Mark)

1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

2 large eggs

1 t vanilla

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Bundt pan (10 inch, 3 1/4 inch deep, 3 qt capacity)

How to make chocolate bourbon bundt cake:

Put oven rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Butter bundt pan then dust with 3 T cocoa powder, extra powder can be removed.

Heat coffee, bourbon, butter and 1 cup cocoa powder in saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until butter is melted. Remove from heat, add sugar and whisk until dissolved. Pour mixture in a large mixing bowl and let cool for about 5 minutes.

In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.

In a small bowl (see this is why baking is annoying, all these bowls!!), whisk eggs and vanilla together. Pour eggs into cooled chocolate mixture. Add the flour mixture and whisk until combined (it will be bubbly). Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for about 40 minutes. Insert a wooden pick to know when it is done (it will come out clean).

whiskey cake

Cool cake completely on a rack. When cool, loosen the cake from the pan with a knife (don’t forget the inner ring) and say a quick prayer. Then turn out the cake onto a plate.

chocolate cake

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

bourbon cake

This cake does best when made a couple of days in advance.

Important Tips:

Butter and dusting the pan should not be rushed. This won’t work if it doesn’t come out of the pan.

Kentucky Derby Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Here is our friend Maria’s recipe for Kentucky Derby Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream. The pie was fabulous but I really could have just eaten the whipped cream by itself…or on strawberries…or put a dollop in my coffee in the morning. We ended up putting the whipped cream on every dessert at Bourbonferst! It was just that good!


Kentucky Derby Pie:

1 9-inch pie shell, unbaked
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2 large eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick/4 ounces)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bourbon Whipped Cream

1 cup chilled whipping cream
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon good bourbon (or 1/2 teaspoon rum flavoring)

Preparing Kentucky Derby Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream:

Spread chopped nuts over the bottom of the prepared (unbaked) pie shell; sprinkle with chocolate morsels. In a small mixing bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk in sugars, flour, salt, vanilla, and butter. Pour batter evenly over nuts and chocolate chips. Bake in a 325┬░ oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

While the pie is baking, make the whipped cream. For best results, chill bowl and beaters. Beat cream until thickened; add sugar and flavoring, then beat until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.