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Category: Fruit Desserts

Ina Garten’s Fresh Peach Cake

Ina Garten’s Fresh Peach Cake

There’s nothing more luscious than a fresh summer peach. On Long Island, this year’s crop has been even more luscious than usual. Before we switch over to Fall’s Apples, bake this Fresh Peach Cake. It’s from Ina Garten so right off you know it’s going…

This Week’s Bake: Plums and Almond Cream In a Variation of a Traditional French Frangipane Tart

This Week’s Bake: Plums and Almond Cream In a Variation of a Traditional French Frangipane Tart

John Barricelli, owner, baker, and chef of Connecticut’s SoNo Baking Company & Cafe, is no stranger on Chewing The Fat.   We love his recipes.  The Connecticut baker has two locations there. In Norwalk, it’s at 101 Water Street. And in Darien, it’s at 49…

Melissa Clark’s Rhubarb Custard Bars

Melissa Clark’s Rhubarb Custard Bars

It’s Melissa Clark Week!  Here’s her phenomenal gift to Rhubarb lovers everywhere. What Melissa Clark did for Asparagus earlier this week is now bookended by another seasonal favorite. It’s rhubarb which made its first appearance at our Organic Farm Stand, Serene Green, this week.  Andrew…

Elizabeth Karmel’s Grandmother Odom’s Apple Cake

Elizabeth Karmel’s Grandmother Odom’s Apple Cake

If you love apples, you will not believe how much you will love this wonderful cake. Apple picking season is in full swing out here on the East End of Long Island. It’s astonishing what a draw it is.  The traffic on weekends approaches that…

The Winners of The Hampton Classic have been announced!  And one of them is these Rosemary Apricot Squares from Baked!

The Winners of The Hampton Classic have been announced! And one of them is these Rosemary Apricot Squares from Baked!

The annual Hampton Classic Horse Show is history.  This season-ending spectacle is the punctuation mark on our summer season. And we love it even if  it marks the end of a wonderful summer here.  Of course, the focus is on the horses and their riders. …

Peach Hand Pies from Lisa Donovan in Food and Wine Magazine

Peach Hand Pies from Lisa Donovan in Food and Wine Magazine

Our peaches out on the East End of Long Island are outstanding this year.  They’re glorious to look at—all those colors from deep golden yellow mottled with shades of orange and red, almost to purple. It seems almost a shame to peel them, let alone…

Chez Panisse’s Blueberry Cobbler and a salute to the one and only Molly O’Neill

Chez Panisse’s Blueberry Cobbler and a salute to the one and only Molly O’Neill

The Food World suffered a great loss last month.  Molly O’Neill, one of the best food writers in the country died at just 66 years of age.  Molly O’Neill was the heir to a great legacy of food journalism that includes such luminaries at M.F.K.…

Strawberry Snacking Cake from Bon Appetit and Sarah Jampel

Strawberry Snacking Cake from Bon Appetit and Sarah Jampel

Main Visual: Photo Courtesy Bon Appetit. Strawberry season has arrived and this year’s Hampton’s crop reminds us all why we wait for these heart-shaped, bright red, sweet and juicy berries all year.  The question is what to do with them and the answer is right…

Absolutely the creamiest, smoothest, most spectacular French Lemon Cream Tart from Pierre Hermé

Absolutely the creamiest, smoothest, most spectacular French Lemon Cream Tart from Pierre Hermé

The last time Andrew and I were in Paris, we pretty much went from one spectacular bakeshop or chocolatier to another.  And you can’t really miss those belonging to Pastry Chef Extraordinaire Pierre Hermé.  The man himself is arguably the most acclaimed of all living…

Italian Plum and Almond Cake

Italian Plum and Almond Cake

It may surprise you to know that Figs actually do grow on the East End of Long Island And when they are briefly in season they are a treat we look forward to. But move fast or you’ll miss them. Which is exactly what happened…

Gail Simmons’ Bumbleberry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

Gail Simmons’ Bumbleberry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

Gail Simmons is such a glamorous presence on “Top Chef” that it’s easy to forget she’s first and foremost a great cook.  She’s also a fellow Canadian so I took a great deal of heat from Andrew for not knowing what a Bumbleberry was.  I’d…

A Summer Dinner Party Menu in 3 Parts

A Summer Dinner Party Menu in 3 Parts

When Andrew and I plan a dinner party, the menu starts to percolate once the RSVPs have been received.  We try to think of our audience and we try to make things interesting.  Generally that means doing something completely new.  We have a fair amount…

Rhubarb Pound Cake from Melissa Clark in The New York Times

Rhubarb Pound Cake from Melissa Clark in The New York Times

Rhubarb grown in greenhouses is always the first to appear in Rhubarb season. It’s grown for those people who simply cannot wait to cook with these rich, red stalks.  So growers rush out ‘hothouse rhubarb’, which is a brighter red, sweeter tasting and more tender…

Andrew’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Andrew’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

         One of the great joys of summer is that Andrew is back at the beach and back into baking.   It’s not that we don’t have temporary bursts of wonderful cakes, pies and cookies at other times of the year, but in Summer he settles…