This past week, I got married. It was last minute and unceremonious but I wanted to mark the day with some cake. Many years ago, when my partner worked at a German bakery, he loved a pear and chocolate cake that they made. For someone who claims not to like cake, this is a big deal. So, when I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitchen (probably 5 years ago), I thought it looked very promising. I think at the time, I couldn’t make it right away because it is one of those recipes that really requires an electronic mixer, so I was patient, and came back to it after I finally got a handheld electric whisk. All of these years later, it’s one of the most delicious cakes that I have made. So, when I saw that I had some overripe pears, I knew immediately what cake I wanted to make.
Last week, I was brainstorming what I could bring to a Thanksgiving potluck as dessert and my boyfriend just kept repeating “What about apple pie?”. In the end, the idea grew on me and I went straight to researching all sorts of different pies. The closest I have ever come to making a pie before was when I made a strawberry galette, last summer. After reading about countless different types of apple and other fruit pies I made a couple of key decisions. First, I wanted a simple, flaky crust but only on the bottom. I saw a bunch of pies that had a crumble topping and I thought it was genius: you get buttery pastry and a crunchy, nutty top? Definitely the best of both worlds. Also, so that I wouldn’t have to use too much sugar I decided to use both tart and sweet apples in the filling, spiced with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Lastly, because I wanted to put a little twist on things, I decided I wanted to put rosemary throughout the pie: in the crust, topping and filling. I love rosemary and apples (actually I love rosemary with fruit and in desserts, generally)! And that’s how this rosemary apple pie was born.
The summer fruit was here and now it’s gone. It happened so fast. Summer is definitely my favourite time for fruit, and I eat a lot of it. It’s my snacks, my breakfast, and my dessert so I need to fill the void fast. The past couple of weeks the best fruit I can get my hands on is definitely the plums. I love stone fruit so much and I am more than pleased that the plums are delicious at this time of the year. I bought some plumcots at the store the other day and have been snacking on them whenever I need a bit of a pick me up. In even more exciting news, I also came across these small purple Italian plums at my local organic grocery store. They are a lot smaller than the black plums I normally get. While I am sure I could have easily eaten a dozen throughout the week, these little plums were destined for something greater. Something I have wanted to try for a long time now, a plum cake that I read about on Smitten Kitchen a couple of years ago.
Last weekend my friend and I cooked an Indian feast for 15 people. All I can say is: so much food. My friend was especially worried that we wouldn’t have enough to feed everyone, so on top of the coconut chai ice cream I made (basically just a frozen version of this with coconut milk instead of almond milk), I decided I would make some cardamom ginger brownies. On her way out the door though, she asked if I would make a pistachio cardamom cake with her one day. It’s one of her favourite treats. That sounded a lot more exciting to me than brownies so I quickly looked up a recipe, checked my pantry and got to work.