A Healthier Approach to Dessert – Cobbler

If you’re like me and are trying to start 2015 off on a healthier path, but you also can’t completely give up on dessert, then cobbler is always the way to go. However, some cobbler recipes end up adding too much sugar and undo the healthy aspect of a fruit based dessert. Here is a version that tries to cut down on the sugar. Plus, the recipe makes 6 servings so you won’t have too much left over. You could even halve the recipe if you just want 2-3 servings. For a more traditional cobbler, see here.

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Mini Pecan Pies

If you’re starting to plan your Thanksgiving menu, be sure to add these to the list. I made them for a friend’s birthday recently, and will be making them again for Thanksgiving because they were so good (and so easy).

As a result of the upcoming finals season, this post will be the last until I come out on the other side (and am then officially half way done with law school). I will be back in mid-December. Happy holidays everyone!

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Fresh Fruit Tart

What is better for a summer gathering than a fruit tart? Nothing really. This one happens to be slightly more complicated (and involves some prep work ahead of time, so make sure to plan ahead), but it is so delicious that it is definitely worth the extra work. The homemade cream is so amazing! And the best part is, you can decorate it with any kind of fruit and can get creative with your designs.

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Apple Crumble Cake

So normally I am a huge proponent of the crumble because it’s a relatively healthy dessert when made in a certain way (see my previous post). This crumble cake is absolutely in a different category. You can not tell yourself this is healthy when you are eating it. That said, THIS IS AMAZING. It is so fantastic. It basically tastes like apple pie with a scoop of ice cream on top, but all in a piece of cake. So if you’re feeling a bit decadent, make this for your next BBQ or outdoor party!

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Bourbon and Orange Pecan Pie

So in honor of Thanksgiving, which is right around the corner, I wanted to share a pecan pie recipe with you. But not just your average pecan pie. I chose to make one with a few extra special flavors – orange and bourbon. This pie will make a great addition to the dessert course on Thanksgiving! So if you feel like impressing your family, volunteer to bring a dessert. No really, I know what you’re thinking, ugh the last thing I want to do on Thanksgiving is bake. I just want to watch my parents do all the hard work, and sit around working up my appetite. But this is really REALLY easy. Yes, even for you novice bakers. I PROMISE!

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Mini Pies

I just made these mini pies for a friend who came over for dinner because it was just the two of us and there was no way we were going to eat a whole pie, but these would be great for a party. I’ve mentioned this before, but I think people at parties always do better with mini desserts that they can just grab off a plate, and not something they have to cut and serve for themselves.

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So I think you guys know where I stand on easy desserts, I think they’re great. They’re perfect for dinner parties, especially if you don’t have a ton of time to prepare. My mom made me an amazing crostata while I was home this summer, and I’d been wanting to make my own. I did this with a classic summer fruit, peaches. But if you wanted to make this in the fall or winter, you could easily use a different fruit, like apples.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Last year I did a post on the basic pie and crumble/crisp/cobbler recipe. But I just realized, I never actually told you how to make my favorite – the strawberry rhubarb cobbler (not that there’s much to know, pretty simple). As you know, I love anything with strawberry and rhubarb (see here). And in the summer, when you can find rhubarb, I just can’t get enough of this cobbler. So, go buy some rhubarb today before the season ends (mid-spring through the end of July).


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Meyer Lemon Macadamia Nut Tart

This tart was delicious. It is so great for spring because of the vibrant yellow color. My only warning is that macadamia nuts are surprisingly expensive. So if you’re looking for a cheap dessert, maybe don’t do this (especially since you only use a small amount of nuts).

Dark Chocolate Tart with Gingersnap Crust

So if you read my post from Wednesday, you know that I served this for a dinner party recently. What you don’t know is that it was so good, that I’ve already served it at a second dinner party. I have been making this same crust for years (my mom taught it to me) and it’s amazing. And the best part is it has two ingredients, store bought gingersnaps and butter. Doesn’t get much easier than that and the flavor is amazing. The other perk to this crust is that if you are GF, it’s really easy to make with GF gingersnaps (which you can find at Trader Joes).