Mango Semifreddo with Blackberries

Mango Lemon Semifreddo with Blackberries

Few tastes compare to fresh blackberries picked on a warm summer day.  When I played in the backyard as a girl, I would sometimes spy a ripe berry along the chain link fence and pop it into my mouth.  Where I live now, blackberries don’t grow wild, but I haven’t forgotten their allure.  I guessed that a cool dessert like mango lemon semifreddo would be enhanced … Continue reading Mango Lemon Semifreddo with Blackberries

Blueberry Peach Clafoutis

Sweet fruit framed with an egg-rich batter makes this blueberry peach clafoutis superb for dessert or brunch fare.  You could perhaps call this an oven pancake, but “clafoutis” sounds much more chic. When I went off to college, my interest in the culinary arts began to blossom.  Already equipped with basic cooking skills thanks to my mother, I began collecting cookbooks and trying new recipes … Continue reading Blueberry Peach Clafoutis

Raspberry Almond Muffins (or Cupcakes) with Orange Glaze

It turns out that raspberries and orange juice are a fun and entirely compatible flavour combination.  When I needed a taste of sunshine last month, these muffins were a perfect pick-me-up.  They are also a lovely addition to a weekend brunch, and are well-suited for Easter and other springtime celebrations. I wasn’t sure what to call this recipe.  Cupcakes or muffins?  Lightly glazed, these are … Continue reading Raspberry Almond Muffins (or Cupcakes) with Orange Glaze

Roses in the Snow Crepes

Roses in the Snow Crepe Rolls

Take breakfast to the next level with elegant crêpes rosette-style.  These cherry and cinnamon-infused crêpe rolls are also a lovely brunch or dessert option.  And they have the advantage of tasting quite wonderful even when made ahead.  Like waffles, a stack of frozen crêpes are handy to have around “just in case” a craving or occasion arises.  I can never make too many crêpes!  (For … Continue reading Roses in the Snow Crepe Rolls

Double Chocolate Cookie Brittle with Nuts {Croquant au Chocolat et Noix}

The world needs more chocolate in 2014, does it not? With buckwheat flour, this recipe can be gluten free as well.  My “wheat belly” appreciates an occasional break from gluten.  More chocolate, less gluten–these sound like good resolutions to me! Have you seen the other chocolate recipes here at Swirls and Spice?  Most of them are also gluten free.    The top three in 2013 were: … Continue reading Double Chocolate Cookie Brittle with Nuts {Croquant au Chocolat et Noix}