Apple Cranberry Coffee Cake

  Upon moving to New York 22 years ago a friend shared her special cranberry coffee cake with my family, a delicious and welcoming gesture. She was kind enough to share her recipe and over the years a few modifications were made to suit my family. Nothing beats New York apples in the Fall, so naturally we added chopped apples to the cranberries with a bit of cinnamon.  This coffee cake is extremely moist and fragrant, filling the kitchen with amazing scents. To cool the coffee cake I placed it outside on the patio table as the temperature had dropped, but …

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

New Year, new classic recipe to start off this year. Nothing beats a REAL pound cake, complete with butter, sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla extract. I made this classic cream cheese pound cake for dessert tonight and the question asked was “Why is it called pound cake?” Well, I thought it might be because it weighs a good pound or two when it is baked or could it be I weigh a good pound more after eating it! However, history states the name originated in Europe because you used one pound each of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Now that would …

Coconut Pecan Cake

Nothing beats an easy, fun recipe for bakers on the go. Remember the scene from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” the “Bundt Cake”, well this Bundt cake will please everyone’s family. I remember picking the pecans off the ground from our pecan tree when I was younger. Cracking the pecans and getting the “meat” out, it is a real talent. Smash the pecan shell and you smash the meat, so you get nothing for your efforts. Cracking the shells, gently removing the pecans, cleaning them and somehow they always ended in my mouth rather than in the dish for later …