MINI PAVLOVAS

Makes 18 mini pavs  These are kind of like strawberry shortcake, but with soft meringues instead of biscuits.  Because these are small, they don’t have to dry out in the oven for hours, like a regular-sized Pavlova.  But they do need an hour, and then some cooling time before serving, so plan accordingly. EQUIPMENT 3…

Quick Rhubarb Ginger Cheesecake Parfaits

Makes 6 servings Equipment Medium-sized mixing bowl Electric beaters Measuring spoons Fork 6 dessert dishes, cups, or small glass jars (125 ml work great) microwave-safe dish, or small pot, for melting butter Cutting board & knife   Fruit Topping Make a batch of Rhubarb Ginger Compote Crust ¾ cup Graham cracker crumbs 2 Tbs. Melted butter…

Rhubarb ginger compote

makes about 3/4 cup EQUIPMENT medium saucepan wooden spoon measuring cup, measuring spoons knife, cutting board INGREDIENTS 1 Tbs butter about ½ inch fresh ginger root, finely chopped 3 Tbs brown sugar 2 cups rhubarb, cut in ½ inch pieces INSTRUCTIONS Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir in the…

Fruit Parchment Packets

The French call this method “en papillote”.  We like it because every cook gets to choose her own ingredients. Makes 1 serving, multiply as needed Kitchen equipment • Baking sheet • Cutting board, cutting knife • Small & medium bowls for ingredients • Measuring spoons, measuring cup • Parchment paper • Metal spatula • Metal…

Apple Date Crisp

Here is another variation on our seasonal fruit crisps.  This one is great in winter.  Dates give it sweetness, and nuts add crunch. Makes 8 servings Kitchen equipment • Large bowl, small microwave-safe dish • 8 X 8 baking dish • Butter knife, fork • Measuring cup • Cutting board & paring knife OR apple…

Apple Kuchen

Kuchen means cake, in German, but these are actually squares — rich, buttery apple squares. Serves 6 Kitchen equipment 8X8 baking dish, lined with parchment paper or foil Pastry cutter Apple peeler-corer, if you have one; otherwise just use Paring knife and cutting board Sieve for sifting Measuring cup & spoons Medium mixing bowl 2…