Cranberry Pecan Tart

Fresh cranberries paired with pecans in a sweet gooey filling, made this fall tart an instant hit at Sunday dinner. It wasn’t difficult to make and everything came together quite quickly. Of course, discovering a disc of frozen tart dough in the freezer certainly helped.

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Apple Ice Cream

For a Thanksgiving dinner we hosted on Sunday, my parents were bringing a coffee cake, and I wanted an ice cream to go with it. Naturally, with a basement fridge full of apples, I looked for a suitable recipe. I happened upon one which called for making applesauce first, and then I remembered what else I had in the fridge.

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Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

After our annual apple-picking trip netted us 20+ pounds of apples, my first project was apple butter. I did it the easy way this time: letting the slow cooker gently cook and reduce the fruit puree.

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Blackberry Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

For a Labour Day picnic at a park, we and a group of families decided to order pizza. But, of course, we augmented the takeout with homemade baked goods, adult beverages, fruit, etc. My contribution was this striking blackberry cake, whose interior was tinted a pale purple.

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Apricot and Lavender Ice Pops

Rounding out this whirlwind month of baking and dessert, I combined a basket of small, ripe stonefruit with a fragrant herb growing in my backyard. The result was a subtly scented apricot and lavender frozen treat that captured the essence of late summer.

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