Tarts

For the love of plums…

For the love of plums…

For the love of plums… I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold –“This is just to say” by William Carlos Williams William Carlos Williams […]

Apricot Tart

Apricot Tart

  Wow!  Just wow! What do you get when you combine a shortbread crust, a frangipani custard base and beautiful just-in-season apricots from the farmers’ market?  This tender and absolutely stunning tart! Take my advice and eat this tart just warm from the oven when the warm apricots […]

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart

Do the words five ingredients and gourmet dessert go together? Throw in the word fast and you have this gorgeous strawberry tart. Your guests will rave (in a good way). You may be unfamiliar with mascarpone cheese, the main ingredient in this tart. Mascarpone is a mild-flavored […]

Lovely Lemon Bliss Bundt Cake

Lovely Lemon Bliss Bundt Cake

Joseph Campbell famously wrote: “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”  Good advice but not always easy to do. The bliss I’ve been following at the moment happens to be a cake, and it is a wonderful cake […]

Caramelized Honey, Nut and Seed Tart

    Damn! It is almost November and Blue Cayenne almost missed celebrating October as National Caramel Month. What was I thinking? The only excuse I can think of is that I’ve been in a sugar-induced stupor for the last couple of weeks. With Halloween […]

Over-the-top Meyer Lemon Tart with Macadamia Nut Crust

Pucker up. Damn. I should have used that line with one of my Valentine’s Day posts. It is Meyer lemon season here. I love the special lower-acid taste of Meyer lemons. Ever the foodie, I used to eat them fresh off the tree with a […]

Pear and Frangipane Tart

Pear and Frangipane Tart

    This recipe represents a marriage between two fond food memories. Years ago, I attended a cooking school in downtown Seal Beach called La Bonne Cuisine. The lady who ran the school was a gifted cook, a dedicated foodie and a bit edgy. One […]