Cakes, Pies & Tarts

Caramelized Peach Chess Pie

Whole Caramelized Peach Chess Pie - The Duo Dishes

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Oh, how I love pie. I think I like it more than cake. That’s a toss up when it comes to someone like me who admittedly has a penchant for sweets. I really do try to balance an adoration for sugar with fruits, vegetables and grains, which makes every dessert indulgence worth the rush. In late June, I made a couple of pies for my grandmother, and my crust recipe yielded three balls of dough, not just two. With an extra homemade crust in the freezer, I decided to make a pie for July 4th weekend. It’s summer, and a fruit pie is always welcome at the table. With a bag of frozen peaches on hand as well, I knew exactly what to do with this one.

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Glazed Lemon Almond Cranberry Cake

Glazed Lemon Almond Cranberry Cake 1 - The Duo Dishes

Be sure to “like” this blog’s Facebook page, and follow the photo trail on Twitter and Instagram.I didn’t know this cake was going to be so good. I had a nice feeling about it, but sometimes baking experiments can go awry. Even with the best of intentions and a reliable set of ingredients, measurements and method. Quick breads and loaf-style cakes are one of my favorite desserts. What I loved most about this cake the fact that it reminded me of the Southern lemon pound cakes made my family members during the holidays. When a cake makes you feel that good, you definitely want to share with others.

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Brûléed Marshmallow and Caramel Custard Tart

Brûléed Marshmallow and Caramel Custard Tart OH - The Duo Dishes

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The holidays are long gone and over, but that doesn’t mean some of the dishes from those days aren’t just as delicious on an ordinary evening. I go back and forth between wanting to eat all of the cookies or all of the salad. That’s life.I did nothing but cook between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. In November, I was able to serve up a little balance for the holiday, but once Christmas hit, it was all about sugar, butter and flour, including a tart that is one of my new favorite creations. Here’s a quick look at what was on the table.

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Sweet Potato and Mango Cake

Sweet Potato Mango Cake Slice CU - The Duo Dishes

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Happiest New Year to one and all! It’s Monday, so most of you are probably back on the grind with work, school or whatever else claims your day. During the holidays, we all enjoyed the festivities with food, drink, family and friends. The return to normalcy is never easy, especially if you’re adding a pile of resolutions on top of everything. No major resolutions here. I’m not even going to feel bad about the cake I’m sharing on the blog today. It was actually part of the 2015 Kwanzaa Culinarians series highlighting stories and recipes from a number of bloggers. The cake is a slightly revision of Chef Pierre Thiam’s Sweet Potato and Mango Cake from his new cookbook, Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl. Head over to the site for the complete recipe, as well as a bit about the influences and flavors of Senegalese food. If there’s any resolution I suggest to add to the list, it’s try new things. Starting with this spiced fruit and vegetable-laced cake.

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Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake Peanut Butter Frosting 1 - The Duo Dishes

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Chocolate and peanut butter is a classic pair that appeals to many, and I get it. They work well together like two old pals who have seen each other’s best and worst times and totally understand where they are in this present moment. That’s how in tune they are when used in one dish. This cake takes advantage of chocolate and peanut butter’s awesome relationship. The final result is rich and decadent, so take it from me when I say that one slice goes a long way.

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Red Sangria Chocolate Bundt Cake

Red Sangria Chocolate Bundt Cake Side - The Duo Dishes

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I don’t know what it is that draws me to posting so many sweets on this blog. Obviously a raging predilection for sugar pushes me in that direction, but I think there’s also something very structured about baking that I enjoy. As much as I appreciate the free flowing nature that comes with cooking, I know that baking requires rules to follow. Steps to obey. And if you adhere to the standard guidelines, you will most likely end up with something good. Here’s a recipe that follows many of the standard chocolate cake rules with just a few changes here and there, and the final result is a red wine chocolate cake. Well, make that a sangria chocolate cake.  Continue reading “Red Sangria Chocolate Bundt Cake”

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Vegan Double Chocolate Avocado Cake

Vegan Double Chocolate Avocado Cake Slice Up - The Duo Dishes

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” That old familiar saying tells you exactly what to do when a hefty lot of negative is flying your way. No one tells you what to do when you have eight or nine perfectly ripe avocados on hand, and we all know that the worst thing you can do with perfectly ripe avocados is let them go to waste. I had this figurative batch of “lemons” in one hand and a bag of cocoa powder in the other. The logical thing to do was make a cake.

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