Apple Spelt Pound Cake

apple spelt pound cake / Patty's Food

I’m a happy camper this year as I have more apples on my trees than ever before, enough for me and whatever animals are feasting on them at night.  I feel like laying out a blanket and a picnic hamper, maybe some tooth picks or a few after dinner mints?  The apples are tart and […]

Lavender, Rosemary and Cinnamon Candied Walnuts

This is such an easy and good recipe.  I made it a couple of years ago and promptly forgot all  about it, until today.  Both the Spanish and French lavender are blooming all over my neighborhood with the English  lavender not far behind.  On a walk this morning I was thinking about simple recipes using […]

Persimmon Muffins with Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks and A Cookie Recipe

Just for fun I’m also including a recipe for persimmon cookies so please keep reading.  Now back to the muffins…I found a recipe for chocolate persimmon muffins which I’m trying for the first time from one of my favorite new cookbooks, ‘Good To The Grain’ by Kim Boyce.  Her description of the fresh baked muffins […]

Peach Pie

Please enjoy a moment of silence for this peach pie. Here are a few photos, recipes and comments on the rewards and challenges of baking a homemade peach pie. And hopefully a small contribution to embracing the abundant fresh produce here in Northern California at the end of August. Think warm nights, corn on the […]

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

The King Arthur’s All Purpose Baking Cookbook is rightfully called the Baker’s Companion. Back in the day we used The Joy Of Cooking or an old edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook for just about every thing we baked unless we happened to have a hand written recipe on a 3×5 card from a family […]

Black Plum Breakfast Focaccia with Olive Oil Streusel

One bite of this chewy focaccia filled with fresh fruit and covered with a brown sugar olive oil streusel is enough to transport you to Italy for a short visit but eating a whole square with a small cup of espresso for breakfast is more like spending the entire morning there. The locals will line […]

Mini Mango Bread

After spending the day hiking and exploring Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, a few slices of mango bread in a day pack or back at the lodge with a cup of hot tea would have been a welcome treat! This recipe is adapted from ‘Baking’ by Dorie Greenspan, a cookbook that I would describe as a […]

Banana Yeast Bread

I found this recipe for banana yeast bread at Monet’s anecdotes and apple cores on my computer this morning and by this afternoon I was enjoying a wonderful PBJ sandwich on my own freshly baked bread. Thank you Monet, modern technology, my pantry, mixer and oven. And don’t forget the ripe bananas on my counter! […]