energy granola bars from baking chez moi

fruits and nuts granola bars / Patty's Food

Have I ever mentioned that I like dried fruits and nuts in my granola?  Well, sometimes I do, like this time when they are in my granola bars.  These homemade bars are so much “better than any store bought variety” and they even have, what I think comes from being a French inspired granola bar, […]

Double Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Double Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies / Patty's Food

Double Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies…coming right up…I have a batch in my oven right now as we speak- I don’t know what got into me this past month but I have baked  variations of these cookies at least half a dozen times.  I keep baking, tweaking the recipe and sharing these cookies.  Everybody loves […]

Mayan Cocoa-Coconut Date Bites

Mayan Cocoa-Coconut Date Bites / Patty's Food

We made a quick trip to Palm Springs after New Years in search of dry weather and a few rounds of golf that didn’t involve soaking wet greens and splattering mud, doesn’t that sound like fun?  While we can play golf almost year round in Northern California, Southern California is really the place to be, […]

Coconut Friands or Friendly Little Coconut Cakes

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I don’t know why I ended up with a huge bag of dried coconut in my pantry but that’s one of the reasons I made these delicate melt in your mouth French style mini cakes called coconut friands, the auto correct keeps changing the word friands to friends so I’m going to try and write […]

Tropical Rolled Spelt Cookies

Spelt is an ancient relative of wheat, full of protein, fiber and iron, it’s known for being kind to our tummies and it’s nutrients are easily absorbed into our bodies.  I just recently started using spelt flour in my baking which is very similar to whole wheat pastry flour. I like using spelt for cookies, […]

Banana Ginger Macadamia Nut Coffee Cake

This is the first of two easy and quick recipes that I made this week from the ripe bananas collecting dust on my kitchen counter.  Don’t worry, they were collecting dust on the peel not on the part I used for these recipes!  The good news is that both recipes can be made from start […]

Key Lime-Ginger Marmalade with Macadamia Nut Scones

Our friends in Palm Desert gave us a large bag of key limes, I guess you’re not actually suppose to call them ‘key limes’ if they don’t grow in the Florida Keys but I’m going to call them key limes in this recipe because I like the way it sounds and it’s my blog. I’ve […]

Strawberry Granita with Champagne Sabayon and Coconut Tuiles

Strawberry granita is just one part of this elegant composed dessert that I learned how to make while helping Loretta Keller make pastries in her San Francisco restaurant Bizou which she later transformed into Coco 500. A granita is shaved ice and this recipe with fresh ripe strawberries has an intense flavor of fresh fruit. […]

Island Dream Bars

These bars are plain looking and maybe with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and an orchid on the plate to dress them up they might look a little more tempting but one bite of the buttery cookie crust with a gooey rich topping full of macadamia nuts and coconut will convince you that these are […]

Tropical Scones with Honey Butter Glaze

Welcome to a tropical paradise set in a rain forest in the little village of Volcano on the big island of Hawaii, please make yourself at home and enjoy some of my scones made with dried pineapple, papaya, macadamia nuts, coconut and a honey butter glaze. One morning I went to the farmer’s market in […]