Three Ingredient Sicilian Almond Granita

Here in California, it’s still sunny and hot in the valley where our almonds grow. Our warm nights have put me in mind of the wonderful frozen desserts I sampled during my travels through Italy, when I was young and could eat whatever—and as much of whatever—I wanted. Grainy granita, rich gelato, fruity sorbetto…molto bene! […]

Posted on August 13th, 2020

Almond Cheesecake Swirl Brownies (Recipe)

Feeling a bit stressed? It’s time to get baking! Apparently, baking to relieve stress is a thing now. It keeps your mind focused on what you’re doing and not on the news. It lets you work with your hands and relax your mind while enjoying the sight and smells of items so many of us […]

Posted on March 30th, 2020

Italian Fruitcake with Marsala Sauce

Fruitcake? Everyone’s least favorite dessert? The object of ridicule derided as a brick every Christmas season? Apparently, you’ve never had the homemade alcohol-laced versions I grew up with! Today’s recipe, I will admit, is not the one I remember enjoying—that recipe is long gone. But today’s recipe, provided courtesy of the Almond Board of California, […]

Posted on December 26th, 2019

Raspberry Almond Trifle (Recipe)

English Trifle always strikes me as such a festive and fancy dessert. It’s made with fruit, a layer of sponge cake soaked in sherry or wine, and topped with a layer of custard and perhaps whipped cream. Today’s recipe created by Pastry Chef Jenny McCoy, Co-Founder of Cissé Gourmet Baking Mixes, is equally impressive. But […]

Posted on December 5th, 2019

Almond Crusted Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Almond Crusted Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Is it really Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? Not for me! And it’s probably one of my favorite desserts. The only thing that makes me happier is one of my mother’s famous cheesecakes! But what if you could combine pumpkin pie and cheesecake in one delicious treat? Thanksgiving nirvana! That’s what this recipe for Almond Crusted […]

Posted on November 25th, 2019

Five Spice Apple and Almond Wontons (Recipe)

Five Spice Apple and Almond Wontons

Here’s something different — and delightful — for your next holiday party. I love wonton soup and wonton appetizers but this recipe takes the concept of wontons, turns it on its head, and knocks it out of the park! Filled with apples and chopped almonds and flavored with five spice powder and a little brandy […]

Posted on November 12th, 2019

Cashew Butter Maple Fudge (Recipe)

Cashew Butter Maple Fudge with Dried Fruit

Do you love fudge? It is one of the most popular desserts in the United States! That’s probably because it is one the easiest candy-like desserts you could make. You could do it the traditional way and make a sugar syrup, heated to just the right temperature, cool and beat it until it thickens. But […]

Posted on October 3rd, 2019

Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

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Summertime is ice cream time but what if you can’t (or don’t want to) eat dairy? Maisie Jane’s award-winning Cashew Butter to the rescue! Yes, I did say “award-winning.” Our smooth and creamy, naturally sweet cashew butter was voted “Best” by a Good Housekeeping Magazine taste test this past February! Have you tried cashew butter […]

Posted on September 2nd, 2019

Chocolate Almond Popcorn Squares

Chocolate Almond Popcorn Squares

When I was a kid I LOVED Rice Crispies Squares! “Can we make some, mom? Can we make some?” I’m sure I drove her crazy. Today as an adult, of course, this is not the slightest bit interesting. However, what about the same idea (sort of) made with popcorn, almond butter, chopped dried apricots, and […]

Posted on July 31st, 2019

Almond Peach Cobbler

Almond Peach Cobbler

Did you know that almonds and peaches are related to each other? They are both part of the botanical family Prunus that includes almonds, peaches, plums, cherries, and apricots. One way you can remember that is that—similar to peaches— what we call the almond nut is actually the seed inside the stone (or pit) of […]

Posted on July 12th, 2019