Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Cheese Cake

Time: 90 minutes You will be guaranteed to smile while enjoying this lovely dessert with family and friends! Enjoy. Music Selection: Kat McPhee, Celine Dion, Josh Groban – Smile Ingredients: Crust: ½ cup butter 1 egg yolk 2 ½ Tbsp heavy cream 2 Cups flour 2 Tbsp cocoa 3 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp baking soda…

Peach Melba Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

Time: 90 minutes This dessert is an “everything” dessert – tasty, simple, healthy and perfect for nearly every occasion. Enjoy. Music Selection: Michael Buble – Everything Ingredients: 4 cups heavy cream 3 large eggs, beaten ½ cup brown sugar 3 Tbsp maple syrup 1 Tbsp cinnamon 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 4 cups baguette, cut up…

Coconut Cream Pie

Time: at least 4 hours “People who meet in this romantic setting, are so hypnotized by the lovely evening summer breeze” AND this amazingly simple coconut cream pie! Music Selection: Frank Sinatara & Ella Fitzgerald – Moonlight in Vermont Ingredients: ½ a Pate Brisee recipe 4 egg yolks ¼ cup cornstarch 1 – 14 oz…

Red, White & Blue Cheesecake

Time: 2 hours plus cooling time (make the day before) This is a recipe that my mom makes and is one of my favorites. It is a very flavorful, colorful, decadent (and filling) cheesecake! It is great for any celebration, however, to our US friends and neighbors, this cheesecake always makes me think of you!…

Devil’s Food Bundt Cake with Chocolate Mint Ganache

Time: 2 hours Music Selection: Charlie Daniels Band – The Devil Went Down To Georgia This is a perfect dessert for chocolate lovers! It is a super easy recipe and it turns our perfect every time. Ingredients: 1 ½ c. flour  2 tsp coffee instant dried ¾ tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder ¼…

Banana Foster Cheesecake

Time: 6 – 12 hours (long cooling and set time) Music Selection: David Foster & Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra – Flight of the Snowbird & Winter Olympics Theme Song This dessert is divine, much like this amazing composition by Canada’s David Foster. This dessert does take some time to make, although it is an easy recipe…

Mini Banana Split Baked Alaskas

Time: 30 minutes Music Selection: Lee Greenwood – Home To Alaska This is a dessert that I have made for my kids’ birthday parties, but this year we made it for our fancy New Years’ Eve dinner. It is always a hit with young and old! Also, easy to make, especially if you buy a…

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 18 large cookies Time: 1 ½ hours Music Selection: Nina Simone – Here Comes the Sun These cookies have the perfect balance of cookie to chocolate chip ratio – trust me! These are a favorite for my kids and for me as I like that it has fruit in them and not too much…

Christmas Steamed Plum Pudding

Time: 7 hours plus several days to soak fruit Music Selection: Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Kraus – Wexford Carol Although this dish uses fruit that would not have been in a traditional pudding, the flavours remain true to a traditional steamed fruit pudding. “With thankful heart and joyful mind”, I think you will find that…

Berry Cobbler

Time: 45 – 60 minutes Music Selection: The Band Perry – If I Die Young This is a dessert that is pure comfort — for those days when you want a big cup of tea and feel self-reflective… it also is the exact perfect dessert to share with best buddies… Ingredients: 8 cups frozen or…