Berry Pudding Cake

Berry Pudding Cake  is a quick and simple cake that makes delicious use of fresh summer berries.  When berries were plentiful in the summertime, I baked this tender cake over sweet berries, creating a juicy, cobbler-like dessert.  Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries were mixed in a light pudding batter and baked. 



Pear upside-down cake with a caramel topping

Love fall baked desserts pervading the warm kitchen air.  I’ve made this recipe a few times with apples, pineapples and figs as the main attraction, but this time I thought to try it with pears.  The results? Flavorful, tender and scrumptious.  Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and enjoy the cooler nights and warmer days of Autumn.  It is a very basic and simple recipe that comes together in no time.



A simple but scrumptious Toffee recipe

Allowing oneself life’s simple pleasures every so often is high on my agenda.  Sometimes I go through phases when I allow myself such indulgences.  My no-guilt period goes flying out the window, I crave carbs and sweet delights.  I try my darnedest to adhere to rules I set for myself, but they don’t always work and I fall off the wagon.  Do you ever find yourself in such a dilemma?  I know I do.  This was a case in point.  I had taken these moreish toffee squares for a dessert on 2 different occasions and naturally I made a batch to keep 🙂  They were quite a hit.  The recipe is very simple and pretty versatile.  You can add whatever strikes your fancy.



Chocolate Beet Cake with chocolate ganache

I’m presenting another recipe today using some of the fresh produce in the garden.  A moist Chocolate cake with beets. This is a wonderful cake with the intense, rich, deep-dark flavor of chocolate!I must confess when I first heard of it, I couldn’t imagine beets in a cake, but you’ve got to believe me on this one.  The beets make this cake moist without really overpowering the  taste.  Think beet cake is strange?  Think again.  Much like carrot cakes and zucchini breads, this beet cake fulfills all that and more.



No-churn Mango ice cream with pistachios and a hint of cardamom

When life gives you mangoes, there’s just a whole range of ideas and recipes that sprout to mind.  Mango shakes, mango sorbet, mango yogurt bark, mango lassi (the famed Indian drink), mango popsicles, mango salsa, you get the idea.  There’s nothing quite like a juicy, sweet mango.  This exotic fruit is native to South East Asia where it has grown for many years.  Mangoes are now grown in many parts of the tropical and sub-tropical world including Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, and parts of the USA.   It is by far my favorite fruit and come summer, the supply is endless.  I thought to try this simple, no-churn recipe that will have your taste buds begging for seconds.  No-churn ice creams are very popular now, gone are the days when you needed an ice cream maker to make these frozen treats.  The mangoes I used were from Mexico.



Watermelon Mojitos, courtesy of Ina Garten

Who doesn’t love Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa?  I’ve featured her here on SafarioftheMind a few times.  Although I haven’t watched her cooking show on Food Network in quite some time, I have always enjoyed watching the different ways she entertains in her beautiful home in the Hamptons.  A while back I featured her Limoncello drink, click here to access that post.  Today I’m presenting another Ina Garten favorite, her watermelon mojitos.  We’ve had some searing, hot temperatures the past couple of weeks, so this drink went down a treat!  Enjoy the images and dream of watermelon mojitos. 🙂