Autumn Apple Hand Pies (With Vegan Option!)

Apple anything is always on my list of favorites and these apple hand pies are a must have for the autumn season. I love apple pie, but I think I might love these even more because they remind me of the little hand pies that I used to get at the convenience store when I was a kid. I think my husband and I ate these in approximately 2 days. It would have been less, but I had him ration them so we didn't make ourselves sick. It's so easy to just pop one in your mouth, then eat another and…

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Living Dairy Free—Brand Recommendations & Dairy Free Substitutes for Recipes

When I was young, my mom had my brother and I tested for food allergies and we both ended up being allergic to dairy woo hoo! So that means no more milk, cheese, heavy cream and all their variations. But living dairy free isn't as hard as you think. There are so many great alternatives out there now, it's a piece of cake to make all sorts of dairy free confections and sweets and even in my cooking too. I thought I would post about what dairy free alternatives are out there and what I use in my kitchen for…

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Fruity Smore’s Bars—No Bake, Gluten & Dairy Free

After I made the Smore's Ice Cream, I had some leftover chocolate ganache and almond flour graham cracker crumbles. I vowed to try and make a new recipe with them instead of eating them.I thought what if I made smore's but in bar form, maybe with an extra flavor added in? Then the fruity smore's bar was born. It's a layer of graham cracker crumble, chocolate ganache, raspberry jam, and finally toasted italian meringue on top. YUM.  I forgot to mention to, it's no bake! The only thing that has to be "cooked" is making a sugar syrup in a…

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Chocolate Birthday Cake (Dairy Free with Gluten Free & Vegan Options!)

Years ago, my mom made a chocolate cake for my birthday and she used this recipe. We never turned back after that. This is truly the best chocolate cake you will ever eat. All credit goes to Robyn over at Add a Pinch blog where we found the recipe, but I simply had to share this with you all. This is the cake I turn to for a lot of special occasions because I am a huge chocolate lover, and what's better than a classic chocolate cake? I dress it up with raspberries and some raspberry jam in the middle.…

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Chocolate Raspberry Orange Tart

Time for me to try more Great British Baking Show challenges! This time I challenged myself to bake a fruit tart worthy of a bakery display case. That means presentation is everything with this one.Most bakers in the episode used creme patissiere as their base filling and covered the tart with a variety of fruit. Stuart went for something different and did a Triple Chocolate Raspberry Tart, with layers of chocolate, praline and fruit. I took some inspiration from him and decided on using chocolate and raspberries as my main flavors. I wanted to add a nice twist to it, and…

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Smore’s Ice Cream—Dairy Free

I'm on an ice cream kick this summer if you couldn't already tell. It's certainly hot enough out to be eating it all day long too. I had an idea for a smore's ice cream mulling around in my head for a bit now. Then I saw that National Smore's Day was coming up, so I took it as a sign. What's better than marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker bits all swirled into a custard vanilla ice cream? Nothing, that's what.  My ice cream is of course dairy free, but for this one I decided to make it gluten free as…

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Rustic Blueberry Galette For Two

This rustic blueberry galette is a simple yet delicious dessert, perfect for the summer with it's vibrant fruity taste. I've had the idea for a while and never actually made a galette before so it was fun to try something new. I made a mini one too, so this is a great little summer dessert for two. I add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest to really bring out the blueberry flavor and it works beautifully.  What's a Galette? A galette is basically a pie without the pie dish. You use a shortcrust pastry like you would for a…

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Mom’s Strawberry Almond Milk Ice Cream

It's definitely strawberry week in my house! Strawberry jam, strawberry coconut milk ice cream were posted last week and now I moved on to strawberry almond milk ice cream. My mom doesn't eat coconut milk, so I made an almond milk version for her.This recipe isn't as creamy as the coconut milk version, but it is just as delicious! Almond milk has a lot less fat than coconut milk, so this ice cream could be said to be a little healthier as well. But I wouldn't say too much healthier because they both obviously have some sugar in them, ha!…

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Strawberry Ice Cream—Dairy Free (Coconut Milk)

I finally got around to making some homemade ice cream for the summer and this new strawberry ice cream I came up with does not disappoint! It is creamy and absolutely delicious. The flavor is not like your typical strawberry ice cream. I definitely believe the custard base I use is what brings this ice cream to the next level. My husband's eyes popped right out of his head after he tasted it. This homemade ice cream is more than worth the effort.  I made this ice cream with a custard base that has to be cooked because it has egg…

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Homemade Strawberry Jam–No Pectin Needed

My husband and I went berry picking last weekend to get the last of the strawberries before they went out of season. They were so red and ripe, I couldn't wait to get home and make some fresh jam with them. This was only my second time making jam and the result was quite successful! I made two batches with differing amounts of sugar and they came out a tad different, both equally good though. If you go on the internet and search jam recipes, the variation in the amounts of sugar that is  put into different recipes amazes me. Some…

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