The Simple Spatula

Tag: dessert

three years.

There’s a small piece of yellowing newspaper taped to my laptop. The edges of the tape are curling up and there is a slightly discolored outline tracing it where dust and dirt have snuck underneath over the years. On it is my horoscope from whatever day I originally put it there. “Rather than allowing impatience [...]

red currant tart

Every once in a while I start to write something to post here. Then I get distracted and forget about it. So, quick let me hit publish so you can have this tart recipe. It’s really good and really easy, I promise. So just make it, okay? Red Currant and Blueberry TartAdapted from Nigel Slater via [...]

Before they’re gone.

I wanted to share this with you last year but time got away from me and before I knew it, prune plums were no longer in season. This year, I almost let that happen again. Just like that, the weather has flipped and we went from a humid 80-something to a cool, breezy, crisp 55. [...]

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sometimes you just can’t make it through the day without eating banana bread straight from the pan. Today was one of those days. Cinnamon Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread I was wary of the lack of butter and/or oil in this recipe but, since it came from Molly, I decided to trust her and take the leap. [...]

Double Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m inclined to call these something other than cookies. Bricks or hockey pucks come to mind, but I’ll call them cookies instead lest you get the idea that I’m less fond of them than I am. You see they are dense, dry, and as heavy as a peanut butter sandwich — and I love them [...]

Harvest Peach Ice Cream (with brownie chunks!)

Until this year, peach ice cream had this sort of mythical feel, like it only exists in country music…and maybe Georgia. But why? We have peaches in New York, we have ice cream, why don’t we have peach ice cream? Us downstaters are deprived. Maybe it’s for the best though. Peach ice cream should be homemade [...]

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie

Last week, I was craving pie. I mean really craving pie. It got so bad that I swear I could smell a pie baking Wednesday evening…while I was in a yoga class. You know it’s bad when you’re going the the motions of Surya Namaskara B and still, there are flashes of peaches and raspberries [...]

Lisa’s Santa Cookies

This time last year Viktorija showed me how to make her favorite Christmas cookies. She called them Santa Cookies but some of you may also know them as magic bars or seven layer bars. If you’ve ever had one you know they are delicious, addictive, full of butter and a major sugar rush. This year [...]

Cocoa Brownies

New favorite brownies; trust me, just make them. You won’t even miss the melted chocolate that I used to insist belongs in every brownie. Fudgey Cocoa Brownies Adapted from Alice Medrich’s Chocolate and the Art of Low Fat Desserts I basically never wait for brownies too cool so I just scooped some out into a [...]