easy desserts

World’s BEST Banana Pudding

September 24, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

This is, without a doubt, the best banana pudding recipe I’ve tried. It’s my mother-in-law’s recipe and my father-in-law’s favorite. In fact, when he sent along the recipe, he titled it “world’s best.” I cannot disagree. The meringue on top makes it truly special. Ingredients: (makes up to 8 servings) ¾ cup granulated sugar 3 [...]

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Pear Spice Skillet Cake

September 17, 2012 Breakfast

Since we’re heading into fall, I thought I’d post another pear recipe. This one turned out beautifully. In fact, it may be one of my best skillet concoctions yet. When the weather gets cooler, apples will made a nice substitute for the pears. Ingredients: 2 to 3 pears, cored, peeled and sliced 1 cup packed [...]

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Pistachios and Sour Cherries (and Real Whipped Cream)

April 9, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

Ever since visiting Istanbul last year, I have a new appreciation for pudding (and pistachios!). Homemade pudding, that is. None of the instant, powdered J-E-L-L-O  will do for this gal. And it makes sense because pudding is actually really easy to make from scratch and requires the simplest pantry ingredients. I made these little pudding [...]

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White Chocolate Cookie Truffles

January 6, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

A few days ago, a friend commented that I had been posting an awful lot of sweets on Keep It Simple Foods. Guilty as charged. And this next recipe doesn’t help matters. My only excuse is, well, it was the holidays. Ingredients: (makes about 2 dozen truffles) 1 package sandwich cookies (I used Newman’s Own, [...]

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White Chocolate and Peppermint Pretzel Crisps

December 18, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

I saw some of these at Whole Foods and decided to make my own at home. Call me Scrooge, but I’m not big on shelling out for easy-to-make snacks like this. I’d rather whip them up in my kitchen.   Plus, this is the perfect treat to make for friends and coworkers this holiday season. [...]

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Spiced Apple, Red Wine, and Cranberry Turnovers

November 30, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

I love the smell of baked apples and spices this time of year. Making these turnovers was an excuse to fill the kitchen with nostalgic, seasonal smells. And to eat crispy, flaky turnovers. This year, hand pies are all the rage and cake is a thing of the past. I couldn’t be happier about this [...]

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