Summer Recipes

Beat the Heat with Summer Baking! Explore delicious & refreshing recipes – light & fruity treats, cool desserts & more! Not sure where to start? You can’t go wrong with this Strawberry Glaze, these Homemade Blueberry Muffins, or these

Ultimate Meringue Recipe for Pies, Cookies, Bars & Desserts


Is there anything better than a big fluffy mound of toasted meringue on top of any dessert? I think not. Here is my step-by-step guide to getting perfect, glossy, stiff meringue every time! What is meringue great on? Try these recipes Caramel Pumpkin Bars with Toasted Meringue, my favorite Guinness Cake piled high with meringue, Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake (put…

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How to Make the Perfect Lemon Curd Recipe


I created this Perfect Lemon Curd Recipe because my daughter, Stella, told me my curd recipe in The Cookie Book was too complicated. ;) I set out to create a recipe that was quick (this is so quick), simplified (it is!), uses minimal ingredients and has lots of bright flavor. I am very excited to finally be sharing this recipe…

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Easy Moist Raspberry Muffins Recipe (with Streusel)


A beautiful, bright, moist, fluffy Easy Raspberry Muffin Recipe just for you! How many adjectives can I throw at us? Let’s see… These are one-bowl (ish) delicious raspberry streusel muffins. By ‘ish’ I mean that we’ll mix the streusel in the same bowl as we mix the muffins (no need to clean it out). It’s not a strict one-bowl recipe…

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Strawberry Glaze for Cookies, Scones & Loaf Cakes


The hunt is over for the perfect Strawberry Glaze! This berry glaze or icing can be used on your favorite sugar cookies, these awesome Fresh Strawberry Scones (or any scone recipe), drizzled over a lemony cake (such as this Lemon Olive Oil Cake), citrus loaf cakes, donuts and more! It’s super versatile and after macerating your berries (see the Q&A…

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The Most Delicious Tropical Pineapple Cake Recipe


The hunt is over, prepare yourself for The Most Delicious Tropical Pineapple Cake Recipe! I’m in love with this recipe because it’s minimal effort while yielding maximum results. You have one cake cut in half, a cake soak of unsweetened pineapple juice and then it’s slathered in a super simple and hella delicious coconut cream cheese frosting – this easy…

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Chocolate Pavlova Recipe with Berries & Whipped Cream


Brace yourself for the magic that is this Chocolate Pavlova Recipe with Berries and Whipped Cream. For this showstopper, we whip up meringue until it holds stiff, shiny peaks and then barely (and I mean barely) fold in the decadent trio of espresso powder (always optional), cocoa powder and finely chopped chocolate. I included a holiday palova in The Cake Book (in…

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How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream


Super excited to share my favorite recipe for perfect whipped cream every single time! Whipped cream is the perfect topping for almost all of your favorite desserts. It’s perfect on top of pie, pavlovas, puddings, hot chocolate, cream puffs, cakes, with a bowl of fresh berries… Name the dessert and it will probably be better with whipped cream! I even…

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side view of the perfect whole slice of lemon olive oil cake

Mega Delish Lemon Olive Oil Cake


A one-bowl wonder that is mixed and baked in an hour! This lemon olive oil cake is bright, moist, light and has mega lemon flavor. Feel free to play around with any citrus (or any combination). So delicious to eat that no one will know it was so flipping easy to make!

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Slices of delicious cake

8 Irresistible Fresh Strawberry Recipes (Desserts)


A collection of my most favorite strawberry desserts! Strawberries can be grown year round in California, making them one of the berries that we tend to see most consistently on our grocer’s shelves (blueberries are up there as well!). I love to use fresh strawberries in scones, cookies, buttercream, cakes and especially, overnight strawberry jam buns. Fresh Strawberry Recipes Scroll…

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A close up of a s'mores cookie bar

Chewy S’mores Cookie Bars


I love coming up with new s’mores recipes and this year it’s these Chewy S’mores Cookie Bars! We start with a classic brown sugar and vanilla-heavy cookie dough base. On top of that, we layer whole graham crackers, marshmallow fluff (also called cream), chocolate chips and the remaining cookie dough. These are soft, chewy cookies bars that taste just like…

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Chocolate Strawberry Sandwich Cookies


I partnered with my friends at C&H® Sugar to bring you these delicious Chocolate Strawberry Sandwich Cookies that are loaded with heaps of spring flavor! I wanted something bright, fresh and fun and these deliver 10,000 percent. WHY SHOULD YOU MAKE THESE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY SANDWICH COOKIES?! STEPS TO MAKING CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY SAMMY COOKIES These cookies come together pretty quickly. I…

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Chocolate Dipped Oatmeal Ice Cream Sandwich | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Chocolate-Dipped Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sammies


Behold, the homemade version of an It’s It: Chocolate-Dipped Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sammies. Have you had one? Do you love them? They are one of my most favorite ice cream treats from my childhood. About a year ago I posted this recipe to my Instagram but never to my blog. I know. The shame. You’ve missed out on an…

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Rustic Peach Cake | recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

California Peach Cornmeal Cake


Before you get started, take a peek at my Top 10 Cake Tips for perfect cakes, every time! This post + California Peach Cornmeal Cake recipe was created in collaboration with California Grown!! A big THANK YOU to them + you for supporting the brands I work with! When shopping, look for the California Grown license plate logo to know that you’re…

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Salted Honey Pear Crostata | recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Salted Honey Pear Crostata


This Salted Honey Pear Crostata has ALL THE GOOD THINGS! The pears in this crostata are perfectly sweet and retain their structure (ie don’t get mushy) but are still tender to the fork. They are bathed in the salted honey caramel bringing in bits of caramel, honey and toffee flavors to the mix. This crust is hella flakey, easy to…

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Best Ever Homemade Blueberry Muffins (Super Easy!)


Brace yourself, you’re about to meet the best Blueberry Muffin Recipe!! I have been craving classic, pared down recipes (and I think I’m not alone!). While these muffins don’t have 11 ingredients like the Everyday Banana Bread, they do have just 12 basic ingredients which is pretty damn good. So no fancy ingredients, no crazy technique but HELLA delicious flavor. …

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Cherry Jam Streusel Muffins


We start by making a quick jam with frozen + dried California cherries because it’s winter and this lets us enjoy the joys of cherries all year long. We squeeze in some fresh lemon juice, a touch of almond extract and a pinch of cardamom and then we set aside to cool completely. After a minute you can stash it…

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White Trash S’mores Buns


White Trash S’mores Buns are fluffy sweet yeasted rolls stuffed with marshmallows, chocolate and crushed graham crackers. More S’mores Fun! I love love love the combo of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallow! If you want more, check out these Chewy S’mores Cookie Bars and my favorite Salted Caramel S’mores Tarts. Enjoy your super fluffy White Trash S’mores Buns!

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Salted Caramel S’mores Tart


Sometimes something is just too dang delicious not to share and that’s the case with this spectacle of a dessert, behold the Salted Caramel S’mores Tart. If I had to pick my favorite flavor combination of summer, it would probably (most certainly) be the graham cracker-chocolate-marshmallow holy trinity of flavor combinations that is the s’more. A backyard wonder. A beachcomber’s…

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