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August 27, 2019

Mini Peach Puff Pastry Tarts with Honey

Sweet and simple peach puff pastry tarts tossed with wild honey and a hint of vanilla. This easy summer dessert stars juicy, fresh peaches, and takes advantage of store-bought frozen puff pastry.

mini peach puff pastry tarts via forkknifeswoon.com

Over the weekend, we went peach picking!

We couldn’t have asked for a better day, one of the nicest of the summer, with bright blue skies, puffy clouds, and a slight, welcome breeze. It was Henry’s first u-pick experience and he had a blast, searching the rows for the best peaches, helping us put them in the basket, and most importantly, saying hello to the every single goat, chicken, pig, and alpaca on the farm, with ultimate toddler enthusiasm.

My own excitement was over the cheerful basket of fresh peaches and apples we collected to take home.

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August 9, 2019

Easy Raspberry Scones with Lemon-Vanilla Icing

This is my favorite raspberry scones recipe with sweet raspberries, a hint of vanilla, and a drizzle of lemon icing. They’re flavorful, crisp on the outside yet still tender and moist in the center, made with simple ingredients, and perfect for breakfast or brunch!

Raspberry Scones with a Lemon Vanilla Icing via forkknifeswoon.com

For a long time I thought of “scones” as a dirty word. A kind of sad, runner up to more delectable breakfast treats, like fruit-laden muffins or gooey cinnamon rolls or buttery coffee cakes. My experience with scones was all too often hard and dry and bland …akin to what I imagine Hagrid’s rock cakes must be like.

However, after lots of recipe testing, they’ve become one of my favorite pastries to make from scratch, and are now in my vocabulary as something much different:

Think a tender, biscuit-like center that’s soft and flaky, and studded with juicy raspberries. A barely crisp crust topped with the sweet crunch of raw sugar. And a quick drizzle of lemon-kissed vanilla icing that adds a welcome tartness to these sweet, buttery, flavorful – and now definitively indulgent – breakfast treats.

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June 26, 2019

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Tart

A rich and creamy raspberry chocolate ganache tart with a chocolate graham crust, topped with fresh red raspberries for an impressive, decadent – and unexpectedly easy – dessert. Vegan and gluten free options.

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Tart via forkknifeswoon.com

If there’s one thing that I miss about living in the Pacific Northwest – and there are many – it’s the seasonal berry bounty: delicious, heaping flats of vibrant, super sweet raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, as far as the eye can see at every market come summertime.

I first made this tart a few years ago after picking up a gigantic flat of perfectly ripe raspberries from our neighborhood farmers market. My husband didn’t think I could use them all in time, and I accepted the challenge (we’ve known each other for nearly half our lives, how could he not think I would easily win that bet??). While proving him wrong in the tastiest way, this raspberry chocolate ganache came to be.

The raspberries are bright and sweet in concert with the rich, dark, creamy chocolate filling, all nestled in a classic chocolate graham crust. It’s a great way to take advantage of an excess of fresh summer berries, should you ever find yourself with such a “problem…”

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