Make Everyday a Holiday
Desserts or "sweets" date back to the ancient civilizations when people ate fruits and nuts rolled in honey. Dessert today have evolved to simple things such as cookies, cake recipes and pie recipes to elaborate confections that are works of art. Me, I like to keep my recipes simple.
We look forward to that after dinner treat. After trudging through the peas and carrots and cleaning your plate of that last morsel of casserole, you finally get to your favorite part of the meal, DESSERT. It's the happy ending that is so much anticipated. It can be dramatic and spectacular or cozy and homey. Whichever it is, it's the end of that perfect meal they will satisfy the ever nagging sweet tooth.
Our fondness for "sweets" has resulted in almost everyday of the year being some kind of National "sweets" day. My favorite is September 4th, National Eat an Extra Dessert Day. No kidding!
Kids of all ages will love these dessert recipes and so will you.
Berry Almond Cheesecake
The history of cake recipes date back to ancient times. The first cakes were very different from what we eat today. They were more bread-like and sweetened with honey. Nuts and dried fruits were often added. It was not until the middle of the 19th century that cake as we know it today (made with extra refined white flour and baking powder instead of yeast) arrived on the scene.
Why are cakes round? Excellent question! Food historians offer several theories. Each depends upon period, culture and cuisine. Generally, the round cakes we know today descended from ancient bread. Ancient breads and cakes were made by hand. They were typically fashioned into round balls and baked on hearthstones or in low, shallow pans. These products naturally relaxed into rounded shapes. Ancient breads and cakes were sometimes used in religious ceremonies. These were purposely fashioned into specific shapes, according to the observance. Round shapes generally symbolize the cyclical nature of life. Most specifically, the sun and moon. People have consumed cakes of all kinds throughout history and at all sorts of ceremonial occasions. In today's world, people traditionally serve cakes at holidays.
Today cake recipes go from the simple iced white cake to the more extravagant cakes that tower feet high and resemble buildings, pirate ships and dolls with dresses.
Give me a simple chocolate cake with chocolate icing any day.
Mouth-watering Cake RecipesLemon Rosemary Cake
Blackberry Jam Cake
Old Fashioned Gingerbread
The purpose of a pastry shell was mainly to serve as a baking dish, storage container, and serving vessel, and these are often too hard to actually eat. For hundreds of years, it was the only form of baking container used, meaning everything was a pie.
The first pies, called "coffins" or "coffyns" (meaning a basket or box) were savory meat pies with the crusts or pastry being tall, straight-sided with sealed-on floors and lids. Open-crust pastry (without tops) were known as "traps." These pies held assorted meats and sauces and were baked more like a casserole with no pan (the crust itself was the pan, its pastry tough and inedible). These crust were often made several inches thick to withstand many hours of baking.
The Pilgrims brought their favorite family pie recipes with them to America. The colonist and their pies adapted simultaneously to the ingredients and techniques available to them in the New World. At first, they baked pie with berries and fruits pointed out to them by the Native Americans. Colonial women used round pans literally to cut corners and stretch the ingredients (for the same reason they baked shallow pies).
Pioneer women often served pies with every meal, thus firmly cementing this pastry into a unique form of American culture. With food at the heart of gatherings and celebrations, pie quickly moved to the forefront of contests at county fairs, picnics, and other social events. As settlers moved westward, American regional pies developed. Pies recipes are continually being adapted to changing conditions and ingredients. Today you can find recipes for fruit pies, cream pies, custard pies and other regional specialties. Transparent Pie Recipes is one that is a favorite in the area I live.
Scrumptious Pie RecipesChocolate Hazelnut Pie
Sour Cream Apple Pie
They have been and are still called by various names such as cobbler, tart, pie, torte, pandowdy, grunt, slump, buckles, crisp, bird's nest pudding or crow's nest pudding. They are all simple variations of cobblers, and they are all based on seasonal fruits and berries, in other words, whatever fresh ingredients are readily at hand. They are all homemade and simple to make and rely more on taste than fancy pastry preparation.
Cobblers are a deep dish fruit dessert or pie with a thick crust (usually a biscuit type crust) with fruit filling. some versions are enclosed in a crust while others have a drop topping or even a crumb topping.
Early settlers of America were very good at improvising. When they first arrived, they bought their favorite recipes with them, such as English steamed puddings). Not finding their favorite ingredients, they used whatever was available. That's how all these traditional American dishes came about with such unusual names. Early colonist were so fond of these juicy dishes that they often served them as the main course, for breakfast, or even as a first course. It was not until the late 19th century that they became primarily desserts.
Tempting Cobbler RecipesBerry Peach Cobbler
Easy Cherry Cobbler
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