This is where my Austrian mother’s legacy is strong and true. My choice of baked goods and desserts tends to the European: less sugar, less flour.

My recipes for sweets generally fall into these categories:

  • Fruit cobblers and frozen desserts. Living in southwest US where it is above 80F for six months of the year, these desserts are always a favorite.
  • Sweets to make with your children’s help. With a preschooler in the house, baking is a good rainy day—or any day—activity. Baking is full of learning experiences for children: following instructions, fine and gross motor skills, measurements, cause and effect, empowerment.
  • Chocolate sweets for special events. I love anything chocolate, so for a special event this tends to be what I make. I’ve been trying out and filing away chocolate torte recipes for years!
  • Cakes for birthdays and special occasions.
  • Desserts for large dinner parties (20+ people). These require a different approach. Again through trial and error, stress and sweat, experience has given me a collection of tried and proven recipes that can remove stress associated with dessert.
  • Sweets for holidays. These merit their own category, so visit the holiday section on this site to see my favorites!
Two oranges with blossom flowers hanging on orange tree
Chocolate and cinnamon