Posts in the category: Fruit Dessert

Mini Sour Cherry Hand Pies

Mini Sour Cherry Hand Pies Recipe // Dula Notes

Cherries are a pretty big deal in Michigan. Traverse City has a huge cherry festival every year and yet, I only had access to sweet cherries my whole life. As a life-long Michigan girl, I owed it to myself and all of Michigan (uh…) to find some sour cherries. The search began two summers ago and I quickly found out it wasn’t going to be an easy task. Who could I give my Michigan credentials to and find the secret stash of tart cherries? Seriously. Last year, Meg and I went strawberry picking at an orchard nearby and I discovered that they… Continue reading

Rhubarb Pluot Crumble

I bought a large bunch of rhubarb at the farmers market from a shy girl that was selling it at her mother’s flower stand. The flowers were gorgeous, but the rhubarb really caught my eye. I could tell she was proud of her rhubarb. She sweetly smiled as I chose my bunch. It’s everything I love about the farmers market. Last summer I made a blueberry crumble when I bought too many blueberries, if there’s such a thing as too many blueberries. I made that crumble 2 or 3 times because we loved it so much. I hoped a mix… Continue reading

Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Fool

Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Fool // Dula Notes

On Saturday, I am helping host a bridal shower for my (future) sister-in-law, Meg. She’s the best and I want it to be perfect. Her Mom and I have emailed and talked and met up for months. Her Mom is super nice and easy breezy and I am armed with lists, graph paper and washi tape, so we make a good team. Tomorrow I have the day off from work and I will be crafting, baking and decorating. I want to take lots of pictures for you and I’ll try my very best. We’re planning some fun decorations and tiny… Continue reading

Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby with Macerated Berries

Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby // Dula Notes

This is my first time making a dutch baby and I can’t believe how easy it was or how beautiful it turned out. I credit the success of this puffed pancake to Adrianna of A Cozy Kitchen and her new book, Pancakes. Many of you probably know her, but if not, it’s time to make a new friend. With each of her delicious recipes (or cute crafts), she writes a funny and charming story that always makes me smile. I mean, one time she mashed up a Larry David story with peanut butter bacon cookies. That’s just someone you need… Continue reading

Peach Rhubarb Galette

Peach Rhubarb Galette Recipe // Dula Notes

You guys! I have so much to tell you about this galette! I never planned to blog about it, but I took a few phone photos because galettes are among the prettiest things to see in the world. It was so tasty that I need to urge you to make it, too. It was my Dad’s birthday on Saturday and he spent 3 hours of it driving to come see me. I quickly realized I needed to have a birthday dessert ready for him. I mean, last year I made him this Banana Coconut Cream Pie and I was under a bit… Continue reading

Raw Meyer Lemon Raspberry Dreamcake

Raw Meyer Lemon Raspberry Dreamcake Recipe // Dula Notes

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. The air is still cool in Michigan, but we’ve had lots of sunshine lately and it makes a world of difference as we wait for spring weather. I have wanted to make this vegan dreamcake since I first laid eyes on it. There’s just something about a layered dessert and especially one with a pretty pink layer naturally colored with raspberries. We had Easter dinner with friends and our hostess does not eat gluten or diary. I researched spring recipes for our dinner and then we divided the recipes between 3 of us.… Continue reading

A Breakfast Smoothie Habit and 5 Smoothie Recipes

Berry Mandarin Green Smoothie Recipe // Dula Notes

For Christmas, I received a Vitamix blender. I didn’t ask for it because it seemed too extravagant, but now I’m happy Marc bought it. Before I had terrible luck with blenders and then this high-speed blender walked into my life. I now make smoothies almost every morning. At first I worried about the cost of buying smoothie ingredients in addition to the cost of the blender, but I was surprised by how reasonably priced smoothies are to make at home. It certainly is at least half the cost of purchasing a smoothie or coffee drink at your favorite to-go places. I’m also… Continue reading

German Christmas Stollen 2012

German Christmas Stollen Recipe // Dula Notes

This is probably my favorite Christmas tradition. It is the 3rd year I’m making stollen, while tweaking it slightly each time to make it most like my Oma’s. This year’s tweak was more about perfecting the traditional shape of the loaf and the recipe stayed the same. I think I have the recipe down. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my German grandmother made it every year. She lived in Canada and we didn’t get to see her often, but every Christmas we shared stollen and the other treats she brought. The smell of stollen still reminds me of her… Continue reading

Blueberry Refrigerator Pie

Blueberry Refrigerator Pie Recipe // Dula Notes

We’re at that crossroads where summer is still everywhere at the market, but the signs of fall are unmistakable. You may be craving pumpkin, soup, roasts or spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove that seem to get more use in fall and winter. Today, I have a refrigerator pie with the last of my Michigan blueberries. If you’re a bit disappointed, wrap yourself in your fuzziest blanket or make yourself a cup of tea and let’s talk pie. Ashley English created a fantastic cookbook called, A Year of Pies, that arranges a collection of beautiful sweet and savory pies by season. The cookbook… Continue reading

Peach Blueberry Muffins for Breakfast

Peach Blueberry Muffins Recipe // Dula Notes

How was your 4th of July or Canada Day celebrations? Man, I had the best week. My brother and sister-in-law stayed over for a few days and there were bike rides, pool parties, baseball games, fireworks and lots of excellent summer food. I’ll tell you more about it later with snapshots and a recipe, soon. In other exciting news, the Dula house is getting air conditioning today. Two friendly chaps arrived first thing this morning and went right to work. I’ll come home from work to a whole new situation. I’m a little sad, though. I liked thinking of us as pioneers,… Continue reading