Desserts

Pioneer Gingerbread

As a child, I was a big fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series, and some of my favorites parts of those books are the descriptions of what they ate. Almanzo’s childhood culinary recollections in Farmer Boy are particularly vivid. It sort of sounds like a nonstop year-long dinner party! A few years ago I was fortunate to come across on the internet a letter that Laura, at that time in her 80s, sent to a friend in 1953, enclosing her recipe for gingerbread.

Cashew Cream

This deceptively easy and deliciously rich, dairy-free alternative to cream, which can be as saucy or stiff as desired.  A blender or food processor is essential.
 
Use in a parfait with layers of berries, (defrosted or fresh); or on fruit, on top of granola or muesli or as a bagel shmear.

Banana Ice Cream

This sweet treat is rich and creamy. It gives the satisfaction of ice cream without the heavy after-effects. It’s incredibly simple to make and is ready to take on other flavors if desired. Variations include strawberry, vanilla, peanut butter with chocolate, cinnamon, berry, pecan… you come up with your own!

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