Strawberry Banana Yogurt Popsicles

I’m told it’s popsicle week this week, and who am I to argue?  It’s barely summer but NY has already hit “swelter season.”  That means it’s what we call 3H weather: hazy, hot, and humid.  Strawberry banana yogurt popsicles are sweet, cold, and have no additional sugar added. They’re the perfect summer treat when the temperature hits “Oh no, you gotta be kidding me!”  There’s also no cooking or heating anything involved; ideal when it’s just too warm and sticky to face a hot stove.

All you have to do is measure the ingredients, blend everything together, and then freeze. About 2 hours later,  you’ve got a great snack.

I adapted the recipe slightly from one I found online here.  The original recipe was for 10 pops, which is way too much.  So, I cut it in half.   I also used strawberries instead of mixed berries. It’s the height of strawberry season and they are outrageously delicious!

strawberry banana yogurt popsicles

I have a four-pop mold popsicle set, which holds about three ounces each.  I’ve had them for years, which is both great and annoying. Great because they’ve held up well; annoying because since the pops all insert into one tray, it’s hard to get only one pop at a time.  I’d much rather have something like this,  which is designed to make it easier to get one pop out at a time.

Some molds are bigger (or smaller), so the final number of pops you get will depend on the size of the mold you have. If you don’t have a mold at all, you can pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and stick toothpicks in it. That will give you a dozen bite size mini-pops instead.




Berry Banana Yogurt Popsicles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Category: snack

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Berry Banana Yogurt Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 C strawberries (or mixed berries of your choice)
  • 1 small banana
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend everything together in a blender or with a stick blender.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze about two hours.

Notes

The beaker that came with my stick blender wasn't quite big enough, so I poured the mixture into a four-cup liquid measuring cup instead. If you use a standard blender, it should fit just fine.

Also, I put a "cook" time of zero, since there's no cooking, but the pops will take a while to freeze.

Strawberry Banana Yogurt Popsicles Substitutions and Variations

  • Use blackberries, raspberries, or a combination of berries instead of just strawberries
  • If you have leftover mixture, add some crushed ice, blend it again, and make a smoothie
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract and/or nutmeg
  • Go for some tequila or rum and make adult popsicles (figure roughly one ounce of liquor per five ounces of everything else)

 

Ozera Reusable Popsicle Molds

This design makes it far easier to get one popsicle at a time. Each mold sits in its own individual slot, so you don’t have to struggle to get just one pop. There’s also a little tiny brush to clean them with. Or, just put them in the dishwasher.

ZZoku Duo Quick Pop Maker

If you really want to get fancy, try out this juice pop maker. Freeze the container ahead of time, then add the ingredients, and you’ll get a tasty frozen treat in just 7 minutes. It doesn’t even need electricity. Note that this will only work with sugar-sweetened pops (not sugar-free or artificial sweeteners).

More Desserts and Treats

One Ingredient Juice Popsicles

Banana Smoothie Recipe for One

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy

Strawberry Basil Mojito with Lime



Single Serving Double Dark Chocolate Pudding Recipe

In keeping with last week’s theme of indulgence, here’s a bit more. Because it’s the holiday season, and why not? This recipe, which I adapted from Tina’s Cookings, was billed as a thick European-style hot chocolate, which is sort of a runny pudding you can drink. That’s not quite what I got.  Instead, I got a single serving double dark chocolate pudding recipe. Even better! I’m not sure if I transposed it incorrectly (her measurements are metric), but I did it twice and got the same result.

In any case, this is rich, decadent, and utterly delicious! And since it’s seriously bitter cold outside, warm pudding (or hot chocolate is perfect).

So why not give yourself a little treat? We’ve all been working hard over the holidays, and we all deserve a reward.

Make sure to use high quality chocolate and cocoa to make this. I used Cadbury Bourneville cocoa and Trader Joe’s Belgian chocolate (which is really Callebaut in a clever disguise). It’s worth it!

If you use the Callebaut callets (essentially chocolate chips), you’ll need about 2 or 3 oz (by weight).  Then you don’t have to break up the chocolate and it will melt faster.




Single Serving Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

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Single Serving Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Rich, decadent, and takes only a few minutes to make. There's not much fussing, but you get a super-chocolatey indulgent dessert as a reward.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz whole milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 2-3 squares dark chocolate, broken up
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Pour 3 oz of the milk into a small saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil over medium high heat. Keep an eye on it, you don't want the milk to get too hot and overflow the pot.
  2. Pour the remainder of the milk into a small bowl. Mix in the cornstarch and then the cocoa powder.
  3. Whisk it all together thoroughly to make sure there aren't any lumps. You should end up with a sort of chocolate slurry.
  4. Now add in the brown sugar and mix that in too.
  5. Once the milk in the pot has started to bubble and boil, add the cocoa mixture to the pot, scraping it out of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  6. The mixture should thicken quickly. Once it does, take it off the heat and add the chocolate pieces. Fold them into the hot cocoa mixture, stirring, until the chocolate melts.
  7. Add the vanilla and mix it in thoroughly.
  8. Allow to cool or eat it warm right out of the pot. Because it's the holidays.

Single Serving Double Dark Chocolate Pudding Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • Add more milk or reduce the cornstarch and get European-style hot chocolate
  • Top with whipped cream or sliced strawberries
  • Top with broken up candy canes
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg or chocolate shavings on top
  • Try a splash of brandy or Kahlua

More Chocolate Dessert Recipes

Greek Yogurt Triple Chocolate Cake This has cocoa, chocolate, and a chocolate ganache icing on top.

Easy Chocolate Mousse One of the very first recipes I learned to make. Only five ingredients, no melting chocolate in a double boiler and no separating eggs either. Easy!

Small Batch Brownies with Cocoa Powder Normal brownie recipes are too much for one person to eat. I’ve scaled this one down so it’s a perfect mini recipe for one.

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream Not entirely chocolate, but a quick and elegant dessert that is easy to prepare.




Easy One Serving Apple Crisp Recipe

It’s officially fall, so that means it’s also officially apple season! This easy one serving apple crisp recipe really satisfies that apple craving, while indulging your sweet tooth at the same time. I had a serious hankering for something sweet, but not too gooey, and this hits the spot.

Try to use apples that are large, crisp, and juicy, but not too sweet.  I am lucky enough to have access to a greenmarket with a farmer who grows 75 kinds of apples.  So, I used Esopus Spitzenberg (supposedly Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple).  If you don’t have 75 kinds of apples, Granny Smith or Mutsu or similar will do just fine.

The original recipe called for 2 cups of sugar (for 12 servings), which was waaay too much.  Every other recipe I saw used half that.  So, I followed suit and cut it in  half.  It’s still sweet and delicious, without endangering  your teeth.




Easy One Serving Apple Crisp Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

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Easy One Serving Apple Crisp Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cup apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (this is roughly one large apple)
  • 1 T plus 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2T plus 2 1/2 tsp flour
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2T plus 2 tsp quick cooking oats*
  • 1T plus 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 T plus 1 tsp melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Arrange the sliced apples in a small baking dish.
  3. Mix 1 tsp white sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a small bowl.
  4. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples.
  5. In the same bowl, add the oats, flour, remaining white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and melted butter, and stir to mix together.
  6. Pour the oat mixture over the apple slices.
  7. Put in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Notes

*Quick cooking oats are just finely ground oatmeal; if you don't have them, just put some regular oatmeal in a mini-chopper and grind them up.

Easy One Serving Apple Crisp Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • Give in to the pumpkin spice craze and add ground cloves and ginger
  • Try a splash of brandy (especially Calvados)
  • If you want your crisp more syrupy, add some apple cider
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream on top

Tools and Ingredients for Easy One Serving Apple Crisp

 

black and decker mini chopper

Black & Decker Food Chopper

A mini chopper is essentially a food processor’s little cousin.  This is perfect for grinding up the oatmeal in this recipe.  And, it takes up a lot less space than a food processor.  It’s great for chopping nuts, dicing onions, making pesto, or even grinding a small batch of meat for meatballs.

HIC Square Baking Dish small porcelain baking dish

This dish is ideal for baking smaller casseroles, cakes, crisps, and crumbles.  Use it for brownies, peach crumble or a mini-meatloaf.  It’s perfectly content in the oven, the dishwasher, and the microwave. And, it also takes up very little space in your cupboard.

More Fruit Dessert Recipes

Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

Peach Crumble Recipe for One

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

Small Batch Ginger Pear Bread




Frozen Mango Yogurt Dessert Recipe Without an Ice Cream Machine

It’s so hot and sticky in NY you can practically swim in the air.  Bleah!  Even I don’t want to turn on the stove in this weather.  When it feels like 100 degrees outside, dinner is a no cook meal.   After dinner,  it’s this frozen mango yogurt dessert recipe. It’s super-easy to make. And, you don’t need an ice cream machine or any special equipment either (a blessing in a small kitchen).  An ordinary blender (or a stick blender) will do just fine.  You also don’t have to add any sugar or honey. The recipe gets its sweetness entirely from the natural sugars in the fruit.

I’ve adapted this from Foodaholic’s frozen lemon ginger mango recipe.  She made enough for a family (I didn’t), and I also changed her technique slightly. She freezes the yogurt and the fruit separately and then blends them together.  I found it got much too hard that way.  And, it’s an extra container to wash.  So, I just put it all in the blender and hit the button.  She is right that the yogurt must be thick (Greek yogurt works best), and that it will crystallize if you leave it in the freezer too long.

If you can get good fresh mangoes, use them! If you can’t, or if you are lazy and don’t want the fuss and mess of peeling and cutting them, buy the frozen mangoes from Trader Joe’s.  Take out what you need and let the fruit defrost slightly before trying to put it in the blender.




Mango Frozen Yogurt Recipe Without an Ice Cream Machine

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Category: dessert

Cuisine: South Asian

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Mango Frozen Yogurt Recipe Without an Ice Cream Machine

A cold, refreshing dessert that's great for super-hot summer days.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 C mango*
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 12 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt
  • A drop of vanilla extract
  • Slivered almonds (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients, except the almonds in a blender, or in a beaker with a stick blender.
  2. Scoop into a container and freeze for three or four hours.
  3. Remove from freezer and let sit for a few minutes until it softens enough to serve. Scoop into a dish and top with silvered almonds.

Notes

* If you use fresh mango, peel it and cut it into chunks. If you have the frozen kind, let it sit out for a while to defrost slightly before you try to use it.

Don't be confused by the cook time (that's really the freezing time).

Frozen Mango Yogurt Dessert Substitutions and Variations

  • Don’t have mangoes?  Try it with peaches instead
  • Add a drizzle of honey
  • Toast the almonds before adding them
  • Try a squeeze of lime instead of lemon juice
  • Be adventurous and substitute cardomom for the ginger (sort of a frozen mango lassi)

More Mango and Yogurt Recipes

Quick Chicken Mango Stir Fry Recipe

Cottage Cheese Yogurt and Fruit Salad

Indian Royal Chicken Cooked in Yogurt

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake




Small Batch Ginger Pear Bread

I’ve been craving pear bread ever since I saw some in the store the other day.  The store version was much too big for one person, so I ran to the Internet.  I started out thinking I would make the Smitten Kitchen pear bread.  But, that turned out to make two loaves. I’d never be able to eat two loaves of bread before it went stale.  Even a single, full-size loaf was more than I wanted, especially for an experiment.  So I kept looking.  Then I found that  Desserts for Two had a banana bread recipe that, with some tweaking, would do nicely.  So, ginger pear bread was born.

I didn’t want to play around with reducing the sugar, but I was concerned that 3 tablespoons of sugar plus the honey plus the pears would be too sweet. So, I balanced the sweetness of the pears with the bite of some cinnamon and a bit of ground ginger.  Ginger is both sweet and spicy, depending on what other flavors you combine it with.

I topped the whole thing with some chopped almonds.  They were supposed to go in the bread mixture, but I forgot!




One warning though, when you finish mixing the combined ingredients, the result will look a bit odd before you bake it.  However, the finished bread is delicious.

Small Batch Ginger Pear Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

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Small Batch Ginger Pear Bread

Ginger pear bread is sweet and slightly spicy.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium size pear (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3T unsalted butter, softened (you can leave it out for an hour, or pop it in the microwave for a few seconds)
  • 3T sugar
  • 2T honey
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1/4 plus 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 T chopped almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Butter and flour a small baking pan (6 inches)
  3. Peel the pear, slice it in half, and remove the core.
  4. Grate the pear into a medium bowl, using a box grater
  5. Add the butter, sugar, and the honey and stir it all together with a spoon.
  6. Add the egg yolk and stir the mixture again.
  7. Now add the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and the nuts.
  8. Stir that all together and pour into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Sprinkle with additional nuts if desired.

Notes

Dip the spoon in water before you measure the honey; that way it won’t stick.

Use the leftover egg white for meringues or to brush the top of homemade bread (the white will give it a lovely shine).

Substitutions and Variations for Ginger Pear Bread

  • If you like, revert back to the original and use bananas instead of pears
  • I used almonds, but walnuts or pecans would work too
  • Add more ginger, or some candied ginger for more bite

More Small Batch Dessert Recipes

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

Easy Pear Crepe Dessert Recipe for One Person

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy

Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread




Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake

This Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake has got everything a cake needs: chocolate, chocolate chips, and a gooey chocolate center. I would have left it at that, but then I remembered my local bakery’s chocolate blackout cupcakes. Those cupcakes have chocolate cake, a chocolate icing center, and then more icing on top! Yes! If it’s good enough for cupcakes, it’s definitely good enough for cake.

I found this recipe on dessert for two.  Since it’s already a small portion, I didn’t change it much, but I did make a few tweaks.

Because I don’t use cooking spray, I prepared my mini baking pan with butter and a dusting of flour. 

Keep Your Cake From Sticking

Just rub the butter over the bottom and sides of the pan, then sprinkle flour over it and spread it around with a butter knife.




Also, I didn’t have chocolate chips, so I cut up part of a bar of chocolate with a large knife (a mini-chopper would work too). Since I was going to add the icing, I cut the amount of “chips” to 1/4 cup.  I don’t like espresso powder, particularly not with chocolate, so I left that out.

Finally, I topped it all with a ganache topping, which is simply equal parts chocolate bar and butter.  Just combine 2 oz. of chocolate with 2 oz. of butter and melt that gently in a small saucepan.  Let it cool for fifteen minutes (or it will just soak in to your cake and disappear) and then and spread it over the top of your cake. If you want, you can add a splash of vanilla extract to the mixture.

Since this is a small cake, you don’t need to use your mixer.  You can easily make the whole thing by hand in a single medium-size bowl.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

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Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake

There's not one, not two, but three kinds of chocolate in this Greek yogurt chocolate cake. Yum!

Ingredients

  • Cake Ingredients
  • 1/2 C white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 5 T plain cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 C chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • Ganache Ingredients
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 oz (2 T) unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Cake
  2. Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a mini baking pan (6 inches).
  3. Add the sugar, vanilla extract, yogurt, and eggs to a medium size bowl. Whisk thoroughly until the mixture becomes smooth. It should be a pale, lemony color.
  4. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Whisk that all together thoroughly. It should now look dark, smooth, and fudgy.
  5. Fold in the chips/chopped chocolate.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking pan, scraping it out with a rubber spatula.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The usual toothpick test won’t work here (it will still be gooey inside when it’s done), but the top of the cake will be solid and start to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  8. Let cool a few minutes, then top with the ganache.
  9. Ganache
  10. While the cake is baking, melt 2 oz of chocolate and 2 oz of butter in a small saucepan. Let stand for fifteen minutes, and then spread over the cooled cake with a spatula.

More Chocolate Dessert Recipes

Easy Chocolate Mousse

Small Batch Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

Tools and Ingredients for Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake

HIC Porcelain Square Baking Dish 6.5- by 6.5- by 1-inch

This dish is the perfect size for this cake, a small coffee cake, brownies, or apple bread.  It cleans up easily and you can put it in the dishwasher if you like. It’s also microwave safe.

Cadbury Bourneville Cocoa

This cocoa is far richer and more full-flavored than the usual American cocoa. It’s darker chocolate and has no added sugar or fillers. Just plain cocoa.

Silicone Spatula Set

It’s getting harder and harder to find these in the stores. They’re all too wide: fine for turning fish or an egg, but useless for scraping cake batter out of your mixing bowl or spreading icing. Since they are silicone, they’re more heat-resistant than rubber would be. They’re also dishwasher safe and have built-in holes for hanging.

 




Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

It’s the holiday season, so that means it’s also dessert season.  Whether you’re having company, or just treating yourself, this poached pear recipe with chocolate sauce and ice cream is going to be a hit. The long name makes it sound kind of complicated, but it’s really easy.

First, you poach the pears by letting them simmer gently in a bit of sugar and water.  Let them cool off a bit, then put them on a plate with ice cream and drizzle chocolate syrup over them.  It feels like you’re doing something fancy for company, but you don’t have to share!

Pears were on sale this week(three pounds for only three dollars!), and I just couldn’t resist making this recipe.  I used Bosc pears  but Bartlett or Anjou will work just fine.

The pears were exceptionally sweet, and that plus the sugar, and the ice cream made the original recipe (from The New York Times cookbook), a bit cloying.  Sweet is good, but not that sweet, so I reduced the sugar.  The full amount of sugar is 1/4 cup.  Use that if your pears aren’t that good.  If you have sweet, juicy pears, cut the sugar by a teaspoon or two.




Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: French

one serving

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

Poached pears with chocolate sauce and ice cream. A fancy-looking dessert that's easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 pear
  • 2/3 C water
  • 1/4 C sugar, minus one or two teaspoons
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla extract
  • One scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup (a teaspoon or two)

Instructions

  1. Peel the pear, cut it in half, and remove the core with a paring knife.
  2. Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan (less than one quart) and stir the mixture to combine them together.
  3. Turn the flame to medium and bring the sugar/water mixture to a boil.
  4. Once it's boiling, add the pear halves, and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  5. Let them simmer for three minutes. Turn the halves over and then simmer for another two minutes. Test to see if they're soft enough. If they are, a small knife should go through the pieces easily.
  6. Add the vanilla extract, stir it into the mixture and let everything cool for 15-20 minutes.
  7. To serve, add a scoop of ice cream to a plate, then the pear halves, then drizzle chocolate syrup (or hot fudge sauce) on top.

Notes

This takes about 15 minutes to cook, but allow time for the pear halves to cool off after you cook them.

Substitutions and Variations for Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

  • Sprinkle some sliced or slivered almonds on top of the pears
  • Poach the pears with a pinch of ginger and a slice of lemon
  • Make your own hot chocolate sauce: combine 1/2 C cocoa, 1 C sugar, 1 C light corn syrup, 1/2 C light cream, 1/4 tsp salt, and 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan.  Cook on medium heat.  Stir the mixture constantly until it boils.  When it’s boiling merrily, you can cut back to stirring only occasionally. Let it boil for three minutes.  Take the pan off the burner and add  1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Serve the sauce warm over the pears.  You can store the rest in the refrigerator and serve it with more pears, or over ice cream. Or, be really decadent and serve it over small batch brownies.

More Dessert Recipes

Easy Pear Crepe Dessert Recipe for One Person

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy

Peach Crumble Recipe for One

Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

 




Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

It’s apple season! It’s also the time of year when it’s traditional to eat apples and honey (for a sweet Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year).  I brought a full batch of this cinnamon sugar apple bread to my brother’s house for the holiday. They gobbled it up! Pretty good, considering it was competing with mom’s New York cheesecake.

I originally planned to post the entire recipe, which I adapted from Cookies and Cups.  Then I remembered (duh), that this is the “single serving chef” blog, and the portions should be smaller!

I have reduced the sugar and the vanilla, because the original recipe was far too sweet for me. The result is a delicious, and easy to make quick bread (think banana bread, but with apples rather than bananas), that’s full of apple flavor and topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

If you can get them, use a Canville Blanc D’Hiver apple (which is a French tart apple). If not, Granny Smith, Mutsu, or GingerGold will work well. You want an apple that’s firm, crisp, and not too sweet.

I once accidentally made this with cayenne (!) instead of cinnamon. I mention it because it was much better than I would have expected.  I’m not sure I’d do it again deliberately, but it did give me an idea (see the substitutions section).





Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

three to four servings

Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

A rich, delicious cake full of apples and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Serve it warm or cold. It's great topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato.

Ingredients

    Bread
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1/4 C butter (half a stick), at room temperature
  • 6 T light brown sugar
  • 4T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1 tart apple, peeled and diced
    Topping
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a small baking dish.
  3. Mix the salt, baking powder, and flour in a small bowl.
  4. Beat the butter, sugars, and cinnamon in your mixer until the mixture is fluffy. If you have a KitchenAid, this should take about a minute, on speed 2. If not, mix on medium speed for two minutes, scraping down the sides.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix another few seconds (KitchenAid), or about a minute for standard mixers, scraping the sides.
  6. On low speed, alternately add the flour and the milk. Start with some flour, then some milk, then flour, then milk, then flour again. You should begin and end with flour.
  7. Add the chopped apple, and stir just enough to combine.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon together in a small ramekin and sprinkle over the batter.
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Substitutions and Variations for Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread

  • Add 1/2 tsp ground ginger to make the cake a bit spicy
  • Give it a bit of a kick with some brandy or Calvados
  • If you’re brave, or like spicy sweets, go for the cayenne
  • Top the bread with bourbon sauce (2 T bourbon, 1/4 C sugar, 2 T butter, heated in a small pan) instead of the cinnamon/sugar.

More Dessert Recipes

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake Recipe for One

Small Batch Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy

Easy Chocolate Mousse

 




Peach Crumble Recipe for One

This week’s peach crumble recipe was originally going to be apple crisp. But, it’s 90 degrees out. I’m not thinking fall, I’m still thinking summer.

Once I switched (in my  head) to peaches, my next thought was peach cobbler. I had a recipe that looked good and I was anxious to try it. Unfortunately, peach cobbler requires an egg. Since I’m reducing the recipe, that won’t work. I can do eggplant parmesan with half an egg, but a quarter of an egg is pushing it!

So, back to the drawing board. I ended up taking the cobbler recipe “filling” and combining it with a crumble topping inspired by Ina Garten.

Traditionally, the difference between cobbler, crumble, and crisp was the topping.  Cobbler had a biscuity topping (hence the egg).  To make a crumble, you topped it with a butter and flour mixture (think coffee cake).  A fruit crisp topping had oats.  Now, it’s all mixed up and also seems to depend on what part of the country you live in.

Whatever you call it, peach crumble is easy to make. Just mix the peach base in one bowl and the crumble topping in another.  Since it’s a small portion, you don’t even have to pull out the mixer.




Peach Crumble Recipe for One

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

one generous serving

Peach Crumble Recipe for One

Peach crumble recipe for one.

Ingredients

    Peach mixture
  • 1 large peach (about one cup)
  • 2 1/2 tsp sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 T melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
    Crumble topping
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • pinch cinnamon (generous pinch)
  • skimpy pinch kosher salt
  • 2 T butter (cold)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 6.5 inch square shallow baking dish with butter and flour. Rub a stick of butter along the bottom and sides of the dish, and sprinkle it with flour. This will prevent the crumble from sticking to the pan.
    Peach mixture
  1. Slice the peach and place it in a small bowl.
  2. Add the sugar, salt, melted butter, and lemon juice.
  3. Mix it all together with a spoon.
    Crumble topping
  1. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugars, cinnamon, salt, and butter. Mix it up with your fingers and crumble it into small pieces. The pieces should be roughly the size of peas.
    Putting the Peach Crumble together
  1. Pour the peach mixture into the prepared pan. Top that with the crumble mixture.
  2. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with vanilla ice cream or vanilla sweetened whipped cream.

Notes

Note that I have reduced the sugar a bit. Add more if you like sweeter desserts (or if your peaches aren't sweet enough).

Substitutions and Variations for Peach Crumble

  • Use half peaches and half blueberries
  • Try nectarines or plums
  • Go back to the future and use apples (add a pinch of nutmeg)

Tools and Ingredients for Peach Crumble

HIC Porcelain Square Baking Dish 6.5- by 6.5- by 1-inch

Perfect for peach crumble, a small batch of brownies, or apple crisp. It’s heavy, well-made, and dishwasher-safe too. If you have extra crumble, you can heat it in the microwave right in the dish.

Ice Cream Scoop

This is going to be my next present to myself. It’s heavy duty, so it won’t bend, and the tip is pointed to make it easier to get the ice cream (or sorbet) out of the container. You’ll easily get a perfect scoop, no matter how thick your ice cream is. Since it’s OXO, it’s also easy to hold and has a lifetime guaranty.

More Dessert Recipes for One

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake

Pear Crepe Recipe for One

Small Batch Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy

 




One Ingredient Juice Popsicles

It doesn’t get any simpler than this. These one ingredient juice popsicles are refreshing, delicious and the perfect treat on a hot, hot summer’s day!

When I was a kid, my mom used to make us juice pops during the summer. She had some plastic molds with removable tops. You just pour in the juice, put the top on, wait a few hours, and voilà, a healthy, refreshing, frozen snack.

They were a big hit with the neighborhood kids too (who probably had no idea they were eating something good for them).

When I saw juice pops in the store as an adult, I initially got excited. Then I looked at the ingredients: water, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, potassium lord knows what.

Yech.

Simple, Easy One Ingredient Juice Popsicles

All you really need to make delicious juice pops is juice (and popsicle molds). That’s it. I’m putting this under dessert because it’s sweet, but really you can eat it any time you like.

I’ve used cranberry grape juice to make my juice pops, but any juice will do: grape, orange, pineapple. Sometimes mom would mix the flavors to make orange pineapple, or apple grape. There are far more options now, so you could make them with strawberry orange banana juice if you like.

If you want to get fancy, add a few slices of fruit to your juice popsicles.




One Ingredient Juice Popsicles

Prep Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 3 hours

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

one popsicle

One Ingredient Juice Popsicles

Delicious, cold, and even healthy juice popsicles

Ingredients

  • juice of your choice (cranberry, apple, orange, pineapple, cran-grape, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Pour the juice into individual popsicles molds
  2. Fill them about two-thirds of the way (leave room for the juice to expand)
  3. Freeze for about 2-3 hours.

Notes

There's no cooking time, obviously, so I've used the freezing time as the total time to make this.

Just pick your favorite juice flavor and start freezing!

Tools and Ingredients for Juice Pops

I have this set, but I don’t recommend it. It’s too hard to get one pop at a time! For better (or worse) they haven’t cracked or broken, so I can’t bring myself to replace them. I recommend you try the molds below instead.

 

Tovolo Groovy Popsicle Molds

This is the closest thing I can find to the molds mom had when I was a kid. Hers were plain, clear plastic, but these have grooves and pretty colors. Plus, unlike the set I currently have, it’s easy to get one pop at a time. Fill the molds, pop the top on and freeze. The waiting is the hardest part!

Zuko Quick Juice Pop Maker

If you really want to get fancy, try out this juice pop maker. Freeze the pop maker ahead of time, then add the ingredients, and you’ll get tasty pops in just 7 minutes. It doesn’t even need electricity.

Note that this will only work with sugar-sweetened pops (not sugar-free or artificial sweeteners)

Popsicle Recipes

These recipes require a bit more effort than the juice pops, but you can experiment with fresh fruit, yogurt, even balsamic vinegar or alcohol (for a grownup treat).

Berry Ice Pop Recipes

Strawberry pops  A basic, simple recipe, with just three ingredients.

Strawberry lemonade popsicles  Two favorite summer treats (well, maybe three) all in one pop: strawberries, lemonade, and popsicles, layered to look like a parfait. Cool, refreshing, and really pretty too.

Balsamic strawberry popsicles  These are made with both fruit puree and chunks of fresh strawberries.

Mexican strawberry popsicles  Called paletas in Spanish, these are much less sweet than “American” recipes. Great if you’ve got really fresh fruit, or prefer a less sweet taste.

Banana Frozen Popsicles

Banana Blueberry Swirl Popsicle  All the flavors of a banana split, combined into a popsicle. A lot easier to eat, and you don’t have to feel guilty either.

Banana Chocolate Coconut Pops Easy to make, with bananas, chocolate, and coconut. You don’t even need a mold.

Banana Coconut   These are sweetened with honey instead of sugar. Only 193 calories a pop.

Mango Popsicles

Mango Popsicles  Simple, sweet, and easy. And, they are low in cholesterol too (no fat).

Orange Mango Popsicles   A no-fat, low cholesterol recipe, that doesn’t feel like you’re skimping or shortchanging yourself. Just ice, fruit, sugar, and lime juice.

Mango Paletas  This is the Colombian version of paletas. If you don’t have mango pulp, use two fresh mangoes.

Mango Strawberry and Balsamic Popsicles  Mangos, strawberries, and an extra punch (if you want) of balsamic vinegar.

Pops with Alchohol

Heat relief for adults! Just be careful with the proportions, because if you use too much alcohol your pops won’t freeze.            

Margarita Pop  Made with tequila and Grand Marnier, this Emeril Lagasse recipe is strictly for adults. Tastes like a margarita!

 Mojito Pops   There are several yummy recipes on this page, but I’m heading straight for the mojito pops.

 Honeydew Cucumber Margarita Popsicles  Melon and cucumber are just about the most refreshing combination there is when it’s hot. I bet this would be good with watermelon too

Purple Cow Popsicle  Go ahead, try saying that name three times fast. Meanwhile, it’s a purple cow in a popsicle!

Strawberry Daquiri Popsicle  Step-by-step instructions, complete with photos of each stage. I just want to reach through my computer and grab one!

Popsicle Recipe Cookbooks

Perfect Pops: 50 Best Recipes

Fifty great recipes, from pops that swirl, pops with milk or yogurt, and fruit. There are some pretty unusual flavors too, like Pistachio Saffron and Strawberry Maple Mascarpone.


Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops

Recipes for pops, agua frescas, and more. Try flavors like sour cream, cherry, and tequila; roasted banana; lime pie; and even avocado. I admit I would have never thought of avocado, but it works.

Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone

The popsicles in this book get their inspiration from lots of different sources: soda fountains (think root beer and cherry cola); coffee and tea (thai iced coffee, and southern sweet tea), as well as fruit, yogurt, and pudding

More Dessert Recipes

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake Recipe for One

Kitchenaid Ice Cream Attachment Recipes

Banana Smoothie Recipe for One

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy