Peach upside-down cake with Cognac caramel

This cake is perfection when made with the kind of fragrant peaches you can only get in mid-summer from a local farm.

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Apricot clafoutis with almonds

Clafoutis is my go-to dessert whenever I need to feed a crowd – with something made quickly. But this one is special: it’s chock-full of ripe apricots, and wonderfully light to boot. Plus, the almond slices and Turbinado sugar, sprinkled on top just before it’s baked, give it an addictive crunch.

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Rhubarb and oat crumb cake with fresh ginger

It’s easy to overlook rhubarb… that is, unless you have a couple of rhubarb plants growing in your backyard. They’re some of the first shoots to emerge from the ground in early spring, and they soon become gigantic plants that overwhelm anything planted too close to them. And they go on for months like this, growing new leaves at an alarming rate, until the first frost of fall. In other words, they beg to be picked… and picked often!

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Fresh mint gelato with dark chocolate brownies and warm chocolate sauce

Any dessert involving a warm chocolate sauce is pure joy, but this dessert is truly decadent: gooey, dark chocolate brownies topped with cold, minty gelato and drizzled with a luscious chocolate sauce – need I say more?!

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Olive oil-thyme Bundt cake with candied Meyer lemon peels and citrus compote

Who doesn’t love the look of a Bundt cake? They’re so dramatic and elegant that they make your mouth water in an instant! But this Bundt cake is not just about its looks. It delivers on flavor too… in spades!

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