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Strawberry Coconut Bread

Strawberry Coconut Bread

Moist, sweet and tart.


  • 2 Eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded, sweetened
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 1/2 x 5 1/2-inch loaf pan or three 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy;add oil, extract and sugar and continue beating until light.
  3. Mix in berries
  4. In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add to the strawberry mixture; blending just until flour is moistened. No more than 20 second; do not overmix.
  5. Spoon into prepared loaf pan(s) Bake 50-60 minutes for large loaf; 45-55 minutes for small loaves.
  6. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, loosen and turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

Yields: 1 large or 3 small loaves.

Pear-blackberry Pie with Cardamom

Pear-blackberry Pie

The blackberries give the pie a nice color and the pear rounds out the flavor of the the berries.



  • 4 fresh pears, unpeeled
  • 1½ cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

Crumb Topping

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Core and slice the pears. Mix all the filling ingredients together well. Pour into the pie shell.

Add the dry ingredients for the crumb topping to a food processor or blender, pulse to combine, then add the butter. Mix until the topping comes together into crumbs. Add to the top of the pie. Bake for 70-80 minutes and let pie cool on wire rack before serving.

Yield: one 9-inch single-crust pie.

Mixed Berry Bars

mixed berry bars


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg,
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 20 Nilla Wafers, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup any berry preserves
  • 1 cup berries, fresh or frozen

(lightly chop larger berries)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and/or line an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, Nilla wafer crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.
Spread the preserves over the layer of dough. Sprinkle with the berries. Then top with the remaining dough by forming the dough into flat pieces with the palm of your hands and laying it down. It’ll spread out as it bakes, leaving the pretty colors of the berries to show through.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned.  Cool completely before cutting into bars. If you don’t allow them to cool completely, they will crumble when you try to cut them.

Yield: 16-20

Dutch Apple Berry Pie

Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. ― Lauren DeStefano

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ~Albert Camus

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.  ~Stanley Horowitz


  • 1  homemade pie crust or 1 ready-made pie crust
  • 4 med  green apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup  blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175 degrees C).
  2. Fit pie crust into 9 inch deep dish pie plate.
  3. In a large bowl, mix sliced apples, lemon juice, both sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; pour into pie shell.
  4. Prepare topping in a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Mix until dry and crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over fruit.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, or until topping is brown. Cool on a wire rack. 

Yield: 6-8 servings.


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