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Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins with Oat Streusel

Everybody knows rhubarb’s best friend is strawberry, but I think raspberry deserves a chance. Enter these raspberry-rhubarb muffins. They’re tender, they’re sweet and tart, and they’re topped with a generous sprinkling of buttery oat streusel (the best part of any muffin, IMO). And they’re perfect for making quick use of rhubarb in its prime as we’re turning the corner into berry season.

Dulce de Leche Brownies

I don’t think you need me to tell you this, but you can make brownies for any occasion. These are my all-purpose brownie. They’re equally suited for a get-together with friends (remember those?), for a care package, or just a weeknight treat.

Blueberry Jam Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

I went overboard with blueberry picking and ended up with 11 lbs of blueberries. To be fair it was a beautiful day, they looked so good, and I’m still in a bit of denial about the end of summer. But now we’ve got blueberries for days and I’m baking them into everything to keep that last little bit of sunshine going, even as sweater weather starts creeping in.

Chinese Almond Cookies

For someone who isn’t terribly fancy, I’ve had a lot of ten course meals. Growing up, my family was pretty involved in a Hakka cultural association- in particular, one with a lot of Hakka Chinese people who had come from Jamaica. It was really nice to know so many people with a similar cultural background, though confusing-

Peach Melba Choux au Craquelin

It’s peach season! Few things in the world smell as good as a ripe peach (in my opinion), and I just want to put them in everything. They go well with so many summer desserts, and I often pair them with the loads of berries we’ve got on hand. One classic combination I love is peach melba.

Carmelitas

Sometimes you just want something super indulgent and easy to make. That’s where carmelitas come in. They’re the bar cookies I didn’t know I was missing until I had them, and they’re the perfect thing to have while sipping a coffee. Carmelitas are what you might get if you crossed a Twix bar with a buttery oatmeal cookie, and they don’t require a mixer to make.

Summer Fruit Galettes

Galettes are some of my favourite things to make: they’re free formed and require no special equipment, they can be filled with almost infinite combinations for both sweet and savoury profiles, and they’re intentionally rustic so they look good without much effort. I make them with a basic pie dough and fill them with seasonal produce, since everything tastes good in a buttery crust but the flavour is neutral enough that it complements pretty much anything.

Black Sesame Buns

I’ve been baking a lot lately. It’s a great time of year to be baking seasonally- spring rhubarb has given way to summer berries, and I’m definitely taking advantage. I’m having a great time making tarts, cakes, and jams, and eating more strawberries than any one person should. My pie intake is through the roof. But something I keep coming back to is black sesame.

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