Pina Colada Cake

National Pina Colada Day is July 10th, and you can have your drink and eat it too.  Nothing says summertime like a tiki cocktail, and when you turn those flavors into a boozy cake, it is pretty much a guaranteed baking win.  This cake is packed full of coconut and pineapple in various forms and has rum in the cake, frosting and layering components.  The perfect balance of creaminess, fruitiness and rum-ness.  Hello summer!

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Blueberry Cobbler with Cookie Dough Topping

Blueberries are the quintessential summertime fruit to me.  For as long as I can remember, my parents have had row upon row of blueberry bushes.  While I hated picking my daily quota per the summer chore chart as a kid, I certainly didn’t mind stuffing my face with them.  It’s hard to get much better than sun-warmed fruit picked at its peak and eaten right away.  Except maybe when you turn it into cobbler.  This is one of my husband’s favorites, because instead of a traditional cobbler topping, you use cookie dough to top fresh blueberries that have been tossed with a little coriander, lemon juice and sugar.  Add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream and you have summer dessert bliss.  I’ll definitely be whipping this up for Father’s Day.

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Banana Cheesecake with Gooey Peanut Crust

 

If I had to pick one food to represent my childhood summer experience, it would have to be Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches.  I remember one summer spent riding my bicycle to a friend’s house, playing in his creek and eating peanut butter sandwiches just about every single day!  If we found ourselves at my Grandmother’s house, another ingredient would be added to this simple fare…..mayonnaise.  Please tell me I am not the only one who has consumed a peanut butter, banana and mayonnaise sandwich?!  My Grandma would say that the mayo helped to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of your mouth though I didn’t mind the stickiness and would have preferred to go without the mayo. Ugh!  Don’t worry, there is no mayonnaise in today’s recipe.  With that said, I set out this summer to recreate the flavors of my childhood by creating a cool, creamy, simple cheesecake recipe.

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