Fig, Red Wine and Chocolate Cake

Figs, red wine, chocolate, cake…need I say more?  Whether you need a last minute Thanksgiving dessert, just love all of the above, or would like a new baking project, this is one of my new favorite fall desserts.  And while fresh figs are in season right now (yay!) and make a beautiful cake topping, the cake actually utilizes dried figs, so no need to worry about fig season, this can be made year round.

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Boozy Granita Two Ways

Strawberry Rosé Granita was a bonus recipe from awhile back.  But it is so refreshing and the perfect make ahead summer dessert that we decided to bring it back as a permanent recipe.  We also added in a blueberry version with limoncello and white wine.  Hello summertime!

Granita is an easy frozen treat that doesn’t require an ice cream maker.  Just a pan, fork and a little periodic scraping.  If you don’t have the juicer/strainer attachment, you could also puree the berries in the blender attachment and then strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds.  But if you love berries as much as my family does, it is a great attachment!  Also excellent for turning bumper crops of tomatoes into sauce during the summer, and apples into applesauce when autumn comes around.

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