Ska Mom's
Easy Desserts


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 f.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and nutmeg into the bowl of the Cuisinart. Add the butter pieces, and pulse 5 - 7 times to incorporate.
  3. Gently stir in the currants.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients together in another bowl, and add to the dry ingredients in the Cuisinart. Either pulse a few times to blend, or stir the dough gently until the liquid has been absorbed and the dough is somewhat sticky.
  5. Empty the dough onto a lightly floured surface, flour the top of the dough and roll out to a thickness of approx. 1/2 in.
  6. Using a wine glass or 2 -3in. round cookie cutter, cut out rounds of the dough and place on a well greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake about 15 minutes, or until the scones are lightly browned.
  8. Remove and cool briefly on a cake rack.

Lemony Sugar Hearts

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter,sugar, and salt until pale andfluffy.
  2. Beat in whole egg, egg yolk, lemon juice, and vanilla until blended.
  3. With mixer on low, gradually add flour until just blended.
  4. Press dough together, divide in half, chill for 3 hours (or until firm enough to roll).
  5. Flour surface/roll dough (1/8th inch)/cutout/greased pan/yadda yadda.
  6. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes until very lightly browned, cool on wirerack.

Store in airtight container up to 2 weeks or freeze.

Mega-Chocolatey Pudding-Cake

I had such a chocolate craving last night. Let me just say that this took care of it. (It's quite unlike most cakes -- when it comes out of the oven it has a cake-like part and a pudding-like layer, and it's all in one pan. Too hard to explain, just try it....)

  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and 1/3 cup cocoa.
  2. In a bowl, mix well the eggs, sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Add the flour mixture, and stir just until combined.
  4. Spread the batter into an ungreased 8-inch square pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/3 cup cocoa, brown sugar and boiling water.
  6. Pour the mixture over the batter. DO NOT MIX.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
Scoop it out, and top with some ice cream or whipped cream if you want to be really decadent.

Vel's Blueberry Cake

Whether it's those huge New Jersey berries, or petite Maine wild berries, this is a great recipe for summer blueberries. (I haven't tried it with frozen berries, but if you're brave, or it's winter and you're craving berries, or frozen is all you have, you can probably give them a try. Probably use them frozen so they don't get all mushy.)

(I got this recipe from a coworker when I was doing office work at the University of Maine. So of course we used Maine blueberries.)

Cream (mix thoroughly) the shortening, sugar, and eggs, then add the vanilla.

Sift together the flour, soda, and salt.

Add flour and milk alternately. Start by adding 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix it. Then add half the milk and mix it. Add another third of the flour mixture, mix, then the remainder of the milk, mix, then the remaining third of the flour mixture. This doesn't take long. Don't stir it too much.

Fold in the blueberries.

Pour in a greased pan (loaf pan or 13x9 pan), and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or so. Test it by lightly poking the top of the cake. If it "springs" back, and slightly pulling away from the sides of the pan, it's done!

Grandma Ska's Gingerbread

It's gingery. It's comforting. It's just the thing to nibble on when it's a cold Winter's day. (Large glob of whipped cream or Cool Whip is optional.)

Step 1. Sift these ingredients into a bowl (or just dump them in and stir them around really really well):

Step 2. Add these ingredients and mix it up well:

Step 3. Add 1 egg and mix the batter until smooth.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 9" square pan (or round pan, or loaf pan).

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes (it will look nice and puffy, and when you poke it with your finger, it will spring back.

Secret Recipe Banana Bread

Well, it's a secret no more. But boy, is it good!

Mix together:

Sift together: Smoosh together: To the butter/sugar/egg mixture, add half the flour and stir it up. Then add half the banana/milk, and stir some more. Add the rest of the flour mixture, stir, then the rest of the banana/milk and stir some more.

Pour into a greased loaf pan, and bake at 350 degrees for about 35-45 minutes or until done.

(While you are waiting, you may dance around the kitchen to the new Toasters CD.)

Never-Fail Brownie Pie

When you have a wicked chocolate craving, it's fast and easy.


  1. Blend melted butter and chocolate with all other ingredients.
  2. Pour into greased 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Let it cool, then devour. Serves 1 very hungry person, or several if you share.

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