Vera Dawson, Summit Daily News

Vera Dawson

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Recent:
  • Summit Daily News
Past:
  • Vail Daily
  • Post Independent

Recent articles by Vera:

High Country Baking: Apple pecan torte

Turkey, stuffing, gravy and some good sides … there’s little doubt about what I’ll serve for a Thanksgiving entrée. But choosing the dessert is harder. It must look great, taste even better, capture the flavors... → Read More

High Country Baking: This date nut recipe from my mother is my all-time favorite quick bread

My all-time favorite quick bread, that’s how I rank this date nut bread. The sea-level version is my mother’s recipe and she made it often, so each bite fills me with nostalgia and takes me... → Read More

High Country Baking: Pumpkin squares

Autumn captured in a cookie, that’s what these bars are. Warm spices, sweet dates and crunchy nuts showcased against a background of pumpkin make them a perfect fall treat. The play between these flavors, brightened... → Read More

High Country Baking: Molasses-cider pudding cake

You’re right: This cake isn’t pretty. But you may forgive its lack of eye appeal when you experience its sticky, gooey texture and bittersweet molasses and cider flavor. A cross between a spice cake and... → Read More

High Country Baking: Coffee Cupcakes with Kahlua Filling

Heads up coffee lovers … this one’s for you! A moist, tender, coffee-flavored cupcake, filled with Kahlua-spiked cream cheese, is crowned by rich buttercream frosting with another dose of your favorite beverage. Three hits of... → Read More

High Country Baking: Apple pie bars

Leaves changing color, snow on high peaks … it’s time for fall desserts. These bars are a good one, with a crisp shortbread base, a soft-sweet filling and a brown sugar-oat streusel, they taste like... → Read More

High Country Baking: Scandinavian thimble cookies

Simple goodness — one of the many enviable traits of Scandinavian baked goods. These thimble cookies, sweet jam cradled in tender dough and accented by chopped walnuts, are a lovely example. They’re unpretentious, delicious, and... → Read More

High County Baking: Creamy chocolate tart

Want a company-worthy dessert that’s as easy to prepare as it is pretty to serve? This tart may be your answer. A chocolate mousse-like filling that almost melts on the tongue stars in this creation... → Read More

High Country Baking: Blueberry poppy seed cake

High altitudes make cookies spread in the pan, cakes fall and few baked goods turn out as they do at sea level. This twice-monthly column presents recipes and tips that make baking in the mountains... → Read More

High Country Baking: Double dark chocolate drop cookies

High altitudes make cookies spread in the pan, cakes fall, and few baked goods turn out as they do at sea level. This twice-monthly column presents recipes and tips that make baking in the mountains... → Read More

High Country Baking: Berry-lemon cake

What foods are you craving now that summer’s here? If you’re like me, you want fresh tastes, seasonal ingredients and simple dishes; this cake is a good example. It’s a one-layer beauty with a moist,... → Read More

High Country Baking: Baci di Dama

At least 100 years, that’s how long this classic Italian cookie has been popular. Named Lady’s Kisses because it was thought to resemble a woman’s puckered lips (I know, I don’t see it either), it... → Read More

High Country Baking: Frozen holiday cranberry torte

The winter holidays are here; they’re always a magical time. But they’ll be a little different for us this year. We won’t be joining family members miles away or hosting friends at home. Yes, we’re... → Read More

High Country Baking: Fall flavors spice cake

Cinnamon, nutmeg, apples and allspice — tastes strongly associated with fall. And, my goodness, they come together nicely in this delightful tube cake. Moist and not-too-sweet with complex flavors and a texture enhanced by chopped... → Read More

High Country Baking: Apple-crowned cream cake

Simple yet sophisticated, this cake will remind you of pastries served in a European coffeehouse. It stars a delicate, moist crumb that is perfectly complemented by the elusive flavors of vanilla and apple. The overall... → Read More

High Country Baking: Pecan-caramel shortbread sticks

Contrasting tastes and textures have wide appeal, and these cookies are a good example. A tender, sandy, subtle-tasting shortbread is paired with sweet, rich, gooey caramel frosting and crunchy nuts for a winning combination of... → Read More

High Country Baking: Cherry pastry rounds

Want to make breakfast special? These petite rounds will do it. A cross between a Danish pastry and a French croissant, they yield about three bites of sweet cherries wrapped in a tender, flaky crust.... → Read More

High Country Baking: Chocolate-hazelnut squares

Rich and indulgent, these chocolate-hazelnut squares are like a brownie, but less sweet, more complex and with a strong splash of panache. Serve them as a dessert or as the star of a cookie tray.... → Read More

High Country Baking: Wild blueberry cobbler

“Everything should be made as simply as possible, but no simpler.” — Albert Einstein That quote describes this recipe perfectly. It is a minimalist’s dream with few ingredients and a process that couldn’t be more... → Read More

High Country Baking: Buttery lemon wedges

Simple shortbread…one of my all-time favorites; I’ve made more variations than I can count and love every one of them. These Buttery Lemon Wedges are my current crush. Why? Well, like most good shortbreads, they’re... → Read More