Cranberry Pear Pie * with VA Foodie

cranberry pear pie 2

I wrote a recipe for a winter cranberry pear pie, and you can find it on VA Foodie’s site! Which celebrates different aspects of the Virginia food scene, from farms, to restaurants, to vineyards, and connects people and makers. I was really excited to partner with them, when they asked me to create a winter dessert using seasonal ingredients we can find here in Virginia, as a part of their holiday mailing. Head to their site for the recipe, and peep some pics of the pie below. I sent this recipe to them months ago, and in that time, I had kind of forgotten how wonderful this pie smells and tastes until I made it again this week. Y’all. Don’t sleep on this. It is just the right combo of sweet and tart, and it has all the best spices. And if you’d like to see how I made the chevron lattice pattern in these pictures, I’m working on an Instagram story to show that soon! STAY WARM, AND HAPPY BAKING!

Read more

Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls

cinnarolls 1

It’s the ho-ho-holidays y’all! I am particularly excited for christmas this year for a number of reasons. One of the most important reasons requires me to share a humble brag: about a month ago, I ran my first race! The Richmond Half Marathon- 13.1 ugly-gruesome, super-freezing miles, preceded by several months of training, drinking more water than wine/coffee every day, actually sleeping at night, and eating (kind of) well. But within 20 minutes of finishing the race, I declared I AM NEVER RUNNING AGAIN. Give me all of the wine, and all of the unhealthy carbs. So may winter 2017 go down in history as The Season Arley Let Herself Go And Had the Best Time Doing It. I’m starting with these cinnamon rolls. The dough is super rich, with milk, eggs, and sugar. And the brown butter in the dough, filling, and icing + the hint of nutmeg in the filling bring them to the next level. I like my cinnamon rolls BIG, so these are BIGGG. That means so many empty calories for your body, but so many wonderful calories for your happiness. Plus, BONUS POINTS!!! I’ve included some tips at the end of the recipe for different ways to make the cinnamon rolls ahead of time, so you can easily pop them in the oven the morning you need them, and maybe bring them to your next holiday brunch and remind your friends of why they need to keep you around. What I’m saying is, these cinnamon rolls will make you happy and popular. You’re welcome!

Read more

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

H A P P Y  (almost) T H A N K S G I V I N G ! ! !

I know we are all deeply submerged in the throws of chunky sweaters, cuuuuute boots, and pumpkin ERRYTHANG. But I would like to take a brief pause to call our attention to another wonderful, under-appreciated fruit of fall: the sweet potato. Most specifically, when it is used in pie. Maybe you are already a member of team sweet potato pie (welcome, friend, glad to have you). Or you have arrived here thinking ‘wait, what? this sounds weird. can we stick to pumpkin? pumpkin is normal. pumpkin is expected. PSLs rule my world. just give me pumpkin pie.’ But let me give you one reason to venture to the good side: black people eat sweet potato pie. And you know that our food is factually the best food. I’m not 100% sure on why, though I do think it has something to do with the resourcefulness, resilience, and rebounding joy we’ve had to keep up in the face of setback after setback in our history with this nation. But either way, our food is dope, and everybody knows it. So trust that this soul food staple will only enhance your thanksgiving spread this year.

Read more

Let's talk cake.

If you'd like to get in touch with me to talk cake, cheese, or your best dad jokes, write me a note below! * * (PLEASE NOTE: I have relocated to Richmond, and am currently not taking new orders. But if you'd like to stay up to date on what my next move is, shoot me an email below, and I'll add you to my emailing list. Cheers!)