Sweeter off the VineFruit Desserts for Every Season


A cozy collection of heirloom-quality recipes for pies, cakes, tarts, ice cream, preserves, and other sweet treats that cherishes the fruit of every season.

Celebrate the luscious fruits of every season with this stunning collection of heirloom-quality recipes for pies, cakes, tarts, ice cream, preserves, and other sweet treats. Summer’s wild raspberries become Raspberry Pink Peppercorn Sorbet, ruby red rhubarb is roasted to adorn a pavlova, juicy apricots and berries are baked into galettes with saffron sugar, and winter’s bright citrus fruits shine in Blood Orange Donuts and Tangerine Cream Pie. Yossy Arefi’s recipes showcase what’s fresh and vibrant any time of year by enhancing the enticing sweetness of fruits with bold flavors like rose and orange flower water inspired by her Iranian heritage, bittersweet chocolate and cacao nibs, and whole-grain flours like rye and spelt. Accompanied by gorgeous, evocative photography, Sweeter off the Vine is a must-have for aspiring bakers and home cooks of all abilities.

YOSSY AREFI is a food photographer, food stylist, former professional baker, and the creator of the award-winning blog Apt. 2B Baking Co. She also runs the Project Dessert column on Food52. Her work has been featured in T MagazineBon Appétit,SaveurModern Farmer, and Pure Green Magazine, among others.

“In Sweeter off the Vine, Yossy Arefi has reimagined fruit desserts in her unmistakable style. These seasonal recipes are rustic and bold, often with an inventive use of whole grains or a thoughtful twist on the familiar. For instance, the Simplest Strawberry Tart is nothing short of a showstopper, while the Blueberry Skillet Cobbler with Whole Wheat Biscuits is easy enough to be a weeknight treat, and the spelt shortcakes make for wonderfully textured partners to roasted stone fruits. This is a vibrant debut.˝ —Tara O’Brady, author of Seven Spoons

Spring 
Herbs 11
chamomile honey panna cotta 12  |  fresh mint ice cream with cacao nibs 15  |  lemon verbena olive oil cake 16
Rhubarb 19
rhubarb and rose galettes 20  |  rhubarb semifreddo 24  |  roasted rhubarb pavlova 27
|  rhubarb and rye upside-down cake 31

Strawberries 35
the simplest strawberry tart 36  |  strawberry ice cream sandwiches with cacao nib poppy seed wafers 39  |  pistachio pound cake with strawberries in lavender sugar 43  |  strawberry and campari paletas 47
Cherries 49
cherry and chocolate turnovers 50
|  cherry and rhubarb slab pie 53  |  spiked cherry sorbet 55  |  cherry and poppy seed yogurt cake 59

Summer 
Apricots 63
apricot and berry galette with saffron sugar 64  |  small-batch apricot jam 67  |  roasted apricot and buttermilk sherbet 68
Mixed Berries 71
blueberry skillet cobbler with whole wheat biscuits 72  |  crème fraîche and blueberry ice cream 75  |  currant and gooseberry buckle 76  |  blackberry and sage cream puffs 81  |  black fruit tart 85
Melons 87
cantaloupe and mint yogurt pops 88
|  watermelon granita with chile and lime 91

Stone Fruits 95
nectarine and blackberry pie bars 96  |  wine-soaked peaches with lemon verbena 99  |  spelt shortcakes with roasted stone fruit 100  |  plum pie with hazelnut crumb 104
Raspberries 107
coconut cream fool with raspberries 108
|  chocolate celebration cake with fresh raspberry buttercream 111  |  raspberry sorbet with pink peppercorns 116

Figs 119
wine-roasted figs with whipped honeyed ricotta 120  |  soft chocolate and fig cake 123
Fall
Grapes 127
concord grape pie with rye crust 128  |  concord grape and plum butter 132
Persimmons and Pomegranates 137
jeweled pavlovas with cranberry curd 138
|  persimmon sorbet with ginger and vanilla 142

Apples 145
marie-danielle’s apple tart 146  |  caramelized apple fritters 151  |  campfire crisp 155
Pears 157
a pear-packed chestnut cake 158  |  pear pie with crème fraîche caramel 161
Quince 165
ginger quince upside-down cake 166  |  quince and pistachio frangipane tartlets 170
Squash and Pumpkins 173
butternut squash tea cake 174  |  caramel-swirled roasted squash ice cream 179  |  winter luxury pumpkin pie 180

Winter 
Cranberries 185
cranberry bread pudding 186  |  cornmeal and ricotta cake with cranberries 189  |  cranberry and pear pandowdy 190
Citrus 193
chocolate sesame tart with grapefruit 194
|  blood orange old-fashioned donuts 197
|  quick marmalade with blood oranges and meyer lemons 201  |  tangerine cream pie 205
|  grapefruit and meyer lemon bundt cake 208
|  preserved lemon ice cream 212  |  rangpur
lime bars with saffron 215  |  gingery lime
posset 216  |  citrus almond thumbprints
with summer jam 219

Dates 221
sticky toffee pudding with cranberries 222
|  browned-butter date blondies 225