Getting ready for holiday baking? After going West for dessert inspiration this week, Martha's got four new sweet treats for your consideration that run the gamut from simple snacks to over-the-top desserts. Bring date bars to your cookie swap for a surefire crowd-pleaser, amp up your holiday menu with a sophisticated gateau Basque, or whip up a coffee crunch cake or mini pineapple upside-down cakes for an impressive way to end Christmas dinner. They're easier to make than you think, especially if you watch Martha break down the recipes step by step! Be sure to tune in this weekend and get an exclusive look at the recipes below.
1. Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake
Blum's Bakery in San Francisco is no longer around, but luckily, we have Martha's recipe for their sensational coffee crunch cake. It pairs sponge cake with coffee frosting and coffee-flavored candy and is just the thing for a special occasion.
2. Gateau Basque
Creamy custard and brandy-soaked cherries are nestled in buttery pastry in this oh-so-elegant dessert.
3. Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes
Your guests are going to love having individual cakes to themselves! Rum caramel sauce takes these tropical treats to the next level.
4. Date Bars
Dried dates are perked up with apple cider and lemon zest then topped with a cinnamon oat streusel for these chewy bars.
"Martha Bakes" airs on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).