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Posted By Nicole On October 24, 2012 @ 8:13 am In Baking,Foodies and Chefs | 1 Comment

  • The Novice Chef‘s Pumpkin Dream Cake looks like a showstopper. The tender cake has three tall layers of moist pumpkin cake sandwiched together with fluffy maple cream cheese frosting. Although it is a towering cake, it looks as light as a pillow – and when you take a bite, you won’t be disappointed because the cake really is that tender and soft. This could easily be a celebration cake for a birthday or a party, but it is straightfoward to put together, which means that you can enjoy it any day of the week.
  • Pear is a fruit that often gets overlooked when it comes to baking, since apples are so plentiful in the fall and so easy to work with. Pears have such a unique sweetness that it is a shame to overlook them, however. Poet in the Pantry baked some Pear and Raisin Allspice Crumb Muffins. Allspice is a fantastic, complex spice that goes very well with both pears and apples, so it is a really nice addition to this particular muffin. The muffins also use white whole wheat flour, which makes the a slightly healthier breakfast treat even with all that delicious streusel on top.
  • Spice cake is a fall staple, a cake that just seems hearty and warm as all those spices come together. Turning spice cake into cupcakes is a change that makes this classic a little bit more fun. The Spice Cupcakes with Maple Swiss Meringue Buttercream from Dough Puncher are probably a little more indulgent than your grandma’s spice cake was. The moist cupcakes are flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. They’re topped with a silky smooth and buttery frosting that has just a hint of maple to add some extra sugar to all that spice.
  • Crumpets are similar to english muffins, in that they are a yeast dough that is cooked on the griddle or stovetop instead of in an oven. I’ve had crumpets many times and they’re almost always quite plain, served with butter, jam or cream to give them some flavor. Adeline and Lumiere‘s Coconut Crumpets put some flavor in the crumpets themselves, adding shaved coconut and coconut to give them a much more exciting flavor. A ring mold will give you a perfectly round crumpet, but you can actually make them by simply dropping the batter onto your cooking surface, much as you would when making pancakes.
  • The first time I had guava, it was in juice form and I was immediately hooked on the sweet and floral fruit. Drizzle and Dip‘s recipe for Lightly Poached Guava Ice Cream is a lovely way to put whole guavas to good use. The ice cream starts with fresh guavas that are lightly poached in a sugar syrup flavored with vanilla and star anise. The tender guavas are then incorporated into a velvety ice cream base to give it a tropical flavor and a beautiful light pink color.

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