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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is one of those desserts that often looks better than it tastes. The pineapple topping can be too sweet and the cake portion can be too dense and heavy. As a pineapple fan, I always want to like it, but it often lets me down and makes me turn to other pineapple desserts instead. I decided that I would give Pineapple ... Read More »

Glorious Layered Desserts

Glorious Layered Desserts

Great desserts, like great dishes, should be crafted with layers of flavor. In some cases, this means adding lots of subtle elements that combine into one standout finished product. In other cases, this idea is taken more literally and desserts are constructed with actual layers of flavor and texture. These layered desserts are a lot of fun both to make and to eat, and in ... Read More »

Skillet Berry Crisp

Skillet Berry Cobbler

Fruit cobblers and crisps are low maintenence desserts where fruit can be the star of the show. I make them year-round using frozen fruit, but I make them a little bit more often during the summer when my kitchen is well-stocked with fresh fruits and berries. The only drawback to fruit crisp is that it is a dessert that needs to be baked in the ... Read More »

A Visit to Panera Bread’s Small Batch Bakery

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The sign that says Panera Bread outside the Church Street bakery in New Haven, Connecticut, is relatively small, and if you don’t look up when you walk in, you might just miss it and think that you walked into the wrong store. This is because the inside of the store doesn’t look like the rest of the Panera Breads that you’ve seen and it has ... Read More »

Homemade Auga de Jamaica

Homemade Jamaica

Agua frescas, or “fresh waters”, are one of my favorite types of drinks to cool down with on a hot day. The drinks are made with fruits, flowers, grains or seeds that are blended with sugar and water to create a refreshing beverage. Horchata is just one example of this type of beverage, and it is a staple at most of the Mexican restaurants I ... Read More »

Win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer from Craftsy (closed)

Craftsy KitchenAid Giveaway

I’ve been working with Craftsy for several months now, and am having a great time working my way through some of their classes. They offer plenty of cooking and baking classes, as well as lots of crafting classes for almost any interest. Naturally, I gravitate towards the cooking programs and have found their classes to be fun and engaging. When you’re taking on a baking ... Read More »

What are cake strips?

Cake Strips

There are many problems that you can run into when you are baking cakes. The cakes could turn out to be overdone around the edges or excessively domed, requiring a lot of trimming to get them down to layer-cake proportions. Some cake “problems” are simply the result of a recipe that isn’t the right fit for your project (some cakes dome more than others, for ... Read More »

Margarita Cheesecake Bars

Margarita Cheesecake Bars

I’ve been in a margarita mood ever since my pre-Cinco de Mayo Blood Orange Margaritas, and have been keeping my eye out for desserts that could use a margarita twist. Plain cheesecake does have the slightly tangy flavor of cream cheese, but it is relatively plain and is a good canvas for showcasing other flavors. This is one of the reasons why there are so ... Read More »

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