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Carrot Cake Friands

Carrot Cake Friands

Friands are little cakes that are related to French financiers. They’re dense little cakes made with egg whites and ground almonds that have a dense, buttery texture that reminds me a bit of a bite-sized pound cake. Like muffins, friands are incredibly versatile and a basic recipe can be transformed into almost any flavor. I often bake carrot cakes in the springtime and this weekend, ... Read More »

6 Great Carrot Cake Recipes to Celebrate Easter

6 Great Carrot Cake Recipes for Celebrating Easter

Carrot cake is one of my traditional bakes around Easter. As much as I love chocolate, I always like to serve a dessert (both at brunch and dinner) that doesn’t have chocolate in it to offer an alternative to, or a break from, the richness of Easter basket candy. These cakes and bakes all contain carrot and are wonderful desserts any time of the year, ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Flower Petits Fours Pan

Nordic Ware Flower Petits Fours Pan

I find that I bring home fresh flowers (or pick them, when I can) on a regular basis during the spring. While the stores are still full of flowers during the winter, the change in season really makes me want to bring a little more of nature indoors. Another way to decorate with flowers is to use a specialty pan to turn ordinary teacakes into ... Read More »

Old Fashioned Chocolate Sheet Cake with Mocha Buttercream

Old Fashioned Chocolate Sheet Cake with Mocha Frosting

There are plenty of great chocolate cake recipes out there, but if you are a chocolate cake fan, you will know that chocolate cake recipes are not one-size-fits-all. Chocolate cakes can range from dense and fudgy cakes that aim to pack as much chocolate into every bite as possible to light and airy – and everything in between. This cake is one of the inbetween ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: No Knead Hot Cross Buns

Baking Bites for Craftsy: No Knead Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are an Easter tradition for many. The yeasted, spiced buns are decorated with a little cross as a symbol of Easter, though I know more than a few friends who simply consider them to be a yummy part of spring. Over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!!), I’m sharing a recipe for my Easy, No-Knead Hot Cross Buns that will make a ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Coffeecello, reviewed

Trader Joe's Coffeecello, reviewed

Trader Joe’s sells some limoncello – a wonderful Italian lemon liqueur that I use often in recipes - that is not only delicious, but an outstanding value compared to other brands. On a recent trip, I noticed that they had a Coffeecello parked on the shelf next to it, packaged in a similar bottle. Coffeecello is a similarly produce liqueur that is made by infusing espresso-roast ... Read More »

Eclairs: Easy, Elegant and Modern Recipes

Eclairs: Easy, Elegant and Modern Recipes

Eclairs are wonderful pastries that seem to be more popular right now than at any time in the recent past. While classic eclairs are filled with vanilla cream and topped with a chocolate glaze – and there is nothing wrong with that delicious flavor combination – modern eclairs are bolder, filled with more flavor and finished with more color. In Eclairs: Easy, Elegant and Modern ... Read More »

Sweet Sherry Panna Cotta with Caramel Raisin Sauce

Sweet Sherry Panna Cotta with Caramel Raisin Sauce

Pedro XimĂ©nez is the name of a white spanish grape varietal that is used to produce an intensely sweet sherry that is typically served as a dessert wine. The grapes are dried in the sun before being juiced, so the resulting wine – which is fortified and aged before being bottled – has a strong taste of raisins and molasses/brown sugar. I happen to enjoy ... Read More »

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