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Rice Pudding Pops

Rice Pudding Pops

Pudding pops were one of my favorite hot-weather treats as a kid. They were sweet, creamy and had a great commercial campaign behind them. I still like pudding pops when they’re made with homemade pudding. Pudding pops generally came in vanilla, chocolate and a vanilla-chocolate swirl, but there are all kinds of pudding flavors out there and every one of them is fair game for ... Read More »

Vanilla Hot Milk Sponge Cake

Vanilla Hot Milk Sponge Cake

On many of the cake decorating shows on TV they refer to cakes as “sponges” because they like to use light, airy sponge-type cakes for building their elaborate creations. Sponge cakes don’t get the recognition that they deserve as light, versatile cakes that are good for everything from a simple strawberry shortcake to a show stopping wedding cake. Sponge cakes are typically leavened by beating ... Read More »

Craftsy & The Wilton Method: Baking Basics Class

Spoon-Iced Vanilla Bean Layer Cake

Layer cakes always look impressive when you set them out for dessert. Professional bakers make them look easy, but when you try the same recipe yourself, you might find that the process of baking a professional looking layer cake is a lot more difficult than it seems. The cakes can dome or crack as you are baking them, leaving you with a lot of uneven ... Read More »

5 Must-Make Memorial Day Desserts

Grilled Peach Sundaes

Memorial Day is often considered to be the start of the summer grilling season. It comes right near the end of the school year and it is the time when the whether really starts to warm up all over the country. A backyard barbecue is a must to kick off the season (even if you grill the rest of the year) and a good excuse ... Read More »

Fudgy Nutella Swirl Brownies

Nutella Swirl Brownies

What could be better than a fudgy chocolate brownie when a chocolate-craving strikes? The answer, of course, is a fudgy chocolate brownie that has a generous swirl of Nutella running through it. These Nutella Swirl Brownies are just the ticket for chocoholics – especially if you are a chocoholic that happens to like that addictive chocolate-hazelnut spread. The brownie batter is one of my favorite ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Blueberries are starting to come into season and that means that I’m starting to see blueberry recipes everywhere – including here, with my Blueberry Lavender Muffins. Blueberries are typically a great choice for year-round baking because they work well fresh or frozen, but fresh blueberries are always fantastic to work with and these recipes should give you some berry-filled inspiration for putting them to good ... Read More »

Chicago Metallic Marshmallow Pan, reviewed

Marshmallow Pan

I always enjoy having a batch of fresh, homemade marshmallows around the kitchen for snacking and hot chocolate emergencies. Marshmallows are easy to make – especially if you have a stand mixer to speed the process along – but getting them to look picture perfect is a little bit tricky. The marshmallow mixture needs to be molded while it is still warm, preferably in something ... Read More »

Wilton Spoon Cookie Pan

Wilton Spoon Cookie Pan

Dipping a freshly baked cookie in a glass of milk, or into a mug of coffee or tea is one of life’s little pleasures. You might want to pair chocolate chip cookies with milk and save the biscotti for tea, but there is no wrong way to mix and match cookies with beverages. The hardest part about such a pairing is often getting the cookie ... Read More »

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