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Fresh Plum and Almond Cake

Fresh Plum and Almond Cake

Stone fruits are wonderful to bake with, whether you are using nectarines, peaches, apricots or any other favorites. Plums are one fruit that I find to be slightly underutilized when it comes to stone fruit baking. This could be because plums are so delicious on their own that people rarely have enough to bake with sitting around in their kitchen, or it could be a ... Read More »

Baked Elements: The Importance of Being Baked in 10 Favorite Ingredients

Baked Elements: The Importance of Being Baked in 10 Favorite Ingredients

While you can incorporate just about any flavor into a dessert, some appear more than others. These flavors are popular because they are so delicious and remain popular because there are so many ways to enjoy them. In Baked Elements: The Importance of Being Baked in 10 Favorite Ingredients, the bakers behind NYC’s popular Baked bakery, celebrate 10 of their favorite ingredients: Peanut Butter, Lemon ... Read More »

Strawberry Cucumber Pimm’s Cup

Strawberry Cucumber Pimm's Cup

Pimm’s #1 is a lovely liqueur that is closely associated with a single cocktail: the Pimm’s Cup. The Pimm’s Cup is a simple cocktail that combines the liqueur with lemon and ginger ale. Like all simple recipes, this one is an excellent choice if you want to play around with other flavors and put your own twist on it. This Strawberry Cucumber Pimm’s Cup combines ... Read More »

What are Icebox Cakes?

What are Icebox Cakes?

Icebox cakes are an unusual style of cake that uses the refrigerator instead of the oven to bring all the elements of the cake together. The cakes are constructed by layering cookies with whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk, custard and other similar components, then refrigerated until the cookies soften into a cake-like consistency and all the flavors of the dessert meld together. The cookies used ... Read More »

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella is one of my favorite gelato flavors. This milk-based ice cream is packed with lots of fine chocolate shavings just waiting to melt in your mouth. It is similar to chocolate chip ice cream, but the pieces of chocolate are much finer, so you get a more even distribution and a more subtle chocolate flavor. The name stracciatella comes from the Italian word “stracciare” ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Strawberries are in season and I’ve been doing a lot of strawberry baking. Seasons & Suppers has a Fresh Strawberry Glaze Pie, which is one more recipe that takes advanatage of fresh berries while they’re in season. The pie starts by baking a pie crust in a skillet, then adding a generous quantity of whole berries to the shell once it has cooled. A glaze ... Read More »

How to Cut Through Toasted Marshmallow

How to Cut Through Toasted Marshmallow

Sticky foods tend to be more difficult to cut through than others and toasted marshmallows may be one of the trickiest of all. Not only is the marshmallow gooey inside, but you need to preserve as much of the crisp exterior as possible and prevent the marshmallow from becoming completely smushed. Now, if you’re toasting marshmallows to make s’mores, you probably don’t need to cut ... Read More »

Red, White & Blue Berry Icebox Cake

Red, White & Blue Berry Icebox Cake

Icebox cakes are no-bake cakes that set up in the refrigerator, making them a perfect choice for a summer dessert when you need a recipe that won’t heat up the kitchen. Instead of using actual cake, they use cookies (usually chocolate wafer cookies or graham crackers) to give the cake structure – and it is surprising to see how cake-like they become while the dessert ... Read More »

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