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Plum and Black Grape Hand Pies

Plum and Grape Hand Pies

Grapes are in season during the fall, but don’t get used as much in baking as some other end of summer and fall fruits. Grapes can actually be a fantastic fruit to bake with because they have a lot of natural sugar, so they become very tender and especially sweet when they are cooked. In these Plum and Black Grape Hand Pies, I combined fresh ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

The Halloween Cobweb Cookies that Very Culinary baked up can double as a Halloween treat and a Halloween decoration. The cookies are made with a very thin batter than can be piped through a piping bag or squeeze bottle into fairly intricate designs – such as delicate cobwebs. It takes a little bit of practice to get the hang of piping the designs, but the ... Read More »

How to Use Cake Stencils

Cake Stencils

Cake stencils are an easy to use tool for decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies. They’re typically made of thin plastic or metal and feature a cut out design on them. The designs can be anything from a simple smiley face to an elaborate snowflake scene. They’re used by holding the stencil over your cake and sprinkling a finely ground powder – such as cocoa powder, ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Great Pumpkin Pan

Nordic Ware Great Pumpkin Pan

Charlie Brown’s friend Linus strongly believed that the Great Pumpkin would emerge on Halloween night, not unlike Santa Claus at Christmas. None of his friends really shared in his conviction (for good reason, since no Great Pumpkin appeared to him), but if you find that you get as into the Halloween spirit as Linus, you can easily make a great pumpkin appear in your kitchen ... Read More »

Count Chocula Cereal Milk Ice Cream

Count Chocula Cereal Milk Ice Cream

Cereal milk ice cream is exactly what it sounds like: ice cream that tastes like the milk that is left behind after eating a bowl full of cereal, preferably a sugary cereal. The idea was popularized at Momofuku Milk Bar, where it is made with caramelized corn flakes in milk. I don’t know about you, but as a kid I always thought that chocolate cereals ... Read More »

The Model Bakery Cookbook

The Model Bakery Cookbook

The Model Bakery has been a Napa Valley favorite for more than 80 years. The bakery produces all kinds of artisan breads, as well as pastries, pies and other baked goods, but their signature item is the english muffin featured on the front of the cookbook and that simple bread is one of the things that keeps people coming back again and again. The Model ... Read More »

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky toffee pudding is a classic English dessert. The traditional version of the recipe calls for a steamed date cake that is drenched in toffee sauce after cooking. The result is a cake that is moist, sweet and – of course – very sticky. I am a big fan of sticky toffee pudding because I love the richness of it, and it is hard to ... Read More »

Candy Corn Oreo Ice Cream

Candy Corn Oreo Ice Cream

Candy corn is a candy that is known for its look more than its flavor. The yellow, orange and white triangles are everywhere during the fall, from well before Halloween through Thanksgiving, and they’ve inspired all kinds of other treats, including a limited edition Oreo cookie. Most candy corns don’t have a lot of flavor to them beyond being slightly sweet. The best candy corns ... Read More »

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