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Baking Bites’ Pie Week 2014

Baking Bites’ Pie Week 2014

Pie is one of my favorite desserts and I eat it year-round. That said, I definitely kick my pie baking into high gear around the holidays. Pies are a staple dessert at just about all of my holiday celebrations – I even serve them at brunches! To celebrate the start of the holiday pie season, I’ll be focused on pie tips, pie recipes and more ... Read More »

Individual Pumpkin Pies

Individual Pumpkin Pies

A freshly baked pumpkin pie is one of the most perfect desserts you can slice into during the fall. The sweet flavor of pumpkin, combined with warm spices and brown sugar in a smooth custard is just delicious – especially if you have family and friends to share it with. A pumpkin pie demands to be shared and, as a result, many of us wait ... Read More »

Me, Myself and Pie

Me, Myself and Pie

Pie is a food that you can eat year round, and plenty of pie-lovers find themselves baking them just as often in May as they do in November. But there is no doubt that pie season coincides with the holiday baking season, and many more people bake pies of all flavors from Halloween through Christmas. Me, Myself and Pie is a collection of more than ... Read More »

Mini Cherry Swirl Cheesecakes

Mini Cherry Swirl Cheesecakes

My favorite cheesecakes are usually mini cheesecakes. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a big, rich slice of a full sized cheesecake every now and then, but I find that I get a better crust-to-filling ratio with mini cheesecakes. Mini cheesecakes are also quick to bake and easy to serve, so they’re a much better choice for spur-of-the-moment baking than full sized cheesecakes are. These ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Caramel Sauce, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Caramel Sauce, reviewed

Pumpkin spice has been a very popular flavor this holiday season. That familiar blend of cinnamon, cloves and other spices is easy to incorporate into all kinds of dishes. Pumpkin itself is a little bit more difficult to work with, since it contains so much moisture. Trader Joe’s has stocked their shelves generously with pumpkin spice items this season, but this Pumpkin Caramel Sauce really ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Bronze Fall Cakelet Pan

Nordic Ware Fall Cakelet Pan

Miniature desserts are always fun, especially when you are entertaining because a bite-sized treat is so much easier to handle than something that needs to be sliced and served on a plate with a fork. Mini cupcakes are always an option, but a cakelet pan can turn what would be an ordinary mini cupcake into a work of art. Nordic Ware’s Bronze Fall Cakelet Pan ... Read More »

Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecan Scones

Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecan Scones

Maple syrup is one of my favorite sweeteners because it can add a deep, rich flavor to baked goods, in addition to making them sweet. Good quality maple syrup is not inexpensive, and that is one of the reasons that people shy away from using it in their baking. A good quality maple syrup is well worth the investment when it is used in a ... Read More »

47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Recap!

Nicole and the Doughboy at the 47th Annual Pillsbury Bake Off

The Pillsbury Bake-Off is the biggest amateur cooking and baking contest in the world, with a grand prize of a million dollars going to one creative home cook. There were tens of thousands of entries this year, for the 47th Bake-Off contest, and that number was slowly whittled down to 100 finalists after a rigorous process of test kitchen baking, tasting and evaluation based on the ... Read More »

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