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Blood Orange Daiquiri

Blood Orange Daiquiri

The daiquiri is one of my favorite classic cocktails, although I admit that there are many that I like. One of the best things about a daiquiri is its short ingredient list of rum, lime juice and simple syrup. That trio of ingredients yields a surprisingly complex drink and, as is the case with many simple recipes, it is a great base for a little ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oreos, reviewed

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oreos, reviewed

Oreo’s marketing plan of releasing limited edition or seasonal cookie flavors every few months is clearly working. I enjoy classic Oreos (and love cookies n’ cream desserts), and I find that I regularly check the Oreo section when I shop to see if anything new catches my eye. This week, it was Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oreos, a limited edition flavor that should be around through ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Snickerdoodles

Meyer Lemon Snickerdoodles

All kinds of citrus fruits are in season during the winter and citrus desserts are the perfect antidote to dreary weather, with their bright, sunny flavors. Lemons are typically my go-to citrus for everything from cakes to pies, and meyer lemons in particular make a lovely twist on a classic cookie recipe in these Meyer Lemon Snickerdoodles. The cookies contain the combination of cream of ... Read More »

Why Do Cheesecakes Crack – and How to Avoid It

Why do Cheesecakes Crack, How to Prevent It and How to Fix It

The ideal cheesecake will have a smooth, flat surface that is just waiting to be sliced into pieces and delivered to you on a plate. If you’ve baked a couple of cheesecakes, however, you know that they sometimes crack either during baking or as they cool off. A cracked cheesecake can often be covered up by adding a dollop of whipped cream or a generous ... Read More »

Baking for Two

Baking for Two

It’s a lot of fun to bake for a big crowd, whether it is goodies for a bake sale, an office party or a family celebration, but most of the time you are probably baking for a much smaller group. Baking recipes aren’t always designed for small batches and not every recipe is easy to scale down to fit a very small pan. You can ... Read More »

Banana Cheesecake with Cinnamon Shortbread Crust

Banana Cheesecake with Cinnamon Shortbread Crust

Nine times out of ten, when I have leftover bananas in my kitchen, they are going into banana bread. I never really get tired of eating banana bread, especially when there are some many delicious variations on it, but there are times when I simply want to make something besides a loaf cake. Bananas, fortunately, are a versatile fruit and you can get really creative ... Read More »

Funfetti White Chocolate Scones

Funfetti White Chocolate Scones

The other day, I was asked to make a dish for a friend’s birthday. Typically, I would bake up a cake, some cupcakes or a more traditionally dessert birthday option than a batch of scones, but this birthday celebration was a brunch event and I wanted something both fun and breakfast-oriented. These Funfetti White Chocolate Scones don’t have to be saved for a birthday party, ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Bundt Pans

Cook's Illustrated Tests Bundt Pans

A bundt pan is a staple piece of equipment for every baker. The pans make beautiful cakes that look impressive the moment you pop them out of the pan, as the fluted designs on the bakeware transfer directly onto the cake. I love bundt cakes and make them on a regular basis.┬áThis month, the test kitchen at Cook’s Illustrated took a look at bundt pans ... Read More »

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