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Vanilla Crumb Cake

Vanilla Crumb Cake

A coffee cake with a buttery crumb topping is hard to resist. Most crumb toppings include cinnamon or other spices, both because spices add a great aroma to a cake while it is baking and because darker spices give a crumb topping a darker color to contrast with the rest of the cake. This Vanilla Crumb Cake is for vanilla lovers and you won’t find ... Read More »

Honey & Oats: Everyday Favorites Baked with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners

Honey & Oats: Everyday Favorites Baked with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners

Baked goods are an indulgence, especially when you’re talking about desserts and not about simple loaves of bread. Between layers of frosting and generous amounts of sugar, many people feel guilty about eating desserts because of that indulgence, even though it never hurts to indulge at least once in a while! Honey & Oats: Everyday Favorites Baked with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners is a ... Read More »

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread

You can never go wrong with a buttery batch of shortbread cookies. They’re delicious plain, where you get a generous dose of butter flavor, and they can also be a blank canvas for other flavors. This Lemon and Lavender Shortbread is a great example of how a few simple additions can take a shortbread recipe from something good to something special without even trying. It ... Read More »

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood orange season typically runs from December through March, but this year I had a few oranges that tenaciously hung onto the tree branches until late spring and I could only think of one way to celebrate the last oranges of the season: Blood Orange Margaritas. These drinks get their vivid red color from fresh blood orange juice, which makes them really stand out if ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Scone Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Scone Mix, reviewed

Some scone mixes require you to add cream. Others require you to cut in butter and add additional ingredients, which is one step away from making scones from scratch (which will likely be less expensive than using the “mix” consindering how much you have to add in yourself). The easiest scone mixes require nothing but water and Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Scone Mix falls into ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

A slice of Cappuccino Marble Cheesecake with Fudge Sauce is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about eating a little bit lighter, but Taming of the Spoon was able to lighten this decadent cheesecake a little bit by using reduced fat cream cheese. The cheesecake doesn’t feel any less rich, but you might find that you feel a little ... Read More »

What is clear vanilla?

Clear Vanilla Extract

There is more than one type of vanilla flavoring on the market. There is vanilla extract, which is made by macerating vanilla beans in an alcohol solution to extract the beans’ natural flavors, and there is imitation or artificial vanilla extract, which is produced with synthetic vanillin, the same compound that is naturally found in vanilla beans. You can also find alcohol-free vanilla flavorings, if you want to ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Pinata Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Pinata Cake Pan

A pinata cake is a cake that has a surprise inside, just like the pinatas that you might find hanging up at a kids birthday party. The cakes are constructed to have a hollow space in the center and that space is filled with sprinkles, candies or chocolates, which come spilling out when the cake is sliced. It’s a fantastic effect to show off at ... Read More »

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