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Bread Pudding French Toast

Bread Pudding French Toast

I have never had a problem with having leftover bread pudding and being at a loss for what to do with it. I eat it – plain and simple. That being said, you can never have too many ideas to make eating those leftovers a little bit more interesting, even when you start off with bread pudding that is perfectly good in its leftover state ... Read More »

Final Cupcake Contest reminder (with a caramel reminder, too!)

TJ's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

This is a final reminder for anyone who wants to enter the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest. The contest closes to entries tonight at midnight (12/20/08 at 11:59pm PST, to get very specific!), so this is your last chance to take some photos of holiday cupcakes – whether they were made by you, your best friend, your children or your favorite local bakery – and ... Read More »

Orange Cranberry Brownie Cookies

Orange Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, innards

These are dark, chewy brownie-like cookies with a bit of a twist. They have dried cranberries and some orange zest mixed into the dough, along with dark chocolate chips. The nice thing about the two fruity additions is that they break up some of the intensity of the chocolate and make the cookies a little bit more interesting. It’s not that the cookies are too ... Read More »

Edible Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Edible Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Gifts from the kitchen – and from the heart – are always welcome around the holidays. You don’t have to worry about sizes, sales, fighting traffic or return policies. They’re usually budget-friendly and end up seeming very personal because you put in the effort to make them yourself. If you’re shipping your treats, remember to choose things that will travel well. Biscotti, for instance, will ... Read More »

Sweet Apricot Kernels, reviewed

os Trader Joe’s recently started stocking Sweet Apricot Kernels – a.k.a. poor man’s “almonds” or “bitter almonds” – in their nut aisle. This came as quite a surprise to me because my first though after seeing them was “aren’t apricot kernels poisonous?” The answer is yes, they actually are. Usually called “bitter almonds” in recipes, the kernels can be used used in jam, marzipan and ... Read More »

What is panettone?

What is panettone?

At just about all specialty food stores, as well as a good number of regular supermarkets, you’re going to find elegant boxes of panettone available around the holidays. The boxes are always adorned with illustrations of what’s inside, but an illustration is never as good as actually seeing the product. Panettone is a somewhere between a bread and a cake in taste, a sweet yeasted ... Read More »

Baklava Bites

Baklava Bites, innards

Baklava is a middle eastern pastry that is made with layers of filo dough, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened – or perhaps I should say drenched – with honey. The flavors are great, but it can be messy to eat, as your fingers inevitably get very sticky. That said, I still like to serve it around the holidays because it’s got a very unusual ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Even though it’s quite chilly outside, ice cream never really seems out of season. I’m still tempted by Annie’s Eats’ Malted Milk Whopper Ice Cream. The flavor of chocolate and malt is a winning combination in any form, but incorporating chunks of malted milk balls adds just enough of the familiar texture of those classic candies to take this ultra-creamy ice cream over the top. ... Read More »

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