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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Drop cookies, made of dough that is casually shaped into a ball and dropped onto a cookie sheet, are not always the most attention-getting cookies. I think that they’re probably the most often made type of cookie, since they are very quick and easy when compared to cut-out cookies, but they don’t hold a candle to the cutouts when it comes to presentation. That being ... Read More »

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I have a slight bias towards tall, layered cakes for birthdays, but Dessert First‘s Jasmine Chocolate Cakes make for a very elegant birthday cake, too. The cakes have a layer of chocolate cake as their base and are topped with a layer of gelatin-stabilized, jasmine tea-infused cream. In between the two primary layers is a thin one of feuilletine, a very thin and crispy cookie-like ... Read More »

What is crème anglaise?

Creme anglaise

Crème anglaise is a very rich custard that is often used as a sauce with other desserts. It is sometimes described as a “pouring custard” because it is thin enough to be poured and is not, unlike some pudding-like custards, thick enough to be scooped for serving. The custard sauce is made with cream and egg yolks, lightly sweetened with sugar and lightly flavored with ... Read More »

Fat Bug Cake Pan

Fat Bug Cake Pan

Most shaped cake pans go for “fancy” or “cute” when it comes to design. The fancy pans include some of the more elaborate bundt pans, the kind that have lots of nooks and crannies that look gorgeous when they are done, but are difficult to get out of the pan. The cute pans include everything from giant sized sandwich cookie pans to pans that produced ... Read More »

Fig Jam Bars

Fig Jam Bars

I’ve always liked the oat and fig flavor combination of Fig Newtons (or similar knock-offs), as the subtly nutty oat flavor goes very well with the rich, sticky sweetness of the fig filling. The texture of the cake-like cookies is not always ideal, however. It might just be a freshness issue, but I never liked getting a batch of fig newtons were the edges were ... Read More »

Chocolate Chocolate

Chocolate Chocolate is a cookbook by Lisa Yockelson that is devoted to – you guessed it – chocolate. Yockelson is also the author of the cookbook Baking By Flavor, a book in which she strives to maximize the amount of a particular flavor in any given recipe. For instance, an almond shortbread features ground almonds, slivered almonds and almond extract. Recipes that involve more complex ... Read More »

Raspberry Mojito

Raspberry Mojito

I always like to plant a little mint in my garden because it’s easy to grow (gives me confidence with some of the trickier plants), smells great and is perfect for making mojitos. Mojitos are one of my favorite summertime drinks. They’re easy to make with just a few ingredients that can be put together by hand, and the combination of fresh mint and fresh ... Read More »

Cream Cheese Bread Pudding

Cream Cheese Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is a great dessert because it is fairly easy to make and is a great way to use up a half loaf of leftover bread that is just a touch past its prime. That said, it’s also delicious enough that I’ve been known to run out to the store to buy a fresh loaf just to make some. Most bread puddings have a ... Read More »

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