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Miss.cupcake.face was extremely astute to notice that most cake recipes that include oreo cookies to make a cookies-and-cream cake mix the cookies into the batter. She wanted to boost the Oreo flavor when she baked Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes. The cupcakes are vanilla, filled with vanilla pastry cream, and topped with frosting made from vanilla buttercream and crushed Oreo cookies. Way to highlight the ... Read More »

What are the Best Apples for Caramel Apples?

Delicious caramel apple

Caramel apples have always been a fall classic, combining the crisp and juicy texture of apples with sticky, sweet caramel for a wonderful treat. As a kid, I could always count on a neighbor or two to have some caramel apples available at Halloween (usually to give to the families they knew, reserving wrapped candies for other trick-or-treaters). These days, I either have to make ... Read More »

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Baking Bites Recipe Card

No matter how many recipes we search through online trying to find the perfect one, or how many food blogs we have bookmarked, there is no substitute for having a written recipe in the kitchen to work from. I’m probably not the only one who once spilled a little too close to my laptop for comfort when trying to cook from an on-screen recipe. To ... Read More »

Cuban Bread

Cuban Bread

One of my favorite places to get a sandwich in Los Angeles is Porto’s Bakery. It’s a Cuban bakery that makes all kinds of amazing pastries, sandwiches and other sweet and savory treats. They make all their bread (everything in the bakery, actually) from scratch every day and it is not only delicious, but consistently so. Thousands of people cross through the doors of their ... Read More »

The Art and Soul of Baking

The Art and Soul of Baking is a new book from Sur La Table’s relatively young cookbook line. Things Cooks Love was published earlier this year and another book, Knives Cooks Love, is due out at the end of this month. The store is known for its top quality kitchenware, so it’s no surprise to see them putting it to good use in a book ... Read More »

Passion Fruit Curd

How to make fresh Passion Fruit Curd

Passion fruit, also sometimes written as passionfruit, is one of the best smelling fruits out there. Ripe fruit has a stong, sweet, floral scent that just makes you feel as though you’re somewhere tropical. More often than not, the passion fruits sold in US markets are a bit on the dry side, so I’m always thrilled when I can get my hands on some fresh, ... Read More »

Coconut Scones

Coconut Scones

One of the things that I like about scones is that they are very versatile. The standard cream scone is plain, only mildly sweet, and gets most of its flavor from butter, cream or any other liquid used as a binder. You can pair it with sweet preserves and savory sauces, if you so choose, and you can add any number of flavorings to the ... Read More »

No more Circus Animals: Mother’s Cookies closes

Childhood favorites, remembered

If you’re a fan of Mother’s Cookies’ famous pink and white-frosted circus animal cookies, now is the time to stock up. The 92-year old company has just closed its doors and stopped cookie production completely. There was virtually no warning about the company’s closure, so fans of the cookies – not to mention the employees of the company, who were supposed to get a 60-day ... Read More »

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