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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Muffins, top view

I recently stopped in at a local cafe and ordered a tasty looking apple muffin to go with a cup of coffee. That muffin only had about two pieces of apple in the entire thing, and was pretty disappointing overall. Naturally, this set me on a mission to make a simple, tasty apple muffin. Apple and cinnamon is always a great pairing, so I started ... Read More »

Baking Boot Camp

Baking Boot Camp

The phrase “boot camp” probably inspires thoughts of sweat and long days filled with intense physical activity – most likely cardio, push-ups and similarly athletic endeavors. In Baking Boot Camp those physical activities are more along the lines of whisking, kneading and moving hot pans in and out of the oven. The book is the story of one woman’s trip to a real baking boot ... Read More »

Alternatives to Peanut Butter in Baking

Sunflower seed butter

Even though neither Jif nor Skippy, the two largest peanut butter brands in the US, have been included in the recent peanut butter recall (neither sources products from the Peanut Corporation of America), peanut butter is still not at the top of most people’s shopping lists at the moment because of the salmonella scare. One of the upsides to this is that more people are ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Eggs in Toast

Toad-in-the-hole is the name of a traditional British dish in which sausages are put into Yorkshire pudding batter and baked right into the popover-like pastry. Since it’s origination, the name has been expanded to include many other dishes, including the simple breakfast dish of eggs in toast. At least, I’ve always heard eggs-in-toast called toad-in-the-hole. It can also be called Eggs in a Basket, Eggs ... Read More »

Grade A Maple Syrup vs Grade B

Pouring maple syrup

Glance down the syrup aisle at the grocery store and you’re likely to see what seems like a sea of options for syrups. There are tons of “pancake syrups” as well as real maple syrups to choose from. Pancake syrups are usually flavored corn syrup – not the real deal in terms of flavor or consistency, and usually not worth the price even if they’re ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Brownie Truffle Baking Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Truffle Brownie Mix, baked

Cake mixes – as you might guess from the fact that I run a baking blog – are not something that I use very often. If I’m going to use a mix, I’d much rather it be a brownie mix. Most brownie mixes produce good, consistent results (I particularly like Ghirardelli brownie mixes) and are really easy to whip up when you need something. Plus, ... Read More »

Baking Bites in People Magazine!

My recipes in people magazine!

My homemade girl scout cookies have hit the big time. They’re in print – and not just on Baking Bites! People Magazine’s country music special issue (released this month) has a three page feature that includes my three most popular girl scout cookie recipes: Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Thin Mints. The recipes have been slightly simplified from the versions posted here, so they’re a bit less ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Biscotti

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Biscotti, plated

Chocolate covered strawberries are a classic treat for Valentine’s day, but strawberries aren’t exactly at their peak in February. It’s possible to find fresh ones, of course, though your options are either going to be fairly expensive hothouse berries or berries that simply don’t have the flavor of those at their peak later in the season. I decided to make these biscotti as a stand ... Read More »

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