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Olive Oil, Grape and Polenta Cake

Olive Oil, Grape and Polenta Cake

Grapes aren’t much of a baking fruit. The can be cooked, and are actually delicious when roasted, but they don’t show up in pies, muffins or cakes with any kind of real regularity. I’ve baked them into loaves of bread before with great success, and decided to create a cake that would work well with them.This cake is definitely Italian-inspired. Not only does it include ... Read More »

Dessert Express

Dessert is an easily overloked element of dinner – at least, making a real dessert is. It’s a great way to end a meal, but at a time when many cooks are pressed for time when it comes to preparing main meals, dessert is often put on the back burner and filled by scooping a dish of ice cream or taking a cookie out of ... Read More »

Breakfast on the Go, at Starbucks

Starbucks brekkie

I always eat breakfast in the morning, whether I make something at home or pick something up with a cup of coffee while I’m on the go. I’m kind of a sucker for a good bowl of oatmeal, so when I heard that Starbucks was introducing an oatmeal option for breakfast, I knew that I would have to give it a try the next time ... Read More »

Buttermilk Aebleskiver

Aebleskiver pan

Aebleskiver, or ebelskiver, are small spherical pancakes. They’re traditionally Danish, but the pancakes have been enjoying an upswing in popularity lately and are a little more common now than they once were. The pancakes are often filled with fruit or jam, rather than being served with syrup. You might not see the real name associated with recipes for these little treats, though, as some stores ... Read More »

Peace of Cake Pan

Filled cake pans have never really jumped out at me. The designs that feature bowl-like shapes, or hollowed out interiors, always looked like things I could reproduce myself with a spoon, or perhaps with a knife. The Peace of Cake pan caught my eye with its very cute name and the design really grew on me the more I looked at it. The pan is ... Read More »

Make your own cupcake stencils

A plain cupcake is practically a muffin, so frosting is definitely a necessary element of the cupcake equation. Vanilla and chocolate are nice, but one of the joys of having mini cakes is that you can be a bit more creative in decorating them than you can with full-size cakes. Sprinkles and jimmies, as well as colored sugars, are the easiest way to go. One ... Read More »

Cake Stand with Nonslip Pad

Cake Stand with Nonslip Pad

Cake stands can be slippery. This isn’t a bad thing when you only use cake stands for serving, but when a cake stand is used as a cake decorating table, it can make putting the frosting on very difficult since the cake might move around a bit. Obviously, it wouldn’t be a good thing if the cake slid right off the stand, either. The traditional ... Read More »

Egg Custard Tarts

Egg Custard Tart

Egg custard tarts are desserts that are popular in a number of different cultures and, while all are similar, none are quite alike. Pastal de nata, the Portuguese custard tarts, are usually cooked so that the top of the tart browns and begins to caramelize. Dan tats, Chinese egg custard tarts, have a unique flakey pastry crust and a richly eggy center. The first tarts ... Read More »

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