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Dutch Crunch Bread

I mentioned Dutch Crunch Bread on my list of five things to eat before you die. The name comes from the distinct and unusual topping on the bread, which is made with rice flour, yeast and a little bit of oil, salt and sugar. On its own, the topping is pleasant, but when paired with some good bread, the contrast is amazing. Thanks to some ... Read More »

German Chocolate Cake

I hesitated about running the same picture twice in a row, but I promised to deliver the recipe, so there’s not much I can do about it. Besides, at the risk of sounding terribly immodest, I really like this picture. As many of you guessed, this is indeed a German Chocolate Cake. Despite the name, the cake is thoroughly American and was invented in Texas, ... Read More »

A few days off

Hi everyone. I’m taking a couple of days off, so I’ll leave you with this picture to hold you over until I get back. I’ll update with the recipe soon. Promise. Read More »

Nectarine Scones

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of fresh fruit in a scone. Dried fruits are easier to control and produce consistent, flavorful results. I feel like the fresh fruits release too much moisture and have a negative effect on the texture of the final product. This is especially true of berries, but the firmer the fruits get, the better the scone. Apples work fairly well ... Read More »

Crispy Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies

It has been a while since I made peanut butter cookies. They’re a great cookie to have in a basic baker’s repertoire because they are almost universally popular (except to those with peanut allergies), even if you’re not a fan of the nuts themselves. Basic peanut butter cookies have a slight chew to them, but you can really do a lot of different things with ... Read More »

Individual Lime Pudding Cakes

This isn’t the first time I’ve worked with this recipe. I’ve made lemon and orange pudding cakes before, and limes falling off the tree from over-ripeness seemed like the perfect excuse to trot out one of my favorite easy recipes again. I usually make one large pudding, but this time I decided to divide it up and make individual puddings. The method is exactly the ... Read More »

Creamy Mascarpone Cheesecake

mascarpone cheesecake

Even though there are many kinds of cheesecake in the world – ricotta cheesecake, vegan cheesecake, marbled cheesecake – the one that springs to mind at the first mention of the word is not the light, airy version that is a delight on a hot summer day, but the velvety, ultra-indulgent, creamy cheesecake. This would be that kind of cheesecake. The recipe comes from one ... Read More »

Buttermilk Cupcakes with Praline Icing

Praline is a Southern candy made with brown sugar and pecans. The confection has the unusual property that it melts in your mouth almost instantly after you bite into it. The icing on these cupcakes has the same flavor as praline. I didn’t include any nuts, but the icing really does melt in your mouth. I first used this recipe, which comes from Cooking Light, ... Read More »

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