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Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Soda Bread

The New York Times ran an article this week about traditional Irish soda bread – or rather, they ran an article that discussed how the loaf presented as “traditional” in the US is often not. The author’s loaf had butter, sugar and eggs in it, as well as raisins, and turned into a very cake-like loaf. I myself am guilty, to a degree, of making ... Read More »

Chocolate Mint Brownie Sticks

“Who’s gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It’s chocolate, it’s peppermint -it’s delicious!” — Kramer, Seinfeld I know one person who does not like the combination of chocolate and mint, but to be fair, he does not care for peppermint-type flavors in general. Doubtless there are a handful of other people who also do not care for the combination, but the vast majority of people ... Read More »

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread

It has been a while since I have posted a yeast bread recipe. This isn’t because I haven’t been baking them, however. I have simply been sticking to old favorites for a while, like Sourdough and Country White Bread, and have been working on a new baguette recipe that I really like (not ready for prime time yet, sorry!). What this all boils down to ... Read More »

Black Forest Tart

Black Forest Tart

Black Forest Cake was once the pinnacle of all desserts. Every restaurant worth eating at – or that wanted to look like it was worth eating at – had it on the menu. The cake is from, as you might suspect from the name, the Black Forest region of Germany, where it began as a cherry and liquor dessert before morphing into a cake. The ... Read More »

Peach Muffins

The other day when I was at Trader Joe’s, I noticed the most unusual fruit in the freezer department. Now, when it comes to fruit, I always like to have fresh on hand for eating and frozen on hand for baking. After all – it can be difficult to get wild blueberries (which I adore in all kinds of cakes, muffins and scones) in January. ... Read More »

Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake

I like a good superlative as much as the next person, but I’m not one to throw around words like “amazing” and “the best” lightly when it comes to a recipe. In fact, I probably wouldn’t use them myself to describe this particular coffee cake. I will say, however, that the lucky people who got to sample this used those exact words to describe this ... Read More »

Flourless Chocolate Mini Cakes

heart-shaped flourless chocolate cake

¬†Flourless chocolate cake is a little bit overdone. And by “a little,” I actually mean “quite a lot.” It was the hottest dessert that a restaurant could serve for a while, but now it has fallen back into a comfortable, but permanent, position beside cheesecake on almost every single dessert menu. That said, the reason that it became a dessert menu-staple is that flourless chocolate ... Read More »

Red Velvet Cake Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Red Velvet Cake Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Red velvet cake is one of my favorite types of cake. It is a buttermilk cake with a hint of cocoa – just enough for flavor, not enough to make it “chocolate cake” – that has a gorgeous red hue. The red, in theory, comes from the interaction between baking soda and cocoa powder, but to get the bright red color that the cake is ... Read More »

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