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Speculoos

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Speculoos are thin, crunchy, golden brown cookies that are traditionally baked and served around Christmas in much of Europe. The brown color comes from brown sugar, which gives the cookies most of their flavor. Many recipes will be lightly spiced with cinnamon, ginger and other spices, but the brown sugar is always the dominant flavor so that these don’t turn into just another gingersnap. They’re ... Read More »

Cardamom Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffins

Cranberries are one of my favorite berries to work with in the fall. Their bright color and sweet-tart taste compliments a lot of different ingredients. Dried cranberries are the easiest to use, since you can incorporate them into just about anything, but whole cranberries pack a lot more of a tart punch and also add a lot more color, so I will go out of ... Read More »

Announcing The Baking Bites Cookbook Kindle Edition!

Baking Bites Kindle Cover

A few years ago, I released The Baking Bites Cookbook. It was (and still is) a beautiful paperback cookbook that featured more than 50 recipes and tempting full-page, color photos of every baked good inside. I have gotten many requests to update the book and make it available in a digital format, and I just recently put the finishing touches on The Baking Bites Cookbook ... Read More »

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog has a distinct flavor made up of eggs, vanilla and nutmeg that I closely associate with the Christmas holiday season. At this time of year, there are plenty of eggnog goodies to be found, from Eggnog Pie to Eggnog Panna Cotta. One place I don’t usually see eggnog is paired with chocolate. Perhaps people think that chocolate might overpower the flavor of the ‘nog, ... Read More »

Holly Leaf Loaf Pan

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One easy way to get into the holiday spirit is by changing up your bakeware to something that is a little more festive than usual. A new loaf pan, for instance, will turn your usual banana bread into something worthy of a holiday party. This Holly Leaf Loaf Pan from Williams Sonoma is a great example of a pan that can dress up an otherwise ... Read More »

Classic Crème Caramel

Creme Caramel

Creme brulee is the dessert of choice at many upscale restaurants, but crème caramel is another classic French dessert that deserves at least as much time in the spotlight. Crème Caramel is a custard that is baked with a layer of caramel on the bottom, rather than added on top as it is found in a creme brulee. You will probably also recognize crème caramel as ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Christmas is closing, with just a few more weeks of December to go, and holiday flavors are everywhere. One standout is peppermint, which is closely associated with Christmas because people never seem to get tired of peppermint candy canes, and I’ve seen lots and lots of delicious-sounding peppermint recipes appearing on the blogs. Sally’s Baking Addiction turned a holiday coffee shop favorite into dessert, in ... Read More »

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