Strawberry Sunrise Scones

Strawberry Sunrise Scones

These scones weren’t winners in any Pillsbury Bake-Off competition, but still have a tie-in to the contest (like my other recipes this week). They were made with a recipe that I was working on for that last Pillsbury Bake Off competition, the one that Anna won. Although I met the criteria for ingredients, it may not have been “original” enough to become a finalist recipe. ... Read More »

Giant Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pan

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pan

When I first saw Wilton’s Giant Cupcake Pan, I thought that the bakeware company had outdone themselves in the design department. A giant version of one of the cutest baked goods out there, and a specialty pan that isn’t tied to any particular season and can be used year round? A clear winner. At least, until I got a look at Wilton’s new summery version ... Read More »

Orange Kiss-Me Cake

Orange Kiss Me Cake

Some foods are very inspiring. Some recipes are, too. The scents of different ingredients and the look and feel of a batter or dough as it comes together can spark different memories, inspire different feelings. I would venture to say that the most commonly invoked thought is a memory from childhood, followed by flashbacks to well-liked foods made by friends or eaten at particular restaurants. ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Perfect for spring, Tartelette‘s Ice Cold Lemon Strawberry Fraisier is a lovely dessert for stepping into spring. It uses fresh strawberries, a grand Marnier flavored mousse and a slice of Meyer lemon pound cake to build a molded, frozen dessert that is as refreshing as it is beautiful. It can easily be adapted to work with other flavors of mousse and cake, as well. Butter ... Read More »

Swedish Toscas (Mini Almond Tarts)

Swedish Tosca, minus one bite

There is something very appealing about a miniature tart. It’s so much fancier looking than an ordinary cookie and seems to promise more in the flavor department, while at the same time its small size lets you indulge yourself in a bite or two without guilt. From a preparation standpoint, miniature tarts aren’t much more difficult to make than full-sized tarts are and they are ... Read More »

Garden Patch Cakelet Pan

Garden Patch Cakelet Pan

There are some vegetables that any kid – no matter how picky an eater – will happily munch away on. Vegetables made out of cake, for instance, fit this description quite well. This Garden Patch Cakelet Pan is a new piece of bakeware at Williams Sonoma this spring. It bakes 20 miniature cakes, each of which is roughly the size of a mini-muffin, in carrot, ... Read More »

Caramel Oatmeal Brownies

Caramel Oatmeal Brownies

I’d like to dedicate this recipe to anyone who thinks that Pillsbury Bake Off recipes are nothing more than prepackaged products rearranged to make variations on a refrigerator biscuit theme. Some of them are – it’s a competition sponsored by General Mills and many name brand, prepackaged products are qualified for use in the entered recipes – but there are just as many recipes that ... Read More »

A Baker’s Odyssey

A Baker's Odyssey

There are two main ways to learn how to bake. One way is to teach yourself, working with recipes as guidelines, and one is to have a teacher to demonstrate the techniques involved to you. No one learns exclusively with one method or the other, so it’s not surprising that any time the two come together – descriptive recipes and experienced teachers – we get ... Read More »

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