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Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Pumpkin Curd

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Pumpkin Curd

If you thought that rich, velvety fruit curds could only be made with citrus, think again. This silky smooth Pumpkin Curd is a more seasonal take on a “traditional” fruit curd, and I’m sharing my recipe over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!) this weekend. The pumpkin curd, like a pumpkin pie filling, starts with a good quality pumpkin puree. I like to use canned ... Read More »

Chocolate-Striped Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate-Striped Pumpkin Pie

I love pumpkin pie and make several every year throughout the holiday baking season. The creamy texture of a good pumpkin pie coupled with the warm spices of fall makes for the perfect seasonal dessert. But I don’t always make the same recipe every time I bake a pie using pumpkin. After all, a traditional pumpkin pie can get a little boring after a while ... Read More »

Homemade Frappula Frappuccino

Homemade Frappula Frappuccino

Last year, Starbucks added a spooky drink option to their regular menu for only a couple of days before Halloween: the Frappula Frappuccino. The ice blended drink sported a vampire bite that looked very much like the bites I’ve added to my vampire-inspired Halloween cupcakes and whoopie pies. This year the popular coffee chain added the Frappula back to the menu for a few days, ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Pie, reviewed

Trader Joe's Sweet Potato Pie with Maple and Bourbon, reviewed

The freezer case at Trader Joe’s is full of interesting goodies, particularly when it comes to desserts. You’ll always find ice creams, macarons and cakes in seasonal flavors, just waiting to be served up at a holiday gathering. One new addition to the case is their Sweet Potato Pie with a touch of Maple Bourbon flavor. That pie name is quite a mouthful and one ... Read More »

Candy Corn Scones

Candy Corn Scones

Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, candy corn is a fixture of the candy aisle during the Halloween season. I happen to fall on the “pro candy corn” side of the issue and enjoy both snacking on them and including them in seasonal treats. If you’re a candy corn fan, too, this recipe for Candy Corn Scones offers up an unusual way to get ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

If you are getting a little tired of pumpkin pie, there are plenty of other pumpkin desserts to choose from for the fall baking season. I never really get tired of pumpkin pie myself, but I do love to have some options and this week’s roundup will give you plenty of inspiration. Baked by An Introvert‘s Pumpkin Oatmeal Cream Pies offer up a handy way ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Taste Tests Ground Cinnamon

Cook's Illustrated Taste Tests Ground Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an integral spice in the kitchen, especially during the fall and holiday baking seasons, and I know that I’m not the only one who goes through a lot of it! Cinnamon should be both sweet and spicy, and you can both smell and taste the flavorful oils from the bark when you open a new container of cinnamon. Like other spices, cinnamon should ... Read More »

Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

This year, I was again honored to serve as a judge at the Los Angeles County Fair for some of their baking competitions. The bakers who come to the fair are always incredibly creative and picking out the best recipe is not an easy task. Fortunately, I don’t mind a tough job! One of the contests that I judged this year was the Gold Medal ... Read More »

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