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Baking By Hand: Make the Best Artisanal Breads and Pastries Better Without a Mixer

Baking By Hand: Make the Best Artisanal Breads and Pastries Better Without a Mixer

Stand mixers were developed to make the process of baking easier for commercial bakers, and they caught on with home bakers who wanted to be able to do things more easily, too. Mixers definitely made the process of mixing bread dough and whisking up cake batter a lot easier, and the machines became so popular that they were gradually accepted as a standard tool for ... Read More »

Pumpkin Donut Muffins

Pumpkin Donut Muffins

Donut Muffins are tender muffins that are rolled in butter and sugar after baking to create a slight “crust” on the exterior that is similar to that of a deep fried sugar donut. It’s a technique that really works and gives the muffins a delicious, sweet exterior. I get requests for them all the time when hosting or attending brunches, but I don’t always want ... Read More »

Spooky Spider Cider

Spooky Spider Cider

While I was out shopping for last minute Halloween decorations, I saw a neat little bottle for sale that read “Spooky Spider Cider” on the label. I loved the look and brought it home to accessorize my Halloween centerpiece. I also liked the idea of a real Spooky Spider Cider to serve as an after dinner drink on Halloween, when you need something hot to ... Read More »

Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes

Not every pumpkin recipe will use a whole can of pumpkin puree. Most pie recipes do, but cookies and cakes often just use a portion of that 15 ounces. When I have leftover pumpkin – which is often during the fall and winter holidays – I typically use it up in a batch of pancakes, like these PumpkinĀ Buttermilk Pancakes. I’m always in the mood for ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

There are so many great Halloween ideas out on the blogs this week that it almost makes me wish we had another week before Halloween so that I would have time to try more of them. Even if you don’t end up making them this year, these desserts are well worth looking at and bookmarking for future holiday inspiration! The Spooky Spider Web Cupcakes that ... Read More »

Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Foodies

"I vant a cupcake" Halloween Pumpkin

I have always loved carving pumpkins. As much as I love the candy and the treats, sitting down with a big pumpkin is still one of my favorite parts of Halloween. For years, I stuck to straightforward jack o’lantern faces until one faithful year when I decided to try to up my game by incorporating a foodie twist onto my pumpkins. Now, I’m not an ... Read More »

Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan

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A lot of pumpkin pans are geared towards Halloween and have a spooky element to them. Pumpkin desserts, however, are enjoyed all autumn and don’t need to be limited to spooky Halloween celebrations. The Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan from Williams Sonoma is the kind of pan that you can use throughout the fall, from well before Halloween all the way into winter. It has a ... Read More »

Brain Panna Cotta with Raspberry Filling

Panna Cotta Brains

Most restaurants don’t put brains on their menu, and most of us don’t cook them at home, either. But for Halloween I wanted to make an exception and put brains on my dessert menu – Panna Cotta Brains with Raspberry Filling. These delicious desserts are an elegant take on the zombie aesthetic and are a wonderfully weird dessert to serve for Halloween. The exterior of ... Read More »

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