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The Easiest Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin Pie with Sweetened Condensed Milk

Pumpkin Pie with Sweetened Condensed Milk

Many pumpkin pie recipes call for evaporated milk and I often get asked if you can substitute sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk in the same recipe. The answer is no, you cannot substitute sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk. You can, however, make a tasty pumpkin pie using sweetened condensed milk for the fillingĀ if that is what you have in your pantry as long ... Read More »

Maple Shoofly Pie

Maple Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie, or shoo-fly pie, is an unforgettable dessert because it has such an unusual name. No one really knows when the name originated, but theories include that pie-lovers had to “shoo flies” away from the sweet, sticky molasses-based pie every time they served it. The pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch traditional dessert, but it can be found in many different parts of the country ... Read More »

Apple Cider Pie

Apple Cider Pie

It’s no secret that I love apple pie and I’ve made all kinds over the years, from double crust pies to streusel-topped pies to crustless pies. This Apple Cider Pie is a new favorite, but unlike some of the other apple pies I’ve made, this one doesn’t contain a single piece of apple. Instead of starting with chopped up apples, this pie starts with apple ... Read More »

Blackberry Coconut Bread

Blackberry Coconut Bread

I never get tired of my favorite coconut bread recipe, nor do I get tired of putting new variations on it. Coconut gives the bread a lovely flavor on its own, but it is a flavor that goes well with so many other ingredients from floral tropical fruit to bittersweet dark chocolate. This Blackberry Coconut Bread offers a fruity variation on my basic coconut bread, ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Shortbread

Pumpkin Pie Spice Shortbread

Buttery shortbread is an excellent addition to any cookie rotation. The tender, melt-in-your-mouth cookies are delicious when they are plain and you can taste pure butter in every bite, but they can also be a great canvas for other flavors and it is easy to put a seasonal twist on your favorite shortbread recipe. These Pumpkin Pie Spice Shortbread have a simple fall twist that ... Read More »

Pepita Mexican Chocolate Cake

Pepita Mexican Chocolate Cake

My kitchen has been overflowing with pepitas – a.k.a. pumpkin seeds – for the past few weeks and I’ve enjoyed experimenting with new ways to enjoy these tasty seeds. It’s easy to incorporate them into a bread or a batch of cookies, but Rick Bayless’s Pepita-Mexican Chocolate Cake grinds them into a fine flour for use in a unique and delicious cake recipe. I first ... Read More »

Leftover Candy Corn Cookies

Leftover Candy Corn Cookies

Billions of candy corn are bought in the weeks leading up to Halloween but, like other Halloween candies, not all of those candy corn will get eaten before we start filling our kitchens with food for next couple of holidays. I like candy corn and it rarely goes to waste in my house. When I do have some leftover, however, I will come up with ... Read More »

Sweet & Spicy Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet & Spicy Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are one of the byproducts of carving pumpkins in my house. Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds have a mild, nutty flavor to them that is enhanced when they are roasted, so I typically toast my pumpkin seeds to serve as a snack when pumpkin-carving is completed. That being said, I usually buy my pumpkin seeds instead of harvesting them from fresh pumpkins ... Read More »

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