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Classic Cherry Pie

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As much as I love pie, I don’t like to compromise on the qualities that I think make up a great one. For instance, I think a pie has to have a good crust that is a blend of flaky and tender. I also think that that crust should be well browned when it comes out of the oven, not pasty looking. And when it ... Read More »

Olive Oil Strawberry Shortcake

Olive Oil Strawberry Shortcake

I’m always looking for a new variation on strawberry shortcake because I can’t resist putting fresh summer strawberries to good use in my kitchen. Strawberry shortcakes are always one of my favorite options. They’re easy to make and you use the berries when they are freshly sliced, so you can really appreciate that ripe berry sweetness. And while I like a berry by itself, having ... Read More »

Black and White Brownie Bars

Black and White Chocolate Bars

This is definitely a recipe for chocolate lovers. Black and White Brownie Bars are brownie-like cookie bars that are packed with both semisweet and white chocolate, giving them a beautiful black and white look and a even better flavor. I like them because they make an impact when they’re put out on the dessert tray, of course, but I also like the way that the ... Read More »

Fresh Cherry Cupcakes

Fresh Cherry Cupcakes

Fresh cherries make me think of cobblers and pies, not necessarily of cakes and cupcakes. When I do bake cakes with cherries, I usually default to frozen or jarred cherries because they are so convenient. This time, I got myself out of the rut and used fresh cherries in a batch of Fresh Cherry Cupcakes. At first glance, you might think that putting fresh fruit ... Read More »

S’mores Bread Pudding

S'mores Bread Pudding

S’mores are – and probably always will be – a favorite summertime treat of mine. And I doubt that I will ever tire of coming up with creative new ways to combine s’more ingredients into new dishes. This time around, I looked at my bag of marshmallows, my package of Hershey’s bars (the classic chocolate, although other bars can be used) and a box of ... Read More »

Churros con Chocolate

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In Madrid, there is one dessert place that is a must-visit destination. That is Chocolateria San Gines. This chocolate shop has one specialty and that is Churros con Chocolate. The chocolate is thick, rich and pudding-like, and the churros are light and crisp. The combination is pretty much the only thing on the menu and the waiters tend to assume that this is what you ... Read More »

Pineapple Muffins

Pineapple Muffins

Pineapple doesn’t make it into my baked goods very often. This is partially because it is a little bit inconvenient to chop up a whole pineapple for just a cup or so of chopped fruit and partially because I just don’t have that many recipes for it. But this is a shame because pineapple is a fruit that cooks very well. Roasted pineapple, a great ... Read More »

Saffron and Olive Oil Cake

Saffron and Olive Oil Cake

Some ingredients appear more often in savory dishes than sweet ones. Saffron and olive oil are clearly two instances of this. Saffron is a spice – the most expensive, by weight, in the world – that is renowned for the bright yellow color it gives to dishes. It has a slightly grassy, sweet flavor to it and it is usually found giving its brilliant color ... Read More »

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