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Carrot Bundt Cake

Carrot Bundt Cake

 Some cakes are classically bundt cakes. Others are classically layer cakes. Carrot cake is one that I would put firmly in the latter category. The cake is usually made to be very moist and very dense – a combination that doesn’t really make for an appetizing, tall cake. Shorter layers keep the cake from seeming too heavy and the addition of frosting to break up ... Read More »

Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins

Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins

 Chocolate is a staple in any baker’s kitchen. Chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, white chocolate – and from the standard baking fare, it is not a big leap to move onto other chocolate candies. I’ve used chocolate malt balls, peanut butter cups and chocolate covered toffees before, amongst other things. While you can cook with a lot of different types of candies, some are always overlooked for ... Read More »

Grasshoppers

Grasshopper Cocktail with dark chocolate shavings

Since St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, I wanted to make up something to celebrate the holiday, something in addition to the Bailey’s Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes that I baked a few days ago.  Irish soda bread is my fallback for this holiday, either plain or with raisins and carraway seeds, but even that favorite wasn’t really tempting me. I wanted something green and, taking a hint from my inclusion ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Shaker Lemon Pie

shaker lemon pie slice

Shaker lemon pie is a very old fashioned type of pie – so old fashioned that it goes way beyond retro and isn’t likely to be found in your average diner, unlike the far more common lemon meringue pie. Shaker lemon pie has an unusual filling that is made up of lemons. Sliced paper-thin, the lemons go into the pie rind and all (minus the ... Read More »

Bailey’s Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Bailey's Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

 When St. Patrick’s Day comes around every year, I usually follow a little tradition that involves making up a batch of soda bread, a dish involving cabbage or corned beef, and maybe drinking a bottle of Guinness, too. Nothing fancy and pretty standard, as far as celebration goes. This year, I didn’t want to get stuck in that rut, but I did want to do ... Read More »

Oat Bran and Flaxseed Bread

Oat Bran and Flaxseed Bread Loaf

Not every bread makes a really good sandwich, even though just about any bread can be used to put together a sandwich. A really good sandwich bread, in my opinion, needs several things. It needs to be solid enough to hold together any combination of standard sandwich ingredients without letting them soak into or through the bread, so I don’t want to see very large ... Read More »

Snickerdoodle French Toast

Snickerdoodle French Toast, in progress

The thing that makes the snickerdoodle cookiea snickerdoodle is the cinnamon-sugar coating that the otherwise plain sugar cookie dough is rolled in before baking. It is simple, but makes the cookie delicious and highly recognizable. With that said, you can’t just add a bit of cinnamon sugar to anything and call it a snickerdoodle. The cookies are always a bit heavy on the cinnamon to ... Read More »

Mixed Berry Ricotta Babycakes

Mixed Berry Ricotta Babycakes

 A babycake, to me, is a small and special cake that doesn’t quite fit into any other mold. It’s not a muffin or a cupcake, nor is is simply a miniature version of a large cake. It’s a babycake – and it’s also precisely how I’d describe these Mixed Berry Ricotta Babycakes. The cakes have a taste and texture that is somewhere between cheesecake and ... Read More »

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