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Maple Souffles

Maple Souffles

Maple is a flavor that is frequently used to enhance other foods, whether you’re drizzling maple syrup over waffles or a savory side of sweet potatoes. It isn’t often showcased entirely on its own. I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising, given that maple syrup is so sweet, but it also has a very complex and rich flavor to it – especially if you buy ... Read More »

Oatmeal Streusel Cookies

Oatmeal Streusel Cookies

When I started to experiment with a recipe for Coffee Cake Pancakes – pancakes with a coffee cake-like streusel cooked into them – I needed to separate the streusel from regular coffee cake so that I could include it with the pancakes. I ended up making a big batch of streusel on its own so that it could be mixed into the pancake batter. The ... Read More »

Apricot, Orange and Chocolate Chip Loaf

Apricot, Orange and Chocolate Chip Loaf

At first glance, you might not think that chocolate and apricots go together – or, at least, several of my tasters seemed to have this opinion when I brought this quickbread out. They were converted to the combination immediately after their first bite (at which time I pointed out that chocolate-dipped dried apricots are actually quite common). Fruit and chocolate make a great combination in ... Read More »

Lemon Torte

Lemon Torte

A torte is a type of rich cake that is made with little or no flour, instead replacing it with ground nuts or something similar. Tortes can be sliced and layered with frosting or jam, but I like them best as simple, single-layer cakes. They’re easy to make, satisfying to eat and are the kind of cake that keeps well for several days – meaning ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Bars, close up

One of the easiest sweet treats to make is a rice krispy treat. The basic recipe has only three ingredients – marshmallows, rice krispies (or other puffed rice cereal) and butter – and takes only a couple of minutes to mix together. As a marshmallow fan, I like them plain, but as a fan of easy to make treats, I appreciate how versatile these bars ... Read More »

Garlic Soft Pretzels

Garlic Salt Pretzel

Plain, salt-topped soft pretzels are one of the best snacks out there. They’re a great combination of chewy, crispy and salty – and they’re actually very easy to make at home. As good as they are when plain, however, it’s also easy to see them as a blank canvas for all kinds of other toppings. Much like a plain pizza, it can really be customized ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread

It is fairly well known that Elvis’s favorite food was a deep fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. The anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birthday is January 8th, and it’s the perfect time for fans (whether you’re fans of The King’s music or just of food) to try out an Elvis-inspired treat that uses both peanut butter and bananas. My hat tip is a banana bread ... Read More »

Blackberry Raspberry Pie

Blackberry Raspberry Pie, whole

I have a lot of berries in my freezer, frozen when they were ripe and fresh this past summer (and some in bags from Trader Joe’s, too). Frozen berries work just as well in recipes as fresh berries, especially in breads and muffins where they’re stirred into batter individually. When you’re dealing with a lot of frozen berries, however, you sometimes need to make some ... Read More »

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