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Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

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It’s hard to resist a hot soft pretzel, fresh from the oven and smelling of yeast, salt and – depending on how indulgent you’re feeling – butter. Soft pretzels are a staple of mall food courts, sports stadiums and theme parks, but are far less commonly seen at home. Fortunately, they’re quite easy to make and definitely worth the effort. My plain soft pretzels are ... Read More »

Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

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Subtly lemony, with a drizzle of lemon icing on top, these angel food cupcakes have just the right balance of flavor and lightness to make them sweetly satisfying without weighing you down, as a heavier dessert might do. And, as an added bonus, they’ll put a smile on your face if you can track down some cute cupcake wrappers to use when you bake them ... Read More »

Huevos Rancheros

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 It looks like Cinco de Mayo (as well as the 133rd Kentucky Derby!) is e upon us, so I thought that something with a little bit of south-of-the-border flare seemed to be an appropriate gesture towards the holiday. I could have made an intense Mexican Chocolate Loaf Cake, but I opted for Huevos Rancheros instead. The name huevos rancheros means “ranch-style eggs” and the dish ... Read More »

Butterscotch and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Do you like butterscotch chips? I tend to keep them on hand, buying a bag when they’re on sale, but despite their promising name, butterscotch chips aren’t for everyone and I have found that people either like them or don’t.  When eaten on their own, they often seem overly sweet and have a texture that is more grainy than smooth, unlike that of a chocolate chip. Personally, I ... Read More »

Black Cherry Sour Cream Muffins

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After I pulled this batch of muffins out of the oven, I immediately thought that I should have made muffin-tops instead of the whole muffin. The tops were perfectly domed, rising up nicely over the top of the muffin tin, and had a slightly crisp top, thanks to some sugar sprinkled on before baking. Then I tasted one of the slightly cooled muffins and was ... Read More »

Wheat Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I don’t do too much wheat free/gluten free baking because I don’t have much call to do so. None of my close friends or family members have a gluten intolerance and only a few avoid carbs, so I tend to bake ordinary, wheat-filled breads, cookies and cakes almost exclusively. Note the word “almost”. These cookies are wheat free, made especially for a friend whose new ... Read More »

Red Velvet Roll Cake

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When it comes to baking, no matter how many batches of chocolate chip cookies I make, I’m just not quite a traditionalist. If I were, I would have made a basic red velvet layer cake by now, instead of making red velvet cupcakes, red velvet sandwich cookies and, now, a red velvet roll cake. That said, I’m not exactly on the cutting edge of innovation, ... Read More »

English Muffins

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I love breakfast foods and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Coffee cake? Oatmeal? Waffles? So, instead of picking one to elevate over the rest, I’ll just add another classic to the long list of fabulous ways to start the day: homemade english muffins. Doubtless, you have had one of the griddle-cooked muffins  at some time or another. An english muffin is relatively ... Read More »

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