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Double Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

Double Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

I have never been a big fan of nuts in brownies. They’re usually included to provide a crunchy contrast to a fudgy, chocolaty treat. After eating many brownies that were more nuts than chocolate as a kid (before I wisely realized I should carefully inspect the brownie before eating it), I decided that a really good brownie is nice when it’s fudgy and doesn’t need ... Read More »

Applesauce Nut Bread

Applesauce Nut Bread

Don’t bother to preheat the oven for this recipe. The bread is baked, of course, but this is a sort of old-fashioned recipe that starts out in a cold oven and the baking time includes preheating. This is the kind of baking that some older person – we’ll ballpark it at 80 or over – might have once told you leads to moister baked goods ... Read More »

Low Fat Lemon Curd

Light Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is a thick and custardy combination of lemon juice, sugar, eggs and butter. It typically has a silky smooth texture and a bright, zesty flavor. It goes well with scones – especially as a contrast to buttery clotted cream – and is often used as a cake filling, tart filling or as a sauce or side for other desserts. For a citrus lover, ... Read More »

Soft Yogurt Sandwich Rolls

Soft Yogurt Sandwich Rolls, interior shot

One of my favorite parts about breads – especially homemade bread – is the crispy crust that forms in the oven, but a crispy-crust bread isn’t always ideal for all applications. Sandwiches and hamburgers, for instance, usually do better with something a little softer. I love my standard hamburger bun recipes, but lately, I’ve been on a bit of a mission to come up with ... Read More »

Chocolate Agave Layer Cake

Chocolate Agave Layer Cake

Honey can be a great ingredient to bake with because it really adds a lot of moisture to things. It also helps to keep baked goods moist over time, so a cake or bread that has honey in it will often taste fresher than one without after it has been stored for a couple of days. Agave syrup, or agave nectar, has this moisturizing property, ... Read More »

From-Scratch Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies

From-Scratch Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies

The winning recipe from the Pillsbury Bake-Off has been getting a bit of flak because it uses refrigerated cookie dough. As creative and tasty it may be – not to mention a good use a General Mills products, which was a requirement of the competition – for many people it seems that the recipe as it is is just a little too simple to be ... Read More »

Strawberry Lassi

Strawberry Lassi

There was some near-record heat in Los Angeles this weekend and, even though it’s cooling down a bit now, it was the first time this year that I really felt like summer was upon the city. In some ways, I’m not looking forward to the heat of summer because as much as I dislike being cold, it’s a bit tough on those 110F+ days. Mostly, ... Read More »

French Silk Pie

French Silk Pie

I’ve had french silk pies before, but I’ve never had one like this. The concept of a french silk pie is that it is a chocolate mousse set up in a pie crust, the smooth texture of the mousse providing the “silk” part of the pie. Most pies that are sold under this name are relatively dense and chocolaty affairs. Chocolate is the first thing ... Read More »

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