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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 »

Strawberry Sunrise Scones

Strawberry Sunrise Scones

These scones weren’t winners in any Pillsbury Bake-Off competition, but still have a tie-in to the contest (like my other recipes this week). They were made with a recipe that I was working on for that last Pillsbury Bake Off competition, the one that Anna won. Although I met the criteria for ingredients, it may not have been “original” enough to become a finalist recipe. ... Read More »

Orange Kiss-Me Cake

Orange Kiss Me Cake

Some foods are very inspiring. Some recipes are, too. The scents of different ingredients and the look and feel of a batter or dough as it comes together can spark different memories, inspire different feelings. I would venture to say that the most commonly invoked thought is a memory from childhood, followed by flashbacks to well-liked foods made by friends or eaten at particular restaurants. ... Read More »

Swedish Toscas (Mini Almond Tarts)

Swedish Tosca, minus one bite

There is something very appealing about a miniature tart. It’s so much fancier looking than an ordinary cookie and seems to promise more in the flavor department, while at the same time its small size lets you indulge yourself in a bite or two without guilt. From a preparation standpoint, miniature tarts aren’t much more difficult to make than full-sized tarts are and they are ... Read More »

Caramel Oatmeal Brownies

Caramel Oatmeal Brownies

I’d like to dedicate this recipe to anyone who thinks that Pillsbury Bake Off recipes are nothing more than prepackaged products rearranged to make variations on a refrigerator biscuit theme. Some of them are – it’s a competition sponsored by General Mills and many name brand, prepackaged products are qualified for use in the entered recipes – but there are just as many recipes that ... Read More »

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