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Peanut Butter Crumble Cake

Peanut Butter Crunch Cake

This is definitely a cake for all the peanut butter lovers out there. The cake itself is sweet, lightly spiced and moist – and it doesn’t have a speck of peanut butter in it. The crumble topping, on the other hand, is made up almost entirely of peanut butter, with just a few additional ingredients to sweeten it up and give it a better texture ... Read More »

Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies, swirled in the pan

The first time I ever had cheesecake brownies, they were a variation on a box brownie mix that my mom baked. I had cheesecake brownies this way for years. Some of those box brownie mixes are very good (Ghiradelli is one of my favorites) and I always enjoyed it when I found a batch in the kitchen. Presentation-wise, it’s a beautiful dessert, but the thing ... Read More »

Brown Sugar Streusel Baked French Toast

inside of Brown Sugar Streusel Baked French Toast

Baked french toast is a really great recipe to have in your repertoire. The idea behind it is that you can prepare it the night before, refrigerate it, then pop it into the oven when you wake up in the morning. It’s an ideal brunch dish because you can make as much – or as little – as you want, and unlike regular french toast, ... Read More »

Vanilla Honey Poached Apriums

The more fruit you have in the kitchen at any given time, the more difficult it is to use it up before some of it begins to become overripe. Apples, for instance, are durable, but the majority of summer produce – stone fruits, berries, etc. – either continues to ripen on your counter or simply starts to go bad the minute it comes through the ... Read More »

Strawberry Goat Cheese Scones

Scones have been on my mind for the last couple of weeks, but I haven’t’ been inspired to do much aside from some of my usual favorites. I hadn’t, I should say, because I managed to find some inspiration this morning while doing a bit of grocery shopping, inspiration in the form of goat cheese. It’s been ages since I had goat cheese and the ... Read More »

Sweet and Nutty Tea Bread

Sweet and Nutty Tea Bread

Generally, it’s not too much of a problem for me to come up with names for dishes. Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies and Double Chocolate Pistachio Brownies, for instance, are simply named after the components in the recipes – fairly concise and very self-explanatory. This quick bread posed something of a challenge because it has a lot packed into it. It has sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, ... Read More »

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes, full-size

“Maybe we could sleep in; I’ll make you banana pancakes; Pretend like it’s the weekend now. We could pretend it all the time.” –Jack Johnson, Banana Pancakes It never hurts to have a little inspiration for a recipe and the Jack Johnson song “Banana Pancakes” is what prompted me to make a batch of pancakes for myself. It’s a cute song and, if you listen ... Read More »

Amaretto Shortbread Cookies

Amaretto Shortbread Cookies

Yesterday, I kicked off a two-part series on the potential first ladies’ favorite cookie recipes with Cindy McCain’s Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies. The recipes are part of a Good Housekeeping tradition that asks readers to vote for their favorite cookie recipe every election year. With McCain’s cookies out of the way, it’s time to take a look at Michelle Obama’s recipe: Amaretto Shortbread Cookies. These shortbread ... Read More »

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