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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 »

Devil’s Food White Out Layer Cake

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There is nothing not to love about this cake, which explains why Dorie Greenspan chose to use it as the cover illustration for her most recent book, Baking, from My Home to Yours. First, it is stunning to look at. From afar, the cake appears to be covered with chocolate shavings or sprinkles, but upon closer inspection, you can see that it is decorated with cake ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Can you ever have too much chocolate in one cookie? Some would say not, although I would argue that it depends on how much you love chocolate and what your definition of a “cookie” is. These Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies might not fall into the “too much” category, but they definitely have an intense chocolate taste and are more than enough to satisfy any chocolate ... Read More »

Carrot Cake Frozen Yogurt

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I love the idea of mix-ins for ice cream and I know I’m not the only one, as evidenced by the continually growing popularity of ice cream shops that offer mix-ins to their customers. More frozen yogurt shops are starting to offer the same service, so frozen treat fans can get the same combinations in a slightly healthier way. Aside from standards like chocolate chip ... Read More »

Ham and Swiss Bread

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 Ham and swiss is a classic combination for a sandwich, but how about incorporating ham and swiss into the bread intself, rather than just sandwiching it between slices? A surplus of ham leftover from Easter dinner gave me the perfect excuse to try out this combination in a loaf. And much as I expected, it worked beautifully. The bread is moist, tender and slightly sweet. It ... Read More »

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