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Pumpkin Dutch Baby

pumpkin dutch baby, with whip

Dutch babies are not only one of my favorite types of pancakes, but one of the most fun. The oven-baked pancakes are puffy and plate-sized, with a texture somewhere between a regular pancake and a popover. They are baked in heatproof skillets, rather than being cooked on a griddle, and are subject to myriad variations. Apple is one of the most popular additions to this ... Read More »

How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

The first time that I had toasted pumpkin seeds was in elementary school. I specifically remember my 1st grade teacher having us bring in seeds and toasting them – by which I mean watching her toast them – in the school’s kitchen. I don’t remember how they turned out, but it sure was fun. These days, I’m not even sure if you’re allowed to celebrated Halloween ... Read More »

Spiderweb Tart (Chocolate Ganache Tart)

Spiderweb Tart, interior shot

I admit that my first instinct when thinking of Halloween recipes is to go for things that involve pumpkin, like pumpkin pie and pumpkin donuts. But chocolate is such an important part of the holiday (we all know it’s true) that a chocolate dessert seems to be just as good a fit, assuming that you can take more chocolate after all those snack-sized candy bars. ... Read More »

Pate Brisee (Tart Dough)

Pate brisee (or pâte brisée, si tu prefere) is one stable recipe that should be in every baker’s repertoire – especially if you’re a baker who likes to occasionally branch out from cookies and cakes into the realm of pies and tarts. It is a basic tart crust that is easy to make, keeps in the refrigerator or freezer exceptionally well, and works with both ... Read More »

Lime and Raspberry Bread

lime & raspberry loaf slice

With a half-dozen limes freshly picked from a heavy-with-early-season-fruit lime tree and a large basket of organic, super sweet, nearly black raspberries in my kitchen, I knew that I had to find a way to combined them. Tempted as I was to just eat all the berries unadorned), the combination of zesty lime and rich berries just seemed too good to pass up. And I’ll tell ... Read More »

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds

The approach of Halloween is the perfect excuse to indulge my love of pumpkin baked goods with some seasonally appropriate treats. These pumpkin muffins aren’t nearly decadent enough to satisfy any costumed kids looking for a treat (since they probably have candy in mind), but they do make a nice addition to breakfast on a cool fall morning. The muffins start with a simple pumpkin ... Read More »

Giant Hostess Cupcake, step-by-step

giant hostess cupcake, innards

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of the Pimp That Snack website, where people submit their supersized versions of conventionally smaller snack foods, so when a good friend of mine asked me if I could rework my Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Filling into a giant Hostess cupcake lookalike, I didn’t hesitate before agreeing to give it a shot. The result is the cake ... Read More »

Parmesan Potato Bread

parmesan potato bread loaf

 Potato bread was always one of my favorite types of bread. Even way back in elementary school, when I always hoped to find it on my PB&J sandwiches, I knew the taste and texture of the bread if not the name. Potato bread is just what is sounds like: bread that is made with potato in it. Now, we’re not talking about shredded potatoes here, but about cooked ... Read More »

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