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Blackberry Pound Cake

Blackberry Pound Cake

Pound cake is known for being a dense, but tender cake. It actually has an ideal consistency for mix-ins in the batter. Unlike lighter and fluffier cakes, pieces of fruit or chocolate chips are much more likely to remain suspended in the middle of the cake, while in less substantial cakes they will sink down to the bottom before the cake has set in the ... Read More »

Ranger Cookies

Ranger Cookies

Often, I like cookies that have one or two main ingredients that stand out. Chocolate chip cookies. Cinnamon-rolled snickerdoodles. Peanut butter cookies. But every once in a while it’s fun to indulge in a cookie that has a little bit of everything in it and these Ranger Cookies are the perfect example of that. I’ve seen these “everything cookies” show up under many names before, ... Read More »

Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

You can’t beat a cobbler for delivering a lot of fruity flavor with minimal effort. It takes less work than pie and less time to bake than a cake – especially because it is best when eaten still warm from the oven. Berries are a great choice for a cobbler base. They release a lot of naturally sweet juice during baking and the biscuit-like topping ... Read More »

Whipped Maple Butter

Maple is one of my favorite cold weather flavors. It has a unique, rich flavor and a caramely sweetness that you can’t find anywhere else. This year, I’ve noticed that the price for pure maple syrup has gone up quite a bit, due to there being a bit of a drop off in the supply. It’s not going to keep me from buying it, since ... Read More »

Chocolate Loaf Layer Cake with Buttermilk Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Loaf Layer Cake with Buttermilk Chocolate Frosting

There is nothing quite like the look of a big, tall layer cake to symbolize decadent desserts, especially when the cake has been sliced to reveal stacks of cake and ribbons of frosting. There are times when I want a layer cake, but don’t really need something so big. Whether I only want to have enough cake to feed a few, or I simply don’t ... Read More »

Spicy, Chewy Molasses Cookies

Spicy, Chewy Molasses Cookies

There is something about molasses cookies that gives you a warm, snuggly feeling when you eat them. Part of this comes from the fact that these cookies are usually seasonal treats, baked in warm kitchens when it’s cool outside. Part comes from the chewiness of the cookies, which allows you to slowly savor each bite and take your time as you eat. The rest of ... Read More »

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter

I like to have mashed potatoes with Thanksgiving dinner because they go so well with turkey gravy – and when you have good gravy it’s a shame not to use up as much of it as possible. Sometimes, as an alternative, I like to make sweet potatoes instead. Not only do they add a totally different flavor to the meal, but they add a ton ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crumble Topping

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crumble Topping, whole

In addition to chocolate pumpkin pie, there is one other variation on traditional pie that turn to when I want something a little different than the traditional plain pie: crumble-topped pumpkin pie. I start with the same basic custard filling that I use for a regular pumpkin pie and make a little bit of a streusel mixture to sprinkle on top before baking. Pecans are ... Read More »

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