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Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart

Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart

Pecan pie is a holiday classic, but it isn’t one of my favorites. Most pecan pies have a filling of extra-sweet custard that outshines the wonderful pecans on the top of the pie, even if you take the time to roast your pecans ahead of time. I much prefer pecan tarts because, while you still have some of that flavorful filling, the nuts really become ... Read More »

Easy, No-Roll Brown Butter Pie Crust

No-Roll Brown Butter Pie Crust

Pie crusts are some of the most challenging things for bakers to master. Or, perhaps, they’re some of the most intimidating. A good pie crust should be crisp and tender, with a flaky crumb that withstands the moisture from pie fillings (at least for the first day or so). While it can be done very quickly once you have experience, the process of cutting the ... Read More »

White Chocolate Cream Pie

Vanilla Bean White Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate cream pie is an indulgent choice for dessert any time of the year. Made with plenty of chocolate, the filling can range from milk chocolate to dark chocolate to suit the preferences of the chef. As a white chocolate fan (I like all chocolates, really), I find that white chocolate gets overlooked when it can make an amazing chocolate cream pie. This vanilla-infused White ... Read More »

Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gingerbread cookies weren’t my favorite type of cookie growing up. I had too many that were hard (overbaked) or otherwise unbalanced, turning out to be either too bland or too intense. I grew to be a big fan of gingerbread cookies over time – and that was largely because I learned to make my own and discovered how delicious they can be when made well! ... Read More »

Gourd-geous, A Pumpkin Cider Cocktail

Gourd-geous, A Pumpkin Cider Cocktail

Fall is pumpkin season and, in addition to all the pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice lattes out there, there are some unexpected pumpkin-infused goodies available, as well. One of these is the Pumpkin Cider from Ace Ciders. Despite the name, the hard cider is made with (high quality, of course) apples that are juiced and fermented. The cider is flavored with cinnamon, cloves and allspice ... Read More »

Pumpkin Butter-Swirled Cupcakes with Pumpkin Buttercream

Pumpkin Butter Swirled Cupcakes with Pumpkin Buttercream

I love cupcakes with a bit of a surprise inside, whether that surprise comes in the form of a filling or a mix in of some other kind. A good mix-in is going to add both flavor and visual appeal to a cupcake, even if you can’t see it until you take a bite. For a fall twist on a relatively plain cupcake, I turned ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Pumpkin spice is a blend of spices that is often used in pumpkin desserts, though the spice mix itself contains no pumpkin. It is made with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, complimented with other spices like cardamom and allspice. Instead of adding it to pumpkin puree, as I would when making a pie, I added it to pumpkin seeds (pepitas) to make a sweet and ... Read More »

Pumpkin Madeleines

Pumpkin Madeleines

I have a couple of madeleine pans and don’t put them to good use often enough. As much as I like the delicate teacakes, I find that I stick to the same recipe time after time when I make them. It’s a good recipe┬áthat you can’t go wrong with, but sometimes I need a little push to get me out of a baking rut. The ... Read More »

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