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Calvados Ice Cream

Calvados Ice Cream

Calvados is an apple brandy that is frequently called for in recipes that use apples, such as apple tarts and cakes, because it provides a way to boost the apple flavor of a recipe. The spirit starts with fresh apples, which are pressed into juice and fermented into a hard cider. That cider is then distilled and aged in oak casks for about two years ... Read More »

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake brownies are always a crowd pleaser because they combine two desserts into one delicious bite – and one delicious bite that you can pick up and pop into your mouth, rather than having to eat with a knife and fork. It’s a win-win dessert. I’ve been making cheesecake brownies for years and, while I’ve made variations on my basic cheesecake brownie many times to ... Read More »

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I love a good banana bread, and banana muffins are right up there on my list of great everyday baked goods, as well. A good banana muffin should have all the flavor of banana bread, but with the bonus of being even easier to make, since it requires a shortened baking time. I don’t always add mix-ins to my banana breads, however I often throw ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Souffles

Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Souffles

Souffles are a fun dessert to make when you feel like baking something a little bit fancy, because many souffle recipes are not difficult to execute and they look very impressive when they’re done. One of my favorite souffle recipes is for my Yogurt Cheesecake Souffles, which capture the flavor of a cheesecake in a much lighter package. Cream cheese and yogurt aren’t the only ... Read More »

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Mint Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake

A great birthday cake should be just as memorable as the occasion that you’re serving it on. After all, a birthday cake only gets served once a year – you need to make it count! Cupcakes and layer cakes are popular choices for celebrations, but I happen to be partial to ice cream cakes. Ice cream cakes are a rare treat that are easy to ... Read More »

Buttermilk Maple French Toast

Buttermilk Maple French Toast

French toast batter has two main components: eggs and milk. You can use either regular milk or non-dairy milk, depending on what you have in your refrigerator. In all the years I have been making french toast, it never occurred to me to make it with buttermilk instead of regular milk, but it is actually an excellent choice for french toast. Buttermilk has a slightly ... Read More »

Banana Coconut Smoothie

Banana Coconut Smoothie

When I have a bunch of overripe bananas, they usually end up in a batch of banana bread. It’s easy to make – especially if you use my One Bowl Banana Bread recipe – and it is always a crowd pleaser. The problem with crowd pleasers is that it is helpful to have a crowd, particularly if you have enough bananas on hand for more ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

\ Pumpkin pie spice is a spice blend made with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. They’re the primary flavoring agents use in pumpkin pie – hence the name – but the spice combination is so delicious that the blend comes prepackaged so that you can easily add it to just about any baked good you might want to infuse a little fall flavor into. These ... Read More »

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