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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 »

Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri is named after author Ernest Hemingway. The story goes that Hemingway, living in Havana at the time, ducked into the El Floridita bar and asked the bartender for a daiquiri with no sugar and double the rum. The bar was known for its signature drink, a twist on a basic daiquiri (the basic recipe uses only rum, lime juice and sugar) that ... Read More »

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

There are two main kinds of buttercream frostings: cooked and uncooked. The uncooked buttercream is also known as American buttercream, and it is made simply by beating butter and confectioners’ sugar (along with milk and flavorings) until it is thick and creamy. The cooked buttercreams start with a hot meringue, which has butter (and flavorings) beaten into it after it has cooled. The meringue-based buttercreams ... Read More »

Easy Candied Caramel Apples (without Corn Syrup)

Easy Candied Caramel Apples (without Corn Syrup)

Candied apples are one of those classic Halloween treats that looks better than it tastes. The candy coating on a candied apple is usually a thick, bright red candy shell that doesn’t add much in the way of flavor to your apple (though some are heavily seasoned with hot cinnamon spice) and proves difficult to bite through. This season, I wanted to make candy apples ... Read More »

Chocolate-Striped Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate-Striped Pumpkin Pie

I love pumpkin pie and make several every year throughout the holiday baking season. The creamy texture of a good pumpkin pie coupled with the warm spices of fall makes for the perfect seasonal dessert. But I don’t always make the same recipe every time I bake a pie using pumpkin. After all, a traditional pumpkin pie can get a little boring after a while ... Read More »

Homemade Frappula Frappuccino

Homemade Frappula Frappuccino

Last year, Starbucks added a spooky drink option to their regular menu for only a couple of days before Halloween: the Frappula Frappuccino. The ice blended drink sported a vampire bite that looked very much like the bites I’ve added to my vampire-inspired Halloween cupcakes and whoopie pies. This year the popular coffee chain added the Frappula back to the menu for a few days, ... Read More »

Candy Corn Scones

Candy Corn Scones

Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, candy corn is a fixture of the candy aisle during the Halloween season. I happen to fall on the “pro candy corn” side of the issue and enjoy both snacking on them and including them in seasonal treats. If you’re a candy corn fan, too, this recipe for Candy Corn Scones offers up an unusual way to get ... Read More »

Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

This year, I was again honored to serve as a judge at the Los Angeles County Fair for some of their baking competitions. The bakers who come to the fair are always incredibly creative and picking out the best recipe is not an easy task. Fortunately, I don’t mind a tough job! One of the contests that I judged this year was the Gold Medal ... Read More »

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