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Vanilla Bean Peppermint Bundt Cake

Vanilla Bean Peppermint Bundt Cake

Peppermint and chocolate is a wonderful combination, whether you are eating a chocolate-dipped peppermint candy or stirring a candy cane into a mug of hot cocoa. Peppermint doesn’t get paired quite as often with vanilla, but I believe that the two flavors just might be an even better combination – especially when you are combining them in a recipe like this Vanilla Bean Peppermint Bundt ... Read More »

Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

There is a well-known Cuban bakery in Los Angeles called Porto’s that I visit regularly. They make everything from breads to cakes, and offer both sweet and savory options. Their best seller is a deep fried potato ball that is stuffed with a savory mixture of meat and veggies. The potato balls are hearty and come in at under $1, making them a very affordable ... Read More »

Coconut Pumpkin Bread

Coconut Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread, along with pumpkin pie, is a default baked good that almost everyone makes with canned pumpkin during the fall baking season. It’s tasty, it’s a classic and it’s generally very easy to make. This Coconut Pumpkin Bread is a nice change of pace from plain pumpkin breads for me, especially because I’m a big fan of coconut. While you might not think of ... Read More »

Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding

Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding

I like the combination of cranberries and coconut in holiday baked goods. Cranberries have a bold, sweet-tart flavor that enlivens a wide variety of desserts. Coconuts are buttery and rich, whether you are using the meat or the milk. Together, they create desserts with wonderful contrasts of both color and flavor. This Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding is a great example and a solid dessert to ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a staple in my home not only during Thanksgiving, but all throughout the fall season. The warm flavors of pumpkin pie spice and the creamy texture of squash-enriched pie are practically synonymous with autumn. As much as I enjoy a classic pumpkin pie, I also enjoy the many forms that it can take, from Maple Pumpkin Pie┬áto my Two-Layer Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake. ... Read More »

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 »

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