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Baking Bites for Craftsy: Use Leftover Eggnog in Bread Pudding

Eggnog Bread Pudding

I love a glass of eggnog, whether it is homemade or storebought, served straight or spiked with rum, during the holidays. It is one of those seasonal treats that you really only get to enjoy this time of year. If you happen to have leftover eggnog in your refrigerator this weekend, put it to good use in a delicious Homemade Eggnog Bread Pudding! I whipped ... Read More »

One Cookie Dough, Three Christmas Cookies

Versatile Christmas Cookie Dough

It’s always a lot of fun to eat Christmas cookies, where you might have several different types of cookies on the same plate to choose from. Making Christmas cookies is a lot of fun, too, but there are times when you simply don’t have time to make batch after batch of cookies because you’re entertaining friends and family or running out to do some last ... Read More »

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is one of those drinks that you only hear about in old fashioned stories and Christmas carols. I have yet to attend a holiday party where it has been served, and most people don’t even seem to know what hot buttered rum is. So, what is hot buttered rum? It is a drink that starts with a base of butter, sugar and ... Read More »

Baking Bites For Craftsy: How to Make Latkes

Nicole's Homemade Latkes

Hannukah is a holiday that celebrates with lots of fried food, a nod to the fact that the holiday is rooted in the miracle of one day’s worth of oil lasting for eight nights. Sufagniyot, or jelly-filled donuts, and latkes, or potato pancakes, are traditional dishes that you’ll almost always see at Hannukah parties. For years, I waited for those parties to enjoy crisp, freshly ... Read More »

Classic Dark Chocolate Souffle Tutorial on Craftsy!

Baking Bites' Simple Dark Chocolate Souffle

A dark chocolate souffle is one of the most decadent desserts that you can slide a spoon into. They also have an air of mystery about them, because many people believe that they are so fragile that they can only be made by the hands of skilled pastry chefs. Fortunately, souffles are a lot easier to make than you might think and there is no ... Read More »

Black and Orange Cake Tutorial on Craftsy

Craftsy Black and Orange Cake

Black and orange are the official colors of Halloween, and being generous with them when you’re decorating cakes and cupcakes is a good way to turn an ordinary cake into one that is perfect for a spooky celebration! Lately, I’ve been making quite a few ombre cakes, but black and orange contrast a little too much to use that exact technique for frosting a cake. ... Read More »

How to Carve a Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin

How to Carve a Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin

I love a classic jack o’ lantern as much as the next gal, but I also love a creatively carved pumpkin and usually try to make at least a couple of more unusual designs when I am carving pumpkins for Halloween. This year, I wanted to create a pumpkin carving that was a tribute to my favorite pumpkin dessert – so I carved a slice ... Read More »

How to Bake with Nectarines

How to Bake with Nectarines

Nectarines are a wonderful fruit to eat and they’re a wonderful fruit to bake with. These stone fruits are in season through early fall, and they are often at their best towards the end of the growing season. Nectarines have a very sweet, floral flavor to them and a firm, yet juicy, flesh that really shines in most desserts – yet peaches tend to be ... Read More »

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