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Meyer Lemon Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Meyer Lemon Cranberry Upside Down Cake

I somtimes pair bright, tart, fresh cranberries with something sweet to offset their tartness, like fresh cherries, but I usually pair cranberries with an equally bright citrus flavor, like orange. Orange juice and zest has that brightness that is usually associated with citrus, but it is sweet and provides a great balance to the natural tartness of the cranberries. Lemons can work, but there is ... Read More »

Panettone French Toast

Panettone French Toast

Panettone is a popular cake around Christmas time, but what to do with a leftover loaf when the holidays are over? The easiest answer is slice it up and make french toast. You can do this with the big loaves and the miniature loaves, and it might be worth making a trip to the store to get a post-holiday panettone just to serve it up ... Read More »

What was in your Christmas stocking?

I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday weekend with friends and family. I know that I did! And I certainly got lucky in the gift department this year. I received several outstanding cookbooks, fancy stackable sanding sugars from Williams Sonoma and a couple of antique pieces of pastry-making equipment – a pastry cutter and a moon cake/pastry mold – that a relatively thoughtfully picked ... Read More »

What is stollen?

Stollen is a traditional German Christmas bread. Sometimes, because the bread has such a rich texture and is so packed with fruit, it is described as a cake or a fruitcake. It starts with a  yeasted dough that is sweetened with sugar or honey and enriched with butter, to give it a soft texture. Spices or fruit zest are often added to the dough, as ... Read More »

Candy Cane Angel Food Cake

Candy Cane Angel Food Cake

I got my first glimpse of this cake on the cover of Sunset Magazine about three years ago. With crushed peppermints enveloping the entire cake, it was quite a sight to behold – and so festive for the holiday season! I saved the picture and have been meaning to make it ever since. With my surplus of candy canes this year, I knew it had ... Read More »

Gingerbread Layer Cake with Meyer Lemon Frosting

Gingerbread Layer Cake with Meyer Lemon Frosting

A lemon glaze is one of the most popular ways to finish off a loaf of freshly baked gingerbread. Lemon makes a great contrast to all of the spices in gingerbread. It is bright and cuts right through those dark flavors – and even though the spices themselves are nice, it is much easier to taste them when you have something to compare them to. ... Read More »

The cutest gingerbread houses ever

Megan, from Not Martha, is excellent when it comes to devising unusual holiday goodies. This year, her take on a traditional gingerbread house is no exception. She baked up some mini gingerbread houses that fit on the rim of a mug of hot chocolate (or coffee). Although I’ve seen gingerbread competitions with houses almost big enough to live in, these mini houses are just as ... Read More »

Brandied Fruitcake Friands

Brandied Fruitcake Friands

Fruitcake isn’t for everyone, even if you like all the individual components that go into a batch of the dense, spicy holiday cake. It’s heavy and filling – something that you don’t want after a big holiday meal. My solution to the problem is a batch of fruitcake friands. These are definitely not your typical fruit cakes. While they do have dried fruit and a ... Read More »

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