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Bites from other Blogs

  • My Thanksgiving bread basket is going to feature some buttermilk biscuits this year. I tend to view them in a somewhat savory light – even though I sometimes top them with jam or honey – but not everyone has this type of take. Bread & Honey seems to see them as a backdrop for sweeter fillings or toppings, serving up Buttermilk Biscuits and Slow Cooker Applesauce as a simple, homey dessert.
  • Pie is a well known delivery vehicle for sweet potatoes as dessert. Tender Crumb presents an alternative way to use up these lovely orange veggies in Sweet Potato Cake with Orange Filling and Chocolate Frosting. The triple-layer cake recipe comes from the cookbook Sky High and delivers a moist, hearty cake that is packed with warm, spicy flavors. The orange filling lightens up the overall taste of the cake, too.
  • Tarte tatin is a relatively simple dessert made with caramel and apples, with a crust of puff pastry to hold the tart together. I love the apple version as a simple alternative to apple pie, but if you’re feeling a bit experimental, you might want to try the Quince Tarte Tatin that David Lebovitz recently made. It is actually a bit easier than the apple version, since it doesn’t require a caramel to be made before cooking the quince, but you might have a bit harder of a time tracking down the pear-like fruits to make the recipe.
  • A jar of toffee-covered peanuts – which are pretty much like honey roasted peanuts, but with a butter toffee coating – served as inspiration to Alpineberry for a batch of Salted Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies. The base is a peanut butter cookie spiked with a bit extra sea salt to give it an almost savory edge, and the chopped peanuts are mixed into the batter before baking. The whole thing is sweet, salty and very indulgent tasting, especially if you are a fan of peanut butter cookies in general.
  • For a new twist on an old favorite, try the Chocolate Chipotle Brownies at Baking and Books. The recipe adds the flavors of cinnamon and chipotle into a rich chocolate brownie, giving it a subtle heat that makes the chocolate seem more intense and tones down the overall sweetness of the treat. It’s a bit of a grown up treat – but even grown ups deserve a little something special once in a while!

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