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Strawberry Cream Cheese Fool

Strawberry Cream Cheese Fool from Joanne Chang   I chose this recipe as one to excerpt from Joanne Chang’s Baking with Less Sugarbecause of its use of apple juice concentrate as sweetener. We love to see how sweetness can be added to recipes without granulated sugar. Her book is dedicated to reducing sugar, as in […]

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Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake    This Tiramisu Cake and the Raspberry Mascarpone Vatrushkas come from Ruby Tandoh’s book, Crumb. Both recipes have their roots in classic desserts. Ruby puts her own spin on them, making them new and very easy to understand. Tiramisu is one of those funny things. Sometimes it is more of a pudding texture; other […]

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Raspberry Mascarpone Vatrushkas

Raspberry Mascarpone Vatrushkas   These pastries from Ruby Tandoh caught my eye immediately. First of all, the contrasting textures of flaky pastry, soft, sweet creamy filling and bright fruit got me going. Then the fact that there is mascarpone in both pastry and filling and I was hooked. I have never made a pastry itself […]

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Osmalieh Vermicelli Dessert

Lebanese Osmalieh Vermicelli Dessert   In The Lebanese Cookbook, Hussien Dekmak explains that this dessert is not often made by the home baker, but it is not that difficult and yet provides an impressive result, so why not give it a try? You will have to source a few ingredients, but most likely the kadayif […]

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Ashtalieh Cream Pudding

Ashtalieh Cream Pudding   This cream pudding uses a few ingredients that might seem unusual to the American baker. Cream cheese isn’t unfamiliar, but perhaps it is in a pudding. But the mastic powder might be what is brand new for you. It is a resin made from the sap of the mastic tree, with […]

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Rhubarb Breakfast Crisp

Rhubarb Breakfast Crisp with Granola   The best fruit crisps combine a juicy filling with a textural crisp topping. I particularly like when the filling is a bit tart to contrast with a sweet topping. It is easy to temper the amount of sugar or sweetener in the topping and in this case, brought to […]

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Roasted Grapes with Sweet Labneh

Roasted Grapes with Sweet Labneh from Tara O’Brady   Blogger Tara O’Brady brings us food we want to read about, look at and eat every day. Her way with ingredients is straightforward and restrained with the tastes, colors and textures always spot-on. Nothing extraneous yet her dishes are packed with enticing flavor. Look at this […]

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Wild Elderflower Gelatin Desserts

Elderflower Cordial and a Recipe to Use It Summer of 2014 I decided to make Elderflower Cordial. There was something about the process that attracted me. It had the DIY aspect all rolled up together with an old-fashioned recipe and some foraging thrown in for good measure. I drove around for a few weeks scoping […]

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Peach Melba Cobbler

Vegan Peach Melba Cobbler in a Jar   Should you wait till peaches are fresh for this dessert? Well, depends on how patient you are. We tried this with IQF (individually quick frozen) peaches and it worked wonderfully. The classic combo of peaches and raspberries is pretty as well as delicious. We used almond milk […]

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Over the Rainbow Cakes

 Vegan Over the Rainbow Cakes in Jars   These colorful cakes Over The Rainbow Cakes are from Vegan Desserts in Jarsby as Kris Holechek Peters as are the Salty Crunchy Almond Cheesecake and the Peach Melba Cobbler. Follow Kris’s lead on the choice of food colors. Natural colorings are great, but know what you are using. They […]

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Bacon Baklava with Bourbon Honey Syrup

Bacon Baklava with Bourbon Honey Syrup Great to Make Ahead   There are single subject books and genre focused; books centering on technique or a region. Very rarely do we come across a book dedicated to two ingredients. Two ingredients that harmonize so well it just seems like one of those light-bulb moments when you […]

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Butterscotch Pudding Pie in a Chocolate Cookie Crust

You Will Never Make Butterscotch Pudding from a Box Again Homemade cornstarch based puddings are very easy to make – no need to start from the box! This Butterscotch Pudding Pie is rich and creamy and has a pronounced butterscotch flavor that is accented by the dark chocolate, crispy cookie crust. And, as with all the […]

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Blueberry Ginger Hand Pies

Portable Hand Pies from Gale Gand’s Lunch! Depending on where you live you might not have to wait until July to make these portable Blueberry Ginger Hand Pies. Hand pies seem to be experiencing a renaissance and it is easy to see why. Individual portions, easy to hold, easy to pack and fun to make. […]

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Homemade Devil Dogs

Devil Dogs Better Than Store-bought Before you think this is taking DIY too far consider the fact that packaged Devil Dogs are filled with all kinds of ingredients that you would never stock in your pantry. That said, there is something irresistible about soft cocoa cakes sandwiched around fluffy marshmallow filling. This is comfort food […]

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Twinkies®

You Can Make Twinkies® At Home Even if you are a scratch baker many of us have strong nostalgic connections and memories to store-bought treats. Some of us enjoyed them as children while others have continued indulging. Problem is that many of these treats have all kinds of low quality ingredients in them. Fresh eggs? Real […]

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Matcha Vacherin

Matcha Desserts Sometimes an ingredient grabs our attention and we want to use it in every and any way possible. Such is the case with matcha. We love this classic Japanese beverage prepared the traditional way as a frothy hot tea, but we have also come to love it in baked goods. The slightly bitter, vegetal […]

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Caramel Pots de Crème

Burnt Sugar Sophistication Of all the creamy, smooth pudding-like desserts pots de crème are my favorite. I’m talking about baked custards and stove-top cornstarch based puddings, rich crème brulées and chilled panna cottas. You can read All About Pots de Crème, Panna Cottas, Custards and Puddings for more about the similarities and differences. Pots de […]

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Paleo Red Velvet Fondant Cakes (for 2)

Paleo Red Velvet Cake You might remember Dominique as the winner of our Pumpkin Recipe Contest with her Paleo Pumpkin Streusel Muffins and we invited her back to bring a paleo treat for us. She didn’t disappoint and here are her Paleo Red Velvet Fondant Cakes. Easy, chocolaty, with that red velvet flavor and color so many […]

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