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Apricot Financiers

Apricot Financiers   This is not a new recipe but it bears presenting as it uses canned fruit in a most excellent way – and who doesn’t need an easy dessert this time of year? Between the almond paste and the canned apricots you will end up with an incredibly moist “cookie”, that is really […]

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Loaded Nut Slices

Loaded Nut Slices   I love cookies that are sturdy and keep well – which makes them a boon for the holiday season as host gifts, for inclusion on a cookie tray or to mail to loved ones far away. Also, these Loaded Nut Slices from Payard Cookiesby Francois Payard can be made with really […]

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Homemade Nutella

Homemade Nutella   Just look at the illustration below. I look at it again and again and it always makes me smile. It is from Yvette van Boven, baker, cooker and illustrator extraordinaire. Her book, Home Baked, reminds me of a Molly Katzen book, with her whimsical hand-drawn images and relaxed cooking approach. Check out her Whole-Wheat Oatmeal […]

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Whole-Wheat Oatmeal & Honey Cakes

Whole-Wheat Oatmeal & Honey Cakes     Yvette van Boven has brought us Home Baked, a huge tome on baking that includes wonderful homey dishes like these Whole-Wheat Oatmeal & Honey Cakes and her Homemade Nutella. Hearty with oats and whole-wheat flour, moist with buttermilk, honey and coconut oil, these are way more than muffins and […]

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Marmalade Cakes

Marmalade Cakes   These cakes, based on cornmeal as well as flour, are from Samantha Seneviratne‘s new book, The New Sugar & Spice, in which she promises to help us to bake in a bolder way. The “marmalade” is really a candying process of the whole orange slices and takes attention to detail, but you will be rewarded […]

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Saffron Currant Braid

Saffron Currant Braid     I keep a little bit of saffron in the house, usually reserving it for paella. Samantha Seneviratne’s recipe for this fragrant yeast bread has me excited about using it for something sweet. She explores spice in a wonderfully playful way in her book The New Sugar & Spice. This easy to […]

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Zengoula with Lemon Syrup: Iraqi Funnel Cakes

Zengoula with Lemon Syrup: Iraqi Funnel Cakes (Pareve)     These funnel cakes are essentially a fried dough and like doughnuts of all kinds they are one of those sweets that really should be eaten as soon as they come out of the hot oil, so plan accordingly. You will be rewarded with crisp, sweet, […]

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Blood Orange and Olive Oil Polenta Upside Down Cake

Blood Orange and Olive Oil Polenta Upside Down Cake     Amelia Saltsman has brought us a stunningly beautiful and evocative book, The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen. It takes us through the seasons as the name suggests but it also opens us up to a world of lesser-used or known ingredients and recipes such as carob molasses […]

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Apple-Stuffed Cheddar Puffs

Apple-Stuffed Cheddar Puffs     A little bit sweet, a little bit savory. The combo of apples and cheddar are classically found in pie, here reimagined by Heather Baird in a stuffed gougères-like pastry. Pate a choux is possibly the easiest classic French pastry to make and they always look impressive. They puff up, crisp […]

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Roasted Cashew Caramel Cheesecake

Roasted Cashew Caramel Cheesecake     Heather Baird of Sprinklebakes.com has come out with a new book, Sea Salt Sweet, in which she explores that wonderful combo of salty and sweet, showcased so nicely in this Roasted Cashew Caramel Cheesecake. When it comes to cheesecake, I always think more is better – think over-the-top creations – […]

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Herbed Pancakes with Cured Salmon and Crème Fraiche

Herbed Pancakes with Cured Salmon and Crème Fraîche     These tiny partially whole-wheat pancakes make a perfect perch for a dollop of crème fraîche and a curl of smoked salmon. They are cooked on a salt block, imbuing them with a hint of salt that works quite well with the rest of the dish. […]

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Salted Pecan Turtles

Salted Pecan Turtles   Anytime you combine chocolate, caramel and nuts you will get my attention. These Salted Pecan Turtles might look similar to ones you have sampled in the past, but these have an extra hit of salt, due to their formation on a salt block. We have written about working with salt blocks […]

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream     Who needs a recipe for Vanilla Bean Ice Cream? All of us! A scoop alongside pumpkin pie, apple crisp, under a cloak of Hot Fudge Sauce or all by itself, there is a reason why vanilla ice cream is still the #1 seller of all the flavors. But why […]

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Glazed Butter Rum Cake

Glazed Butter Rum Cake   Laurie McNamara has brought us her favorite made-from-scratch recipes in the aptly named Simply Scratch. She wasn’t always this way…she recounts her years of processed and canned foods but saw the light. Not only is cooking and baking from scratch more economical and healthy – it can be downright enjoyable! This […]

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Tiger Cake

Tiger Cake   We are partial to these sorts of cakes and you can watch me create one in our Craftsy class (get a discount, here). Sometimes called Marble loaves or cakes, Chocolate Vanilla Swirled or, as in The Nordic Cookbook, where it is called Tiger Cake. Or more specifically Tigerkake in Norway, Marmorkage in Denmark […]

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Burnt Cinnamon-Sugar Grapefruit

Burnt Cinnamon-Sugar Grapefruit   My Nana and my Mom liked to eat grapefruit halves. Each of them had a special knife in their kitchen, gently curved with serrations, that was used just for sectioning the bits of tart/sweet fruit for easy eating. I was almost more fascinated by the tool than enamored of the fruit, […]

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Candied Chocolate Mandarins

Candied Chocolate Mandarins     I have a problem with these…I can’t stop eating them! Every now and then a recipe just get’s me like that and this one did it. Big time. You can find chocolate dipped citrus slices in fancy chocolate shops or you can make your own with the help of Valerie […]

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Coconut Milk Caramel Sauce

Coconut Milk Caramel Sauce     I wasn’t sure what to name this Caramel Sauce. It is made with Nature’s Charm Evaporated Coconut Milk, so I figured I had to put the word “coconut” in the title.   But the thing is that the result is not overwhelmingly coconut-y. This tastes like a classic caramel […]

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