Ensaïmada of Mallorca, Spain: Porky Pastry Goodness

The Ensaïmada, the official pastry from the island of Mallorca, Spain.  A pastry set apart from all others by its recipe, time-honored process, and the use of lard. A traditional […]

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Fresh Blueberry Pie: My Sweet Confession

I have a confession to make. I didn’t like blueberries when I was a kid. I know, can you believe that? It was something about the texture and flavor that […]

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Snowflake Rolled Sugar Cookies

Rolled Sugar Cookies and Sweet Memories

The holidays are over.  The tree has been taken down.  The decorations have been carefully packed and stored away for the next Christmas season.  This holiday season was filled with memories of friends […]

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Double Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes; Celebrates the idea of “more is better.” I start with a decadent chocolate cupcake and then fill it with a rich pastry cream, then dipped the top […]

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Deep, Dark, Rich, and Chewy Brownies!

The Brownie.  A true American baked good.  Did you know the first recipe developed in 1896 as Brownies didn’t have any chocolate?  Most people couldn’t imagine a brownie without the ubiquitous chocolate.  But, by 1904, chocolate found its […]

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Sweet Dough Disguised as Cinnamon Rolls

What if there was a yeasted sweet dough that could be made ahead, frozen, thawed, filled, shaped into sweet or savory baked goods, and then freshly baked off.  All, without […]

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Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cookbook: Thumbprint Cookies

  With Thanksgiving leftovers in the refrigerator and Christmas lights and decorations going up around the house.  It is time to turn to the season of holiday baking and cooking. […]

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Old School Pie Dough | The Proof Is In The Crust?

‘Easy as Pie!’  A saying that we all have heard before, but for many home bakers why does making a tender, flaky, crisp, and oh so rich and buttery pie dough remain […]

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Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cookbook: Bon Bon Cookies

Cookies or Candy you decide for yourself.  These delicious little Bon Bon Cookies are easy to make ahead and give as gifts.  Add flavorings to the dough or change the […]

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What Happens When A Nice American Apple Pie meets a French Tart?

  The fields behind my home were glazed with frost as the sun came up this morning. Triggering memories of visiting apple orchards around Marshall, Michigan in the fall when […]

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