The crumb bar may seem humble at first glance, but I believe it’s an absolute must in any baking repertoire. Far easier and infinitely more forgiving than pie (though not lacking in buttery bliss), the crumb bar is almost universally adored by fruit dessert lovers and a breeze to throw together at short notice.

Brown Butter Strawberry Crumb Bars | Tutti Dolci Here I’m layering farm stand strawberries with rich brown butter crumbs; a quick blast of heat turns the berries into an irresistible jammy layer. At the last minute, I jazzed up the bars with a brown butter-vanilla drizzle in a nod to last year’s cake – heavenly!

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cream & vanilla bean scones with jam

April 20, 2015

I first fell for scones while dining at The Tuck Box, a charming English-style cottage tea room in Carmel. What’s not to love about warm buttery scones served with olallieberry jam? I’ve been smitten ever since. When I came across a recipe for cream scones ...

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12 Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

April 16, 2015

Mother’s Day is May 10 and it’s never too early to start prepping for the occasion. A relaxing brunch is the perfect way to honor and appreciate the moms in your life, and even better when homemade with love. Without further ado, here are 12 ...

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toasted coconut oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

April 13, 2015

If there’s anything an oatmeal cookie must be, thick and chewy is nonnegotiable. Toasted coconut and oats make the chewiest cookies imaginable, with dark rum to boost the tropical coconut vibe. For the best thickness, chill the cookie dough overnight. Yes, the wait will seem ...

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bourbon brown sugar brownies

April 9, 2015

Brownies are a classic for a reason – they never go out of style and are always met with enthusiasm, especially when baked on a random weekday for no occasion at all. Though they say you can’t improve a classic, that never stopped me from ...

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strawberry basil pie

April 6, 2015

One flavor pairing I’m absolutely smitten with at the moment is strawberry basil; the sweet herb enlivens farm stand fresh berries in the best way possible. I’ve played with the two previously in popsicles; this time I opted for pie. Flaky, all butter pie dough ...

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carrot cake muffins

April 2, 2015

My craving for carrot cake with a plush pile of cream cheese frosting hits every Easter week, like clockwork. This year I opted to veer away from tradition and satisfy my cravings with carrot cake muffins. I was not disappointed – these nicely spiced muffins ...

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meyer lemon sandwich cookies

March 30, 2015

I’m convinced that the quintessential Spring cookie must be a Meyer lemon sandwich cookie. I intended to make thumbprint cookies but when my cookies lost their shape in the oven, I dreamed up these light and bright sandwich cookies instead. Drizzled with white chocolate and ...

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