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vanilla bean-brownie cake

February 20, 2014

I recently came across a brownie butter cake via Pinterest. The visual contrast of the golden butter cake against dark brownie caught my eye and inspired this vanilla-bean brownie cake. Flecks of vanilla bean perfume the tender pound cake while buttermilk creates a notably soft ...

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toasted coconut, cherry, oatmeal & white chocolate cookies

February 18, 2014

If you are a chewy cookie lover like me, you will appreciate these cookies. Loaded with mix-ins (shredded coconut, dried cherries, rolled oats, white chocolate chips) and wonderfully soft, you won’t be able to get enough of the great texture or rich flavor. The dough ...

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white chocolate cherry cheesecake bars

February 14, 2014

A late night cheesecake craving led to these rich and creamy bars. I topped my favorite homemade graham crust with a perfectly tangy layer of white chocolate cheesecake filling; swirls of sweet-tart cherry jam offset the richness and up the pretty factor. With no need ...

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croissants

February 11, 2014

Croissants are a labor of love and might be the ultimate home baking project. Though you may feel in over your head at times (I did, especially since I was making two batches simultaneously), victory is sweet. When you pull the impossibly flaky and gloriously ...

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brown butter & candied pecan ice cream

February 6, 2014

Let’s call this ice cream the adult version of butter pecan. With layers of flavor from brown butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and a bit of whiskey, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I’ve made three rounds in as many days. Tossing in a handful ...

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salted chocolate ganache & jam bars

February 3, 2014

For a truly sophisticated Valentine’s dessert, skip the ubiquitous chocolate-covered strawberry in favor of a three-layer bar packed with decadence. To start, a chocolate shortbread base is topped with a slick layer of strawberry jam. Finished with glossy ganache (spiked with Amaretto!), an ample sprinkle ...

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meyer lemon & poppy seed biscotti

January 30, 2014

Flecked with bright Meyer lemon zest and dotted with poppy seeds, these golden biscotti are what I reach for when I’m craving an addictive crunch. I usually find myself in that situation around 3:00 every afternoon, when a little snack is needed to offset the ...

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buttermilk pull-apart rolls

January 27, 2014

Time is the only thing that keeps me from baking fresh bread on a daily basis. Luckily, these no-knead buttermilk pull-apart rolls require little of that precious commodity thanks to the brilliance of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (discussed previously: brioche, ...

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