Brown Butter

brown butter strawberry crumb bars

April 23, 2015

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 ...

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meyer lemon-pistachio tartlets

March 4, 2015

Many of you are familiar with my longstanding crush on Meyer lemons and brown butter (in everything!). However, pairing pistachios with the two is an unexpected yet entirely welcome flavor profile. Roasted pistachios and brown butter add richness to the crust on these tartlets; the ...

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salted brown butter chocolate chip cookies

February 23, 2015

Why do we like chocolate chip cookies so much? It’s certainly not for the originality but for the familiarity – you bite into a chocolate chip cookie with a certain level of expectation, a sense of what’s before you. These cookies don’t detour too far ...

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chai spice banana bread

January 5, 2015

I’ve found myself smitten with chai tea this winter, unable to resist the warm, aromatic flavors that translate well into pastry (chai spice palmiers) and chocolate (chai rum truffles). The spices work beautifully with banana bread too, imparting a lovely spicy aroma. Buttermilk and coconut ...

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candied pecan cookies

December 10, 2014

There’s a new pecan cookie in town, and this one is unlike any you’ve tried. Buttery rich and studded with candied pecans, this cookie is nearly equal parts candied pecans and brown butter dough, a ratio that is just right. Dunked in cinnamon-sugar for a ...

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brown butter, cherry & hazelnut biscotti

November 24, 2014

Crunchy cookie lovers of the world, raise your hand! If you’re after a nice crunch, biscotti are your answer. Brown butter and Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) flavor the gloriously golden cookies, transforming ordinary biscotti into something more sophisticated. Sweet-tart cherries and roasted hazelnuts up the crunch ...

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brown butter-cranberry ice cream with candied pecans

November 20, 2014

Though I’d hardly be one to tell you to break with tradition on Thanksgiving, I might suggest you add one more dessert to your line up: ice cream! Inspired by the flavors of my cranberry pecan crumb bars (brandy, brown butter, cranberry, maple, pecan) I ...

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brown butter maple cornbread

November 17, 2014

If I’m truly honest, bread is what I look forward to most at holiday meals (ok, at any meal). As the baker of the family, bread and dessert fall squarely on my shoulders, and this year I’ll be serving brown butter maple cornbread. Nutty brown ...

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