Brown Butter

brown butter maple blondies

August 27, 2014

In a word, these brown butter maple blondies are incredible. Simultaneously soft and chewy, nutty and rich, there’s nothing not to love here. Brown butter is the perfect counterpoint to pure maple syrup; best of all, there’s no cloying sweetness to these bars. Drizzled with ...

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peach almond tart

July 24, 2014

A ripe summer peach can stand on its own, especially when nearly bursting with sweet juices. Take that same peach and slice it over an almond (frangipane) filling and brown butter crust, and you have yourself a fine tart. If you’ve avoided tarts for fear ...

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brown butter cherry ice cream

June 12, 2014

If you’ve ever baked with brown butter, you know it’s magical. The rich nutty taste enhances the flavor of just about anything, especially cherries. One of my absolute favorite recipes with brown butter are brown butter cherry bars, so on a whim, I applied the ...

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raspberry crumb bars

April 10, 2014

The carefree appeal of the crumb bar never ceases to draw me in. There’s no pie crust to fuss over, and the portable squares are just what I want to box up for a picnic in the fresh spring grass. Depending on where you live, ...

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salted oatmeal toffee cookies

March 6, 2014

Oatmeal toffee cookies are an old favorite that I’ve made again and again, unintentionally memorizing the recipe with each batch. While the cookie texture has always been spot-on (soft and chewy), I found the last round a bit too sweet and one-dimensional; it was time ...

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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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pear & frangipane tartlets

January 20, 2014

Some desserts have the power to evoke memories and transport you to another place. These pear & frangipane tartlets are that type of dessert – one rich bite of brown butter crust and creamy almond filling conjure up visions of a Parisian cafe, no plane ...

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frosted maple leaf cookies

November 21, 2013

I love the look of roll-out cookies, but I often find them lacking in the taste department. These frosted maple leaf cookies are no such cookie – nutty brown butter and maple syrup add incredible depth of flavor. To take the deliciousness one step further, ...