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caramelized pear scones

October 16, 2014

Like most bloggers, I have an extensive “to-make” list that I update frequently. I organize my list by category and season, and for the tech-minded among you, I use Evernote so that I can easily update the list whenever I get a new idea, whether ...

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spice doughnuts with brown butter glaze

September 18, 2014

As the morning temperatures drop, the crisp aroma of fall leaves wafts through the windows and my cat chases patches of sunlight as though he too senses the impending change. I find myself craving a sweet breakfast to pair with my morning Americano; preferably spice ...

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peach & honey scones

July 31, 2014

Midsummer breakfasts call for a break from routine; something sweet and undeniably seasonal before the day’s heat sets in. Peaches and honey are quite the ethereal pairing and flavor these scones nicely. I used a French honey named fleurs de printemps (spring flowers), a creamed ...

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strawberry & vanilla bean cake

May 22, 2014

With the holiday weekend in sight, my brain is in absolute summer mode. I’m already thinking of my favorite things: refreshing popsicles by the pool, mornings spent blueberry picking, and a profusion of fruit desserts. Pound cake with strawberries is such a quintessential summer dessert; ...

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raspberry lemon doughnuts

May 15, 2014

I celebrated my birthday this week over a wonderful meal with good friends. As usual, I made dessert. Though I decided on doughnuts at the very last minute, I’m glad I did. Birthdays are the time for sprinkles and a touch of whimsy, and these ...

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meyer lemon & poppy seed doughnuts

March 3, 2014

I whipped up these Meyer lemon and poppy seed doughnuts on Saturday afternoon for no real reason at all. Fortunately, no special occasion is needed for doughnuts, and sometimes it’s nice to bake simply for the joy of it. These baked doughnuts are bursting with ...

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roasted banana & dulce de leche cake

January 23, 2014

One secret to a moist and tender banana loaf cake is roasting a banana. A few minutes in a hot oven is all that’s needed to caramelize and intensify the natural sweetness of the ripe fruit. To complement the banana further, I swirled Dulce de ...

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orange-pecan tea bread

January 10, 2014

If I let myself spend winter afternoons however I wished, you’d find me curled up on a leather sofa pouring over a stack of cookbooks and magazines. A steaming mug of Earl Grey and a slice of orange-pecan tea bread fit in my vision nicely. ...