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chocolate snack cake

Thursday, July 19, 2018
chocolate snack cake

I posted a picture of a chocolate snack cake on Instagram this week and had many requests for a recipe, so here it is. I’ve featured a snack cake on my site before, but found that cake recipe to occasionally sink in the middle, so I’m offering you this one instead. It is based on my favorite cake recipe, is tried and true, and is very chocolatey and…

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(almost) no bake white chocolate cheesecake with sour cherry swirl

Sunday, July 15, 2018
white chocolate cheesecake

I love cheesecake, and often in the summer I turn to the no-bake variety. On blazing hot days it’s nice to keep the oven off, and while the texture of a no-bake cheesecake isn’t completely authentic, it’s still so dang good. This white chocolate cheesecake is from Nigella Lawson’s latest book, At My Table. I’m happy to report it’s delicious. I added a sour cherry swirl and love…

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banana poppyseed muffins with hazelnut streusel

Friday, July 6, 2018
banana poppyseed muffins with hazelnut streusel

Banana bread has always been a favorite, but banana muffins come in a close second. I have been playing around with my soufflé molds again, as well as my favorite muffin recipe. I came up with Banana Poppyseed Muffins with Hazelnut Streusel, a combination of flavors that work well together, and the muffins bake up tall and elegant in the molds (if you don’t have soufflé molds, see below on…

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strawberry shortcake cake, in three layers

Monday, July 2, 2018

I made a similar cake over on Handmade Charlotte last week, and then decided to try it again, this time with 3 layers of cake for a slightly ‘fancier’ presentation. It was a win – the cake layers are thin (which I prefer on a shortcake), are made of cake instead of biscuit-like (which I also prefer), and are piled with cream cheese whipped cream and strawberries. I…

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morning buns

Sunday, June 24, 2018
morning buns

I promised another bun recipe for you, and here it is: Morning Buns. Unlike the Cinnamon Bun recipe I just posted, this one uses a quick Danish dough, which gives each roll buttery, flaky layers. I based the filling off the famous Tartine morning bun filling – I recently went to San Fransisco for the first time ever, and got to visit Tartine and try their famous morning…

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Cinnamon Buns

Thursday, June 21, 2018
cinnamon rolls

I’ve had a lot of people asking about these cinnamon buns on Instagram, and so I’m finally delivering with a recipe. This cinnamon roll recipe is adapted from my book but made a bit different: I’ve baked them in mini soufflé pans from Mauviel. I am really happy with how they turned out – the pans held the dough’s shape nicely, and pushed the buns up to be extra…

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banana chocolate bundt cake

Saturday, June 16, 2018

I have another pound cake/Bundt cake recipe for you: Banana Chocolate Bundt Cake. I recently found an old folder I thought I had lost – full of recipes from a coffeehouse I worked at in between my time baking at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse and Bordertown Coffee. This was one of my favorite Bundt cakes to make, although I couldn’t help myself and made some changes: I added…

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Peach Apple Cherry Pie

Monday, June 11, 2018

‘Have you been online yet?’ my husband asks from the couch. It’s 8:45 am, and I am searching the kitchen for breakfast. Most mornings, upon waking, I reach for my phone next to me on my nightstand, and check all the icons chirping at me like hungry baby birds. Email, facebook, instagram, twitter, usually in that order. I despise the impulse, but I’m too tired to stop my…

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rhubarb blackberry streusel buns + a mauviel giveaway

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Rhubarb-blackberry streusel buns might be my new favorite breakfast indulgence, coming in right behind my beloved all-stars: straight-up cinnamon rolls. These rolls remind me of a perfect coffeecake: with a tender dough, a swirl of jam, and then plenty of streusel and icing gracing the top of each. I have a recipe for the rhubarb-blackberry jam included here, but if you are in a hurry, any store-bought jam…

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ginger chocolate scones

Sunday, June 3, 2018

I’ve been making scones for years now, but forgot about one combination of flavors that was always a favorite in my Blue Heron Coffeehouse days – crystallized ginger and chocolate. The two ingredients pair beautifully together: the ginger comes in with a little heat, and the chocolate follows with just enough sweetness. I chopped the ginger very small and used mini chocolate chips so there are tiny bursts…