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vanilla doughnuts with pumpkin pastry cream

Friday, October 5, 2018

I mentioned before that I may go slightly overload with some pumpkin recipes this season, and here’s another one for you, this chilly October morning. Pumpkin pastry cream is quite tasty, and I honestly can’t stop making it. It’s smooth and rich like any good pastry cream should be, with just enough pumpkin flavor. This recipe is adapted from the pastry cream in my book; I start things…

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caramel rolls

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
caramel rolls

It is rainy and chilly here in Minneapolis, and although we just had a weekend of 90 degree weather, I’m slightly excited about the possibility of autumn approaching. Caramel Rolls seem like the right way to celebrate. Made with my favorite sweet dough, these rolls are swirled up in cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, then smothered in warm caramel and toasted pecans. I made these rolls in the Mauviel…

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Peach Puff Pastry Pie

Friday, August 31, 2018
Peach Puff Pastry Pie

I realized today that I hadn’t made one pie this summer, not even ONE! Luckily I had a pile of peaches on my counter and rough puff pastry in my fridge, and so decided to remedy the situation immediately by putting the two together. Peach Puff Pastry Pie was born. While I usually prefer a traditional pie crust, this comes in a very close second. I did make…

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Cinnamon Streusel Swirl Cake

Sunday, August 26, 2018
cinnamon streusel swirl cake

My niece was born a month ago today, and I brought this Cinnamon Streusel Swirl Cake over to my sister and brother-in-law (along with cookies, of course) to celebrate. The best thing about this cake is it gets better the longer it sits – I enjoyed it on days 2 and 3 much more than the first day. I haven’t tried adding fruit along with the streusel yet,…

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chocolate chip snack cake

Saturday, August 11, 2018
chocolate chip snack cake

I have another snack cake for you, this time one with a yellow cake base and mini chocolate chips. I must admit I’ve been enjoying these snack cakes more than layer cakes – the frosting to cake ratio is perfect, and eating small squares of cake instead of giant triangles somehow feels just right. If you prefer an all chocolate cake, I have that for you here. *****************************************…

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Maple Cinnamon Granola

Sunday, August 5, 2018

I have spent many hours working in coffeehouses, either as barista or baker. Almost every shop had a little kitchen tucked in the back, where ovens cranked out early A.M meals: scones, muffins, quiche, and coffee cake. I loved the mornings that the granola was included in that lineup. Seven minutes after the trays of oats went into the oven, a faint whiff of cinnamon would weave its…

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strawberries + cream brioche buns

Sunday, July 29, 2018
strawberries and cream brioche buns

I’m back with another bun recipe! This will be my last for awhile, although I do love making them. I used the soufflé molds I keep going on about (I’m crazy about them), but these can easily be made the ‘regular’ way – on a good old-fashioned baking sheet or in a 9 x 13 pan. Also, don’t forget to enter my **GIVEAWAY** I’m giving away some more Mauviel copper! Contest…

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cardamom sugar buns + a mauviel giveaway

Saturday, July 21, 2018
cardamom sugar buns

I’m back with more buns. This is a recipe (and post) I put up on my site years ago, and I thought I’d bring it back to life by baking the buns (yet again) in my favorite soufflé molds (if you don’t have these molds, never fear! You can also bake the buns in ramekins or muffin tins; directions below). The recipe is adapted from Tara O’Brady’s Sugar…

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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…