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Gift Guide 2018 Part One

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
gift guide cookbooks 2018

I have a two-part gift guide for you. Today is my favorite baking books of the year and favorite kitchen items. I’ll be back soon with more!  ***(Also: Holiday Playlists! On Spotify: My Holiday Mix from last year is here. My Classic Christmas Mix is here. And my Quiet Christmas Mix is here.) On Apple Music: Christmas Fun, Ease Into Christmas, Ease Into Christmas (Jazz and Classics Edition), and Christmas Albums. …

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Walnut Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and Candied Walnuts

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Walnut Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and Candied Walnuts

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’m excited to share this cake with you, for two reasons. First, it has been a whole month since I made a layer cake, so I was due for another one. Second, this cake involves candied walnuts, and I didn’t realize until I made them how incredibly delicious they are. (My family agreed, and…

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Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel

Sunday, November 18, 2018
pumpkin and cream cheese muffins with struesel

I’m posting again (two days in a row!) because I received a lovely new cookbook from Fanny Lam of Oh Sweet Day, and these pumpkin and cream cheese muffins spoke to me immediately from amongst the pages. Then after making them and inhaling most of them (and sharing with my neighbors who also devoured them) I decided you might just want this recipe as well for your upcoming…

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pumpkin pie

Saturday, November 17, 2018
pumpkin pie

Several people asked for this recipe after I posted a photo of the pie on Instagram, so here it is. This is the pumpkin pie I’ve made at the last couple Thanksgivings, and it’s gone over quite well my family gathering. It is dreamy-creamy, and boasting of pumpkin flavor. Other pumpkin recipes you may enjoy: Baked Pumpkin Donuts, Pumpkin Poundcake with Chocolate, Pumpkin Scones, and Ginger Cake with…

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Panettone Swirl Buns

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Panettone Swirl Buns

I’ve mentioned quite a bit on this site that I contribute over at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day – I’ve been working with Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François for about six years. While I write some blog posts for them and spend a good deal of time over on their Instagram account, one of the highlights of my job is helping them work on cookbooks. About this time a year ago Zoë was baking piles…

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(baked) pumpkin donuts

Sunday, November 4, 2018
baked pumpkin donuts

I normally prefer fried donuts if have a choice, but they can be a lot of work and the kitchen aftermath is not always worth the effort. I make these baked pumpkin donuts every fall and never hear any complaints – they are muffin-y in taste, but delicious none-the-less. This recipe was actually originally for muffins, but I prefer them in donut shape – they bake up quite…

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Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Bites for Halloween

Thursday, October 25, 2018
chocolate walnut shortbread bites

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’ve never been a Halloween person; I enjoyed roaming the neighborhood for candy each year with my sister, but as someone who has always been terrified of scary movies and creepy decorations, I will take December 25th over October 31st most days. When I did celebrate Halloween, I always tried to make the day less…

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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…