baking cake

Blueberry Orange Bundt Cake

Friday, August 9, 2019
Blueberry Orange Coffeecake

I have a gigantic stack of cookbooks that I have been meaning to bake and cook from, but sadly they have sitting on my dining room table (along with heaps of legos and papers to be sorted and summer homework that hasn’t been started and laundry to be folded and and and…) while I finished working on my next book (and the manuscript is in! And the photographs!…


blueberry apple crumble bars

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Apple Blueberry Crumble Bars | The Vanilla Bean Blog

A kind reader pointed out to me that there  is a slight mistake in this Blueberry Apple Crumb Bar recipe in The Vanilla Bean Baking Book, so I’m putting the recipe below (with corrections). The ingredient list is correct in the book, but the directions mention ‘baking soda’ instead of ‘baking powder’, and list cinnamon in the filling when there is none. Sorry about that! If any of…


blueberry, almond, and plum crumble

Monday, August 24, 2015

This Is Just To Say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold -William Carlos Willams I couldn’t resist posting that Williams poem to go along with a recipe involving plums. I’ll never forget reading it for the first time in my 9th grade English class, and becoming…

baking breakfast

crème fraîche scones

Thursday, April 17, 2014

“How can I find the words? Poets have taken them all and left me with nothing to say or do.” “Except to teach me for the first time what they meant.” -Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, Dorothy Sayers: A Busman’s Honeymoon I’m not one for using expletives much in my day-to-day, but I must admit this past Monday a very loud one flew out of my mouth…

breakfast drinks

a simple breakfast smoothie

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I spent the weekend tossing and turning, crazy sick with the flu. While it was absolutely miserable, it was the first time in months that I had time to really hear myself. There are moments during sickness where one grasps delirium and clarity at the same time. Almost like in childbirth, the mind and all energy is turned inward, focusing on how the body is reacting and responding.…

baking cake dessert summer

plum blueberry upside-down cake with cardamom

Friday, August 12, 2011

I like having dinner guests.  It’s lovely, catching up, sipping cold beer, laughing and watching the little ones race around. Sometimes friends come spur of the moment, to chat the afternoon and evening away. Even though it’s last minute, I still have to have dessert. I can’t help it. It somehow doesn’t feel right to skip that after dinner sweetness. Luckily I had bought plums earlier that day.…

baking breakfast

blueberry muffins

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blueberry muffins were a staple in our house. I remember a tower of Jiffy boxes stacked next to the cereal in our cupboard above the stove. My mom would pull one out, and we would beg her to let us help stir everything together. She taught us how to measure oil, and crack eggs, and not to over mix. It was  most exciting when she would make them…