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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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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…

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chocolate cardamom cake

Saturday, April 28, 2018

I posted  a piece of this cardamom cake on Instagram a few weeks ago and had a lot of people asking for the recipe, so here it finally is! One of my biggest failures as a blogger is just getting a post up – I love the baking part, and photography also, but for some reason when I sit down to edit photos and type up recipes, I…

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chocolate bars

Saturday, February 24, 2018

I was recently on Twin Cities Live and made the chocolate bars pictured. They are based on a recipe from my cookbook: chocolate brownie base, buttercream filling, then topped off with chocolate ganache. Indulgent, but delicious. I made them for Valentine’s day with edible rose petals, which made them pretty and terribly precious, but if you’re not into that sort of thing, plain tops will work just fine.…

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coconut-almond-chocolate cake

Saturday, January 20, 2018

So far, I’ve spent most of January freezing. It’s not that unusual for me to be constantly cold, but here in Minnesota we’ve had a long string of below zero days, which means I’m wearing several pairs of socks and shivering under blankets. I’ve done quite a bit of baking this month, and hope to have more recipes for you soon. In the meantime, here’s a list of…

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peanut butter cups

Thursday, December 21, 2017

(The text for this post is taken from an old post with no recipe. I was feeling similar this year, and decided to share it again, along with a recipe.) I spent ten Christmas Eves in a row working various retail jobs, everything from barista to Barnes and Noble. The holiday season started the day after Thanksgiving, with mile long lines continuing to Christmas Eve at 4pm, when…

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pumpkin poundcake with chocolate

Monday, November 27, 2017

I have a few recipes tucked way back in my site archives that deserve the light of day again. Here is one of them – pumpkin pound cake with chocolate. This recipe also made it into my cookbook, but since it originally debuted here, I thought I’d make it shine with some new photos and feature it again for the holiday season. This cake been a faithful to…

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chocolate cake with seven minute frosting

Friday, August 25, 2017

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, remembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall And the children in the apple-tree Not known,…

ice cream summer

raspberry crème fraîche ice cream cake

Thursday, August 3, 2017

‘Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.’ – Henry James I have to agree with Mr. James here; summer is magic. With my littles at home and days filled with swimming, reading, long walks, trips to the library, canoeing, hammocking, lego building, and not homeworking, I am entering August on tiptoes, knowing there are only…

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chocolate chip cookie cake

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hello! And apologies for the silence in this space. The quiet is a good thing – my summer has been lovely and busy; my family and I enjoying quality time together. So baking and blogging has been on the back burner for the better (that sentence had too many ‘b’ words and a terrible attempt at a kitchen pun, which means I’ve had way too much coffee today).…