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Coffee Caramel Monkey Bread

Thursday, October 31, 2019
coffee caramel monkey bread

 I have no recollection of the first time I tried monkey bread, but somewhere in my youth, or childhood, I must have done something good because it was included in my growing-up experience. Whenever my mom made it she used store-bought bread dough, which made assembling much easier (I never once saw a jar or packet of yeast in her kitchen). She’d roll small pieces of dough into…

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pumpkin scones

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pumpkin Scones These scones are a family favorite, and might be what we wake up to this Christmas morning. “If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” —Lucy Larcom NOTES: Putting another baking sheet nestled directly underneath the one the scones are on helps keep the bottoms of the scones from browning too quickly before they fully bake. If you like the bottoms extra…

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pan-banging molasses espresso cookies with chocolate

Thursday, September 26, 2019
pan banging molasses espresso cookies

This recipe originally appeared in Bake From Scratch Vol 3, along with several other cookies recipes I contributed, and now is in the new Bake From Scratch Cookie Collection. Since I just finished the pan-banging chapter for my next book (coming out Fall 2020!), I thought I would include it here to celebrate. These cookies have the crisp, ripply edges and gooey, chocolate center my original recipe is…

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Chocolate Sheet Cake with Candied Walnuts

Saturday, August 31, 2019
chocolate sheet cake

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’m a fan of cake, of course, and while I’ve made plenty of layer cakes and snack cakes on this site, I realized that I could also do with a sheet cake, an essential for birthday parties, picnics, and other large get-togethers. This one is double chocolate, with sides coated in candied walnuts.  I’ve…

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Espresso Bundt Cake

Friday, August 23, 2019
espresso bundt cake

There has been a slight chill in the air the past week – just the faintest whisperings of September – so naturally I found myself in the kitchen baking bundt cakes. I used to make an Espresso Bundt Cake back in my bakery days, but I found the recipe slightly lacking and dry when remaking it in my home kitchen. I decided to revamp my Lemon Poppy Seed…

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Blueberry Walnut Streusel Pie

Thursday, August 15, 2019
blueberry walnut stresuel pie

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’ve been so busy working on my book, and just now realized it is now August and this is the first pie I’ve made. Hopefully there will be more to come in the near future (I’ve got a bowl full of peaches on my counter calling to me). Usually I’m a big fan of…

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s’mores ice cream cake

Thursday, August 8, 2019

This recipe first appeared on my site in 2016. It’s from my book, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. I love it so much, I’m sharing again. ************************************ First of all, I want to say thank you, oh my goodness thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I had so many kind emails and comments and tweets yesterday;  your support of my upcoming book is overwhelming. I wouldn’t…

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Coffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Sunday, June 30, 2019
coffee caramel ice cream pie

This just might be a perfect summer dessert: a chocolate cookie crust, no-churn (and so easy!) coffee ice cream, with a topping of caramel whipped cream and candied cacao nibs. The crust and ice cream base can be put together a day or two in advance, which also comes in handy. If you aren’t into the candied cacao nibs, crushed chocolate covered espresso beans would also be delicious…

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S’mores Donuts

Thursday, June 27, 2019
smores donuts

I posted a photo of these S’mores donuts on Instagram today and they got quite a nice reception, so I decided to put the recipe up here on my site. Donuts can be time consuming to make, they are best eaten immediately, and they will cause an entire home to smell like fry oil for a day or two, so I don’t always turn to them (especially on…

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Honey Walnut Bread

Thursday, June 6, 2019
honey walnut bread

I’m a big fan of quick bread, and most often turn to pumpkin or banana when whipping up a loaf. However, I wanted another variation in my usual rotation, so I came up with this honey walnut bread. It is a delicious change of pace, and perfect for those in-between spring days, when citrus is fleeting and we are anxiously awaiting on berries. I’ve teamed up with California Walnuts…