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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…

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cherries and cream slab pie (some notes on how I make pie)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

It took me a long time to feel confident making pies. I never actually made one until my late twenties, as they had seemed so daunting and time consuming; so much work for something that had such a high percentage of not turning out right. My first attempt actually was incredible: I made a perfect apple pie. The crust was flaky and golden brown, the filling perfectly cooked,…

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Walnut Snack Cake with Raspberry Buttercream

Saturday, May 18, 2019
walnut snack cake with raspberry buttercream

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’ve teamed up with California Walnuts to bring you some recipes over the following year (such as this chocolate walnut cake and these chocolate donuts). Over 99 percent of walnuts grown in the U.S. come from California’s walnut orchards, many of which are on family owned and operated farms that have been around for generations. Walnuts are nutritious…

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kolaches

Thursday, April 4, 2019

I’m addicted to kolaches. Any and all kinds, but especially these pictured here. Kolaches were brought to Texas by Czech immigrants and now have a cult-like following, for good reason. Almost a Danish pastry, they are made with a brioche-like bread dough instead of laminated layers; their centers filled with creamy sweet cheese and the slightest hint of lemon. When I first came across them in Bread Illustrated…