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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!…

baking

strawberries + cream brioche buns

Sunday, July 29, 2018
strawberries and cream brioche buns

I’m back with another bun recipe! This will be my last for awhile, although I do love making them. I used the soufflé molds I keep going on about (I’m crazy about them), but these can easily be made the ‘regular’ way – on a good old-fashioned baking sheet or in a 9 x 13 pan. Also, don’t forget to enter my **GIVEAWAY** I’m giving away some more Mauviel copper! Contest…

baking

blueberry apple crumble bars

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A kind reader pointed out to me that there  is a slight mistake this Blueberry Apple Crumb Bar recipe in The Vanilla Bean Baking Book, so I’m putting the recipe here (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 you…

baking

apple pear cranberry crisp with white wine + a le creuset giveaway!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I have a great giveaway today in celebration of the release of The Vanilla Bean Baking Book: this fantastic Le Creuset braiser pan! I received this braiser about a year ago, and it instantly became my favorite kitchen item. I use it for everything – both dinner and dessert, sweet and savory. It browns chicken and other meats like a dream, the deep sides are roomy and prevent…

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 breakfast

breakfast pizza

Sunday, October 23, 2011

You’re probably thinking ‘Really? You’re trying to pass this off as breakfast?’ And my answer is ‘Yes, I am.’ Does my breakfast consist of some kind of bread and cream cheese every morning? Yes. Do I sometimes throw some fruit in there so I don’t feel guilty? Yes. Do I ever wish I could change things up and make something more exciting? Yes. So here you go: breakfast…