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Peach Puff Pastry Pie

Friday, August 31, 2018
Peach Puff Pastry Pie

I realized today that I hadn’t made one pie this summer, not even ONE! Luckily I had a pile of peaches on my counter and rough puff pastry in my fridge, and so decided to remedy the situation immediately by putting the two together. Peach Puff Pastry Pie was born. While I usually prefer a traditional pie crust, this comes in a very close second. I did make…

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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…

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strawberry shortcake cake, in three layers

Monday, July 2, 2018

I made a similar cake over on Handmade Charlotte last week, and then decided to try it again, this time with 3 layers of cake for a slightly ‘fancier’ presentation. It was a win – the cake layers are thin (which I prefer on a shortcake), are made of cake instead of biscuit-like (which I also prefer), and are piled with cream cheese whipped cream and strawberries. I…

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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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Peach Apple Cherry Pie

Monday, June 11, 2018

‘Have you been online yet?’ my husband asks from the couch. It’s 8:45 am, and I am searching the kitchen for breakfast. Most mornings, upon waking, I reach for my phone next to me on my nightstand, and check all the icons chirping at me like hungry baby birds. Email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, usually in that order. I despise the impulse, but I’m too tired to stop my…

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I know it’s spring, and I should be straying away from citrus and moving towards rhubarb, but I made this lemon poppy seed Bundt cake last week and wanted to share it. It’s a recipe inspired by a wonderful Bundt cake from Yossy’s book, but I swapped regular lemons for Meyer, and cream cheese for sour cream. I also swirled in some poppy seeds and lemon curd for good…

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Apple Crème Fraîche Pie

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It’s my favorite time of year: THE HOLIDAYS! The snow is snowing, the bells are jingling, and there is a constant buzz of excitement everywhere. The 10 year old in me still tends to get caught up in all the buzz; often forgetting to focus on the present, and enjoying each moment with gratitude. Often the Christmas season is about what we get, instead of what we give.…

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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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Crème Fraîche Cake With Roasted Berries and White Chocolate Buttercream

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My children are curious ones, often on tip-toe or climbing up onto kitchen stools, trying to figure out what I’m always doing in the kitchen. Sometimes they jump in and help: throwing on their little aprons and grabbing spatulas and whisks, and other times they are content with just peeking into bowls and moving on. I find their interest in that space constantly ebbs and flows, and the…

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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…