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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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Masala-Spice Palmiers

Thursday, January 17, 2019
masala spice palmiers

I always forget how delicious palmiers are until I make them – puff pastry, coated in sugar and spices and then baked until crisp and caramelized – what’s not to love? This version from Maggie Battista’s new cookbook, A New Way to Food, is made with Masala spice mix (a blend of cinnamon, clove, cardamom, coriander, black pepper, and fennel) and maple sugar. Other puff pastry desserts you…

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caramel rolls

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
caramel rolls

It is rainy and chilly here in Minneapolis, and although we just had a weekend of 90 degree weather, I’m slightly excited about the possibility of autumn approaching. Caramel Rolls seem like the right way to celebrate. Made with my favorite sweet dough, these rolls are swirled up in cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, then smothered in warm caramel and toasted pecans. I made these rolls in the Mauviel…

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turnovers with jam

Friday, February 2, 2018

‘I’m all over the place, up and down, scattered, withdrawing, trying to find some elusive sense of serenity.’ ‘The world can’t give that serenity. The world can’t give us peace. We can only find it in our hearts.’ ‘I hate that.’ ‘I know. But the good news is that by the same token, the world can’t take it away.’ –Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird I come to you…

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crème fraîche cheesecake with chocolate ganache and mint meringue + a giveaway from emile henry, mauviel, and lékué!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hello! I have another exciting giveaway for you. Three more pieces of kitchen equipment that I absolutely love: Emile Henry mixing bowls, Mauviel Copper Sugar Saucepan, and a Lékué springform mold. The mixing bowls are pretty much a necessity in any kitchen, and this set is lovely, with three different sized nesting bowls. I use them all the time – for mixing, of course, but also for holding…

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ginger cake with pumpkin creme mousseline + #bakeamericacakeagain

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Today is the day! The Vanilla Bean Baking Book is now available! I’m so excited to share it with you. To celebrate, I have a new recipe and these #bakeamericacakeagain tattoos that I am giving away. The lovely FauxMartha and my husband helped me come up with this hashtag to celebrate both my book and the **Election** (remember to vote today, fellow Americans!) Details for the giveaway is…

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vanilla-bourbon cake

Monday, October 17, 2016

A man who writes a story is forced to put into it the best of his knowledge and the best of his feeling. The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty. A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in…

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dacquoise with blackberries and cream

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My new copper beating bowl arrived in the mail, and I immediately took it over to Zoë François‘ house and made her beat white egg whites by hand in it for this post. In between laughing and giving me dirty looks, she made this incredible dacquoise with blackberries and cream. It was so good we couldn’t stop nibbling on it all afternoon (after she made me wash all…