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Cranberries and Cream Danish Braid

Sunday, December 16, 2018
cranberry danish

Christmas is just around the corner. I’ve been baking for weeks (mostly recipe testing for my next book, but also holiday baking!), and must say this Danish braid is one of my favorite things I’ve made this December. The tart cranberries paired with cream cheese, sweet icing, and flaky Danish dough is just about perfection. If cranberries aren’t your thing, you could fill the braid with your favorite…

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st. lucia buns

Monday, December 3, 2018
St. Lucia Buns

This recipe for St. Lucia Buns was posted a few years ago originally, but it got buried in the archives and I thought I’d bring it up again for the Holidays. ****************************************** Each December, I find myself searching for the perfect holiday traditions. Not that there are any perfect ones, of course, but with two little ones in our family, I crave some routine and consistency each year.…

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Walnut Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and Candied Walnuts

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Walnut Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and Candied Walnuts

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’m excited to share this cake with you, for two reasons. First, it has been a whole month since I made a layer cake, so I was due for another one. Second, this cake involves candied walnuts, and I didn’t realize until I made them how incredibly delicious they are. (My family agreed, and…

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Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel

Sunday, November 18, 2018
pumpkin and cream cheese muffins with struesel

I’m posting again (two days in a row!) because I received a lovely new cookbook from Fanny Lam of Oh Sweet Day, and these pumpkin and cream cheese muffins spoke to me immediately from amongst the pages. Then after making them and inhaling most of them (and sharing with my neighbors who also devoured them) I decided you might just want this recipe as well for your upcoming…

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pumpkin pie

Saturday, November 17, 2018
pumpkin pie

Several people asked for this recipe after I posted a photo of the pie on Instagram, so here it is. This is the pumpkin pie I’ve made at the last couple Thanksgivings, and it’s gone over quite well my family gathering. It is dreamy-creamy, and boasting of pumpkin flavor. Other pumpkin recipes you may enjoy: Baked Pumpkin Donuts, Pumpkin Poundcake with Chocolate, Pumpkin Scones, and Ginger Cake with…

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Panettone Swirl Buns

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Panettone Swirl Buns

I’ve mentioned quite a bit on this site that I contribute over at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day – I’ve been working with Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François for about six years. While I write some blog posts for them and spend a good deal of time over on their Instagram account, one of the highlights of my job is helping them work on cookbooks. About this time a year ago Zoë was baking piles…

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(Good Morning) Cheese Danish Slab Pie

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Danish slab pie

I recently received Cathy Barrow’s new cookbook, Pie Squared, and have been highly enjoying it. The concept of the book is slab pies – a pie that strays from it’s traditional circle shape and is instead baked in a baking sheet. I am a huge fan of slab pie; I prefer the crust to filling ratio, and it cuts so nice and neat into squares while being large…

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Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Bites for Halloween

Thursday, October 25, 2018
chocolate walnut shortbread bites

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’ve never been a Halloween person; I enjoyed roaming the neighborhood for candy each year with my sister, but as someone who has always been terrified of scary movies and creepy decorations, I will take December 25th over October 31st most days. When I did celebrate Halloween, I always tried to make the day less…

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vanilla doughnuts with pumpkin pastry cream

Friday, October 5, 2018

I mentioned before that I may go slightly overload with some pumpkin recipes this season, and here’s another one for you, this chilly October morning. Pumpkin pastry cream is quite tasty, and I honestly can’t stop making it. It’s smooth and rich like any good pastry cream should be, with just enough pumpkin flavor. This recipe is adapted from the pastry cream in my book; I start things…