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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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ginger chocolate scones

Sunday, June 3, 2018

I’ve been making scones for years now, but forgot about one combination of flavors that was always a favorite in my Blue Heron Coffeehouse days – crystallized ginger and chocolate. The two ingredients pair beautifully together: the ginger comes in with a little heat, and the chocolate follows with just enough sweetness. I chopped the ginger very small and used mini chocolate chips so there are tiny bursts…

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peanut butter brownies with candied cacao nibs

Monday, May 21, 2018

The river that runs in the valley makes the valley that holds it. This is the doorway; the valley of the river. – What wears away the hard stone, the high mountain? The wind. The dust on the wind. The rain. The rain on the wind. What wears the hardness of hate away? Breath, tears. – Courage, compassion, patience holding to their way: the path to the doorway.…

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sweet dough recipe

Thursday, July 20, 2017
sweet dough

  Sweet Dough From my book, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book PRINT RECIPE Dough 4 large eggs, room temperature 3/4 cup whole milk, warm (100-110F) 1/4 cup honey 4 cups (568g) all-purpose flour 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast 2 teaspoons salt 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks | 142g) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 1-inch pieces Grease a large bowl. In a large liquid measuring cup, combine the…

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danish dough

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Danish dough

Easy Danish Dough From my book, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book Notes: The dough does need to rest overnight in the refrigerator, so plan accordingly. It’s important for the Danish dough to come to room temperature before you roll it out, or the butter will not incorporate correctly. This dough can be frozen, but doesn’t rise quite as nicely as when it’s fresh. If the dough is not used…

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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…

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the vanilla bean baking book

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It’s finally time: The Vanilla Bean Baking Book is available for pre-order! This cookbook is brimming with over 100 baking recipes and nearly 200 photos; everything from Mixed Berry Muffins and Creme Fraiche Scones to Ganache Cupcakes with Basil Buttercream and Cherry-Strawberry Slab Pie. It can be purchased early now, and will be sent out or available on bookstore shelves November 8th. This also happens to be Election…