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Devil’s Food Cake with Ultra-Rich Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Devil's Food Cake with Ultra Rich Buttercream

I am so excited to be sharing this Devil’s Food Cake with Ultra-Rich Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache from Zoë François’ new book, Zoë Bakes Cake. I have known Zoë for many years now, after spending the last decade working with her and Jeff Hertzberg over on Bread in 5, and also working with her on this current book (I took the how-to book photos, see below). A few…

baking cookies

Shortbread with Chocolate

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Shortbread with Chocolate

This crisp, buttery cookie is easy to make, and goes with everything. Dunked in coffee, coated in confectioners’ sugar glaze, or standing alone, shortbread is downright delicious. I found a slight drizzle of chocolate just might make this cookie absolutely perfect, and I took pleasure in treating the pan of cookies like an abstract painting.  Shortbread with Chocolate From The Vanilla Bean Baking Book PRINT RECIPE Notes: I…

baking pies + tarts

Black-bottom Chocolate Mousse Pie

Friday, November 20, 2020
Black-bottom Chocolate Mousse Pie

Since Thanksgiving is almost upon us and pie season is here, I decided to make my favorite dessert for the holiday: Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a mash-up of recipes from my 100 Cookies book: the pie crust from French Silk Pie Bars [#63], the chocolate ganache from the Banana Crunch Blondies [#37], and the chocolate mousse filling from the Mud Pie Bars [#64]. This pie is also inspired…

baking tart tarts

Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

Edd Kimber’s latest cookbook, One Tin Bakes, is a wonderful book that reduces the required bakeware to just one tin; each and every recipe in the book is baked in a 9 x13 inch baking pan. I am really enjoying this book, and have so many things in it on my baking wish list: Raspberry and Rose Cheesecake Buns, Whisky and Rye Peach Pie, Brown Butter Apricot Crumble…

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Neapolitan Cookies #70

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Neapolitan Cookies

This cookie was inspired by pastry chef Matthew Rice’s Neapolitan cookie, which I stumbled upon while searching Pinterest for the color pink. This cookie popped up, and I was intrigued by the pretty colors and flavors of Neapolitan ice cream all rolled together. I headed straight to the kitchen. To make these Neapolitan Cookies, I used my sugar cookie recipe (#6 in 100 Cookies) as a base and came…

baking brownies

Marshmallow Brownies with Peanut Butter #26

Monday, September 14, 2020
Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies

Marshmallow Fluff + Peanut Butter + Brownies = Yes, please. And you don’t need any kind of mixer to these – just a bowl and a whisk!  Marshmallow Brownies with Peanut Butter  are a combination of rich and chewy, chocolatey brownies with marshmallow fluff and a peanut butter filling swirled throughout the top. From 100 Cookies Notes This recipe is a variation on My Favorite Brownies recipe. This…

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chocolate cake with basil buttercream

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Basil Buttercream

I had my first taste of basil and chocolate almost two decades ago, out with friends at Lucia’s restaurant in Minneapolis. Our server recommended the chocolate cake paired with the basil ice cream, and the combination sounded so intriguing we decided to trust him. The bright blue of my shirt, the buzz of voices at tables surrounding us, the candles speckling the dimly lit room, and chocolate and…

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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. And there’s an entire chapter of Pan-banging cookie recipes in my cookbook, 100 Cookies! These cookies have the crisp, ripply edges and gooey, chocolate center my original recipe is known for, along with a tiny hit of molasses and…