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Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

Sunday, December 1, 2019
Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cream Cheese Icing | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

One of my favorite holiday treats is pumpkin spice bread and I make quite a few loaves every year, some for giving, some for keeping. This version comes from Michelle Lopez’s new cookbook, Weeknight Baking. It’s based on a recipe from the Tartine: A Classic Revisited cookbook, and it is quite delicious. Michelle makes hers with granulated sugar sprinkled on top instead of the cream cheese icing, but I…

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Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls

I decided to see what would happen if I played around with my Sweet dough recipe – adding apple cider instead of milk, for an Autumn-ish type of breakfast bun. These apple cider cinnamon rolls came out beautifully, with the faintest apple flavor. I’m not one for apple chunks in my buns and rolls (I find them distracting), so instead, to draw out the apple flavor, I opted…

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Cranberries and Cream Danish Braid

Sunday, December 16, 2018
Cranberries and Cream Danish Braid | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

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 cranberries and cream 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…

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Ermine Buttercream

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Ermine Buttercream

This buttercream method is an old-school boiled flour frosting that I came across years ago and instantly fell in love with. It is a great way to infuse flavor into buttercream, and it is less sweet than traditional buttercreams. I like using it for filling Macarons, and also use it in my Basil Buttercream.   …