Caramel Flavored Sweetened Condensed Milk

Caramel Flavored Condensed Milk

A few weeks ago I bought a can of caramel flavored sweetened condensed milk, a new seasonal flavor from Eagle Brand. Even though sweetened condensed milk is completely different from caramel, the product seemed a little redundant. Condensed milk is already used in so many caramel flavored recipes and is the primary component of dulce…

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Mini Urban Legend Cookies

Mini Urban Legend Cookies

Mini urban legend cookies are scaled down versions of the old recipe made with blended oats, shredded milk chocolate, nuts and chocolate chips. It is often attributed to Neiman Marcus. This mini version tastes more like cookies from Famous Amos.

Smooth Pecan Pie

smooth pecan pie

I have several pecan pie recipes, but when someone specifically requests a “smooth” pecan pie (in reference to the filling, of course), this is the one I use. Originally from Cook’s Illustrated, this pie has a smooth textured filling with a very robust flavor thanks to lots of butter, brown sugar and vanilla.

Marcy Goldman’s Shabbat Mandarin Marble Loaf

Mandarin Marble Loaf

Years ago I went on a quest for the perfect marbled pound cake. I settled on a marbled version of Elvis’s Favorite pound cake which lives up to its name thanks to the eggs, butter and cream. It’s a dense and rich cake very different than my new favorite — Marcy Goldman’s Shabbat Mandarin Marble…

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Nutiva Shortening Review

Giant Ginger Cookies

Since it’s the time of year when many bakers ponder the questions of shortening vs. butter and taste vs. texture, I figured I’d share my opinion on Nutiva, a non-hydrogenated shortening made with a blend of red palm oil and coconut oil. So far, it gets a big thumbs up!

Using Sparkling Water in Pound Cake

using sparkling water

This recipe was inspired by the 7-Up Cake I baked the other day. We love 7-up, but what we usually have around is sparkling water, so I wanted to see if using sparkling water in a pound cake would work.

Coconut Cream Tart

Coconut Cream Tart

This tart started out as an excuse to try an interesting French tart dough recipe from David Lebovit’z blog, but it was so good it might just replace our usual coconut cream pie. First, a little about that crust. It was given to David by a French friend who makes tart crusts by melting butter,…

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Fluffy Cheesecake

fluffy cheesecake

I wish I had an interesting story to go with this cheesecake, but the truth is I made it because cream cheese was on sale for $1.50 a block at Mariano’s.  That, plus I’d been reading about fluffy cheesecake vs. dense and creamy cheesecake and felt like making a fluffy cheesecake with stiffly beaten egg…

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Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

If you thought the lemon flavored 7-Up cake looked good but don’t feel like making a cake from scratch, let me introduce you to my great grandmother’s recipe.  This was our Louisiana “Mee-Ma’s” signature cake. Mee-Ma always made it with Duncan Hines, so I use Duncan Hines as well.  Luckily, even though cake mix has…

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Lemon 7-Up Pound Cake

7-Up poundcake

I don’t know its exact origin, but 7-Up Pound Cake is a lot of fun. Whether or not the 7-Up actually does anything for flavor is debatable (it’s probably more about the bubbles), but in the end does it really matter? It’s cake! This morning I tried a version from An African American Cookbook, Revised…

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake

chocolate layer cake

I can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s November and Halloween is over, but sure enough Thanksgiving is on the way and Christmas will soon follow. Enjoy the holidays, everyone! And in the meantime, here’s a new chocolate cake recipe for you to try. This one is adapted from The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook,…

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Diner Style Chocolate Cream Pie


Happy Halloween!  To celebrate, here’s a not-too-scary new “diner style” chocolate cream pie.  I’m calling it diner style because the first thing I thought when I cut it was that it looked like something a diner would put in a revolving pie showcase rack. There’s just so much chocolate filling! The big, billowy pillow of…

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Applesauce Cake with Caramel Icing

applesauce cake

The last apple coffee cake was so good I had to make another one. This is a dark, soft, tight crumbed applesauce cake baked in a loaf pan. Originally from Food 52, I changed a Bundt cake version to loaf pan form. It’s terrific, and the caramel icing is fool-proof. Also, it freezes well —…

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Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse

swanson organic

Last week Swanson Vitamins introduced me to their website via a coupon and mentioned I might like their selection of baking ingredients. I wasn’t sure what to think since Swanson is known for health products, but when I clicked over I found a variety of nut butters, flours, oils, extracts as well as a collection…

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Quiche Lorraine Tart

quiche lorraine

I love quiche but don’t eat it very often. The low-fat versions taste like scrambled eggs with cheese and the classic versions are so rich there’s no room left for dessert. That said, the latter type quiche is the best! This week I went to lunch at a little bakery here in Chicago where they had…

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Apple Coffee Cake

apple coffee cake

A few weeks ago I traded my neighbor a loaf of King Arthur’s Harvest bread for a big slice of homemade apple coffee cake. It was one of the best apple coffee cakes I’ve ever tasted, and she was happy to share the recipe. It was called “Laura Goodenough’s Apple Coffee Cake” from the New…

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Chocolate Cake Madness!

Mandarin Marble Loaf
chocolate layer cake
Chocolate Layer Cake
No-Egg Chocolate Cake
Marble Cake
Coca Cola
Marbled Bundt Cake
Three Layer Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Pound Cake
Earthquake Cake
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Marble Cake
Hershey Bar Bundt Cake
'Tato Cake
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cupcake
Sauerkraut Cake
Double Fudge Fancifill Cake
Marble Cake
Ding Dong Cake
mini chocolate loaf cake
Chocolate Bourbon Cake
Cherry Chocolate Cake
chocolate cranberry cake
Birthday Cake
Irish Cream Cake
Slice of Cake
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Espresso Torte
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes
Mocha Cake
Brownstone Front Cake

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