March 2011

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

by on March 31, 2011 · 35 comments

vanilla bean cupcakes

Today’s recipe is another one I plan to make for Austin Bakes for Japan. Inspired by Stef and her vanilla bean buttercream (she said it tastes like melted ice cream!), I made a batch of white cupcakes which really showcase the flavor of vanilla bean paste. Why the paste instead of the bean? Vanilla beans […]


Published on March 31, 2011
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Chocolate Skor Bar Cookies

by on March 30, 2011 · 24 comments

Mickey Mouse Sprinkles

This weekend I’m participating in Austin Bakes for Japan, and still trying to decide what to make. There are so many options, but I have one recipe nailed down – Chocolate Skor Bar Cookies. The base is a chocolate cookie perfect for bake sales because it’s firm, dense, not too soft (which can be a […]


Published on March 30, 2011
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Carrot Bread

by on March 29, 2011 · 17 comments

iced carrot bread loaf

Easter falls on April 24, and like every year around this time, I’ve started baking with carrots. In fact this past weekend I found a really good carrot bread which I am happy to share. It’s from The Austin Junior League’s “Necessities and Temptations” and to make it, you’ll need two small (3×5 ish) loaf […]


Published on March 29, 2011
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World’s Largest Bake Sale

by on March 28, 2011 · 13 comments

Sandra Lee

If you’re in New York City tomorrow, make sure you stop by Grand Central Station for The World’s Largest Bake Sale. Hosted by Sandra Lee, this Pyrex sponsored fundraiser will feature desserts from 30 of New York’s most respected chefs and restaurants.  While the Grand Central event will benefit the New York Food Bank, …


Published on March 28, 2011
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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

by on March 28, 2011 · 17 comments

Vanilla Ice Cream

When it comes to ice cream recipes, Bruce Weinstein’s Ultimate Ice Cream Book is my go-to guide. His Mint Chocolate Ice Cream is a family favorite, but this weekend I needed to use up some egg yolks and decided to make Extra Rich and Creamy Vanilla. With 7 egg yolks, I worried that it might […]


Published on March 28, 2011
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Homemade Tandy Cake Bars

by on March 26, 2011 · 25 comments

Tandy Cake

This recipe was recommended to me by Louise, who grew up in Tastykake country and had the opportunity to try its namesake, the Kandy Cake, a thick sponge cake topped with peanut butter and enrobed in milk chocolate. While the actual Tastykake Kandy Kake has quite a different shape, this homemade knock-off is supposed to […]


Published on March 26, 2011
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Fruit and Cream Meringue Squares

by on March 25, 2011 · 10 comments

meringue with strawberries

Berries for dessert? Sure! So long as they’re sitting on a piece of cake. I appreciate the fresh berries of the season, but when it comes to dessert I need something a little bit more substantial. Cake is always good, but a Pavlova is even better because it lets the berries think they’re getting top […]


Published on March 25, 2011
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double chocolate hazelnut cookies

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk cookies are a variation on the Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies from yesterday, where instead of using peanut butter dough, I used chocolate. Here’s a picture of the what the cookies like with chocolate dough. The one on the left is experimental (I’m trying to make Nutella chunks), so ignore that […]


Published on March 24, 2011