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lemon meringue pie

Pie season is here, so I’ve been testing recipes for pastry dough trying to determine which one is really my favorite. There are so many variations on pie crust that it’s been hard to stick with just one, but my trials led me to a recipe which I think will be the new mainstay. They […]

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Published on October 20, 2013
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Date Nut Chocolate Chip Meringues

by on September 26, 2013 · 5 comments

Date Nut Meringue Cookies

I probably should have held off until December to post this because it’s the perfect “cookie exchange” cookie, but I’m not that patient and life is short. Plus, this recipe is perfect for fall when my favorite nuts are in season. Of course if you live somewhere where different nuts are in season, use those. […]

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Published on September 26, 2013
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Perfect Pound Cake

I’ve made a lot of pound cakes, and while this one isn’t the densest and heaviest, it’s one of my favorites. It’s tight crumbed, slices neatly, and is light textured even even though it has a high ratio of butter to flour and sugar. Some people describe this pound cake as similar to the one […]

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Published on September 25, 2013
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Sonoma Crush Vanilla

I’ve added a new vanilla to the collection. Lisa recommended this in the comment section a while back, and I just happened to stumble upon it in the gourmet section of a local liquor store. Sonoma Syrup’s Vanilla Bean Extract Crush is a blend of Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla with crushed vanilla seeds thrown in. […]

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Published on September 18, 2013
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My Favorite Angel Food Cake

by on September 10, 2013 · 5 comments

Angel Food Cake

If you plan on diving into the world of pastry cream, here’s another recipe that might come in handy. My  favorite angel food cake recipe plus the frosting that goes with it will take care of all those extra egg whites! And did you know egg whites could be frozen, thawed and whipped?  In all […]

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Published on September 10, 2013
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Cream Puff

I thought I’d be making bowls upon bowls of pastry cream since I’m searching for a favorite, but thanks to Katrina’s friend Paige, I may have found “the one”. Like yesterday’s pastry cream, this one starts with 2 cups of whole milk. However, instead of 2 yolks and a whole egg, it uses 4 yolks. […]

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Published on September 9, 2013
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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

by on September 6, 2013 · 11 comments

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Twists

These delicious candy/cookies were inspired by a recent trip to Make it Sweet, a cake decorating shop in North Austin which I finally got to visit. I live south and rarely venture north of the river, but I agreed to take a break from baking last weekend and go to a pinball arcade with …

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Published on September 6, 2013
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Honey Trail Mix Bars

by on August 20, 2013 · 2 comments

Honey Trail Mix Bars

If you’ve been searching for the perfect chewy granola bar, here’s a recipe worth saving. It’s adapted from Olivia Dupin’s fabulous cookbook The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods, which has become one of my favorites as of late. Everything I’ve tried so far has been fantastic, and the book is an interesting read. Subtitled […]

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Published on August 20, 2013