Neapolitan Layer Cake

by August 23, 2014
Neapolitan Cake

To celebrate Fuzz’s 13th birthday, I made the famous “Neapolitan Cake” which has a layer of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.  Truth  be told, Fuzz wanted nothing to do with this cake because she can’t stand strawberry cake mix, but her friends thought it was neat.  I did too, but I like anything Neapolitan because I associate […]

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David’s Double Fudge Cookies

by August 19, 2014
Davids Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Today’s recipe was given to me by a reader named David who says that without a doubt, these are the best cookie he’s ever eaten. He got the recipe years ago from the Raleigh News and Observer which credits the source as The Guglhupf Bakery in Durham.  David, thanks so much for this recipe!  The […]

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Lemon Cream and Berry Tart With Coconut Crust

by August 16, 2014
fruit tart

If you want to take advantage of the season’s fresh berries, here’s a little tart that showcases them quite nicely. And you might have all the ingredients for it right now!  Well, maybe you don’t have 7 cups of berries hanging out in the refrigerator, but all the other components of the recipe from the […]

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Yellow Cupcakes

by August 14, 2014
Yellow Cupcake

This is my current favorite yellow cupcake, but today I tried a recipe that gave it a run for its money.

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Sea Salt Caramel & Oat Bars

by August 12, 2014
Salted Caramel Bar Cookies

This is my updated version of an old classic called “Carmelitas”, oatmeal bar cookies with a creamy caramel filling made with caramel ice cream syrup.  The old version calls for caramel syrup mixed with a little flour to thicken it up a bit.   This new version uses a thicker, less-sweet caramel sauce called Smucker’s […]

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Fruit and Cream Tunnel Cake

by August 8, 2014
Fruit and Cream Cake

When my adventures in Basque cake making were over, I had some pastry cream left and felt like experimenting.  Just for fun, I spooned a line of pastry cream down the center of some blueberry loaf cake batter, covered it with more batter and baked it.  The results weren’t impressive at first. The tunnel of […]

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Impossible Cheesecake Pie

by August 7, 2014
Impossible Cheesecake Pie

One of the first things I learned to make as a child was “Impossible Pie”, a dish named for the transformation that occurs as it bakes: Ingredients are spread in a pie plate, a mixture of biscuit mix, eggs and milk is poured over the top, then it goes in the oven where the mixture […]

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A Review of Basque Cake Recipes aka Basque Cake Madness

by August 4, 2014
Basque Cake

Up until last week I’d never heard of Basque cake, but someone brought it to my attention and I have become a little obsessed. For those of you unfamiliar with “gateau Basque”, it is a Basque pastry comprised of a round, thick, dense cake encasing a filling that is usually made with fresh preserves, pastry […]

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