Sunday, October 20, 2019

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cream Pies

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Cake will always be my favorite thing to bake, but sometimes, all I really want to eat in the afternoon is a plate of freshly baked cookies.  When I was in college, there was a cookie shop across the street from my dorm, and my friends and I would occasionally walk across the street for a treat.  When you walked in the shop, they would immediately hand you a free chocolate chip cookie, still warm from the oven, to eat while you looked around.  And I would always buy the chocolate chip cookie sandwich, filled with vanilla frosting.  Those soft, chunky cookies, just salty enough and filled with sweet frosting, were the best thing ever to take to the library later for a night of studying.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Snickerdoodle Cake

Snickerdoodle Cake, Fall Cake Recipes, Thanksgiving Desserts, Snickerdoodles, Polkadot Cake, White and Gold CakeLast weekend, I made my Snickerdoodle Cake, a recipe I created over five years ago, that became beloved with friends.  It's a cake that deserves to be made over and over, especially in the fall.

This recipe begins with a buttermilk cake that's a little dense like pound cake, but still soft, tender and fluffy.  It's rich and moist from both butter and cream cheese creamed together with white and brown sugars, and flavored with vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg.  The buttermilk cake has a slight tang that tastes just like a snickerdoodle cookie, and it's good enough to eat on its own, but even more spectacular layered with fluffy buttercream.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Appledoodles (Apple Cider Cookies)

Appledoodles, Apple Cider Cookies, Fall Cookie Recipes, Boiled Cider Recipes, Baking with Boiled CiderLast fall, I was so intrigued by King Arthur Flour's recipe for Boiled Cider, that I immediately bought a gallon of cider to boil my own.  The concept is simple - apple cider is boiled down for hours and hours until it becomes a thick, sweet, amber-colored syrup that's only about 1/8 of its original volume, and the result is an intensely flavored apple syrup.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Now that it's October, we're finally starting to enjoy some cooler days, and there are hints of fall everywhere.  The flowers in our garden are still blooming, but starting to fade, and there's a hint of red on our maple tree.  Before long, our back yard will be blanketed in crispy, crunchy leaves in all shades of red, burgundy and purple for our boys to jump in and stomp through.  The nights are getting colder, and by this weekend, we'll need to pull up our fresh basil and dry it for winter.  The thyme and rosemary are hardier in the cold temperatures, and there's no rush to get those dried, other than my wanting to get these tasks completed and to be finished with all the yard work until next spring.

At the grocery store, there are pots of brightly colored mums everywhere, piles of pumpkins, and so many varieties of apples and pears to choose from.  And the bins of nuts in their shells are out, too.  We always have a nut bowl sitting in the kitchen for the holidays, usually from November until after New Year's, and they make the best snack along with a cold crunchy apple.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake, White Cake, High Altitude Angel Food Cake, White Cake Recipe, Egg White Recipes, Fat Free Cake RecipesAngel food cake uses a heck of a lot of egg whites.  Twelve egg whites, to be exact.  Which is a lot, so it's not a cake that I bake that often, because when I do have extra egg whites, it's usually only 2-3 at a time.  I used to add those to scrambled eggs the next morning, but what I do now is freeze them in a labeled freezer bag, and then when I have enough, I make my favorite Buttermilk Birthday Cake, a white cake that calls for six egg whites.  But I'd accumulated enough for an angel food cake, and since I've never published an angel food cake on my blog, I thought it was about time.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Pumpkin Streusel Bread

Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Streusel Bread, Pumpkin Recipes, High Altitude Pumpkin BreadIt's officially fall, yay!.  The season for sweaters and boots, cool crisp air, cozy evenings spent cuddled under soft blankets, crunching around in the leaves with my boys, baking with all my favorite spices, pumpkin patches and pie making and honking geese and apples and hot soup.  And, of course, fall is just the beginning of the holiday season, which is my favorite time of year.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Brown Sugar Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream

Naked Cake, Spice Cake, Brown Sugar Spice Cake, Cream Cheese Buttercream, Cake with Flowers, Cake Decorating, Fall Dessert RecipesYou would think that after years of baking cakes, decorating cakes, photographing cakes, thinking about cakes, and looking at the cakes everyone else is making, that I'd be tired of cake.  But, I'm not.  I honestly love the whole creative process of baking, decorating, and styling a photo shoot, especially when it's cake.  And it's been a matter of personal pride for me the last couple of years to listen to feedback on my recipes and work hard to make them even better.