Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lemon Cake

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A while back, I started reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.  I was intrigued by the title, but for whatever reason, I couldn't quite get into the book.  I used to love reading, but haven't had much time for it since my little boys joined our family.  Actually, I think the last time I committed to any serious reading was the summer before our first son was born, when I read through all of Harry Potter.  Since then, I just haven't had the time, and I do miss reading something other than the same Curious George story that our toddler loves to read night after night.

But, back to lemon cake...

Monday, June 29, 2020

Chocolate Cupcakes

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When was the last time I shared a cupcake recipe?  It's been a while, I'll admit.  I mean, layer cakes are my thing, and it's what I love to bake and decorate the most.  But cupcakes are pretty special, too.  They're so little and cute and perfectly sized, with that generous swirl of frosting on top for a frosting-to-cake ratio that's much more equal than what you generally get with a slice of cake.  Not to mention, cupcakes are quick and fun to decorate, easy to serve, and who doesn't love a cupcake?  A rich, moist chocolate cupcake is always a crowd-pleaser.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Bakery-Style Blueberry Almond Muffins

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Blueberry muffins will probably always be my favorite of the muffins, and I've made so many variations of blueberry muffin recipes over the years.  My boys love them all, and they get so excited when there's a fresh batch of hot muffins for breakfast.  These, though, might be my most favorite.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Strawberries and Cream Charlotte Cake

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Strawberry shortcake is one of those summer desserts that I could eat every week and never tire of.  I mean, what's more delicious and simple than cake, sweet strawberries and softly whipped cream?  And while I know that biscuits are the traditional "cake" of choice in strawberry shortcake - and as much as I do love biscuits - I like my strawberry shortcake to be made with cake.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

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"Yay, pancakes!" is the cry of two excited little boys, when they see me measuring pancake batter onto a hot griddle.  Sweet Sunday breakfasts have become a tradition of ours, and pancake Sunday is without a doubt, their favorite sweet breakfast.

While I usually make plain old classic pancakes, I thought I would change things up this past weekend with something a little different, so I mixed up lemon ricotta pancakes for my boys.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Perfect All-Butter Pie Dough: a Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial

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It's all about pie dough today.  This is a tutorial post, with lots of details about ingredients and equipment and processes and best practices, tips and variations on my recipe, and a bonus section on how to blind-bake a pie crust.  But if you don't need all of this, feel free to scroll right to the bottom for just the pie dough recipe.  So let's make some pie dough!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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