Friday, February 28, 2020

Wild Blueberry Pie and a Milk Powder Crust

Wild Blueberry Pie, Blueberry Pie, Lattice Pie, Pie Decorating Ideas, Beautiful Pies, Milk Powder Pie CrustLast fall, for our fifth wedding anniversary, my husband and I took a mini belated honeymoon to the New England states.  We ended up being a bit early to see too many fall colors, which was a little disappointing, but we still had a wonderful and relaxing five days starting in Albany, New York, making our way through New Hampshire and Vermont, and ending the trip in Maine....

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lemon Poppyseed Cream Cheese Crumb Muffins

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins, Lemon Crumb Muffins, High Altitude Lemon Muffins, Lemon Breakfast Recipes, Lemon PastriesMaking a really great lemon muffin has been a goal of mine for years, and I've come back to several recipes time and again, changing this and that, to come up with a truly amazing lemon muffin.  The name of these muffins might imply that there's a dollop of sweetened cream cheese in the center of each, but the cream cheese is actually beaten into the sugar - taking the place of butter in the recipe - and makes a light-textured, fluffy muffin that tastes so incredibly delicious.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Chocolate Caramel Toffee Cake

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Best High Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies

What can I say about chocolate chip cookies that hasn't already been said?

I expressed this to my husband once, and then, hoping for an interesting story about him as a cute little boy eating cookies and milk, said Tell me a chocolate chip cookie memory.

He shrugged his shoulders and looked at me as if to respond, how am I supposed to remember something about a cookie I've eaten hundreds of times in my life?

So maybe they are the most common, and possibly the most favorite cookie there is, and maybe all the chocolate chip cookies we've eaten in our lives sort of fade into each other in our cookie memories.  Yes, I think there's a special place in our minds just for cookie memories.

After all, have you ever eaten one so amazing that it stands out in your mind above all others?  We've all eaten way too many unexceptional cookies.  But truly great cookies - those happen rarely.  Happen is the wrong word, though, because a great cookie doesn't just happen.  It's the consummation of of butter, sugar, flour, eggs and chocolate, brought into perfect harmony.  And maybe I'm alone in this preference, but I'd far rather eat a chocolate chip cookie that's cooled off and set up after several hours than one that's warm and gooey just minutes out of the oven.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Vanilla Bean Butter Cake

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In working through this year's goal of updating and adding to my index of classic cake recipes, I revisited the most popular and beloved recipe on my blog, Vanilla Cake.  There is just something about a simple vanilla cake that everyone loves.  It's quick and easy to mix up, always tender and moist with both oil and buttermilk in the batter, and it can be customized with any flavor of buttercream or filling that you like.  Personally, my favorite cake on my site is my snowy White Velvet Cake, which takes a bit more time to mix up, though, and requires a stand mixer to beat the butter and sugar for 10-12 minutes.  But if you're looking for an easy, great-tasting vanilla cake that you can whisk up by hand, this is the cake for you.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Chocolate Ganache Tart

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Cherry Vanilla Rosette Cake

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Starting with the most popular post on my blog, my classic Vanilla Cake recipe, I paired the cake with cherry buttercream, flavored and colored with sweet cherry preserves.  Aren't the flecks of cherries in the buttercream so pretty?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sparkling Chocolate and Peppermint Cake for Valentine's Day

Chocolate Peppermint Cake, Cake with Sparkling Sugar, Valentines Cake, Cake with Flowers, Wedding CakeOur Valentine's Day cake this year is pure romance.  The cake inside is dark chocolate, filled with chocolate buttercream, chopped chocolate, and extra cake crumbs soaked in chocolate syrup.  Outside, a demure coat of pink peppermint buttercream is covered in a shower of sparkling sugar that's infused with peppermint and vanilla bean.  The sparkling sugar is so beautiful that the cake doesn't really need any other decoration, but I placed a few roses on top for a little extra flair.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Valentines Sugar Cookie Bars

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 I just love looking at all the elaborately decorated sugar cookies this time of year.  The skill and practice that is required for such beautiful royal icing art amazes me.

For those of us who are barely beginners at all that (or just don't have enough time this year for something fancy), but still want to bake a pretty and delicious cookie for Valentines Day, I have this recipe for sweet and simple sugar cookie bars.  This is a fantastic bar cookie that's so soft and moist, and can be customized any way you like with mix-ins such as candy, chocolate chips, nuts, toffee, sprinkles...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Lemon Cake with Raspberry Buttercream and a White Chocolate Rose

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