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Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Grains of Paradise

Bread pudding is pure comfort food, it’s the fuzzy slippers of desserts. This Rum Raisin Bread Pudding features not only raisins and rum, but grated apples for moisture and flavor, cinnamon and nutmeg for warm spice, and a surprise ingredient you may never have heard of –  Grains of Paradise. The basics of bread pudding are simple, …

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Creme Brulee Shortbread

Creme Brulee Shortbread – Buttery Shortbread topped with a crispy, crackly caramelized topping. I love to bake because I love to share goodies from my kitchen. It would be no fun to bake a big batch of cookies and eat them all by myself (hmmm, or maybe it would be). For the holidays I like to create gift boxes filled …

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Peppermint Bark Shortbread

Peppermint Bark Shortbread is a twist on a favorite Christmas treat. Buttery shortbread is topped with dark chocolate, white chocolate and crushed candy canes. I make peppermint bark every Christmas to enjoy for ourselves and to give away in gift bags. It’s easy for me because, lucky me, I have a small tabletop chocolate tempering …

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Plum Galette with a Walnut Crust

This Plum Galette is beautiful in it’s simplicity. It’s like the “little black dress” of tarts. The delicate walnut pastry makes this a crave-worthy treat.  This recipe was inspired by a perfect little gem of a tart I enjoyed on my  very first trip to Paris.  That tart was nothing more than a slender wedge …

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Barley Salad With Green Beans, Beets and Pickled Onion

Barley Salad is a healthy and hearty dish that can be adapted with the veggies you have available in your kitchen. Yes, this is a baking blog but I feel it’s my civic duty to occasionally post a more healthy recipe. I honestly feel no guilt about eating delicious baked goods made from fresh ingredients. But in …

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Cherry Pit Ice Cream – It tastes like marzipan!

I discovered Cherry Pit Ice Cream a few years ago when I was Googling around for cherry recipes. I’d never used cherry pits as an ingredient before but was immediately intrigued because I absolutely love bitter almond flavor. Bitter almond is not the flavor of the typical sweet almond you buy in the grocery store …

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Banana Cream Pie with Candied Macadamia Nuts

Banana Cream Pie! Macadamia-graham cracker crust filled with fresh bananas and rum pastry cream. Topped with whipped cream and candied macadamia nuts. As I’ve mentioned before, and will certainly mention again, pies and tarts are my favorite dessert. I’m generally partial to fruit pies. I like to use whatever fruit is in season and keep …

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