Archive for October, 2008

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust & Praline Caramel Topping

If you aren’t ready for November take a bite of this cheesecake. This dessert has “holiday” written all over it. Its chewy and spicy gingersnap crust mingles with creamy pumpkin, and is accented with just the right amount of sweetness by a praline sauce drizzled over the top of the cheesecake. This is

26Oct2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Gingerbread Muffins

Nothing tastes better than a warm muffin in the morning for breakfast. Especially when you’re used to just eating cold cereal. Imagine being greeted first by wafts of cinnamon and cloves, wondering where that wonderful smell is coming from (and maybe what it is), then stumbling through the darkness of your house

22Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Biga, Country Bread, & Pitas (Arab Bread)

Boy have I been busy this past week! My usual pastry creations ventured off a bit into the bread territory. It has been awhile since I’ve made homemade bread, but it’s always been something that I enjoy doing. It’s very soothing to handle the dough and then watch as it bakes into a satisfying

21Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Perfect Drink: Caffe Freddo

We got lucky this week. For a short string of days, it was the perfect Autumnal weather- warm, breezy, and lots of sunshine to highlight the gorgeous colors. The temperature change was a welcoming invitation outside to my deck, where I could sit in the sun, watch leaves fall, and hear squirrels

18Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Cut-Out Shortbread Cookies

If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s already mid-October. Amazing how time flies. It is now time for holiday season food and themes! At least in my house… This weekend my younger brother and I made these cookies and spent quite a while decorating them. I wanted to practice decorating for future Christmas

12Oct2008 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling

Oreo Cakesters, meet your nemesis: Megan’s Whoopie Pies. I can only imagine what my life would have been like years ago if I would have had these during lunch in elementary school. Amazing, probably. The traditional whoopie pie is usually made with a shortening based vanilla filling. I find that too sweet and sometimes

8Oct2008 | | 8 comments | Continued
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Peach Queen Cake with Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting

I had the wonderful privilege of spending several days this summer in North Carolina with my two brothers. We love the mountains and wanted to get away and go hiking. We rented out a beautiful, quaint cabin in Weaverville, which was about 15 minutes from Asheville. Asheville is one of my favorite

5Oct2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Chocolate Chip Cookies: Extreme Sugars

Believe me when I say these are the some of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. They have the texture, chewiness, and brown sugar taste chocolate chip cookie lovers crave. The secret ingredients are Demerara sugar, dark muscovado (MUSK-A-VEY-DOH) sugar, and toasted oats. These sugars may be unique and unheard of to

5Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Triple Chocolate Scones

I baked these scones the other day and I couldn’t believe their lightness. Yes, they are “triple chocolate”, but they are not overwhelmingly decadent and manage to retain a delicate taste. Despite the added chocolate, these are more traditional than my Cinnamon Roll Scones. Better yet, each scone only has half a tablespoon of butter!

4Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued