Recipes

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Apple Season and Apple Spice Cupcakes

One of my favorite things about Autumn is going to apple orchards and picking our own apples. We always come home with more apples than we had expected… Fortunately, apples can last a long time when they are stored in a cool place. I recommend using apples fairly soon after they have

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Basic Pie and Tart Crusts

Flaky Pie/Tart Dough (The Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet) 1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water 1 1/4 cups (6 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (omit for a savory crust) 1/4 teaspoon salt Place

19Jan2008 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Beautiful Hot Chocolate

Beautiful Hot Chocolate (Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros) 2/3 cup chopped best-quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate 2 cups milk 1/2 heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon confectioner’s sugar Unsweetened cocoa powder or ground cinnamon, to serve Heat the chocolate and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a

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Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Streusel Topping

Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Streusel Topping (The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) Tart Crust: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup sugar 2/3 cup (11 tablespoons) chilled unsalted butter 1 large egg, slightly beaten 1/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream (more as needed) Using a mixer fitted with a

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Campton Place Hot Chocolate

Campton Place Hot Chocolate (The Secrets of Baking by Sherry Yard) 1 recipe Master Ganache (recipe follows) 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup cream 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon Tia Maria or vanilla extract Bring the milk and cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat.

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Checkerboard Cookies

Checkerboard Cookies (Recipe from www.joyofbaking.com) 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder 2 1/2  cups all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup granulated white sugar 1 large egg 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest (1 medium orange) Preheat oven

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkles (Better Home and Gardens: Christmas Cookies) 4 eggs 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly 1/2 cup canola oil 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup powdered sugar In a large bowl, combine eggs, granulated sugar, melted

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Chocolate Mousse Dream Cake

Chocolate Mousse Dream Cake (adapted from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) Cake: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 12 ounces premium-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces 6 large eggs 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons dark rum, such as Myer’s, or the liqueur of your choice, such

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Chocolate Pistachio Mousse Cakes for a Special Visit

My parents came out to visit for a few days and it was such a joy to see them and spend time together. Since we live so far apart, getting together was a special occasion. For one of the nights, I wanted to treat them to a great meal and I knew

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling

Chocolate Whoopie Pies ( recipe from www.teriskitchen.com) 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups buttermilk 2 teaspoons vanilla Marshmallow Filling (from

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Chocolate Yule Log

Chocolate Yule Log Cake (Eat Feed Autumn Winter by Anne Bramley) For photos and comments check out the link above. Meringue Mushrooms: 1 large egg white, room temperature Pinch of cream of tartar 1/4 cup sugar Cake: 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup plus 1/3

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Christmas Red Velvet Cupcakes with Mascarpone Cream Cheese Frosting

Christmas Red Velvet Cupcakes (The Pastry Queen Christmas by Rebecca Rather) 1/4 cup (2 ounces) red food coloring 3 1/2 tablespoons high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature 1 3/4 cups sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups cake flour 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon

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Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies (At Home with Magnolia by Allysa Torey) 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract In a small bowl, sift together the

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Cocoa-Coffee Crinkle Cookies

Cocoa-Coffee Crinkles (Christmas Cookies Magazine from Better Homes and Gardens) 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 egg whites 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened

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Cranberry Corn Muffins

Cranberry Corn Muffins (Holiday Entertaining from Williams-Sonoma) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 2/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1 cup whole milk (2% is fine too) 2 tablespoons corn oil 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (preferably organic)

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Cut-Out Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies (from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder Powdered Sugar Icing 2 cups powedered sugar, sifted 1/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

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Espresso Ice Cream

For photos and Megan’s comments on this recipe: Click Here Espresso Ice Cream (from Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten) 3 cups half & half 6 extra-large egg yolks 2/3 cup sugar Pinch salt 2 1/2 tablespoons espresso/finely ground coffee beans 1 tablespoon Kahlua coffee liqueur 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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Extreme Sugars Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Version XS (Extreme Sugars) (from Demolition Desserts by Elizabeth Faulkner) 1 1/4 cups (4 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats 16 tablespoons (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup (about 8 1/2 ounces) firmly packed dark muscovado sugar 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) Demerara sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla

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Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Spicy Ginger Crinkle Cookies (Christmas Cookies Magazine from Better Homes and Gardens) 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1 egg 1/4 cup full-flavor molasses 1 teaspoon

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Gingerbread Muffins

Gingerbread Muffins (Feast by Nigella Lawson) 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 egg 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup whole milk (I

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Gingerbread Scones

Gingerbread Scones (The Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet) 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick (4

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High Altitude Rocky Mountain Apple Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Whiskey Frosting

Last week I did a dessert special at the restaurant featuring this moist lightly spiced apple cake. Cubes of warmed cake were served on top of a spiced caramel (star anise, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and peppercorns, to be exact) and then covered in a luscious scoop of pumpkin ice cream.  I

12Oct2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches from Eating Outdoors by Country Living 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar 2 large egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 quarts ice cream, slightly softened Sift flour, cocoa,

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Icebox Butterhorns

Icebox Butterhorns (Taste of Home June/July ’95) 1 package (1/4 ounce or 2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast 2 tablespoons warm water (110 to 115 degrees F) 2 cups warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F) 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon salt 6 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup

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Key Lime-Cocoa Tartlets

Key Lime-Cocoa Tartlets (New Flavors for Dessert by Williams-Sonoma) Cocoa Tartlet Dough: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes, at room temperature 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar 1 large egg, lightly beaten Whisk the flour,

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Key Lime-Cocoa Tartlets

A few weeks ago I bought a bag of key limes. While tiny, key limes are prized for their tartness. Being late summer and all, I thought a lime tart would be quite refreshing in this heat! I was going to make a sable tart dough and fill it with lime curd

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Lavender-Scented Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

Lavender-Scented Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies (adapted from Williams-Sonoma recipes) 2 cups pastry flour (or all-purpose flour) 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or pure vanilla extract) 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel (or kosher salt) 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature Lavender Sugar, for dusting

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Lemon Ginger Sand Dollar Cookies

Lemon Ginger Sand Dollar Cookies (The Summer Anytime Cookbook by Dana Slatkin) 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup packed golden brown sugar 1 large egg 1/4 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon lemon extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 3/4 cups all-purpose

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Lemon Ginger Sand Dollar Cookies

When I first came across this recipe, I knew that I would make these. Perhaps it was the combination of lemon and ginger that got me, or maybe my mind was already on our upcoming family vacation to South Carolina, where we always find sand dollars. These are one of those thin, chewy, types

27Aug2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Let’s Make a Date Muffins

Let’s Make a Date Muffins (Eat Feed Autumn Winter by Anne Bramley) Streusel Topping: 2 tablespoons flour 3 tablespoons rolled oats 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans 2 tablespoons butter, softened Muffins: 9 ounces whole Medjool dates, pitted (about 14 dates or 2 cups) 3/4 cup boiling

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