Passionate Baking, Three Ways

Even before I’d ever tasted passion fruit, I fell in love with the name. Growing up surrounded by boring, utilitarian fruit names (are you listening, orange?), learning that there was a fruit that broke this mold was a revelation. It belongs on a soap opera! Of course I was intensely curious about its flavor. Did…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Carrot Cake Cookies

Huzzah! After a week of frantic unpacking leisurely opening a box or two at a time, the new kitchen is finally in workable condition. The best part is, it has a big window and enough room for a wee table on which to take photographs, so there’ll be no more carrying food from the kitchen…

TWD: You’re A Hot Mess, Chewy Chunky Blondies

Aaaaahhhhhh we’ve just moved and my entire life is in cardboard boxes. I am a woman of order and am not handling this transition well. My new kitchen, while it has potential for baking greatness, is currently a hot mess: You know what else was a hot mess? These Chewy, Chunky Blondies:

Fun in the Sun cake

Meet Shelby. Shelby & I go way back. In fact, I knew her when she was just a twinkle in her parents’ eyes, back when I was making these butterfly cupcakes for her mom’s baby shower. Shelby & I are tight. So how else to celebrate her first birthday but with an adorable Shelby-sized cake?…

TWD: Brrrrrownies

Oh, it has been a day. A day mostly consisting of me making like a Tasmanian devil in my kitchen, trying to get ahead on work for the candy site and a few other side projects because–dum dum DUM–we’re moving in less than 2 weeks! Aaaaaah! (Spoiler alert: the new kitchen is SO much bigger…

TWD: Tarte Noire

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. It has been a week since my last confession. For this week’s TWD recipe, the tres chic Tarte Noire, I confess that I did not make the ganache filling the recipe called for. Instead, I used some ganache I had left over from these Honey Truffles. The honey…

TWD: Non-Rum Non-Drenched Vanilla-Cherry Cakes

This week’s TWD recipe was for “Rum-Drenched Vanilla Cakes,” described as a pound cake soaked with vanilla-rum syrup. Now that’s all well and good, but I’m not a drinker, so I had to find something to replace the rum in the recipe. We’ve had a lot of amazing cherries around the kitchen lately, and I…

TWD: Dressy Chocolate Loafcake

This week’s TWD recipe, Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake, got me all excited. It’s pretty much the fanciest-sounding dessert I’ve made all month. How fancy did it sound? I put on my finest petticoat and my leather kid gloves just to read the recipe. I gave myself a crink in the neck practicing holding my snooty…

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