Adventures in Cookie Dough Balls

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, which means most of us are lolling around, trying to shake off yesterday’s food coma while simultaneously justifying today’s breakfast of pumpkin pie + whipped cream (vegetables and dairy!). So I really have no business posting about more desserts, especially desserts that are completely unrelated to pumpkins, apples, pilgrims, or…

TWD: Cranberry-Lime Galette

For many of us, the capital-H Holidays are approaching, and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve already been run over by a festive seasonal truck and it’s barely mid-November. The last few months I’ve felt like Wile E. Coyote frantically churning my legs in midair, trying to run across the sky…

TWD: Cranberry Shortbread Cake

Yesterday afternoon, as I was spoiling my husband’s dinner by force-feeding him cranberry cake and whipped cream, he looked me in the eyes and said, with great feeling, “Miy WOUFF Troiusdapes miff Rorfty!” Fortunately, we have been married long enough that I’m able to translate Full Mouth into English, and knew that he was saying…

TWD: Peanuttiest Blondies

I’m more than a little obsessed with peanut butter–well, with nut butters in general. In my cupboards I have 4 different kinds of peanut butter and 3 other nut butters, and that’s not even counting the coconut butter variations. Some might say I have a problem with nut butter consumption, but one person’s problem is…

The Secret to Stress-Free Birthday Cakes

Today I would like to share the #1 secret to making amazing birthday cakes without breaking a sweat. It’s not having all the fancy kitchen gadgets, although some specialty tools can help. It’s not taking expensive baking classes, although you can learn lots from great teachers. And it’s not using expensive ingredients, although sometimes it’s…

TWD: All-American Apple Pie

It is said that people are either Beatles fans or Rolling Stones fans, and that your musical choice explains a lot about who you are as a person. I prefer to group people in entirely different categories: are you a cake person or a pie person? For myself, I fall firmly on the “cake” side…

Violet Velvet & Fondant Flowers

This weekend I made a violet velvet cake for a friend of a friend’s bridal shower. What is a violet velvet cake, you ask? Well, it’s just like red velvet, only it’s purple. Duh. I wish I had a picture of the cake when it was cut, because it was this deep dark purple color…

TWD: Fold-Over Pear Torte

What a strange little hybrid dessert this was. It uses pie dough, but it’s baked in a springform pan. The filling is chopped fresh pears, and pecans, and dried apricots. It’s all held together with a vanilla custard, and then the pie crust is partially folded over the edges. So many things going on! It’s…

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