TWD: Pecan Sables

You don’t have to tell me how good Dorie’s sable recipe is. Just this past summer I was swooning over the spiced version–such good flavor, such good texture, such easy, delicious little cookies. So this time I decided to shake it up a bit, and try a pecan version. I added ground roasted pecans to…

Deep Chocolate Brownies

Recently I received some samples of TCHO baking chocolate to try. If you’re not familiar with TCHO, they’re an artisan, bean-to-bar chocolate company based in San Francisco. I’d tried their chocolate bars in the past, and found them very good, but far too pricey to do any baking with…it’s the kind of chocolate you savor…

Pear-Pistachio Tart and a GIVEAWAY!

Wow, did this tart smack me upside the head and surprise me. I am so not a pistachio person. I don’t hate them, but they’re low on my list of go-to nuts, and I can’t ever remember craving pistachios or pistachio flavored anything. And also, they’re green. What is that about?Imagine my surprise, then, when…

TWD: All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake

Dear Inventor of the Bundt Cake Mold, What is the deal with all of the ridges? Why would you purposely create more nooks and crannies for my poor cake to stick to? If I wanted to spend an hour scraping cake from the inside of a pan and then painstakingly cleaning it with a toothbrush,…

Beach Baby Shower Cake

We are still in the midst of baby shower season around here, and the most recent honoree was my friend Meghan. Her shower had a beach theme (perfect for our warm LA winters!) so I made her a seashore cake to celebrate. I found a great seashell candy mold at Michael’s that had 5 different…

Molasses Cookies and DSLR Camera Recommendations

Oh friends, I have a serious problem. My beloved digital camera, she of ancient years, scratched body, and pitiful megapixels, has finally bitten the dust. She has been on all my vacations, been present at weddings and funerals, and taken thousands of food photographs. A moment of silence, please. At first I was not too…

TWD: Apple Cranberry Crisp

This week’s TWD pick, Apple Cranberry Crisp, was just about perfect. Juicy chunks of Honeycrisp apples (my fave!), tart fresh cranberries, and a streusel topping packed with coconut and ginger. It practically screamed EAT ME. Yes, it was aaaalmost perfect… But it was missing something: That’s better! What’s a warm fruit crisp without a big…

Healthy Cookies–Not Quite An Oxymoron

It may not be obvious to readers of this blog, but I am actually something of a Sporty Spice in real life. I love making and photographing and writing about pastries, so that’s what I focus on in this little world, but as the saying goes, woman cannot live on butter and sugar alone…or at…

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