TWD: Peach-Honey Ice Cream

I’m baaaaaack! Peru was amazing. We hiked the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu: And visited various islands on Lake Titicaca, including these crazy floating islands made entirely of reeds: We explored the rainforest and saw way too many enormous insects and spiders, but also lots of cool stuff, like a whole family of capybaras!…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Parisian Apple Tart

I’m still in Peru. Holla! By the time you read this, I will have already hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and will be in the Amazon, taunting piranhas and taming capybaras and hopefully not contracting malaria from mosquitoes the size of grapefruits. Good times! But of course I wanted to vicariously participate in…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Cinnamon Squares

You guys, my brain is fried. There is a small pathetic puddle of gray jelly in between my ears, where my thinkbox should be. I can’t even summon the mental fortitude to wax rhapsodic about the cinnamon squares we made this week: See, I’m writing this entry a few days in advance, because we’re going…

Daring Bakers: Strudel sans Apple

True Confessions time: before this Daring Bakers challenge, I didn’t know what strudel was. [pause for everyone to stop laughing] I’m serious. All I knew was that it was a German (Austrian? Austro-German?) dessert, and that it was mentioned in “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, along with “shnitzel with noodles.” Come to…

TWD: Chipster-Topped Brownies

I’m sure we were all thinking the same thing when we read the description of this week’s recipe, a bar cookie that combines chocolate chip cookie dough and brownies: “Toniiiiight is the niiiiight that two become oooone…” Don’t play coy. You were all with me on the Spice Train, right? [And also, I’m sure you’ve…

Butterfly Cupcakes and the Tijuana Turtle Effect

So my boss Esti has a theory about miniature desserts we call the “Tijuana Turtle Effect.” Observe: One miniature butterfly cupcake is pretty cute. Three mini butterfly cupcakes are kind of darling. But a huge spread of dozens and dozens of mini butterfly cupcakes, arranged wing to wing? UNBEARABLY ADORABLE.This, my friends, is the Tijuana…

TWD: Mango Bread

Mango bread? Never heard of it! Apparently it’s a Southern thang. After making mango bread for the first time this week, I think it’s going to be a regular thing–sorry, thang–around my house from now on, because I totally dug it! Here are the main flavor components of mango bread: Yes, the dreaded raisins strike…

TWD: Tartest Lemon Tart

This week’s lemon tart was a nice walk down memory lane for me. My first pastry job was at an LA bakery called Sweet Lady Jane, and while I was there I developed a lemon tart recipe pretty similar to the one we made this week. Of course, getting the perfect recipe required many many…

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