Red, White, and Blue Velvet Cake

Some people celebrate the Fourth of July with picnics, or barbecues, or fireworks, to which I say, fireworks, shmireworks! Let’s celebrate with cake instead. Red, White and Blue Velvet cake, to be exact. It looks super-impressive when it’s cut into, but it’s not any more complicated to make than a regular red velvet cake. The…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Perfect Party Cake

You know, I’m not the most obedient Tuesdays with Dorie baker. Sometimes I take liberties with an ingredient (or two, or three…) and I don’t always stay true to the recipes. But I like to think I have my priorities in order, and I follow the instructions when they’re absolutely necessary. So when Dorie ordered…

DB Bakewell Tart: In Which I Abuse British-isms

This month’s Daring Bakers challenge was that most English of desserts, the Bakewell tart. Jolly good! Shortbread crust, a layer of preserves, and a frangipane (almond paste) topping, all baked up nice and brown, and Bob’s your uncle. The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie…

TWD: Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise

In honor of this week’s TWD recipe, a coconut-roasted pineapple dacquoise, I have composed an original song. Sing with me now: If you like pina colada, and making egg white meringue and placing chunks of pineapple under an open flame, Even if fancy french dessert names tend to stick in your craw You will like…

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…

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