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Nutella Semifreddo for World Nutella Day

My Google Reader was a thing of beauty this morning: dozens of new posts from my favorite food blogs, bursting with delicious Nutella recipes in honor of World Nutella Day. It’s the most wonderful time of the year… I’ve already featured two different types of homemade nutella, and four-ingredient Nutella cupcakes, but trust me when…

Four-Ingredient Nutella Cupcakes

Just when you thought Nutella couldn’t get awesomer, someone comes along with the idea of making cupcakes out of it. But not just any cupcakes–four-ingredient cupcakes. To be honest, I think these are actually even three-ingredient cupcakes, because one of the ingredients (chopped hazelnuts) is a garnish and could easily be omitted with no hard…

World Nutella Day: IT’S COMING

Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Sound like big holidays? WRONG. These holidays are nothing–nothing–compared to what’s coming up this Saturday. Friends, are you prepared? Giant 26-ounce jars of Nutella purchased? Pantry stuffed with baguettes, pretzels, bananas, and apples, all ready to be slathered with Nutella? Starvation diet enacted to compensate for the calorie bomb that is a…

Me + Rick Katz’s Brownies = True Love

It is fitting that we made these brownies the week of Valentine’s day, because I am in love with them. Yes, I said it. And I’ll say it again: LOVE. Inanimate objects, you say? Psh. Details. Now I know my husband reads this blog, so it might get a little awkward around the house, but…

TWD Brownie-Cherry Torte and DB’s Macarons, oh my

It has finally happened…the perfect storm of blog posting. Two of the baking groups I belong to, Tuesdays with Dorie and The Daring Bakers, have challenges that have to be posted today. As George Costanza would say, “worlds are colliding!” So rather than make 2 separate posts, today’s blog will be a super-duper-mega-big post about…

The Daring Bakers: Dobos Torte

I posted a few days ago about the baking slump I’m in. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: dieting is bad for baking mojo. So much of the fun of baking is sucked out of the experience when you can’t fully enjoy the finished product! Or, in the case of these mini…

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…

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Is there anything better than Nutella? I mean, think about it. Chocolate and hazelnuts get together and produce a sweet, smooth, creamy baby, available in a handy jar. In a jar, people. Basically begging to be spread on everything from croissants to pretzels to your fingers. Sick of healthy apples for a snack? A dab…

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