Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread is one of my favorites, and now you can make it at home. 

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

I don’t know what it’s like at your grocery store, but at mine, there’s always a BOGO deal for Cinnamon Swirl Bread, and my BOGO loving heart can never resist it. Rather than continue to be a sucker at the store, I made it at home under the guidance of the all-knowing bread master, Peter Reinhart.  

Breakfast toast will never be the same. 

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Oreo Stuffed M&M Cookie Cake

I made an Oreo Stuffed M&M Cookie Cake this past weekend. This is not a drill.

Oreo Stuffed M&M Cookie Cake

My inner fat kid is on full display here. I tweaked my M&M Cookie recipe, made it into a cookie cake and stuffed it with Oreos. I don’t know what I was thinking.  That’s a lie. I was thinking, “Damn, I bet that would be amazing.” And it was. This Oreo Stuffed M&M Cookie Cake is 100% indulgence, but it’s worth every calorie. 

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Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

After many weeks of procrastinating, I made my first bread, and after tasting this Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia, I don’t know why I waited so long. 

Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

Guys, I did it. I started the Great Bread Adventure of 2017. It took me a while 1) to read the beginning chapters of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and 2) to gain the courage to actually start baking. If you’ve never done it, bread baking often takes a long time. I knew this Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia would take about a day to make, and I didn’t want to mess it up. Thanks to my fairy bread father, Peter Reinhart, it came out darn near perfect. 

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Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

A Hot Chocolate Mug Cake is for when you really want something sweet but want to do as little work as possible to get it. 

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

For the past two or three weeks, I have had a fast and furious love affair. It’s indulgent, commitment free and makes me incredibly happy. This affair is with mug cakes, specifically this Hot Chocolate Mug Cake. 

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Red Velvet Madeleines

These Red Velvet Madeleines are a southern twist on a French classic. 

Red Velvet Madeleines

I’ve had Red Velvet Madeleines on my mind for a while now. Something about turning one of my favorite cakes into a tiny madeleine pillow spoke to me… and then nagged at me for months. I finally listened, and it turns out that tiny voice inside knows what she’s talking about! 

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My 2017 Baking Resolution

I like bread, and this year I’m going to prove it by baking through The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. Yes, I know I’m mildly crazy, thanks. 

Just over a year ago, I was the new owner of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, a critically acclaimed bread bible for home bakers and professionals alike. I’d asked for it for Christmas, and at last, it was mine.  I really enjoyed bread class in pastry school, and now I could continue learning about the magic of bread making in my own kitchen. As far as pastry nerd enthusiasm goes, I was stoked. 

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In fact, I was so stoked that one of my 2016 Baking Resolutions was to bake more bread, but like so many resolutions, my early enthusiasm fizzled out. And by “fizzled out,” I mean I did not make a single loaf of bread last year. I did, however, manage to create the Perfect Pie Crust, the one and only resolution I accomplished last year. 

I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I’m ready for a do over.

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Thumbprint Cookies

We make these Thumbprint Cookies every Christmas. Otherwise, there’d be a revolt. 

Thumbprint Cookies

In my humble opinion, there are two baking staples to Christmas: Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies and Thumbprint Cookies. Without them, December 25th wouldn’t be complete. I’m not even sure where this recipe comes from from exactly. I just know it lives in my mom’s pink recipe book, which is practically a sacred text of handwritten recipes.

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Pie Crust

A pie crust so flaky, you can’t make lunch plans with it. 
Apple Galette

Let’s be honest, pie crust can be a big ole pain. On the one hand, it can be a work of flaky, golden art, or it can be a shrunken disappointment that is burnt on the top and raw on the bottom. Why you gotta be like that pie crust?

Earlier this year, I set out to find the perfect crust. It took me until December, but I finally found a pie crust that I love. Better than never, right?? 

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Apple Galette

This Apple Galette has all the taste of the French country side without the work of a French pastry chef. Lazy bakers rejoice. Apple Galette

 After all the pumpkin rolls and pies of Thanksgiving, I needed to recharge my baking battery before diving into the sweet trenches of Christmas baking. This Apple Galette was the perfect dessert to get me back in the baking mood after coming out of my turkey-induced November coma. 

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