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Hot Cross Buns are traditionally made during Lent.  Full of spices and raisins with a cross on top of the rolls, they are eagerly awaited during the year.  Hot cross buns are a welcome and tasty staple of Lent.   According to Wikipedia: “ English folklore includes many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. One of them says that [...]

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Just in time for Valentine’s day comes these special French Macarons with the same chocolate raspberry truffle filling we sold at the bakery. This deeply chocolate, deeply raspberry filling is sandwiched between two pink macaroons. It is important to read this header because a lot of the information is here and only referred to in [...]

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The Secret of the 9 Inch Cake Pan is excerpted from “Baking as a Business. ” by Helen S. Fletcher.  The book is also available on Kindle. Sometime into my professional baking career, I discovered The Secret of the 9 Inch Cake Pan. When we first started making wedding cakes, it was hit or miss. Since we made everything [...]

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This particular Crustless Quiche is made even better by removing the crust and substituting low fat cottage cheese and low fat yogurt for the heavy cream, you have a fast, healthy entrée that just happens to be delicious. Many years ago, when we made savory items as well as sweet at my bakery, I developed [...]

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The dough for this Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake is based on a recipe from one of my favorite bakers, Beatrice Ojakangas. Her book, “The Great Scandinavian Baking Book” is a classic that is in the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame. She has given us so many wonderful Scandinavian baking recipes. I would happily make anything she wrote about because [...]

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Cocoa Brownies have never been in my wheelhouse and I’m not sure why, although I have a sneaking suspicion I am prejudiced in favor of chocolate. However, while wandering around the internet recently, an article on cocoa brownies caught my eye. Since 2018 is my year of expanding my thinking and learning more, I thought [...]

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As we go into 2018 several things are on my mind. First of all, I’d like to offer my thanks to all of you that read my blog, whether once in a while are on a regular basis. You are very special friends who share the same interest as I do and it makes my writing [...]

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These Warm Chocolate Lava Cakes with Bailey’s Sauce comes to us from Cork, Ireland via the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. Booth after booth after booth from all over the world featured food from their countries. This and the Belgium Waffle booth had the longest lines and were indeed standouts. They are quite different than [...]

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I’ve often wondered if the first person to make banana bread actually started out to make it or if the bananas sat in a corner, got overly-ripe and something had to be done with them, which is usually what happens in my house. That doesn’t make it any less wonderful – just necessary. This Two [...]

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Food gifts are always welcome, but even more so during the holiday season.  Every year the holidays arrive faster and faster.  No matter how I try, there is no way to slow them down.  When I was a little girl, time could not go by fast enough.  Now that I am no longer a little [...]

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