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Daring Bakers & The Danish Braid

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: what I love most about the Daring Bakers is that each month’s challenge pushes me beyond my comfort zone and forces me to question my notions of baking and what I can do. Preconceived notions about this challenge?1) Making a laminated dough is difficult.2) I don’t […]

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Real Honest Jewish Purist’s bagels

A caraway and sea salt bagel with a wild garlic cream cheese schmear. There are three types of food I’m very particular (if not snobby) about:1) Pizza (NY style Neapolitan)2) Lasagna (mine)3) Bagels I’m not sure many people have had genuine bagels. (Mmm… genuine bagels.) They’re not perfectly round, their consistency is not like other […]

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Orange Scones with Rhubarb and Cherries

Last week’s CSA share contained four large stalks of rhubarb. I wanted to use them, but not in a pie, crumble or bar. So I adapted a recipe for moist scone, mixing the rhubarb with orange and cherries. The main flavor in the resulting scone is orange, but the rhubarb gives each bite a little […]

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Cheesy Bread Bakers & the Gruyere-Stuffed Crusty Bread

You know what’s irresistible? Homemade bread fresh from the oven, and stuffed with ooey-gooey melted cheese. How do I know this? Because the Cheesy Bread Bakers — Helen, Ivonne, Kelly, Lisa, Mary, Sara, Stephanie and me — gave the French Pastry School’s Gruyère-Stuffed Crusty Loaves recipe (found by Mary on the King Arthur Flour blog) […]

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Coffee-Nut Scones

These are I-can’t-believe-how-moist-these-scones-are scones. They’ve got a good coffee flavor, but as someone who likes sweets, I’d probably add an additional 1/3 cup of sugar. Three tablespoons of nuts doesn’t do too much either. Still, this would be an easy recipe to adapt: take out the coffee granules, cinnamon and nuts, and toss in orange […]

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Pecan Pie Cupcakes

http://widget-85.slide.com/widgets/slideticker.swf First Jennifer made them. Then Doodles. Now me. All of us loved them and, if you bake up a batch, you’ll see why. Chewy little bites of pecan pie goodness — with nutty, buttery, and caramelized sugar notes — delivered to your mouth in a tiny cake. Light yet satisfying, they’re a perfect way […]

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PB Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Several months ago, I fell in love with Peanut Butter & Co.’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. I can’t fully explain it, but the combination of warm cinnamon, sweet raisins and savory peanut butter drove my taste buds delirious with happiness. For many a breakfast, I’d spread some on a slice of toasted wheat bread, drizzle it […]

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New York Style Crumb Cake

When I was very little, I would ride with my parents from Long Island to NYC; my parents would go to work, and I would stay at my grandma’s house until they returned. We’d usually stop at a coffee truck pulled over on the side of the road and grab breakfast: for me, a carton […]

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Tate’s Bake Shop Thin and Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with their friend, Carmelized Pineapple Upside-down Cake. I’m posting this before heading off to the gym, the first day of a renewed effort to lose the last 15 — scratch that, 13.4 pounds — to reach my goal weight. I’m kicking up my exercise regimen in the hopes that it speeds up […]

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Donuts! I got donuts!

I’ve thinking a lot about donuts lately. My beloved Krispy Kreme – just a stone’s throw from work – closed down, leaving me bereft of my favorite flavor: glazed kreme filled. Now, my only local options are Dunkin’ Donuts (serviceable), the bakery department at Wegmans (pretty good) or Timmy Ho’s (where I seem to get […]

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