Mini cheesecakes

I’m a sucker for a good cheesecake, but they can be a bit of an ordeal to make. But cheesecake in miniature in only a third of the bake time was music to my ears. Plus, they would make for a nice portable dessert, easy to bring and share at a socially-distanced picnic. Recipe from…

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Chocolate date caramel cups

My go-to dessert for many years has been pie. I love pie–it is versatile and delicious, and there’s one for any occasion really. But I find myself wanting to diversify my dessert repertoire and branch out to new formats. One of my other great pleasures, beyond pie-baking, is perusing new recipes. It’s fun to think…

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Sticky toffee pudding

A Valentine’s long weekend means showing myself a little self-love, and what better way than baking a delicious dessert! My meal had a bit of a British theme going, so my cursory Googling of “British desserts” brought me to this classic. Recipe from Food & Wine6 oz pitted dates (preferably Medjool)¾ cup water¾ cup 2…

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Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)

For Christmas this year, I wanted to try something quintessentially Christmas. I’d always seen photos of “Bûche de Noël” looking so festive, sprinkled with snow and sprigged with holly, that it seemed an appropriate holiday dessert to tackle (plus it’s got Christmas right there in the name). This also happens to be a flourless cake…

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Brown butter pecan shortbread

This holiday season is, for obvious reasons, markedly different than any other holiday season in recent memory. It’s difficult to feel that festive spirit and connected to loved ones when we’re shut up in our respective homes. So I’ve tried to rekindle the holiday spirit by indulging in a little baking. Even if I’m the…

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French yogurt cake

With the onset of COVID-19, necessitating everyone shelter in their homes, there’s been a somewhat amusing surge in baking. I absolutely understand it–part of what I enjoy about baking is the methodical and often time-consuming nature of it all. And for those finding themselves with a lot of time on their hands, baking is a…

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Mint chocolate brownies

Baking has become a kind of solace for me–a way to focus the mind and lift the spirits. So having a little friends gathering gave me the perfect excuse to spend the day tinkering in the kitchen. I had a hankering for something chocolatey but that would be easy for people to serve themselves. I…

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Crostata

This has been a staple dessert for my mother for as long as I can remember. A relatively simple dessert (really just jam and pastry), but makes for a stunning and impressive presentation, not to mention super delicious. A great option to bring to a holiday party! Musings 3 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 3 tsp…

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Festive cheesecake with sugared cranberries

It’s been at least 3 years since I last made cheesecake (I’ve been focusing my dessert love on pie-baking of late). However, the winter season isn’t known for its pies (though there are some good options!), and so I thought I’d change things up for a friend’s holiday party. I love a good ol’ NY-style…

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Salted peanut blondies

In my search for small desserts, I stumbled on this delectable-looking recipe. It looked straightforward to make, with ingredients largely on hand, and I so rarely make bars that it seemed a good time to add to my rather meager repertoire. Plus, I’m always a sucker for a tasty blond. Recipe from Sweet 2 cups…

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