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Chocolate Macarons with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Buttercream

Chocolate Macarons with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Buttercream

I’ve tried to remember the first time I saw a macaron, but honestly, I can’t.  It surely wasn’t until I started writing here, more and more frequently crossing paths with amazing people who bake amazing desserts at home with little or no formal training.  I’d […]

Vols-au-vent:  Spiced Poached Pears with Hazelnut Sabayon

Vols-au-vent: Spiced Poached Pears with Hazelnut Sabayon

It was only a matter of time that I’d have to revisit the task of making pate feuilletee again.  My first run-in with the multi-layered French pastry dough was also my first Daring Baker challenge over two years ago.  The result was truly something that […]

12 Layers:  White Dobos Torte

12 Layers: White Dobos Torte

  I haven’t always been a contrary person, but when I saw the August challenge the Daring Bakers were to task themselves with smack in the middle of the dog days of summer, I knew I wanted  to work with a light cake  and feature […]

Mallow Cookies Three Ways

Mallow Cookies Three Ways

I’ve consigned myself to being late and promising not ever to say that I’ll reform my ways when it comes to our monthly Daring Bakers challenges.  It seems not to matter what the excuse is, I’ll have one, and having been a teacher for many […]

Mixed Berry Bakewell Tart

Mixed Berry Bakewell Tart

It’s becoming very apparent that I’m a complete failure at this business of working and trying to keep a food blog. I’m surprised, actually, because for years and years I managed to work a ridiculous number of hours and still have time to occasionally pretend […]