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Dessert Recipes

Dessert Recipes
Dessert Recipes

Brandy Balls and a Simply Sensational Cookies Cookbook Giveaway!

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There is nothing better than the scent of homemade cookies baking this time of year. The scents of wonderful cookies tempt us as we wait for our first warm cookie samples.

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Finnish Pulla

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I look forward to baking Christmas breads every year. This beautiful cardamom spiced Finnish Pulla is officially one of my favorite Christmas breads.
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Bundt Panettone


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Eating panettone is something I remember since I was a little girl celebrating Christmas in Sicily and here in Florida. Christmas just wouldn’t seem the same without a slice of fluffy panettone. I know not every child loves the candied fruits in it. I was one that did and looked for slices with extra pieces of the citrus bites.

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Romanian Swirl Bread-Guest Post with Roxana’s Home Baking

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Welcome to another beautiful post from a very talented friend of mine. I think I need to feature my friends more often. Today's special guest is Roxana from Roxana's Home Baking!

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Brown Sugar Caramels-Guest Post with That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!

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December is a month of frenzied planning and parties. If you love to bake like I do, I’m sure you’ve been busy these days making sweet treats. I thought it would be fun this December to feature some of my very talented baking friends.
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Mandarin Orange Fudge Slices-Guest Post with Spabettie

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Today I am excited to share a recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers: Kristina of spabettie. I look forward to each and every one of Kristina’s recipes every week. Each one is more tantalizing than the last!

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Mrs. Kostyra’s Christmas Stollen-#TwelveLoaves December

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I’ve been dreaming of making this Christmas stollen since I saw it in Martha Stewart Living magazine in 2009. It’s Martha’s mother’s recipe and it looked like it was a good one.
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Araby Spice-Limoncello Bundt Cake with Limoncello Glaze-#BundtaMonth

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always ready to try a new bundt cake recipe. I think it’s fun to bring a bundt to a last minute birthday party. That’s how this lovely spice cake came to be.

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Apple and Almond Custard Tart

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I know it’s going to seem like I baked two apple desserts in one week. I’m also aware that not all of you may share the same love of apple desserts as much as I do. Please bear with me while I get these apple desserts out of my system.

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Cranberry-Apple Pie

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It can’t already be time to start planning for the holidays. I swear I’m still nibbling on Halloween candy I have stashed in my secret hiding place.

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No-Knead Dinner Rolls

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I told you I’ve been exploring my mountain of food magazines and books. I can’t buy any new magazines until I finally try some that have been on my mind for ages. And I mean ages!

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Walnut Streusel Bread–#QuickBreadMonday

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It’s not often that I find myself baking with rolled oats. But I always have them here handy in case I get inspired. I even buy them when it’s buy one get one free. See, I’m really prepared for an amazing oat recipe.

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Chocolate Espresso Pecan Pie #LovethePie - Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

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Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Yikes-how did this happen??I’m clearly not ready, as usual. I am always looking for some new recipe ideas and inspiration. Perhaps you are too. So look no further.

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Vanilla Bundt Cake with Caramel Glaze– #BundtaMonth

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I never knew that there was a holiday dedicated to any thing food related until I started Cake Duchess. Every day on Twitter or Facebook I will catch the national holiday of something to do with something delicious. 
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Savory Roasted Tomato and Manchego Cheese Clafoutis-World Diabetes Day

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The month of November is Diabetic Awareness Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day.   Diabetes is on the rise, yet there is still limited awareness of diabetes.

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Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze #QuickBreadMonday

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I can honestly say that we go through a lot of bananas over here. It’s a healthy snack and is wonderful in baking. I make a banana bread at least once a week and love to share them with my family and neighbors.

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Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts

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Today I'm celebrating a virtual book launch party hosted by my friend, Faith, of An Edible Mosaic. Her new release, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair, has over 100 recipes, mainly from the Levant region of the Middle East. 
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Sticky Chocolate Date Loaf–#WeCare

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I’ve never kept track of all the hurricanes and storms I’ve been through in Florida. I’d like to consider myself an expert with all the storm tracking and terminology. I know exactly what supplies to buy and we have a plan for when it’s our time to evacuate.

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Gingerbread Apple Bundt Cake- #BundtaMonth

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When I think of baking in November, I automatically dream of the wonderful spicy scented cakes I used to grow up with. My mother is an amazing baker and so was her aunt.

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Apple Bread Ring- #TwelveLoaves November

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Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year to bake and cook. I am very partial to apple desserts and have a long list of things I’d like to try every day if I had the time.

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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

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There are some cookies that are holiday staples. Some cookies that if they’re not made, the holidays just seem not quite right.

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Wordless Wednesday-New York City

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Empanadas

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Hurricane Sandy coming by our area last week meant that schools were closed and I had some time on my hands on the rainy days.  I finally dove into magazines I’ve had piling up for the last couple of years. I found these empanadas in a December 2010 Cooking Light
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Browned Butter Pumpkin-Beer Bread

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I possibly store dozens of cans of pumpkin just to make pumpkin bread at any moment. I can have a list full of things I need to do and will get distracted by the urge to have a bite of moist and spicy pumpkin bread.

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Wordless Tuesday- NYC Green Market

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Cranberry Coffee Cake

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I know I’ve sometimes mentioned in my blog that Christmas always sneaks up on me. I’m really not the best planner. I seem to always take care of what I need to the week before Christmas. It’s frenetic and it’s sometimes a little stressful, but I always get things done.

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Poppy Seed Bagels-Tuesdays With Dorie

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Today is World Bread Day and I’m excited to share some incredible bagels with you. I know there is nothing that compares to a fresh bagel in New York City.

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Pecan Yeasted Coffee Cake

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When I see something that is titled, “The World’s Quickest Yeasted Coffee Cake”, I’ve got to try it. I’m always searching for wonderful recipes that are great to make in a pinch.
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Pumpkin Lasagne and a Delicious Fall Roundup

The temperatures are starting to drop a little here in south Florida.
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We opened the front door on the way to school yesterday morning and felt a slight chill in the air.

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Mary Carole Battle’s Mother’s Wacky Cake with Seven Minute Frosting

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I occasionally get invited to an impromptu dinner party. I often wonder if I get the invite mostly because it’s a fact that almost always I will volunteer to bake something.
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Maple Pumpkin Pie and a Pumpkin Round-up!

I know it’s not even Halloween yet. But I’m dreaming of cooler temperatures and Thanksgiving.
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Last November, I baked this amazing pumpkin pie. It has a little maple and is completely dairy-free. I’m ready to bake it again this weekend.

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Pumpkin Streusel Bundt Cake with Pumpkin Glaze: #BundtaMonth

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Choosing what to bake with for #BundtaMonth October was not that difficult of a decision. The bakers unanimously agreed on PUMPKIN. And if they didn’t, I’m sure I would’ve found a way to sneak some pumpkin in my October bundt cake.
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Poppy Seed Challah-#TwelveLoaves October

Sometimes you feel like a Nut…or a Seed…or a Grain!
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If there is a bread I could eat happily every day, it would have to be challah. A braid or a loaf. How about a stunning challah ring? Challahs are soft and beautiful breads.
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Chocolate Nutella Peanut Butter Fudge and a Fudge Blog Hop

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I tend to make something that is super simple and really amazing. I will be so proud of myself and share it with my neighbors, my family and friends. I'll then forget all about the wonderful and easy recipe. Recipes like fudge.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and a Red Star Yeast Giveaway!

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Red Star has a new yeast called PLATINUM Superior Baking Yeast that could help ease some of your yeast fears. As an avid bread baker, I couldn’t wait to dig into my new yeast packets to see the results for myself. With the advent of fall,  Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls was an obvious first recipe to try with their new yeast.

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Homemade Twix Bars

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I oftentimes come across a recipe and I end up pinning it. If I bookmark it, it is a recipe that I think one day I may actually get around to trying. Some recipes remain in my mind longer than others.

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Apple Zucchini Bundt Cake with Crunchy Limoncello Glaze

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I really look forward to apple baking season. I am a baker that will look for an excuse to try absolutely every apple recipe I come across. There is usually not any recipe that I do not want to meet.

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Campari Maître d’-Friday Cocktails

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You maybe think you’ve clicked on the wrong blog. What in the world are cocktails doing over here? Hey. It’s Friday! I think it’s time for a drink. 
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Chocolate Zucchini Swirl Bundt Cake


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If I were to say what my favorite kind of cake to bake is, it would be easy to say a Bundt.The simple and humble Bundt that is for me, always reliable and very versatile.

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Twix Muffins (with homemade Twix bars)-#MuffinMonday

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Happy Monday! I baked you some chocolate muffins. It’s not usual that you will find a recipe here that involves candy or candy bars. I think it's safe to say it’s extremely rare.
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Summer Strawberry Cake

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I know some of you may be experiencing lovely cooler temperatures. I am happy for you. I really am. I’m also extremely envious of you.

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Nectarine Chiffon Upside-Down Cake-Tuesdays with Dorie

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The first Tuesdays with Dorie recipe for the month of September was a beautiful cake made with a ripe summer stone fruit. I had already bookmarked the recipe in my Baking with Julia book. I had to because it was an upside-down cake. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I really like them.
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Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread- #TwelveLoaves September

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It seems this #TwelveLoaves bread baking group has gotten my oven working overtime and my flour running out quicker than it normally does. A theme is chosen for the next Twelve Loaves challenge and my head starts spinning with ideas. Homemade bread is constantly on my mind. Not that that’s a bad thing.
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Silent Sunday Italy: A Little Bit of Tuscany

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This is the path where we walked in the morning in a little town right outside of Siena. The graveled road is adjacent to the tallest cypress trees I’ve ever seen. Their points seem to almost pierce the bright sky on this hot afternoon in Tuscany.
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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

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The kids have returned to school and there are more quiet moments in the house. I find myself with a little extra time to do something that I really enjoy-bake fresh bread. 
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Vegan Orange Marmalade Muffins

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Sweet little muffins may be one of the most ideal breakfast ideas. You can fill them or top them however you like. They are also a fun after school snack for the kids.

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Sourdough Starter Recipe

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I know this is not a very glamorous post. That photo is of a simple sourdough starter. It may be simple and unglamorous but this starter can be the impetus for some very delicious baking recipes. So let’s talk a little about sourdough.
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Cinnamon Sugar Popovers-Tuesdays with Dorie

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I was looking forward to today’s Tuesday’s with Dorie recipe. The group would all be making Marion Cunningham’s popover recipe.  The recipe can be found on page 213 of Baking with Julia
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Blueberry Limoncello Pie with Sourdough Crust

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I recently came across a lovely baking group that is based on creating recipes made with sourdough starter. Yes, your heard me. Sourdough! The group is called Sourdough Surprises. The August theme is “Pies”; sweet or savory. I decided to go the sweet pie route.

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Silent Sunday: End of Summer

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