APPLE LAYER CAKE WITH VANILLA CHAI-SPICED BUTTERCREAM

Being that apples and pears are pretty interchangeable, I didn’t have to adjust much else as far as the cake goes. However, I did cook the apples with the sugars since apples tend to be much firmer and don’t break down as easily as pears. One of the wonderful things about baking cakes with fruit is that they can replace …

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Candied Pecan and Caramel Mini “Baby-Cakes”

The resource I recommend is taking the online class “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” by Taking Cara Babies. Cara is a Nurse Practitioners whose specialty is helping babies sleep through the night. Her entire career is based on helping parents establish a schedule that is conducive to their lifestyle and to help your baby sleep through the night. I HIGHLY, …

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BLUEBERRY LEMON MUFFINS

I vowed that I would not buy any Easter candy until the week before Easter because of my lack of self control. Robin Eggs and Cadbury Eggs are my ultimate weakness. As a kid my mom used to buy crates of Cadbury eggs for our Easter baskets. A couple of weeks ago our whole family was at Walmart to buy …

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Mom’s Famous Homemade Bread

That’s right. Simple, plain jane, ah-freaking-mazing homemade white bread. It’s a classic, a staple in any home. And it comes straight from my mama. My mom bakes the best white bread, soft and tender and better than anything you’ll find at the store. And her strawberry peach jam is out of this world. A fat slice of mom’s bread fresh …

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How To Set A Table

table setting to impress You may find yourself entertaining relatives or friends at a sit-down dinner at home. Here’s a refresher on how to set a table to impress. Plan everything at once. Think about whether you will have a tablecloth or simply place mats. Will you have linen or paper napkins? Candles or a centre piece (not too tall, …

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Fondant Potatoes & Turnips

Well, this was my very first attempt at Fondant Potatoes, and I can’t say I did a lovely job. I know exactly what happened – wrong potatoes, unclarified butter, and did not cook long enough – and let those things happen anyway. They were delicious anyway, so no few regrets. First off I didn’t use waxy potatoes – I used …

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Baked Red Velvet Cake Donut Holes

Do you want to know why these donuts holes are perfection? Because every bite has all the flavors of a delicious Red Velvet cake. With the red silk chocolate cake, the classic cream cheese icing, then finished off with the sweet ganache ending. It is a perfectly balanced bite. I am sorry, well not really that sorry if you eat …

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MAPLE OATMEAL BREAD WITH #BREADBAKERS

This month the #BreadBakers are baking with natural sweeteners so you won’t find granulated sugar in the ingredient lists for any of our breads shared below. What you will find are alternatives like honey, maple syrup, fruit purees and other creative ways to add a touch of sweetness. I baked with maple syrup in this recipe for Maple Oatmeal Bread. …

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The Only Recipe for Blueberry Muffins You’ll Ever Need

There’s no point in denying anyone stashing their freezer with muffins – but you should be aware that even the greatest of muffin turns into a mediocre muffin after spending some time in your trusted ice box. There is also something to be said about the difference between a muffin you grab on a day you ignored the whining kids …

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Strawberry Macarons

They’re melt-in-your-mouth light and unbelievably intense in flavor! Unlike air dried fruits, they don’t really shrink in size, and they become ultra-light and crisp. I was first came to know them while traveling through Korea. I got a box of whole freeze-dried strawberries dipped in white chocolate at the Incheon airport. Yes, white chocolate! It was heavenly! I’ve savored each …

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