Here’s a simple recipe featuring my favorite summer fruit: peaches. The coffee cake is easy to make, delicious, moist and lightly spiced…and perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. I added an 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg to the batter, and omitted the pecans. The cake is best served the day it’s made, but leftovers are still • Read More »
Chocolate PancakesSeptember 17, 2011 | By andrea | Comments Off on Chocolate Pancakes | Filed in: Breakfast, Dessert, Kid-friendly, Recipes.
I made these chocolatey pancakes the other day for my youngest’s birthday breakfast. They’re fun, not too sweet, not too chocolatey (is there such a thing?). I cut down on the sugar (using 3/4 cup instead of 1 cup) and served them with some easy-to-make Raspberry-Strawberry Syrup instead of the chocolate sauce. The sweet-tart syrup was perfect with them. This would • Read More »
Double-Ginger Pumpkin TartJuly 18, 2011 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Christmas, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving.
The other day, one of my kids was hankering for pumpkin pie…yes, in the middle of July. Since this is the best time to try new holiday recipes (way ahead of time), I obliged his craving. After a quick search, I decided to make a Double-Ginger Pumpkin Tart. This dessert is like a cross between • Read More »
Classic German Chocolate CakeMarch 27, 2011 | By andrea | 7 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Cakes, Chocolate, Comfort Food, Dessert, Recipes.
This classic recipe for German Chocolate Cake is special in Husband’s family because his mom used to make it for the family when they were growing up. I chose to make this extremely moist and delicious cake for Father-in-law’s birthday celebration this weekend because I knew it would bring back fond memories of his beloved wife. With • Read More »
Chocolate Stout CakeMarch 15, 2011 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Cakes, Chocolate, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes.
This Chocolate Stout Cake is moist, rich and very chocolatey. Need I say more? For some reason, some of the cake stuck to the pan when I unmolded it (probably user error because that didn’t happen last time I made it). Husband, however, had a cunning plan. He joked that I should spackle it together. • Read More »
Grand Central Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesMarch 4, 2011 | By andrea | 11 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Chocolate, Comfort Food, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Kid-friendly, Quick Cooking, Recipes.
One of my weaknesses is a good, chewy chocolate chip cookie. It’s like my kryptonite. I’m not proud of it, but I’m pretty much defenseless around them, which is why I don’t make chocolate chip cookies very often. Recently, though, I was thumbing through the Grand Central Baking Book (from the popular Grand Central Bakery located • Read More »
Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de CrèmeFebruary 7, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Chocolate, Dessert, Quick Cooking, Recipes.
Rich and deliciously smooth, even the busiest of cooks has time to make this quick dessert. Pots de crème (prounounced poh-duh-KREHM), is French for “pot of cream”. Unlike traditional recipes for pots de crème which require baking in a water bath, this simplified version cuts out that step. The pudding cooks quickly then needs to chill for an • Read More »
Cream Cheese Apple CakeFebruary 1, 2011 | By andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Breakfast, Cakes, Dessert, Recipes.
Everyone needs an apple cake in their baking repertoire, and this recipe is excellent! The cake is super moist, velvety, slightly tangy from the cream cheese, and loaded with apples…YUMM! The recipe calls for a 12-cup Bundt pan. My Bundt pan doesn’t say how many cups it holds but rather gives the size (9 3/4″ x 3 • Read More »
National Chocolate Cake Day – Thursday, January 27thJanuary 25, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Baking, Cakes, Chocolate, Dessert, Recipes.
National Chocolate Cake Day, the day all chocolate cake lovers wait for, is coming up on Thursday, January 27th! I can barely contain myself!!! A piece of moist, rich chocolate cake is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. If you’re looking to celebrate this delicious “holiday”, then try out one of these recipes: Chocolate Sour Cream Cake • Read More »
Grand Central Bakery Peanut Butter CookiesJanuary 12, 2011 | By andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Kid-friendly, Recipes.
When it comes to cookies, most people fall into one of two catagories: crunchy or chewy. I tend to favor chewy cookies. This recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies from The Grand Central Baking Book bakes up a cookie that is buttery, peanutty and somewhere in between crunchy and chewy. I surprised my kids the other • Read More »