Archives: Baking

Glass vs. Metal Baking Pans

April 13, 2011 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Handy Hints.

I’m always interested in learning more about what makes baking work. Sure, there’s the chemistry behind a recipe that can render a moist cake or one that is as dry as toast. But there are other things besides ingredients that can make a big difference in your baking. I found some handy baking information in one • Read More »

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Classic German Chocolate Cake

March 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 »

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Chocolate Stout Cake

March 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 »

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Grand Central Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 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 »

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Cream Cheese Apple Cake

February 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 »

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Soft Dinner Rolls

November 17, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Bread, Christmas, Recipes, Thanksgiving.

These dinner rolls are soft (hence the name), delicious and super easy to make. And the house smelled heavenly as they were baking!!! I’m not exaggerating when I say that my Boys and Husband ate the entire batch in less than 2 days…okay, I had a few myself. I used active dry yeast which took twice as long • Read More »

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National Bundt Cake Day – November 15

November 15, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Cakes, Christmas, Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Dessert, Recipes, Thanksgiving.

In honor of today (November 15) being National Bundt Cake Day, I’m reposting a few delicious bundt cake recipes that are perfect for the upcoming holidays. And of course, to make a bundt cake, you have to have a bundt cake pan. I love my Nordic Ware Bundt Cake Pan. The pan is heavy duty and has a nonstick finish…it’s • Read More »

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Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

October 15, 2010 | By andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in: Autumn, Baking, Cakes, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Recipes.

To me, fresh apple cake is the epitome of autumn! A friend gave me a bag of apples from her backyard tree recently so, of course, I had to find something new and delicious to make with them. What I settled on was this recipe for Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting. It’s moist, • Read More »

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Blueberry-Lemon Cornmeal Cake

August 19, 2010 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Breakfast, Cakes, Dessert, Recipes, Summer.

Blueberries and lemon…I love the flavor combination! This easy-to-make cake highlights this beautiful summer berry in a delicious way! The addition of cornmeal adds a little texture without making the cake heavy or gritty. I took the Blueberry-Lemon Cornmeal Cake to a recent dinner gathering along with a Raspberry-Peach Cake. I guess our friends liked the cakes because there • Read More »

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Sweet Peach Muffins with Brown Sugar-Walnut Streusel Topping

July 23, 2010 | By andrea | 20 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Breakfast, Kid-friendly, Muffins, Recipes.

I love muffins, and I’m always trying to find new and delicious ways to whip up a batch of these easy-to-make treats. The house smelled so good while these Sweet Peach Muffins were baking! The recipe says to eat them 5 minutes after they come out of the oven. I tried that and burned my fingers • Read More »

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