Archives: Baking

Cranberry-Orange Muffins

January 4, 2010 | By andrea | Comments Off on Cranberry-Orange Muffins | Filed in: Baking, Breakfast, Christmas, Holidays, Muffins.

Looking for a way to use up some fresh cranberries that didn’t get put to use during the holidays? These orange-scented muffins are delicious, moist and not too sweet. Since I didn’t have buttermilk, I substituted a mixture of 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup 2% milk. I made 6 muffins as is, then added • Read More »

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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream

August 24, 2009 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Cakes, Dessert, Recipes.

Imagine crossing lemon cupcakes with cheesecake. What do you get? Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream. That’s right…dense lemon-flavored cupcakes with a surprise dollop of lemon cream cheese filling baked into the middle. It’s like 2 for the price of 1. I chose these cupcakes for two reasons: the Birthday Teen loves lemony treats and the recipe • Read More »

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French Apple Turnovers

March 14, 2009 | By andrea | Comments Off on French Apple Turnovers | Filed in: Baking, Dessert, French, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

This is a simple dessert that anyone can make. Basically, it’s flaky puff pastry squares filled with homemade applesauce. The applesauce is good as is but I wanted to bump up the flavor a bit so I added about 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, adding it to the applesauce after it was finished • Read More »

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Big, Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins…and a mess in the oven

March 5, 2009 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Breakfast, Muffins, Recipes.

  These muffins are as good as any sold in a fancy gourmet bakery. They’re moist, not too sweet, with a light and airy texture and a fresh lemony flavor. Now with that said, I did have one issue with the recipe. The directions say to overfill the muffin cups to get 12 big, bakery-style muffin tops. I overfilled the 12 muffins • Read More »

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Fudge Brownies

February 23, 2009 | By andrea | Comments Off on Fudge Brownies | Filed in: Baking, Chocolate, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Recipes.

Brownies are comfort food, plain and simple. Who can pass up a plate full of freshly baked homemade brownies and not have at least one? Good grief, that’s crazy talk! These brownies are easy to make but the directions are a little different than other brownie recipes. In Step 3, I made the mistake of • Read More »

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Cranberry-Almond Coffee Cake

November 30, 2008 | By andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Breakfast, Cakes, Christmas, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving.

Cranberry sauce is a must-have with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Period. You just can’t have turkey and stuffing without a dollop of cranberry sauce somewhere on the plate. With that said, I still can only eat a few tablespoons of this jam-like condiment at a time. It seems that most people would agree judging by the fact that there’s • Read More »

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Pear Spice Cake

November 3, 2008 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Cakes, Christmas, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving.

  I love bundt cakes and I love pears. Combine the two and you’ve got Pear Spice Cake. Now it’s not a show-stopper cake but it is simple, moist and oh so tasty.  With this recipe, I usually use Bartlett pears, I omit the raisins, and substitute pecans for the walnuts. I like how the contrast of textures • Read More »

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Pear-Nut Bread

October 16, 2008 | By andrea | Comments Off on Pear-Nut Bread | Filed in: Baking, Breakfast, Cakes, Christmas, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving.

Husband isn’t much into sweets (a personality flaw, if you ask me) but he does love a scone or some kind of breakfast bread with his morning cup of English Breakfast tea. Knowing this, I like to bake things from time to time that I know he’ll enjoy. This Pear-Nut Bread was right up his alley. • Read More »

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