Desserts

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Lemon, Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt Madeleines

It’s like clockwork…once the weekend hits, I typically crave a quality baking session in the kitchen. I had never made madeleines from scratch, but always admired the gorgeous shape and cake-like texture of the cookie. (more…)
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Momofuku Milk Bar’s Banana Cream Pie

I know it’s November, and I really should be showcasing pumpkin-spiced, fall-inspired desserts. BUT, my mind has been on Banana Cream Pie. Why? After I watched Momofuku Milk Bar’s Pastry Chef Christina Tosi whip up this Banana Cream Pie in the…
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Bourbon Banana Bread

There is nothing like noshing on a freshly-baked piece of banana bread wile having your morning coffee. And, who doesn’t like bourbon? And while it would have been fun (and entertaining) to watch my family devour heavily booze-laden banana bread…
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Lemon-Curd Thumbprint Cookies

When baking, I love testing out recipes and later tweaking and tailoring them to my likings. Except when a recipe is so good on its’ own, it would be doing it an injustice to alter it. One of my favorite…
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Potted Herb Pot de Creme Parfaits

Nothing beats the Springtime. With gardening underway, flowers blooming, and sunny weather, mother nature has definitely been an inspiration for any menus I’ve been dreaming up, especially for Easter Sunday. What is cuter to serve as an Easter dessert than…
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Mini Lemon Loaf Cakes

Since from when I was young I always have loved Starbucks’ lemon loaf cake. Even from before Starbucks had swapped to the delicious La Boulange baked goods, I was always drawn to the sweet & tart lemony goodness. I’ve been…
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Blackberry Blintz Cake

Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts – but it’s often far too decadent to indulge in often. This blackberry blintz cake does get that creaminess of a cheesecake, but is lightened-up when combined with a airy cake with citrus…
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Heart Shaped Cookies

I love Valentine’s Day – it’s no secret that this cheesy “Hallmark holiday” gets me giddy. Everyone who knows me, knows I am drawn to anything hearts and all shades of red to pink. Valentine’s Day calls for expressing your…
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Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake

Happy almost Thanksgiving! Instead of a pumpkin pie, this year I have made this cheesecake that to me, is the epitome of fall. The warm, pungent spices add depths of flavor to the hint of pumpkin in this cheesecake. This…
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Strawberry & Apricot Jam Filled Beignets

Beignets are known to be the predecessor of donuts, though all I can think of is my grandmother making sheet pans full of these “šišky“ back in Slovakia, as snacks to munch on in the afternoon as a little girl. I…