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Category: Baking

Boxed Cake on Steroids

Does anyone else agree that boxed cake mixes make lackluster cakes?  Yea, me too.  I find them crumbly and light in texture and flavor. So light that when you stab it with a fork, the bite falls apart and back on your plate. The only solution is to smash it onto the back of your fork and/or use icing or ice cream to collect the crumbs. Yes, I could make cakes from scratch, and I will now that I got a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. But sometimes you need something quick. Since I started learning how to bake (see past…

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Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding Again

I went to the local Krispy Kreme store in town, but the drive-through line wrapped around the building at three in the afternoon. Oh, heck no! I was not waiting for a box of guilty pleasures. Guilty pleasures require immediate gratification.  I planned to make a pan of KK bread pudding. Why? Because go big or go home and that is what was calling my name. So instead of making another batch, I will just share the original recipe that I posted four years ago. It is hard to believe that this blog is in its 4th year. So you…

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In These Times of Covid

In these times of Covid-19, we are day drinking, evening drinking, night drinking, binge-watching, and binge eating. We are supporting our favorite, now empty restaurants with takeout, curbside, and deliveries while we stress eat in between those deliveries. We are stressed about running out of toilet paper even though this is not a gastrointestinal disorder. As we fret, we wonder what people used before the advent of TP, only to be disgusted by the custom of “eat with your right hand, wipe with your left.” We are standing in line to get into Costco and Trader Joe’s. Kudos to both…

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Monkey Bread Hack – Oh. My. God.

I know you are sitting at your desk watching the clock. It is Thanksgiving week, and you just want to be home getting ready for the celebration. Well, this post will keep you busy for a minute, and you are going to love me and hate me for this one.  But I am not sorry for sharing this amazingly quick and simple way to make gooey, sweet, delicious Monkey Bread. Your kids will love me for sure! When the holiday season begins with the onset of Thanksgiving, it is a pretty good bet that you will find a package of King’s Hawaiian…

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Cobbler, Yes Peach Cobbler!

While I am not a fan of canned, jarred, or frozen peaches, I do love fresh ripe peaches right off the tree. There is nothing better than biting into one, slurping as you go, but still the juice runs down your chin. Over the past couple of weeks, South Carolina and Georgia peaches are abundant. (did you know that South Carolina produces more peaches than Georgia?) Local peaches are picked ripe so you can not let them sit too long. After eating a couple right out of the basket, it is then time for cobbler. Biscuit? Crumble? Or Batter Cobbler?…

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Gruyère & Caramelized Onion Tart

Better Than I Imagined Gruyère cheese has become one of my favorite cheeses since my time living in Sweden after high school. Yes, Gruyère is a type of Swiss, not a Swedish cheese but it was in Sweden where I ate it for the first time and it turned me into a cheese-crazed person. I have been thinking about making this tart for decades but the puff pastry scared the crap out of me. I thought that there is no way I would be successful in making it. Then I learned that most folks I know that use puff pastry,…

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Gluten-Free Orange Almond Polenta Cake

I made this gluten-free cake on my second day of baking with my sister. I also made a classic Victoria’s Sandwich, but I was less happy with that, and this was so delicious. Now before I get to this fab gluten-free recipe, I want to explain that the cookbook I reference is my British cookbook from the GBBO show. For that reason, the recipe is in grams instead of cups, and I like it that way. We all know that my efforts in baking have been “iffy” at best. So translating the measurements seemed silly when grams is a much…

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Baking Day * Part 2 * Sweet & Savory

If you missed Part One of our baking day, you would want to go back. In part one, I posted about making Kouign Amann.  A Breton flaky, buttery sweet pastry that I first saw on The Great British Bake Off. Since then, I found a local bakery that makes them, but I rarely can get there before they are gone for the day. So if you missed it, take a look back. But today I will share the savory German roll that Craig made and the sweet, gluten-free breakfast roll that my sister made. Lastly, I will share the shortbreads…

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