Mar.
17

What’s this?  Two posts?  In the same WEEK?  Wow – it’s been quite a long time since I’ve done that :)  But all the friendly WELCOME BACK messages really warmed my heart, so, well, here I am again :)

If you’ve followed my site for any length of time or read back thru the archives, you’ll know this is not the first time I’ve posted sugar cookie bars.  What can I say… they’re pretty darn easy, super tasty and rather different.  I mean, yeah, you can buy slice-n-bake sugar cookies, you can go to the market and buy pre-made sugar cookies but cookie BARS are a nifty lil update on an old classic.  And oh, did I mention they’re super tasty, too!!!

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Mar.
14

Brown Sugar Apple Crumb Pie

It’s Pi-day (March 14 = 3/14 = 3.14 = Pi) so I couldn’t possibly let this day go by without posting a, yeah, you guessed it, Pie!  It’s been quite a while since I baked and posted anything but I wanted to honor one of my favorite days of the year.  I’ve made a lot of pies in my day but to be honest, making a good pie crust has always been difficult for me. At least it was difficult until I came across Mike’s recipe for pie crust.  This baby has not failed me once and I continue to make it again and again… and again.  It’s absolutely my go-to recipe when I need a pie crust.  And the filling?  How can you go wrong with brown sugar, apples and a delectable crumb topping!

Yes indeed – have a happy Pi day… March 14… and be sure to help yourself to some pie :)

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Nov.
15

Orange Cardamom Bundt Cake

Happy National Bundt Cake Day!!!  What?  You didn’t know about it?  Well obviously you have not been following The Food Librarian as she’s made her way thru 30 days of bundt cakes leading up to this momentous day!  I had a lot of fun following her journey… and I give her mad props for baking 30 different bundt cakes in the past month.  You go girl :)  Her perseverance inspired me to plan on baking a bundt cake ON National Bundt Cake Day (Nov 15) in tribute to her efforts!  She made quite a variety of different bundt’s and each of them sounded absolutely delicious.  This made it terribly hard to decide on which one I would make.  Maybe it should be chocolate (DH and the kids love chocolate).  Maybe it should be fruity (you know I love lemon!!).  Maybe it should be seasonal (it IS November  so perhaps pumpkin).  I pondered her list trying to decide when over and over it seemed one intrigued me more than the others… the Cardamom Vanilla bundt.  Being a Daring Baker I fell in love with the spice cardamom way back when we made a danish braid… and especially when it is paired with the flavor orange.  Not sure why but it’s a combination that just does it for me!  So for today… in honor of National Bundt Cake day… I present the Orange Cardamom Bundt!

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Nov.
10

Cran-Apple Crisps

This week was my turn to host Tuesdays with Dorie!  While I haven’t been baking a lot lately, I surely was not going to miss my turn in the rotation :)  When I initially joined TwD it seemed like my turn was so far far faaaaaar away but now it’s here and I chose Dorie’s recipe for Cran-Apple Crisps. It seemed like a no-brainer to me as I love both of these fruits and using cranberries and apples seemed so perfect for the autumn weather most of the United States is experiencing :)

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Oct.
25

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Quite a few months back I started seeing this cake pop up all over the various blogs I frequent. It looked so absolutely appealing that I found it completely irresistible. After all, it’s cake, cinnamon and drizzly-glazy-icing… a winning combination in my book! If you’re one of the few people left who hasn’t made this cake, you really should. It’s about as easy as can be… and it spends far more time in the oven that you’ll spend getting it there or to the plate!
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