Category Archives: Baked Explorations

Baked Explorations: Quick Skillet Snack Cake

Let me start by telling you I love and adore this cake.  I want to get that out of the way because I’m going to quibble with the nomenclature and I don’t want my digression to in any way obscure … Continue reading

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Baked Explorations: Speculaas

  I knew I was in trouble with these cookies when I couldn’t stop eating the dough scraps.  The story behind them is the author’s obsession with Delta Airline’s Biscoff cookies.  I can’t remember the last time I flew Delta and the … Continue reading

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Baked Explorations: Farm Stand Buttermilk Doughnuts

I know, right? Shall we just look at them for a while? I think a wise diet plan is to not eat any doughnuts you don’t make yourself. And then don’t make any doughnuts. Seriously though, when people ask me … Continue reading

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Baked Explorations: Nutella Scones

How is it that I’d never tried Nutella before making these scones? I really can’t figure that out. Anyway, it’s lovely stuff, although kind of like eating straight frosting so don’t be misled by the “made with skim milk” statement … Continue reading

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Baked Explorations: Maple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Holy smokes these are good. And I’m not just saying that as someone who is powerless in the face of maple syrup. They are objectively, insanely, ridiculously good. How do I know? I taste-tested them on a focus group. Ok, … Continue reading

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Baked Explorations: Buckeyes

Being married to a native of Ohio, I had heard of Buckeyes before. I had eaten them in their natural habitat and even made them. They are meant to resemble the nuts of the buckeye tree and, trust me, they … Continue reading

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Baked Explorations: Mississippi Mud Pie (B), aka Muddy Mississippi Cake

As much as I like this cake I have to say, I think it’s trying too hard. Isn’t combining an Oreo-cookie crust, a flourless chocolate cake, chocolate pudding and whipped cream pandering, just a little? If I had to leave … Continue reading

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Baked Explorations: Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies

     If you already know what a sucker I am for chocolate+mint it will come as no surprise that I adore these cookies all out of proportion. They are a little like French sables, (“sable” meaning sand but no, of course … Continue reading

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Baked Explorations: Sweet and Salty Brownies

My dear friend Susan (of kugel fame) was just telling me that she does not like this trend of salty+sweet. She also doesn’t like things like cayenne pepper in her chocolate dessert. Just can’t get into this particular culinary movement. … Continue reading

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Baked Explorations: Chocolate Coffee Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache

      Have I got a cake for you.      This is absolutely one of the most satisfying cakes — both for eating and for gazing at fondly — I’ve ever made.  For that reason I forgive it for taking up my entire Sunday afternoon.  And … Continue reading

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