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Salted caramel cake

When I saw a recipe for dulce de leche pound cake, my heart jumped. I adore anything with dulce de leche and I so wanted to make that cake. The problem is that it has gotten more and more difficult to make dulce de leche at home. For some reason, sweetened condensed milk is … [Read more...]

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White chocolate, lemon and poppy seed cake

Last night, feeling in such a good mood to bake a cake, I started thawing the butter and preheating the oven only to discover that I was out of all-purpose flour. I was about to concede defeat when I remembered that I still had a bag of whole wheat flour. If a little … [Read more...]

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Apple and almond strudel

A strudel is a pastry that consists of a filling (often but not always sweet) wrapped in dough. To be more illustrative, the dough is laid out, the filling spread on it, then the dough is rolled, cigarette-like, then baked. The baked pastry is sliced, dusted with … [Read more...]

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Apple and raisin bread pudding

Some people like to use whole slices of bread to make their pudding. They stack the bread in a pan, pour in the egg-and-milk mixture and bake everything together. Others cut the bread into cubes and mix them into the custard mixture. These days, I prefer to tear my bread … [Read more...]

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Recipe for basic butter cake (or cupcakes)

Recently, I posted a recipe for the basic sponge cake which I have used as the base for many baking projects. There is also a basic muffin recipe to which I add extras to vary the look and flavor each time.This is the best basic butter cake recipe I have come across, so … [Read more...]

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Strawberry and cheese cake a la tiramisu

It's similar to the classic Italian cheesecake, tiramisu, with the addition of fresh strawberries. And, instead of adding brandy to the coffee mixture that is brushed on the layers of sponge cake, creme de cacao was substituted. Much more aromatic and really heightens the … [Read more...]

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Basic sponge cake recipe

Last Christmas, I baked a Boston Cream Pie, I overdid the chocolate ganache topping and the custard filling, the finished product looked so messy that I didn't have the heart to post the recipe.But I learned one very important lesson that day -- the basic sponge … [Read more...]

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Mango Royale with chocolate cookie crust

Chocolate and mangoes do go well together. And I probably wouldn't have discovered that if it weren't for Speedy's new version of one of our favorite summer desserts. Mango Royale is a no-cook dessert with a cracker and butter crust, and a filling of fresh sweet mangoes, … [Read more...]