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Posts Published in ‘ sweet breads & pastries ’

Spiced Gingerbread Recipe

August 15, 2016 | by Annie | sweets

Is there anything that smells better than gingerbread baking in the oven on a chilly winter’s day? I think not! That spicy sweet smell fills me happiness.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin Recipe

June 29, 2016 | by Lisa | sweets

These hearty muffins are made healthier by adding whole wheat flour and wheat germ, as well as dark chocolate chips which are a health food in my book.

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Hearty Blueberry and Raspberry Muffin Recipe

June 27, 2016 | by Lisa | sweets

I made these muffins for our Easter campout and they were a huge hit. This recipe is from the book How to Bake a Perfect Life. The recipe includes a streusel topping, but after adding all the healthy ingredients, I could not bring myself to add the topping. I did not miss it!

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Easy Pain Au Chocolat

| by Lisa | sweets

This is a recipe that is in the book How To Bake a Perfect Life. This recipe is so easy and my kids had a blast making it. I made my Pain Au Chocolat with special dark chocolate chips which went well with the puff pastry.

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Welsh Cakes Recipe

June 23, 2016 | by Lisa | vegetables, sides, bread

These scone-like cakes are traditionally cooked on a bakestone, a cast iron griddle. A nonstick frying pan or griddle would work well. These cakes are often made with candied citrus peel, but I substituted lemon zest in my recipe for a fresher flavor.

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Armenian Tahini Bread Recipe

May 27, 2016 | by Annie | vegetables, sides, bread

I have grown to appreciate tahini over the past couple of years. I love it in hummus and sauces, and I also have a pretty great tahini cookie recipe. So imagine my delight, while working on an Armenian menu for my book club post on The Sandcastle Girls, when I came upon tahini bread. I couldn’t wait to bake a batch of the tahini-filled sweet yeast breads flavored with cinnamon and topped with toasted sesame seeds. Delicious!

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Buttery Mini Puff Tarts Recipe

| by Annie | sweets

Butter tarts are a popular pastry in Ontario usually filled with raisins and other dried fruit. I adapted my recipe to use puff pastry, rather than the traditional pie pastry, and walnuts.

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Camella’s Anisette Biscotti Recipe

| by Marilyn | sweets

On the suggestion of Mr. Pezzelli I added chopped walnuts to my batter and drizzled melted chocolate over my biscotti.

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Irish American Soda Bread Recipe

May 18, 2016 | by Annie | vegetables, sides, bread

This is a sweet dark version of Irish soda bread. It is made with whole wheat flour, raisins, caraway seeds, and tangy buttermilk, with a crunchy sugar topping.

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Gulab Jamun Recipe

May 10, 2016 | by Lisa | sweets

Gulab jamun is an Indian dessert made of fried dough soaked in a syrup flavored with cardamom.

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New Orleans Beignet Recipe

May 5, 2016 | by Lisa | sweets

These beignets are a little crunchy on the outside and have a light bready interior. The dough is dropped into the oil by the spoonful.

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Cantucci (Almond Biscotti) Recipe

May 1, 2016 | by Lisa | sweets

Cantucci are almond biscotti cookies that are traditionally served at the end of a meal with a Tuscan dessert wine such as Vin Santo. The recipe below makes a more rustic cookie. I included a variation at the end of the recipe for the biscotti typically seen in coffee shops.

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Very Special Gingerbread Recipe

April 21, 2016 | by Annie | sweets

This gingerbread is rich, spicy and aromatic. It’s delicious topped with whipped vanilla cinnamon honey butter. Bake it in a 8″ square pan, 9″ loaf pan or in mini muffin cups.

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Delicious Dripping Crumpets Recipe

| by Annie | sweets

This traditional English tea cake is very much like the more familiar English muffin, however, the crumpet is softer and porous – the perfect treat to hold all the rich butter, jam or clotted cream you will want to spread on top.  This recipe for crumpets is delicious and it’s become a family favorite.

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Cream Scones Recipe

March 9, 2016 | by Lisa | sweets

In Great Britain, scones are served with clotted cream and strawberry jam during “cream tea”.

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