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Cherry what? Oh, Cherry Clafouti!

One of the best things about doing this blog is that I often stumble upon recipes that I’ve never heard of before; and that was the case when America’s Test Kitchen posted a picture of a Cherry Clafouti. I thought to myself, “a cherry what?”. Well, I couldn’t wait to give it a try, and, as it turns out, this recipe may have a fancy name, but it is so easy! The most time consuming part is pitting the cherries, but after that, you can pull this together in about 15 minutes. It looks so pretty when it comes out of the oven, everyone will wonder if you went to French cooking school!
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Lemon Bars and Olive Oil, really?

When I came across this delicious Olive Oil from  at a Farmer’s Market on a recent trip DC, I couldn’t wait to come home and try it. But then I thought, it would be more fun to find a recipe that uses olive oil for baking. Since I am on a lemon curd kick this month, I thought is was just short of a miracle when a friend sent me the link for this recent recipe for Lemon Bars that included olive oil and salt in the lemon curd. Read more…

Crumbling Crusts: Lemon Crumble

So you have read the recipe for the pie crust, but you’re not quite ready to roll out your own pie dough – Don’t worry, I have an easier recipe for you to try until you’re ready! Crumble recipes are so easy because you make the dough, bake it, add your filling, bake it a little more, and you have a wonderful dessert. Best of all, you don’t have to roll out any dough!

There are so many great recipes for crumble tarts, but I chose the one from the baking Grand Central Baking Book. This cook book was given to be by one of my new friend’s in Seattle, and I have cherished it ever since. The Grand Central bakery is famous in Seattle for its buttermilk biscuits and cinnamon rolls, and, of course, tarts!

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Time to Make the Pie Crust

Pies have a very special place in my heart. After all, it’s what let me down the path to baking. I tried first with cupcakes (remember that craze). But, honestly, I just couldn’t get the recipes right –  and believe me I tried, I must have 20 cookbooks on how to make a perfect cupcake. A friend of mine suggested that I try baking pies.  I have tried making them from scratch before, but most of the dough usually ended up on the countertop then actually ended up actually as pie crust. Read more…