bourbon brownie, baking, desserts, bourbon, dark chocolate brownies, love to bake, whiskey, Kentucky Derby

The Great Bourbon Brownie Bake-Off Battle

It’s Kentucky Derby week! This week we think of fast horses, fancy hats, and cool Mint Juleps. Me, I think of food and drink (naturally) – fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, Derby Pie (or Pecan Bars)…and, of course, bourbon. It was fortuitous then that I acquired two bottles of whiskey from Ken Gordon of Gordons DTX…he… [ Read More ]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, baking, desserts, love to bake, Boston Marathon, Patriot’s Day, love Boston, Chocolate Chip Cookies, brown butter, Sally’s Baking Addiction, King Arthur Flour

Feeding a crowd

Happy (belated) Patriots’ Day, everyone! What, you don’t know what that is? Don’t feel bad…growing up in Southern California I’d never heard of it either, but trust me that it’s a big deal in Massachusetts. Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 (the “shot heard ‘round the world”) that signaled… [ Read More ]

Salted Matzah Toffee, baking, desserts, love to bake, Smoffee, Passover, Passover baking, matzah, Matzah Toffee, matzo

Smoffee mania

Baking without flour or leavening This week is Passover, and Passover baking is always a challenge. No flours, no yeast, no leaveners… generally speaking a baker’s nightmare. Other Jewish holidays don’t have these challenges (like Honey Cake for Rosh Hashanah), but Passover is special because we’re supposed to eat the unleavened bread called matzah (literally, the… [ Read More ]

real vanilla beans, baking, desserts, love to bake, vanilla beans, vanilla extract, cake, custard, egg custard, Beanilla

Bean seeing you

What IS that in my muffin? You know how you sometimes see little brown specks in baked goods, custards or frostings? No, those aren’t dirt from a careless chef…they’re something wonderful that adds a delicious flavor to all they touch: vanilla bean seeds. Using real vanilla beans can be expensive and messy, but they’re oh so… [ Read More ]

cake pops, baking, desserts, love to bake, cake balls, chocolate cake pops, chocolate cake balls, cake, chocolate cake, buttercream frosting, chocolate buttercream frosting, baking challenge, Sally’s Baking Addiction

Pop to it

To try or not to try… Do you love a good challenge? After all, it’s called a comfort zone for a reason. The tried-and-true is safe, a known quantity, and yet…sometimes a challenge can be appealing. That can-I-pull-this-off-even-if-it-hasn’t-worked-before feeling can propel me into trying something new or trying something once more in the hopes of… [ Read More ]

checkerboard cake, baking, desserts, love to bake, cake, homemade cake, buttercream frosting, Sally’s Baking Addiction

Check(erboard) your cake

Food blog follower I read a lot of food blogs, and their Pinterest-perfect presentations often inspire and challenge me. I often try (and sometimes fail) at replicating their recipes, but there’s always another recipe to attempt. One such recipe was for a checkerboard cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I was intrigued as to how it was… [ Read More ]

eggnog scones, baking, desserts, love to bake, eggnog, scones, British desserts, Silk Original Eggnog, Kerrygold butter

Using my “Nog”-gin

I’m not a recipe creator, I’m a recipe adaptor I take recipes that I find and tweak them so they satisfy my philosophy regarding ingredients and cooking techniques. My ingredient swaps tend to be based on my own palate preferences (or what I know my family will like/accept), dietary needs, ingredient availability, and my general… [ Read More ]

cranberry bread, baking, desserts, love to bake, cranberries, cranberry sauce, Sally’s Baking Addition, Natasha’s Kitchen, holiday baking, Christmas baking

Orange you glad

Misdirection (kind of) Ha! You thought I was going to write about oranges, didn’t you? Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re…er…actually not wrong. I will mention oranges, but that’s not my main focus. Instead, let’s talk cranberries…fresh cranberries are readily available in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and on through the December… [ Read More ]

lattice pie crust, baking, desserts, love to bake, Sally’s Baking Addiction, pie, pie crust, moms and daughters, Cranberry Almond Apple Pie, Geode Cake

Lattice be friends

Bakers…start your ovens! I had a baking frenzy last week. Not only did I bake 3 pies and pumpkin bread (and even a pumpkin challah!) for Thanksgiving dinner, two days later we held an engagement party for my older daughter and future son-in-law for our family in California.  We expected about 50 people, and while… [ Read More ]