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 ]

making whiskey fudge, food failure, baking, desserts, love to bake, fudge, whiskey fudge, whiskey, bourbon, Jim Beam

Oh, fudge!

This post got waylaid by failure This post was supposed to be about making Whiskey Fudge. I wanted to show that, with a little time and patience, you can make fudge without using sweetened condensed milk (you know, that overly sweet and overly processed stuff you find in a can). And including the whiskey? Well,… [ Read More ]

homemade honey cake, baking, desserts, love to bake, honey cake, Rosh Hashanah, apples and honey, honey, Jewish new year, homemade

A Honey of a Cake

Ahhh…Autumn This time of year always reminds me of beginnings. Yes, I know it’s not even close to New Year’s, but for me September is filled with new pencils, shiny lunch boxes, and packages of college-ruled lined notebook paper. It doesn’t matter how old my girls get…if it’s their first day of school, they know… [ Read More ]