Baking Fails

For every successful bake I have, I have at least two unsuccessful ones. No one is perfect, least of all me. I can post all the pretty pictures of beautiful bakes I want, but the truth is…I fail more often than I succeed. Baking is a science and thus, there are so many things that…

Mini Pavlova

I first heard of the pavlova dessert when it was featured on the Great American Baking Show in a showstopper challenge. I thought they were so beautiful and looked incredibly yummy and of course, I wanted to try to make them. I settled on trying a “classic” pavlova (meringue, whipped cream and fresh fruit) to…

Irish Cream Cupcakes

I love a festive cupcake – heck, I love cupcakes for all occasions. So, even though I’m not an Irish lass, I celebrated with some green and a nip of Bailey’s to mark St. Patrick’s Day! This super moist cupcake packs a little surprise with the addition of just a few mini chocolate chips and…

Nestle®Buncha Crunch Oatmeal Cookies

My local grocer was having a sale on all the specialty baking products they bring in for the holidays. I got my hands on a bag of the Nestle Buncha Crunch Baking Bits. Couldn’t pass up this gem! On the back of the bag was a recipe for oatmeal cookies and I knew I just…

Lemon Blueberry Hamantaschen

To celebrate Purim, I always make hamantaschen…one of my favorite cookies! Much like a thumbprint cookie, these jam filled treats are a delectable dessert any day of the week or at your Purim feast. What is Purim, you ask? There was this bad dude named Haman during the ancient Persian Empire. Haman was the royal vizier…

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

I had a great, good ol’ fashion sleepover with a girlfriend last weekend and she told me that the only thing I needed to bring (aside from my PJs, of course) was dessert. I wanted something quick, easy and that I could make with the ingredients in my pantry and I immediately thought of peanut…

Tie Dye Cake with Mirror Glaze

Part of why I blog and share my bakes with people is because I want to share the good with the bad. So many blogs make all these different baking fads look SO easy, when in reality, they aren’t that cut and dry. I love how this cake LOOKS, but hindsight being 20/20, I would…

Butterscotch Budino

I confess…I had never heard of budino until I went to Italy this past October. That’s 35 years of missing out on probably what is the most incredible dessert ever. It’s very similar to English pudding; budino is the Italian word for pudding so…you get where I’m going here. The consistency is like creme brulee…

Orange Zest Cannoli

Cannoli shells are so easy to make and I can’t believe I ever settled for the store-bought kind in the past. Homemade shells are thinner, crispier and just taste better. If you don’t have a deep fryer – never fear! – just use a dutch oven instead. I hope that the inclusion of some of…

Classic Almond Biscotti

I think biscotti often finds itself getting a bad rap…since so many people get the single-serve cellophane wrapped kinds found in your local coffee shops. I find a homemade biscotti to be very delightful…eaten fresh out of the oven before it has really crisped up or after a few hours of cooling. Biscotti can also be…

Apple Crumble (aka French Apple Pie)

With all the snow blanketing New England, I felt the need for a warm, homey slice of apple pie. New Englanders will tell you that apples are “out of season”, but really, with produce shipped in from all over…you can get great quality apples no matter the time of year and, personally, I think a…

Victoria Sponge

I’ve been catching up on past seasons of my favorite baking competition shows and decided I wanted to try to master some of the recipes found within. You watch these competitions and you think, that looks so easy! But, let me tell you…some of them are harder than they look. Take for instance, the Victoria…