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Apple Cider Cupcakes

Apple Cider Cupcakes ready for teatime

I am soooo happy to finally be back with a new recipe! This last year and a half have been a crazy whirlwind of house hunting, house selling and remodeling. Thankfully we are happily settled in our new home and neighborhood which we LOVE and hope to stay in forever! I also am super loving my new kitchen which I am living in while the kids are at school. I’ve been testing tons of recipes and reading all the cookbooks but the first one going up here is Apple Cider Cupcakes.

Cinnamon Buttercream Icing

I do like a good pumpkin dessert this time of year but I wanted to deviate a little and find an alternative that stills feel like fall. Apple Cider Cupcakes have a good almost apple pie flavor in the cake with a delicious Apple Cider Buttercream to top it off. Definitely tastes like fall in a cupcake!

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Cookies/ Dessert

Gingerbread Madeleines

A plate of Gingerbread Madeleines with a bowl of glaze

Something about hearing the word madeleine conjures up images of teatime in France for me. Sitting in a little cafe with a steaming pot of tea, a plate of buttery madeleines and my favorite novel. I was a little nervous to start baking these since they seem tricksy but when I found a madeleine pan at Goodwill I knew it was time. I started my experimenting with David Lebovitz’s recipe which I found at Tasting Table. True to form I read everything I could find about the process for make a good madeleine and then made a few batches myself.

Gingerbread Madeleine being dipped into glaze

They were amazingly delicious and I was hooked. I wasn’t feeling the pumpkin craze this fall for some reason but gingerbread was calling my name. Now that I have made several batches and we’re in full winter hibernation mode I can say that Gingerbread Madeleines are one of my favorite little treats!

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Chocolate Spoons

chocolate spoons topped with sprinkles, marshmallows, and peppermint

Hello and welcome back! I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season so far. Ours has been busy but mostly in a good, spending time together kind of way. Today is a lovely quiet day at home and I wanted to give you one last post and recipe before the New Year is upon us. So here it is: DIY Chocolate Spoons!

Six chocolate spoons in pairs with peppermint, sprinkles and mini marshamallows

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I’m planning to use these for a hot chocolate bar this winter. It would be perfect for New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day or just a winter day that needs a special touch. When we’re deep in the trenches of February cold sometimes we need a little pick me up for morale. It would pair beautifully with my Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Whipped Cream recipe!

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Dark Chocolate S’mores Tart

A sliced Dark Chocolate S'mores Tart with several forks in the tin

Happy Labor Day weekend to all my North American Readers! It’s also the last hurrah weekend for us since school will start Tuesday. I was scrolling through Instagram on Friday and came across the FeedFeed contest with Ghirardelli. The challenge was to make a S’more or S’mores inspired recipe using Ghirardelli chocolate squares. I decided to run with it and make a Dark Chocolate S’mores Tart.

An empty graham cracker crust next to dark chocolate squares and toasted marshmallows

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It was a definite success so I knew I should share it with you! In the spirit of the annoyingly hot weather we’re having, the only thing that bakes in this recipe is the crust for about 8 minutes. The rest is refrigerated or frozen if you prefer.

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Dark Chocolate Buttercream

Dark Chocolate Buttercream swirling on a mixer whisk

Let’s talk chocolate! Easter is right around the corner and everything pastel and cute is trending but I’m looking for that chocolate fix this week. Are you a chocolate lover? This Dark Chocolate Buttercream is just what you need.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream being piped into a swirl

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I  often feel that chocolate baked goods need to be lighter on the sugar and heavier on the chocolate. Give me all the flavor! Unfortunately I was super busy this week and I now have a large container of Dark Chocolate Buttercream on the counter and nothing to put it on.

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Cookies/ Dessert

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies spread around a copper pan of caramel

What do you do in the middle of winter when everyone is restless and the weather is not conducive to leaving the house? It’s the eternal struggle. I’ll admit I’ve spent several days snuggled up in a chair reading a good book and drinking tea. This week I’m working on a few things including some side projects in food photography. More on that will be popping up on Instagram. If you want a peak head over there and keep your eyes peeled! On the baking front I’ve been working on my perfect chocolate chip cookie. Or in this case the perfect Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies on a plate next to a copper pan of caramel for drizzling

It only took four batches or about 100 cookies to get it right. I could have gotten it the first time if I had stuck with the oatmeal but I wanted to try without. Turns out that, at least for the foreseeable future, oatmeal is a key ingredient for the texture I like in my chocolate chip cookies. I wanted a soft and chewy cookie that didn’t dry out and get crumbly. I had already developed a base recipe that I loved featuring melted butter, brown sugar and baking soda for the textures they produced. Thanks to Bake From Scratch magazine’s chart on which ingredients to use to produce certain textures in your cookies, I finally have my own go-to recipes for this kind of cookie.

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Cake/ Dessert

Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes with Espresso Ganache

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to bake something delightfully indulgent. Enter these Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes with Espresso Ganache. We’ve got all the traditional Valentine trappings in a different kind of packaging.

Pouring espresso ganache into mini chocolate cakes for valentine's day

We’ll start with mini bundt cakes. Aren’t they cute?! I got my mini bundt cake pans at Marshall’s but you can buy them on Amazon as well. This recipe makes four cakes so you can eat them twice or double date if you like. We never actually go out on Valentine’s Day. One year we did drive into the city and go on a nice date but the traffic was insane! Neither of us likes going out at the same time as everyone else so now we celebrate at home or just have a nice date sometime in February.

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Cake/ Dessert

Funfetti Celebration Cupcakes

Three colorful funfetti cupcakes with pink candles and clear sugar glitter on top

Today is my baby girl’s birthday! It’s hard to believe that it’s been 11 years since that adorable little baby changed our lives forever. She’s now a pretty pre-teen with a quick wit, a love of everything, and some impressive artistic talent. It seemed only fitting to salute that with a batch of Funfetti Celebration Cupcakes.

Three colorful cupcakes with pink candles and colored flames

These fluffy vanilla cupcakes are super easy to whip up from scratch and filled with your favorite sprinkles. Top them off with multi-colored icing and finish with a dusting of clear sprinkles for the glitter effect. We even found some super cool candles at the local craft store that have colored flames!

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Breakfast/ Dessert

Homemade Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Singe dish of blueberry peach cobbler on a table with sunshine, a spoon and a plant

When I was young I remember going to my Grandparents house next door for dinner. I know that my Grandma was a good cook but I don’t remember most of the things that she made. It’s the fun meals that stick in my mind. When we visited them in Florida we got to have “strawberry soup” for dinner sometimes. Grandpa loved that one – bread torn up and topped with fresh strawberries, sprinkled with sugar. We’d pour milk into the bowl and it was like a weird sort of cereal. I’m guessing it started among the generation that grew up during the Great Depression. However, my favorite meal was when Grandma would make Homemade Blueberry Peach Cobbler for dinner and we got to eat as much as we wanted.

Process picture of putting together peach and berry cobbler in the sunshine

Cobbler for dinner is not a huge stretch. I’m sure it’s no worse than french toast or pancakes as a meal, but as a kid it felt like an amazing winter treat. I’ve made cobbler with various fruit over the years, but blueberry peach is nostalgic as well as delicious. Juicy tart blueberries meld beautifully with the soft, sweet peaches. Stir it up into a syrupy cocktail and top it off with light sweet biscuits that are soft underneath with a little crunch on top! I’m thinking that this would be a fantastic Valentine’s Day Brunch…

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