baking

Fruit and nut-stuffed baked apples, and a visit to Sesame Street

One of my favorite childhood memory-related scents is that of plump apples baking in the oven on a cold day. My mother would core the apples, drop some butter, cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar in the centers, and bake them until the house filled with that perfect, delicious scent. I remember sitting on… Continue reading Fruit and nut-stuffed baked apples, and a visit to Sesame Street

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Practically perfect cranberry-pumpkin bread

I was grumping recently (yeah, I grump sometimes) about how pumpkin companies need to make their cans of pureed pumpkin two full cups, not 1 3/4 cups.  Most recipes I have for pumpkin baked goods ask for a full cup. My pumpkin blondies, for example…and oh goodness, they are so very good! I made them… Continue reading Practically perfect cranberry-pumpkin bread

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Fall baking kick-off: Pumpkin Blondies

It’s finally here: at 4:05 am CST today, autumn arrived! This is such a fun time of year; it feels like home to me.  There’s something about the scents of cloves and nutmeg, the sight of  fat, cheerful pumpkins, and the taste of apples and cinnamon that make me feel comforted and happy. It’s the… Continue reading Fall baking kick-off: Pumpkin Blondies