Baked Sunday Mornings: Pairing pears and plums

Plums are so unique and uniquely summer. Their subtle sweetness, spicy and floral, extends beyond that into a spectrum of flavors, depending on the type of plum or plum cross (plum/apricot, plum/cherry), with hits of tartness and soft notes of apple, berries and citrus. 

I look forward to plum season every year, our . . . → Read More: Baked Sunday Mornings: Pairing pears and plums

Baked Sunday Mornings: Waking with banana, espresso and chocolate

A few good muffins…it really doesn’t hurt to have a handful of go-to recipes for these underrated (and too infrequently made) breakfast and coffee-time treats. Why don’t I make more muffins? After all, they are easy (even kids can stir them up) and come together quickly. In a matter of moments you can . . . → Read More: Baked Sunday Mornings: Waking with banana, espresso and chocolate

Baked Sunday Mornings: Expanding the magic of blueberry muffins

Certain baked goods win in the comfort category, those old, tried-and-true traditional recipes that make you feel better just to think about them. Homey treats like apple pie, biscuits and chocolate chip cookies have that soothing quality. So, too, in this category are blueberry muffins.

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Scone of the Month: Picking a floral-scented scone

Sometimes, you can’t see the recipe for the blooms. I’m twisting an old phrase here, but it applies to my obvious lack of perception when trying to decide on a scone recipe for this month.

I was set on something with raspberries or white chocolate or coconut. Or white chocolate-raspberry-coconut, when lo and . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Picking a floral-scented scone

Baked Sunday Morning: Revisiting what’s best about chocolate chip cookies

I’ve made zillions (and eaten nearly as many) of chocolate chip cookies. I’ve written here before that it was the first recipe I remember baking, climbing on a chair at age seven to assemble my ingredients and make my first batch from the recipe on the back of the yellow Tollhouse  package.

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Baked Sunday Mornings: Lifting the spirits with Lemon Lemon Loaf

When considering the rightness of the Universe, one can look no further than the timing of the lemon. The depth of winter — this year,= dark, cold and freezing from coast to coast — is the height of lemon season. Bright citrus of all kinds, lead by the lovely lemon, proliferate in the . . . → Read More: Baked Sunday Mornings: Lifting the spirits with Lemon Lemon Loaf

Baked Sunday Mornings: Feeling like a Millionaire’s Shortbread

I don’t need much encouragement to make shortbread. Even after a busy cookie-baking holiday season, the chance of making this simple, homey, buttery favorite treat — whether it comes in a pan or sliced from a roll — appeals to me because making it is simple; eating it is another reward altogether.

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Scone of the Month: Kicking things off with cheese

I have a long history with scones — and a good one. One of my first entries for this blog was about the first scone I ever made (see entry of September 2010), and I took the scone name for my blog from a play on a certain “scornful” phrase. Scones have . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Kicking things off with cheese

Baked Sunday Mornings: Digging a homemade granola

The timing for making the Easy Homemade Granola for Baked Sunday Mornings couldn’t have been more perfect. First off, the word “easy,” after weeks of holiday cookie and candy making, made my flour-dusty apron strings untangle. Secondly, after weeks of holiday cookie and candy making, the idea of something more healthful (as . . . → Read More: Baked Sunday Mornings: Digging a homemade granola

Bread of the Month: Nodding toward nog in scones

I love the tastes of eggnog…in more than just egg nog. That quintessential combination of cream meeting nutmeg and spice with a bottom note of rum (extract), is appealing to me in any number of things — cookies, truffles and other candies, and in the traditional holiday drink itself. So, given my . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Nodding toward nog in scones