strawberry + chocolate swirl no-knead brioche

Need a weekend baking project? Brioche bread is tender, buttery and subtly sweet. It’s the perfect bake for a long day and the best part, it’s a low maintenance bread that doesn’t require kneading. I had this delightful homemade strawberry and rose jam left over from my Cardamon + Honey Linzer Cookies last week. After…

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yeast-raised doughnuts + chocolatey glaze

Donut judge me for posting a doughnut recipe a meer few weeks after the New Year. These yeast-based doughnuts are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Dipping them in a cocoa glaze was the wisest thing I have ever done. As for the random sprinkles, who needs a reason to celebrate? All…

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chocolate tahini linzer cookies

Christmas time is here! This means cookie exchanges, baking for loved ones and entirely too many sweets. I have made these cookies for the past three weekends in a row because they are just that darn impressive and delicious. The shortbread dough is buttery and tender yet firm and thick, perfect for a cookie sandwich.…

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cherry & cocoa buttercream pavlova stack

It’s starting to get hot. Summer in the South is certainly intense. We splashed in the pool yesterday and it was 95 degrees…in the WATER. When the summer heat rolls around, I like to bake light but still satisfyingly sweet desserts. Having the oven roaring on high heat is not the most ideal situation, so…

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dense fudgey chocolate cake desperate for a glass of milk

This rich chocolate cake is the best of both worlds fudge and cake. You can thank a cup of strong coffee for the intense chocolate bitterness and a cup of greek yogurt for creamy tartness. Whispers of melted morsels are tucked away in each bite, melting upon impact. This cake takes about 5-10 minutes to…

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chocolate babka

In the Seinfeld episode “The Dinner Party,” Jerry and Elaine missed out on the last chocolate babka at a NYC bakery. They were both so distraught and struggled to find a better confection to bring to their friend’s dinner party. That is literally the only thing I knew about Chocolate Babka and, trust me, it was convincing enough to do some…

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funfetti birthday cake & chocolate buttercream frosting

Who says Funfetti Birthday Cake is for kids? This week was my incredible husband’s 38th birthday. His birthday cake request? Yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Boring, I know. You see, he was raised on store bought confections. As with any childhood favorite, sometimes it’s hard to steer away from nostalgia and fall in love with…

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cran-walnut rum biscotti with salted dark chocolate

Happy New Year! 2017 is upon us and every new year causes us all to reflect on the previous year. The hubs and I have been laying in our pjs all day, wrapped in cozy blankets and watching movies on the couch. Our Christmas tree is half stripped of its ornaments, a lazy attempt to…

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Spiced Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

Valentines Day is around the corner and indulging in creamy bittersweet chocolate is the best option. These no trouble Truffles will knock the socks off of your Valentine… and maybe even their pants? Each decadent morsel is coated with spices like Madras Curry, Chinese Five-Spice, Cardamom and Clove. Intrigued? Read on for the recipe.  …

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Torta al Vino Bianco & Poached Pears

Torta al Vino Bianco is Italian for Cake with White Wine. You can absolutely pair a glass of sweet wine with this decadent dessert, yet the translation refers to white wine being incorporated into the cake batter. Curve your chocolate craving with this wine infused cocoa cake, drenched in homemade chocolate ganache and cloaked with…

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