Baking Category

Mad about maple

My favorite flavors are butterscotch, caramel, molasses and maple, in that order.  While we likely have an abundant supply of the first three, which are all based on sugar cane, a warm climate crop, maple, from the sugar maple, is rapidly becoming a scarce and precious commodity (one more casualty of global warming). As a […]

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Velvety chocolate magic

I hate to waste my calories on things that look impressive, are relatively tasteless and yet still fattening. So, I almost never buy or eat layer cakes from the majority of ‘bakeries’ or ‘baked goods’ sections. For one thing, they rely heavily on Crisco (a truly deadly product) for their icings, instead of real butter […]

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My chocolate muse

Continuing on with my favorite chocolate confection formulas, from last weekend, here is number two on my list. These are a light, rich, delicate  but still chewy (when they are fresh) chocolate ‘cookie’ that can be made with or without regular flour, especially because the percentage of flour is very small. As cookies go, they […]

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Dreams in chocolate

All of us have passions of one sort or another.  Sometimes they become obsessions or addictions.  One of mine used to be collecting clothing, especially shoes, and jewelry.  Thankfully, I finally got all of that out of my system and can some day be a very ancient lady, festooned with bracelets, necklaces, and rings, maybe […]

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Perfect pies

In the run-up to the holidays I can happily look forward to a few things.  One is knitting (and I will share about that this autumn) and the other is baking. I make the usual things that people who are addicted to carbs like, but pies above all.  It is funny too because, as much […]

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