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Deluxe fudgy brownies

Everyone loves a good brownie. The trick is to find the recipe for making YOUR ultimate brownie, as there are so many different ways you can go. Some people prefer cakier brownies, others more chewy or fudgy brownies.     So where does this one fall? Oddly enough, it’s both fudgy and cakey. How is that possible? […]

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Hazelnut financiers

Financiers are light and spongey cakes traditionally made from ground almonds (or almond flour), brown butter, flour, sugar and egg whites, and date back to the 17th century. The French pastry chef Lasne re-popularised them in 1890 by giving them their current rectangular shape, which resembles a bar of gold as they were especially popular […]

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Easy apricot bars

These apricot bars are surprisingly tasty. I say surprisingly tasty, because while they aren’t maybe the prettiest dessert, once tasted, they are quick to disappear.   Apricot, which is often sour when baked, lends itself very well to sweetening with this crumble that surrounds it on the top and the bottom. The texture is soft, […]

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Honey spice bread

Honey spice bread

As the air outside begins to chill and the holidays loom, I inaugurated my holiday bakes with a honey spice bread. Honey spice bread, or pain d’épices as it known in France, is a traditional bread that is both popular in the Alsace region and within France since the 1400s. Centuries of bakers have perfected honey spice bread, and […]

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