Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Spring is just around the corner.  Cut tulips are popping up in the flower sections of grocery stores.  Once last shot to  make pumpkin bread before I get strange looks.  I suppose the end of fall should mark the end of pumpkin bread, but that rule doesn’t work in my house, especially if I’m baking […]

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German Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

I wanted to recreate this extraordinary gazillion-layer, apricot-laced, chocolate-glazed torte for my son’s birthday.  I made it in my single years, when I had a lot more time on my hands.   I remember it being divine. The flavors and textures in this cake take you to a heavenly place.  It’s a 30 layer “layer […]

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Lemon Celebration Cake

When a birthday rolls around and it’s time to bake a cake, I am usually on pins and needles.  Will it turn out?  After all, a birthday cake isn’t an everyday dessert.  I’m usually baking the birthday cake the night before, or even the day of, so if it–dare I say–flops, then I am in […]

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German Apple-Almond Cake

Apple pie is touted as a traditional American dessert–as traditional as it gets.  But America isn’t the only place in the world where the apple is the star component of a delightful traditional dessert.  Immediately comes to mind French tarte tartin with its caramel coated apples or Polish szarlotka with it’s crumbly, buttery pastry crust.  […]

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