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Walnut Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and Candied Walnuts

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own. I‘m excited to share this cake with you, for two reasons. First, it has been a whole month since I made a layer cake, so I was due for another one. Second, this cake involves candied walnuts, and I didn‘t realize until I made them how incredibly delicious they are. (My family agreed, and I made a batch of just the candied walnuts after the cake was gone

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Panettone Swirl Buns

I‘ve mentioned quite a bit on this site that I contribute over atArtisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day I‘ve been working withJeff HertzbergandZo Franoisfor about six years. While I write someblog posts for themand spend a good deal of timeover on their Instagram account, one of the highlights of my job is helping them work on cookbooks. About this time a year ago Zo was baking piles of bread and I was photographing them for the new book

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Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Bites for Halloween

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own. I‘ve never been a Halloween person; I enjoyed roaming the neighborhood for candy each year with my sister, but as someone who has always been terrified of scary movies and creepy decorations, I will take December 25thover October 31st most days. When I did celebrate Halloween, I always tried to make the day less about death and dying which never really worked

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Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel

I‘m posting again (two days in a row!) because I received a lovely new cookbook from Fanny Lam of Oh Sweet Day, and these pumpkin and cream cheese muffins spoke to me immediately from amongst the pages. Then after making them and inhaling most of them (and sharing with my neighbors who also devoured them) I decided you might just want this recipe as well for your upcoming holiday weekend and month. They are crazy good; the pumpkin and spice

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Peach Puff Pastry Pie

I realized today that I hadn‘t made one pie this summer, not even ONE! Luckily I had a pile of peaches on my counter and rough puff pastry in my fridge, and so decided to remedy the situation immediately by putting the two together. Peach Puff Pastry Pie was born. While I usually prefer a traditional pie crust, this comes in a very close second. I did make my own puff pastry here, but you can use store bought and save yourself some time. Ot

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caramel rolls

It is rainy and chilly here in Minneapolis, and although we just had a weekend of 90 degree weather, I‘m slightly excited about the possibility of autumn approaching. Caramel Rolls seem like the right way to celebrate. Made with my favorite sweet dough, these rolls are swirled up in cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, then smothered in warm caramel and toasted pecans. I made these rolls in the Mauviel soufflmolds I am always going on about, but y

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pumpkin pie

Several people asked for this recipe after I posted a photo of the pie on Instagram, so here it is. This is the pumpkin pie I‘ve made at the last couple Thanksgivings, and it‘s gone over quite well my family gathering. It is dreamy-creamy, and boasting of pumpkin flavor. Other pumpkin recipes you may enjoy: Baked Pumpkin Donuts, Pumpkin Poundcake with Chocolate, Pumpkin Scones, and Ginger Cake with Pumpkin Moussaline. ****************

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vanilla doughnuts with pumpkin pastry cream

I mentioned before that I may go slightly overload with some pumpkin recipes this season, and here‘s another one for you, this chilly October morning. Pumpkin pastry cream is quite tasty, and I honestly can‘t stop making it. It‘s smooth and rich like any good pastry cream should be, with just enough pumpkin flavor. This recipe is adapted from the pastry cream in my book; I start things in a stand mixer and then move to the stove

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(Good Morning) Cheese Danish Slab Pie

I recently received Cathy Barrow‘s new cookbook, Pie Squared, and have been highly enjoying it. The concept of the book is slab pies - a pie that strays from it‘s traditional circle shape and is instead baked in a baking sheet. I am a huge fan of slab pie; I prefer the crust to filling ratio, and it cuts so nice and neat into squares while being large enough to feed a crowd. It‘s a perfect dessert. One of the first recipes I mad

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(baked) pumpkin donuts

I normally prefer fried donuts if have a choice, but they can be a lot of work and the kitchen aftermath is not always worth the effort. I make these baked pumpkin donuts every fall and never hear any complaints - they are muffin-y in taste, but delicious none-the-less. This recipe was actually originally for muffins, but I prefer them in donut shape - they bake up quite nice, and aren‘t as dense with the smaller height and the hole in the

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chocolate chip snack cake

I have another snack cake for you, this time one with a yellow cake base and mini chocolate chips. I must admit I‘ve been enjoying these snack cakes more than layer cakes - the frosting to cake ratio is perfect, and eating small squares of cake instead of giant triangles somehow feels just right. If you prefer an all chocolate cake, I have that for you here. ***************************************** Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in

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Chocolate Cake with Espresso Buttercream

I‘m not ashamed to admit I drink way too much coffee. I recently got an espresso machine, which has changed my life for the better (it was sent to me by Breville, but this isn‘t a sales pitch: I‘m in love with the thing). There is nothing like a freshly brewed, steaming hot Americano with a splash of cream to start a chilly October morning off right. And because the machine is conveniently located in my kitchen, I‘m also f

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