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Coffee Caramel Monkey Bread

I have no recollection of the first time I tried monkey bread, but somewhere in my youth, or childhood, I must have done something good because it was included in my growing-up experience. Whenever my mom made it she used store-bought bread dough, which made assembling much easier (I never once saw a jar or packet of yeast in her kitchen). She‘d roll small pieces of dough into balls and cover them in butter and sugar, throw them in a Bundt

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chocolate mint cake (otherwise known as candy cane cake)

This is an older post, originally posted in 2011, that I‘m highlighting this December. My daughter and I were looking through old blog posts, trying to decide on a birthday dessert for her upcoming day, and she died laughing at how terrible the photos were for this post (they were pretty bad). So I remade the cake this week updating not only the photos, but the recipe as well. I‘ve used peppermint candies here instead of candy canes (

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Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls

I decided to see what would happen if I played around with my Sweet dough recipe - adding apple cider instead of milk, for an Autumn-ish type of breakfast bun. The rolls came out beautifully, with the faintest apple flavor. I‘m not one for apple chunks in my buns and rolls (I find them distracting), so instead, to draw out the apple flavor, I opted for an apple cider icing; I cooked down the apple cider, added a little cream cheese, butter,

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pumpkin scones

Pumpkin Scones These scones are a family favorite, and might be what we wake up to this Christmas morning. ‘If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.‘ -Lucy Larcom NOTES: Putting another baking sheet nestled directly underneath the one the scones are on helps keep the bottoms of the scones from browning too quickly before they fully bake. If you like the bottoms extra crisp, you can just use one pan. 2 cups (320 g) all

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Pear Apple Hard Cider Pie

Nigel Slater describes an apple in his book Ripe as a quick hit, but the pear as something to take our time over. I would have to agree and have always been partial to pears over apples, especially when it comes to pies. Here, however, I‘ve combined them; this pie is chockfull of fresh pears, and their juice is cooked down with a good splash of hard apple cider. It‘s a fantastic combination, a perfect pie for crisp autumn evenings and

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Strawberry + Liliko‘i Ice Cakes

We‘ve had a heat wave here in Minneapolis, which I‘ve welcomed with open arms for two reasons: last year we were robbed of a fall (it rained and was cold and the sun rarely shone and we never got our bright, crisp, Autumn days) and I‘m not ready to let go of summer quite yet. I‘m still drinking an Iced Americano through out the day, my windows are flung wide open from dawn to dusk, and I‘ve tried to keep baking to a

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pan-banging molasses espresso cookies with chocolate

This recipe originally appeared in Bake From Scratch Vol 3, along with several other cookies recipes I contributed, and now is in the new Bake From Scratch Cookie Collection. Since I just finished the pan-banging chapter for my next book (coming out Fall 2020!), I thought I would include it here to celebrate. These cookies have the crisp, ripply edges and gooey, chocolate center my original recipe is known for, along with a tiny hit of molasses a

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Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

One of my favorite holiday treats is pumpkin bread and I make quite a few loaves every year, some for giving, some for keeping. This version comes from Michelle Lopez‘s new cookbook, Weeknight Baking. It‘s based on a recipe from the Tartine: A Classic Revisited cookbook, and it is quite delicious. Michelle makes hers with granulated sugar sprinkled on top instead of the cream cheese icing, but I couldn‘t resist piling it high wi

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Cheesecake Cookies

This past week I was on Twin Cities Live for their 12 Days of Cookies that airs each year around the holidays. I made these cheesecake cookies, and wanted to include them here as well because they are so delicious. On the show I didn‘t add the chocolate drizzle, but I made them again this weekend and liked the added touch. They are good either way (you could even swirl in some jam or curd to the filling). Other recipes you may enjoy: Pan-Ba

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Cinnamon Rolls

**I‘m re-posting my Cinnamon Roll recipe to the front page, after it was featured on The Kitchn today. I‘ve included the sweet dough recipe and an option to print the recipe below. ** I‘m posting the cinnamon roll recipe from my book here today, as many of you have been looking for it after the Pancake Princess declared it winner of her Cinnamon Roll Bake Off (yay!). I had the rolls in a different form here, but since the recipe

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