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RHUBARB UPSIDE-DOWN BROWN SUGAR CAKE

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RHUBARB UPSIDE-DOWN BROWN SUGAR CAKE This unprepossessing plant.  This long awaited harbinger of spring type of plant.  This new darling of avant-garde young chefs.  This wonderful rhubarb is the upside-down topping on the most delicious of brown sugar cakes. It … Continue reading

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WARM SOFT-CENTERED CHOCOLATE CAKES

This is the epitome of decadent desserts.  Deeply dark, warm chocolate cake served right out of the oven.  Warm chocolate cake has an edgy  reputation for being a difficult production.  Many  recipes have you making the cake,  baking the cake, … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE … make it, bake it, and enjoy it the same day!

Last December I baked  this rich fruit cake  in a loaf tin.    This year I adjusted the recipe slightly and baked it as a traditional Christmas cake.   You have lee way as to the size of cake tin you use … Continue reading

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DECIDEDLY DECADENT CHOCOLATE AND SALTED DULCE DE LECHE TART

Chocolate dark as midnight.  Caramel sauce –  toffee-like  with just a suggestion of burnt sugar.    A superb marriage of flavours.   CHOCOLATE AND SALTED DULCE DE LECHE TART is a very indulgent and very very French dessert.   One sees it … Continue reading

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ITS ALL ABOUT THE ICING ON THE CARROT CAKE!

  This is not your usual carrot cake recipe.   This is a carrot cake made sublimely rich with butter replacing the oil.   The results are a fine, firm crumb that holds and slices beautifully (so necessary in a layer cake). … Continue reading

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CARAMELIZED PLUM TART

In late summer plums in a rainbow of colours fill my baskets.  I carefully sort them.  Choosing the not quite ripe plums to make this pie.  Some we eat out of hand.  Plum juice staining our fingers.  The rest are … Continue reading

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LEMON BUNDT CAKE . . . A STUNNING CAKE WITH THREE LAYERS OF LUSCIOUS LEMON

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If dreams were make of cake it would be this stunning  LEMON BUNDT CAKE.   I love any dessert made with lemon  – tarts, bars, loaves, cookies.   This cake is at the very top of my list of favorite lemon … Continue reading

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HUMMINGBIRD CAKE

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This is a dream of a cake to make.  Just two bowls, one for the wet ingredients and one for the dry.  If you don’t have a standing mixer you can make the out-of-this world cream cheese icing in your … Continue reading

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THE OUTRAGEOUS OATMEAL COOKIE . . . with walnuts, dried cherries and chunks of chocolate

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There are those days when you want to bite into an oatmeal cookie that’s a little over the top.   A  superlative chewy cookie with just the right amount of  old fashioned rolled oats, nuts, chocolate and fruit.  A cookie with … Continue reading

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OLD FASHIONED CHERRY ALMOND CAKE

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  The most loved, most used  of all my many baking cookbooks is tattered, torn, mended and scribbled.  More than fifty years ago it came free with a bag of Robin Hood Flour.     I adore anything  baked with cherries.  This … Continue reading

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