Baking Archive

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Hands-On Dinner Parties and Apple Muffins

I made a batch of apple muffins because I was wallowing. I thought about lying and telling you I made them because the air is crisp and the leaves are changing. Perhaps I should say the smoke from my neighbor’s fireplace was tickling my nose and making me think about cable knit sweaters

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Rustic Peach-Raspberry Galette

Last week Mr. introduced me to a new word: procrastibaking. I feel the word alone says it all but just in case you are wondering, the Urban Dictionary has provided a definition, “the practice of baking something in order to put off doing something else you need to do.” This Peach-Raspberry Galette is pure

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Cardamom-Almond Meringues

If you have ever looked for a “diet” cookie you know the options, though varied, are often disappointing. I have found that if you are yearning for an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie you should just go ahead and have one. ONE. Make a date to visit a bakery, select a drool worthy

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Strawberry Rhubarb with Lemon Thyme Crumble

Quick! It’s 5 o’clock and your in-laws are on their way over for dinner. The dessert you planned isn’t going to work out (they were meringue based and the weather turned humid so you wound up with a pile of sticky chocolate Frisbees). What do you do?? I’ll tell you what I

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Roasted Strawberry Cookies

These cookies are midsummer. When I open the container to sneak one more cookie I smell sneakers brushing against swollen late afternoon strawberries desperate to be harvested from their sagging vines. I imagine the first drops from sprinklers on my herb garden after a day of baking under the aggressive rays of

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Two life changing gifts and two ways to make a rhubarb cake

One spring when I was about 7 or 8 years old my mom took my sister and I on a little trip to visit her great uncle and second cousins in the small town of Snoqualamie, WA. The trip lasted only a few hours but I came home from the visit with

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter-Oat Cookies

You know how sometimes you find a cookie recipe that you really like and you get into a phase of finding the littlest excuse to make said cookies? Well, these are those cookies. The problem is I sort of fell for the version I shared a few weeks ago. The ones with whole

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Molasses Banana-Oat Bread

This winter I have been changing up the flavor of our breakfast foods by using molasses in place of other forms of sugar. I used to keep a bottle of the thick dark syrup in the back of the cabinet (where it always seems sticky) for the very occasional batch of gingerbread.

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Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

You can’t go wrong pairing a couple of these peanut butter cookies with a cup of tea or milk. They sweet, peanut buttery, and soft in the middle with just a hint of crispness around the edge. It is like a health minded evil villain zapped 7 dozen giant bakery cookies with a

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Cinnamon Granola Clusters

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play… Actually it was raining sideways and Mr. Second Helpings had to go out and prop up part of our aging back fence with a spare 2×4. The fence was not the only thing that needed attention. The Little Helping was awash

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Crisp & Chewy Almond Snowballs

Our social calendar is wall to wall Christmas parties this month. Each invitation came with a request to bring a dish. To keep myself from getting bored I have volunteered to bring something different to all of them. In retrospect I probably should have tried to make the same thing across the

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Buttermilk Chocolate Cake (or Cupcakes)

    After all that talk about cake last week did you wonder if I was going to leave you hanging with out a recipe? Oh no no. I just wanted to give each element it’s own moment to shine. As I shared, the Little Helping requested chocolate cupcakes for his birthday
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