Recipes

  • 221 Baker Street Mandarin Orange Vanilla Bean Scones You guys, I spent at least 30 minutes trying to think of a different was to say just how excited I am about this scone recipe! I realize I say ...
  • 360° Brown Butter Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies Ugh, not another chocolate chip cookies recipe! I know that’s what you’re thinking and I don’t begrudge you for a moment. That is precisely the reason I thought so long ...
  • Anniversary Rose Macarons (A Simplified Macaron Tutorial)
  • Bake to School Banana Chip Cake There are two kinds of people in life: ones that love ripe bananas, and everyone else that cannot bear the sight of even a fleck of a brown spot, or ...
  • Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting Cream Cheese Frosting is awesome! Everyone knows this. How do you make it even more lush? (I know you think it can’t be! Oh, but it can.) Beurre noisette, or brown ...
  • Candied Blood Orange Olive Oil Yogurt Cake Ahhh, blood orange. This sweet, sour, tangy and unbelievably bright citrus fruit is bursting with juicy flavor that is reminiscent of an orange, tangerine and lemon, all they while drenched in its own ...
  • Candied Lemon Cheesecake Spring has sprung, and it was brilliantly evidenced by the batch of Meyer lemon sunshine sitting on my kitchen counter silently begging to be transformed into this creamy, dreamy, luscious, airy, ...
  • Caramels with Himalayan Pink Salt My kids and I have a deal, if they see a treat that they would like to try, I get first dibs on making it for them at home. I ...
  • Carrot Cake Ice Cream Just imagine a dreamy, luscious, tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting, but in ice cream form. Now add moist, decadent, flavorful chunks of carrot cake, and finish with a drizzle of the best caramel ...
  • Carrot Coconut Cake Ya’ll it is cold in Nashville.  Like, really, really, really cold. As in, with a wind chill of -14°F this is the coldest it has been since we have moved ...
  • Cherry Orange Chocolate Bars Just like life, where a balance of work and play is essential, a balance of flavors is key in the culinary world as well. This is a palate pleasing and ...
  • Cherry Preserves Anyone who knows me, is well aware of my tendency to wax poetic about virtually anything within the realm of the baking and pastry worlds. However, there is beauty in brevity, ...
  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cake It’s my fault.  I realize this. My family is used to, and have come to expect an elaborate dessert for weekend dinners. This is a ritual that brings me immeasurable ...
  • Chocolate Crisps With Strawberry Lime Salsa This recipe of deep, dark, slightly spicy chocolate crisps, served with a ruby, locally picked, sun-ripened strawberry and tangy-sweet lime salsa has been such a fun and creative journey; one that was ...
  • Chocolate Ganache Chocolate ganache is a magical ingredient that is absolutely transformative and a culinary weapon that you can yield to create a number of luscious chocolate indulgences. However, the singular determinate ...
  • Chocolate Mint Leaves There seem to be two camps in baking: decorating and pastry. That is, those who focus more on the decorating aspect of baking and others whose interests lie on the ...
  • Cinnamon Sugar Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon How to use them: Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon and use for whenever a recipe call for cinnamon sugar.
  • Citrus Berry Naked Cake I am not from the South, so I never knew there were varying degrees of nakeness! A few years after moving to my adopted home state of Tennessee, a kind ...
  • Clementine Candy Balance. Ying and yang. Point-Counterpoint. This is a theme that you will find quite often in my baking. I tend to incorporate ingredients and flavors that balance the sweetness of ...
  • Cream Biscuits (2 Ingredients = Best. Biscuits. Ever.) Anyone who bakes biscuits has an idea of what makes theirs the best. Some swear by shortening, others insist on butter and the purist will accept nothing less than lard. ...
  • Crème Pâtissière Pastry cream, also called Crème Pâtissière, is a rich and velvety classic custard that is complemented by a myriad of flavorings and quite versatile in its application.  In this recipe, ...
  • Day Off Doughnuts While baking is a constant in our family, my hectic work schedule doesn’t allow for much daylight baking time. It’s quite often in the middle of the night or sometime ...
  • Éclairs, A love letter. The moments I cherish most in life are those seemingly insignificant ones that catch your breath, and suddenly your achingly aware that your life is about to change. Forever. This ...
  • Eggs Eggs…are magic in baking. Seriously. They truly are. The whites mimic little clouds that mystically lift and elevate anything they come in contact while egg yolks are so succulent and transform ...
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake (A Gluten-Free Decadence) I am not a gluten-free baker. Then what the heck am I doing posting this gluten-free recipe, right? The answer is quite simple actually, this a decadent, rich and elegant dessert ...
  • Fraisier A Fraisier cake, is derived from the French word “fraise,” meaning strawberry. It is a classic French cake that is traditionally comprised of a sponge cake, Génoise, cut in half, ...
  • Frangipane (Almond Cream) Frangipane, also know as frangipani in Italian and crème frangipane in French, is as rich and velvety as it sounds. It is an almond pastry cream that is used as ...
  • Fresh Ricotta I believe in the beauty of honest, pure ingredients, made well. This fresh ricotta is the epitome of this notion. One taste of this transformative, creamy cheese and you will ...
  • Genoise In 1892 Grover Cleveland is elected President of United States, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph and ...
  • Gingerbread House, From Dough to Decorating I believe in the power of love and the joy of giving, and it is a creed that I strive to instill in my little ones. For the last five ...
  • Halloween Dessert Bar Our family loves Halloween. The kids are especially fond of the trick or treat bit, and for me, it is the perfect excuse to bake up treats for a dessert bar for family and ...
  • Holla…..It’s My Mama’s Challah! I love bread. I really, really do. I have been baking it in some form or fashion for over 35 years, starting out as a child on a stool next ...
  • Honey Mint Peach Berry Salad The heat. The humidity. The frizzy hair. The kids exclaiming boredom the first week of summer. There are many reason not to love summer, but oh……there are so many reason to ...
  • Lemon Meringue Milkshake Lemon. Ice Cream. Whipped Cream. Cookie crumbs. Pie. I don’t believe I need to say more. This recipe was born of a mission to create a backyard dessert to celebrate ...
  • Mango Key Lime Tart with a Speculoos Coconut Cookie Crust Very few scents evoke such vivid memories that instantly transport you to where you long to be. From the first hint of toasted coconut wafting through the air and I ...
  • Maple Cream Cheese Frosting This is such a perfect cream cheese recipe anytime, but especially in the fall.  The hint of maple will pair perfectly with a special dessert, as in this Pumpkin Chinese ...
  • Meringue Cookies Meringue cookies are one of my children’s favorites. They are light as air with a satisfying crunch and delicate flavor. They are also perfect for kids with food allergies, like ...
  • Meyer Lemon Ice Cream I have been in desperate need of some sunshine. It’s the end of March. Spring time. And yet the temperature continues to hover in the “Baby, it’s cold outside” range. ...
  • Milk, Tea & Honey Crème Caramel Perhaps I was still in that hazy, sleep deprived, beyond exhausted, new mom phase when I thought it was a good idea to board an airplane with a weary three month old ...
  • Mocha Faux de Crème Custards are traditionally thickened with eggs and range in flavor and consistency, from a pourable crème anglaise sauce to a thick and rich crème brûlée.  This custard recipe is a nontraditional ...
  • Mom’s Pound Cake If there is any goodness, kindness, love, sacrifice and service in me, it comes from my mother. I stand in awe of all that she is and everything she has done to ...
  • My Perfect Pie Crust Flour. Butter. Sugar. Salt. Water. These are the basic ingredients that you need to make a perfect pie crust. While the ingredients may appear simple in nature, the magic happens ...
  • Old School Coconut Macaroons   Don’t get me wrong, I adore a fabulous French pastry as much as the next dessert obsessed baker, but sometimes you just gotta’ go old school! So, you know that classic candy ...
  • Pâte Sucrée (Short Crust Dough) There is something ethereal about a perfectly baked tart that congers images of the quintessential Parisian Pâtisserie. This is a most pleasing pâte sucrée recipe, which is the foundation of ...
  • Peach Lemon Pâte de Fruit I love summer, and The Peach Truck epitomizes the reason why: lovely, sweet, juicy, delectable, seasonal, fresh picked summer fruit. I picked  up some Georgia peachy goodness at the incomparable Barista Parlor, ...
  • Peppermint Meringues The holidays mean family, friends, love, peace, joy and cookies! Cookies in all shapes, sizes, colors, flavors and origins. These easy peppermint meringues are some of my favorites this time ...
  • Perfection Thy Name Is Brownie I have been on a quest to create the perfect brownie forever now.  Each batch has presented its own challenges: too dense, too cakey, an anemic chocolate flavor, an overwhelming ...
  • Persian Ice Cream (A Saffron and Rose Water Custard Ice Cream) This is a fragrant, luscious, creamy custard-base ice cream made with the most expensive spice in world, saffron.  And yes, it tastes just that rich.  Short of crossing an ocean ...
  • Pistachio Medallions I love anything pistachio.  I mean anything.  Pistachio cake.  Pistachio cookies.  Pistachio ice cream.  Pistachio candy.  Pistachio custard.  This adoration was most likely born out of the traditional Middle Eastern ...
  • Pumpkin Chinese Five Spice Layer Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Confession time: I am extremely type A and tend to be a perfectionist, especially when it comes to my baking. My family has stood wide-eyed, mouths gaping in horror as ...
  • Rhubarb Tangerine Frangipane Tart I have a secret to share: I have never had rhubarb and the extent of my rhubarb experience has been limited to the jingle on A Prairie Home Companion… “Bepob-a-rebop ...
  • Roasted Milk Ice Cream Sometimes I feel like the boy who cried wolf. At the time I create and blog about a recipe, I am beyond excited and want to share it with the ...
  • Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream with Magic Shell Seasonal berries are my jam ya’ll! Each April there’s a moment of pure joy when I’m anxiously perusing the farmer’s market hoping that perhaps today is the day I spot ...
  • Rosemary Lemon Financiers (Petite French Almond Cakes) Sweet. Savory. Seasonal. These are three of my favorite themes when it comes to pastry and these beguiling little almond cakes epitomize this trio in the most delectably charming way imaginable. This ...
  • Royal Icing Royal icing is a smooth, glossy white icing which is most often used in two ways. In it’s thickened consistency, it’s used as the glue to build gingerbread houses as ...
  • Salted Caramel Banana Pudding & The Resolution Revolution Happy New Year my friends, it feels way too long since we have chatted! While I am always baking, creating recipes and sharing pictures and posts of my adventures in ...
  • Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Mousse This is my seasonal obligatory pumpkin creation. Please don’t get me wrong, lest this sound like a task I begrudgingly embark on, nothing could be further from reality. This is a ...
  • Strawberry Lime Pâte de Fruit There are two primary reasons I wanted to make this recipe for you dear readers: 1. Pâte de Fruit is THE most intense burst of mouthwatering fruit jelly you will ...
  • Sugar Cookie Fries I wanted to create a basic cookie dough recipe that had the perfect balance of sweetness, could stand up to either being rolled thick or thin, and would maintain its ...
  • Summer Sweet Roasted Peach Ice Cream Coming home with an arm-full of fresh, juicy, sweet, succulent sun-ripened peaches from Nashville’s own, The Peach Truck, in the sweltering and achingly humid summer heat could only mean one thing…peach ...
  • Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallows I cannot imagine a more appropriate occasion to make these Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallow confections than Valentine’s Day! I am not ashamed to confess that I’m wholly and unabashedly in ...
  • Sweetie Pies Okay, remember that one time at 1 am when you were scouring Pinterest to find the perfect Valentine treat for your sweet and thought to yourself, that would be adorable! ...
  • The Big Apple Caramel Cinnamon Roll “Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees ...
  • Tres Leches Pumpkin Bread Pudding Oh you guys, this bake is just beyond. A rich bread is cubed and soaked in a luscious creamy pumpkin custard, baked to golden perfection and then saturated in a sweet ...
  • Valentine Chocolate Truffles “Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always time.”  ~`Abdu’l-Bahá On this Valentine’s Day, show those that you adore, just how much they mean to you ...
  • Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup Simple syrup is comprised of boiling sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved and incorporated into the water to form a homogeneous liquid, which is then cooled.  Simple ...
  • Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream   Ingredients: 1  cup (8 ounces/237 ml) heavy whipping cream 2  tablespoons powered sugar 1  teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract, preferably Nielsen-Massey How to Use Them: Place the heavy cream, mixing bowl and whisk ...
  • Vanilla Glaze 1/4 cup (½ stick/2 ounces/57 grams) butter, softened 2 cups (250 grams) powdered sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla, preferably Nielsen-Massey 4 tablespoons warm water In a medium bowl, heat the butter in ...
  • Vanilla Wafers We all at some point have had the ubiquitous vanilla wafer, more than likely it was probably half disintegrated in some version of a banana pudding.  I have always found ...
  • White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Homemade Cherry Preserves I love to bake. I seriously, really, honestly love to bake. It brings me immeasurable joy and it’s a passion I happily dwell in, often at the expense of a ...
  • Would you like fries with that? A Brownie Burger Bake. Every summer right around this time, the kids and I huddle in a secretive corner of the house and deliberate on what would be THE best father’s day gift ever! ...