Easy Chocolate Fudge

Every year at the bakery I work a catered event in Maine at a girl’s summer camp where I make a whole lot of fudge. The girls love it and I do too. I love making different flavors and seeing what will be their favorite flavor that year. Last year it was S’mores flavor where […]

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Chocolate Ice Cream!

Ice cream is so amazing to make. You can use SO many different flavor combinations that once you have a grasp on the basics and a good feel for your machine the sky is the limit. I made a video recently on how to make chocolate ice cream at home. I have a Kitchen Aid […]

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I love cheesecake. I know I say this about a lot of things I bake, but cheesecake was the first thing I made that other people told me I was good at baking. I first started making this cheesecake recipe when it was shared with me by my co-worker Lauren when I was on the […]

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Almond Poppy Cake

Almond Poppy Cake Makes 1 Loaf This is one of my favorite quick loaves to whip up for use either for breakfast or a snack.  We have even had customers that claim to use slices of this cake for their favorite base from shortcake during strawberry season.  It smells heavenly when baking because of all […]

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Creme Brûlée

Everyone seems to think that creme brûlée is something you buy in a fancy restaurant, not make at home. BUT IT’S SO EASY!! No really, it is.  As long as you have the best ingredients available, you are good to go!  Heavy cream, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla.  That’s it.  All available at the grocery store. […]

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Sour Cream Panna Cotta

This is a panna cotta that has a lovely silky texture and fresh taste, but really, it’s a other panna cotta formula that I use all the time. You may substitute the sour cream with any dairy you’d like. Some of my favorites are buttermilk and yogurt because I love the acidic tang it adds […]

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Developing a Plated Dessert

I spend a lot of time both in coaching sessions and in class yammering on about what makes a good plated dessert in a restaurant. There are lots of opinions on this in the Pastry Industry I’m sure, but this is the guideline I like to use. I’ve included my “dessert mother sauce” list because […]

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Sugar Cookies

Is there anything more iconic to the holidays than cookies? I love making cookies.  It’s so humbling, yet the creativity options are endless.  Don’t have much time? Make some quick chocolate chip.  Feeling like chocolate? Sables are the way to go.  Feeling nostalgic? Time for my Nana’s Italian White Cookies, flavored with anise and decorated […]

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New England Gingerbread

New England Gingerbread is one of my most favorite perennial recipes.  It was a recipe originally thrust upon me by a chef at a hotel I was baking at.  We baked it in pullman loaf pans (large square shaped pans usually about 12″ long) and sold it as slices with ice cream and butterscotch sauce. […]

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