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S’Mores Muffins

S'Mores Cupcakes with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, and a toasted marshmallow filling

Warm summer days. Cool, crisp evenings. And the crackling sound of campfires burning away. For us, this scene brings to mind one thing…s’mores! Even if you can’t toast marshmallows over an open fire, thanks to blogger and newly minted author Stephanie Wise, you can recreate the flavors of your favorite s’mores at home…and for breakfast…. Read More »

Authentic Churros


Dunkin’ Donuts? Dunk these churros instead. These tasty pastries have fans worldwide: In Spain they are served simply with a cup of thick, rich, chocolate for your dunking pleasure, across Latin America they are a popular street food, and in the US you will frequently find them rolled in cinnamon sugar. However you take your… Read More »

Bourbon Bananas Foster

Bourbon Bananas Foster

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is approaching, which we consider a perfect occasion to turn our palates southward. A heavenly dish where bananas are caramelized in a skillet, flambeed, and then served over ice cream, Banana’s Foster was created at Brennan’s Restaurant (New Orleans) in 1951 by Chef Paul Blange. The dessert is… Read More »

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

You know a breakfast bread has made it big when it earns its own national holiday. In honor of National Zucchini Bread Day, we wanted to celebrate the only way we know how– by adding extra chocolate. Eliza’s chocolate zucchini bread recipe combines the healthy aspect of shredded squash with cocoa, a dusting of espresso powder,… Read More »

Classic Spanish Flan

How to Make Classic Spanish Flan

Flan, also known as crème caramel, is a traditional custard dessert served with a thin layer of soft caramel that has become ubiquitous in Spanish-speaking countries. The egg-based concoction dates back to Roman times, when both sweet and savory variations were popular. An easy, yet elegant dish, flan can be prepared in a bundt pan… Read More »

Cocoa Cannolis with Ricotta-Mascarpone Cream

Cannoli Recipe

Sweet-tooths will line up for blocks to wait for an authentic Italian bakery’s cannoli. The Sicilian pastries can be filled with ricotta or mascarpone, but Mandy combines the best of both. Her take is as authentic as it gets: hand-rolled cannoli dough, hand-dipped, fried shells, and fresh, homemade ricotta combined with mascarpone for an incredibly light… Read More »

Texas French Toast Bake

Texas French Toast Bake

Up the ante on your french toast routine by swapping out brioche for Texas Toast. Assembling the ingredients the night before in a casserole dish turns it into a major timesaver in the kitchen. When you’re expecting a crowd of hungry people awaiting a full breakfast, preparing any dish in advance can be a lifesaver…. Read More »

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

This sweet, spongy cake with its golden brown crust is the perfect canvas for a spoonful of strawberries. Made with only seven ingredients and a bit of patience, this homemade dessert is moist, tender, and light. It gets its rise, not from baking powder or baking soda, but solely from egg whites that are beaten… Read More »

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake

This decadent dessert got its beginnings in German-style bakeries in south St. Louis in the 1930s. It has become one of the most popular foods in the area. The authentic version is made completely from scratch (no box mix allowed), and Barbara’s recipe is the real deal. The bottom layer is a buttery yeast-raised dough… Read More »

Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

While every baker might have their own variation, this chocolate chip cookie recipe is the one of our dreams. After years (yes, years) of testing, many failed batches, and more than our fair share of glasses of milk, we arrived at this – our favorite chocolate chip cookie. It’s the recipe we got back to… Read More »

Soft Pumpernickel Bread

Pumpernickel Bread Recipe

Megan describes her pumpernickel bread as “tall, dark, and handsome,” and we couldn’t agree more. Baked in a bread pan, the loaf rises into a soft tower of fluffy warmth. Steakhouses  that offer warm pumpernickel can’t keep guests from asking for more. With a dish of whipped butter, who can say no? But pumpernickel bread… Read More »

New York-Style Cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake Recipe

Pure, unadulterated cheesecake that is a mile high and richly creamy. That’s New York-style cheesecake. Originally, cheesecake was made with ricotta or even cottage cheese. But when the dessert made it to the Americas, we got creative: Cream cheese entered the mix, and people fell in love. Michelle starts with a thin graham cracker, which… Read More »

Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Cakey brownies get a bad rap because if made improperly, they can be dry, flavorless, and unrecognizable as the delicious treat they can be. With a texture so hard to get right, cakey brownies can become too similar to chocolate cake, begging the question of what the definitive difference is from those who have only… Read More »