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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Angel Food Cake

As I write this, my angel food cake is upside down, cooling in the kitchen. Upside down. You heard me right. Making angel food cake is one of the great acts of culinary faith. After separating a...

How to Make Dulce de Leche

I've always said that I don't have a sweet tooth. For the large part, that's true. I'll take a handful of salty pretzels over chocolate almost any day. However. Dulce de leche might be my undoing....

Poached Pears with Spiced Caramel

If you know me, you know that I'm not a huge fan of making fussy desserts. Creamy. Buttery. Rich. Yes. But fussy, not my speed. (Don't get me wrong, I love fancy pastry, but life's...

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

Here's my favorite pumpkin pie recipe (plus a tribute to one of the handiest cookbooks ever). This pie is easy enough to bust out on a weeknight.

Baked Jelly Doughnuts (a.k.a. Soufganiyot for Hanukkah)

If you know me, you know I have a great fondness for jam, jelly, and marmalade. It actually kind of borders on a problem. If you've been at The Mouse House late at night, you may...

Drunken Coffee Jello Squares

OK, kids: This is coffee. In solid form. It's been sweetened with condensed milk and booze-ified with a healthy dose of Kahlua—then rubberized into a blissful, cocktail-hour finger food thanks to the magic of gelatin. Now, you have to like Jello, or Jello-like food, for this to work. If you do, you're in for a treat.

Chocolate Cheesecake

Our good friend the Baron Von Hammer came to visit us recently, right around his birthday. That being a rather auspicious occasion, I wanted to make him something special. This chocolate cheesecake didn't disappoint!

S’mores Bars

Psssst, hey, you! You need to make these. Like, now. I almost never say that, but seriously: You do. Stop what you're doing and get yourself into the kitchen. You can thank me later.
wedge of ricotta cake

Torta di Ricotta

This cake is like a coffee cake, but better. It's rich, but still manages to have a light crumb. It gets a subtle, mollasses-tinged sweetness from dark brown sugar, and a burst of brightness from a generous amount of fresh lemon zest.
chocolate covered caramel close up

Old-Time Chocolate Molasses Chews

For this recipe, squares of chewy chocolate caramel get all dressed up in chocolate. They're chewy and chocolate-y and have a deep, sweet earthiness from a generous amount of molasses.