November 2010

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

The Curvy Carrot shares this delectable festive spice cake: "This recipe, absolutely, will be on my table this year at Thanksgiving. It was amazing. And even better, it was a cinch to put together. We’re talking: 20 minutes maximum in prep time, and then the baking time."

Recipe: Cranberry Upside-Downer

Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars

These dreamy bars could be the last word on Thanksgiving sweets - smooth pumpkin deeply infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice...all covered with a cream cheese and butter frosting that in no way distracts from the rich pumpkin flavor. And because the batter fills an entire jelly roll pan, true pumpkin enthusiasts have plenty to share! 

Recipe: Pumpkin Bars

Rhubarb and Vanilla Crumble

Rhubarb and vanilla crumble

A comforting, delicious dessert for cold days. [editor's note: also makes for a great breakfast :)] 

Recipe: Rhubarb and vanilla crumble

Bomboloni alla Nutella

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from CaffeIna

Nutella Trilogy - Part I: Bomboloni alla Nutella. Eat them while they're still warm and you will know what heaven tastes like!

Recipe: Bomboloni alla Nutella

Rose Madeleines

Rose Madeleines

Swee San bakes these dainty little madeleines, perfect for dipping in your afternoon tea, flavored with rosebuds and orange zest. She also gives the low-down on the ubiquitous "bump" that's the hallmark of a real madeleine - or is it?

Recipe and story: Rose Madeleines

Spice Nut Muffins

Spice Nut Muffins

I won't insult your intelligence by reminding you what "they" say about spice, I respect you too much for that. But what puts the extra nice in this recipe is that it's actually free of sugar, because date puree is used instead of the granulated stuff we're all, let's admit it, addicted to. Toasted pecans, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg join forces to put a delicious finishing touch on a good-for-you treat that still manages to taste sinfully sweet.

Recipe: Spice Nut Muffins

Saffron Cantuccini

Saffron Cantuccini

"Cantuccini and coffee, cantuccini and milk, cantuccini with ice cream... They do brighten the day and are so, so simple to make. This variation uses saffron, adding an interesting twist." Hannah obviously knows a thing or two about cantuccini! And in case you didn't know, cantuccini are the crunchy twice-baked Italian almond cookies we North Americans usually call "biscotti", but biscotti just means cookie in Italian. :)

Recipe: Saffron Cantuccini

Pear Grand Marnier Crisp

Pear Grand Marnier Crisp

from CaffeIna

I think I have a new favorite fall dessert: pear granola Grand Marnier crisp. No additional words are needed!

Recipe: Pear granola Grand Marnier crisp

Savory Vegetable Hand Pies

Savory Vegetable Hand Pies

Considering the fact we're all browsing this awesome baking-centric site, chances are we all have that sweet tooth thing going on for us. But it's good to go for something savory sometimes, and if any recipe were to be the poster child for this concept, the following would definitely be it: a wonderfully flaky pumpkin-shaped crust filled with butternut squash, spinach and mushrooms. Ladies and gentlemen, our gluttonous lives are now complete.

Recipe: Savory Vegetable Hand Pies

Apple Buttermilk Pound Cake

Apple Buttermilk Pound Cake

A rich buttermilk pound cake starring seasonal apples and cinnamon is the perfect treat to enjoy on a cool fall day. Sandra adapted a recipe to come up with this lovely cake. She says, "I fell in love with it the first time I made it. I knew the addition of apples and cinnamon would take it to the next level."

Recipe: Apple Buttermilk Poundcake