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Okay, you remember me telling you to just keep a jar of salted caramel in the back of your fridge? This! is exactly why. This pie has four layers. That could seem like a lot of work, right? But it's not when you've got pie crust dough sitting in your freezer ready to roll and that jar of salted caramel begging to be used.       And okay, this still isn't the simplest pie to put together. You're not going to be saying to your friends, "Oh I just threw this together in the 30 minute...

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Grocery store caramel topping is the pits. It's so incredibly bland compared to the real thing. Using some of that in any of the increasingly popular recipes that highlight salted caramel won't do the recipe justice.   My advice? Just keep a jar of this liquid amber goodness in your fridge. I personally find it tedious to think about making salted caramel and THEN starting on the actual recipe. But if there is a jar of it just sitting on the top shelf of my fridge ready to go then what coul...

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Lately I am deep into cakes! Usually they feel like too much commitment and effort when bars take half the work and lay in neat lines in your freezer. But I'm loving cake and embracing after bedtime cake baking.   This cake is a perfect way to ease into Fall and into layer cakes. I found this cake to come together much more quickly than many other cakes you'll be hearing about soon. The layers have simple ingredients and you don't feel like you are completing 9 steps for each layer.   ...

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Oh this has been a sweet, sweet discovery. It makes just about everything better.   Pour it over your pancakes, your french toast or your yeasted waffles that you just made.   And then when you are done with breakfast, put it in the fridge and wait til the kids go to bed. And then pull it back out and drizzle it over your homemade Cookies'n' Cream ice cream and woah! it's good.       Peanut Butter Maple Syrup Taken from Oh Sweet Basil   6 tablespoons of unsalted but...

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Soggy waffles are miserable.  I'd rather have a piece of toast, frankly.   As it turns out, making yeasted waffles is genius on this account and one other.  I found these waffles to hold their crisp far longer than their egg white/baking powder cousins.  And having the batter prepped and ready after sitting overnight is almost always a win in my book!     This is a basic recipe and these wafflles can be invented time and time again with whatever toppings you are cra...

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If ever I planned Ladies' Teas (I don't), these might be the cookies I would make and set out on a little, lacey platter.    They aren't an American big-as-your-head-too-rich-and-gooey type of cookie at all.  (I'm not at all opposed to those!  See this, this, or this.)  These are dainty and subtle two-bite treats.  They are buttery and a bit crumbly with just a hint of nutella-peanut butter flavor in between.  A dessert that won't put you over the top on your s...

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A late night Twix bar from the basement vending machine was a definite downfall in college. Along with the Cinnamon Creme Crumb Cake from Corner Bakery and the Sweet 16 Powdered Sugar Donuts from Treasure Island that I used to pick up coming or going to my off-campus job. I blame my roommate for all the Twix bars though. I barely knew what a vending machine was until I became her roommate!       This is the more sophisticated version of that late night treat. And frankly it fits m...

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 We don't only bake desserts around here, though it might seem like it. Sometimes we bake bread too!   (And really we cook an actual meal every night but in a city that gets dark at 6pm year round it's a challenge to every photo-document even the most delicious of these meals.)       This bread is my new, favorite bread. Well, and okay I've only made it once but that's just because pureed strawberries aren't something I have in my fridge every day. But I should.   T...

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Growing up there were only two real ice cream options in my mind: Cookie Dough or Cookies'n'Cream.  Nothing else could compete.   Until Haagen Daz Dulce de Leche came around in my 20's. Oh and then my husband discovered a love of Salted Caramel Waffle Cone. Oh and then there really are about a hundred flavors of ice cream that I would be more than happy to have plunked in front of me.   But Cookies'n'Cream is like taking me back to the basics. The best basics. I don't even like or...

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Mint and chocolate are a classic combination and the ice cream is no different. It's Nate's personal favorite.     But I've always had a problem with it because in many brands the chocolate is waxy and hard. Using the ribboning technique and adding a bit of extra butter to your chocolate solves this problem. It leaves me with the yummy taste of chocolate and mint, but with a texture that is smooth as the chocolate effortlessly dissolves on your tongue when held there for an extra secon...

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