Category Archives: Baking

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe comes via Cullen and Carol, one of the few times in recent history where I’ve baked something other than from my project baking book! These are a nice combination of banana and chocolate in cookie form. (Lesya typically … Continue reading

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Blackberry Pockets

I’ve been laid out by a cold for the past three days. Been watching a lot of Olympics, some survivor show from Discovery Channel (the one with the military guy and the naturalist), and playing a computer game to pass … Continue reading

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Pie Crust, finally

As I’ve been working through the WS baking book, I’ve been avoiding some of the pies. And when I make the pies, I have been getting very frustrated by the crusts, which despite my best efforts rarely turn out like … Continue reading

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Update on the baking book project

You may know that I’m trying to bake every recipe in the book “The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book”. You may know that I took on this project before recognizing that there are 250 recipes in the book and calculating how long … Continue reading

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Baking and Brewing

So the summer’s over and I’m finally back to baking and brewing. Yes, my cookbook project is proceeding. But I’m starting to worry that it may never end… I think I’m not quite halfway through the 250 recipes in the … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Napoleon Torte #2

This won’t be a very eloquent post, but I wanted to write down my notes from my second attempt at making the Ukrainian Napoleon Torte. I decided to make two separate custards simultaneously, hoping to make better use of my … Continue reading

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Gingerbread 2012

This year we’re following the gingerbread recipe from “How to build a gingerbread house” by Christina Banner. And we’re using the simple house pattern that she provides in the book. We’ll post some pics when the house is complete, but … Continue reading

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Cornmeal and grits waffles

I haven’t made very good progress on my quest to find a waffle that I’m really excited about. I still need to look at yeasted waffles… but like most people looking to make waffles, this morning I didn’t have time … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Napoleon torte

In the Ukrainian community, holidays and celebrations focus on torte desserts rather than cookies and cakes and pies. Go to a big Ukrainian wedding, and you’ll see a dessert table that includes 10 or more different types of tortes. Lesya’s … Continue reading

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Cranberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I made this recipe back in March, and unfortunately I probably don’t have a picture of it. But I can tell you this: it’s very delicious, and of all the things I’ve made from the Williams-Sonoma Baking Book, this is … Continue reading

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