Beth’s Blog

Cherry Cobbler with Rum Whipped Cream

Saturday May 14, 2016

The other day in the check out line while perusing the scandal sheets, I realized the person in front of me and the one behind me were both buying big bags of fresh sweet cherries. Voila. Cherry season has arrived. Spring is officially here and with it, the first little stone fruit. So buy enough to eat fresh out of hand, then some for cooking a crisp or cobbler (easier than pie), muffins, and some savory dish like duck with cherries.

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Fresh Fruit Kuchen

Sunday May 8, 2016


A simple name, almost deceivingly so, for a fabulous coffee cake with a rich history.  When I started baking, my favorite coffee cake was the Peach Cake Cockaigne in the Joy of Cooking.  I could never get over the Cockaigne in…

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Desserts That Cook Slow and Never Fail to Delight

Sunday May 1, 2016

Desserts in a slow cooker sounds kinda weird, but once you have gotten used to using the appliance, the sky’s the limit. When Julie and I went to research and test dessert recipes we had a problem we had not predicted—there were too many things to make instead of not enough.

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Carrot Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

Sunday May 1, 2016

greasing the crock

Overview

Cooker:  Medium or large round
Setting and Cook Time: HIGH for 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours
Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon…

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Apple Crumble with Maple Créme Fraîche

Sunday May 1, 2016


A good cooking apple needs to keep its shape during baking. Its flavor, sour-sweet when raw, mellows delightfully. We like baking with medium- to large-sized Pippin, Granny Smith, and Fuji; Golden Delicious and McIntosh are wonderful if very firm, and…

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Hot Fudge Sundae Cake with Cocoa Whipped Cream and Amaretto Cherries

Sunday May 1, 2016

Hot Fudge Sundae cake is an old-fashioned pudding cake where the ingredients naturally separate during baking. When you take off the lid, the rich fudge sauce will have sunk to the bottom, with a gooey, spongy layer cake on top.…

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Sour Cream Almond Cheesecake with Winter Berry Purées

Sunday May 1, 2016

Cheesecake in the slow cooker? Absolutely and it just might be one of the best I ever made for the texture is fabulous—unbelievably silky with no crack on top like in regular oven cooking. And it cuts into picture-perfect wedges.…

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Gluten Free Graham Crackers

Sunday April 24, 2016

Recipe from Easy Gluten-Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone, who has the most amazing gluten free baking recipes I have come across.

Dry Ingredients

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder…

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Honey Graham Crackers

Sunday April 24, 2016


Graham Crackers (from Nancy Silverton’s Pastries from the La Brea Bakery (Villard, 2000) reprinted from 101cookbooks.
Yield: 10 large crackers (or 24 smaller crackers if you follow my method for cutting the crackers described above)
2 1/2 cups plus 2…

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The Microwave: S’Mores Hit The Big Time

Saturday April 23, 2016

The gooey childhood delights composed of melted marshmallows and chocolate bars sandwiched between two graham cracker squares are one of the newest members of the creative home kitchen.

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