Cinnamon Pecan Swirl Monkey Bread

Happy Leap Day! February has been one bitch of a month for me personally, so to celebrate the end of it I decided to bake something really, really naughty.  I was inspired by monkey bread, a heavenly concoction of cinnamon sugar covered dough that is baked in a sticky brown sugar and butter sauce.  The end result is sweet, buttery, and perfect for sharing.  Most of the recipes I found on the interwebs for monkey bread used a short...

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Glazed Yuzu Pound Cakes

Last week I discovered that my local specialty market carries fresh yuzu when they are in season.   I have never seen it fresh before, we usually only get the bottled juice if we are lucky, so I snatched up a few for experimenting.  When I got them home and presented them to my husband, who is usually only mildly interested in my culinary finds, there erupted something of a yuzu controversy.   I contend that the aroma of the yuzu...

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Cranberry Bourbon Christmas Cake

I’m not going to lie … this is a highfalutin fruit cake. Every year I make a fruit cake.  I find I really like them around the holidays.  There is something comforting about a booze soaked slice of cake which has been festooned with fruits and nuts.  (Yes, I said festooned.  It is a great word and we do not use it often enough I think.)  I know they are not popular and are usually derided as inedible, but that is the kind...

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Sweet Potato Pecan Coconut Cake

I love single layer cakes. They have a rustic appeal that I find immensely comforting.   Most single layer cakes are charmingly homemade in appearance, requiring no special skills to decorate them.  No torting layers, no stacking, no praying you avoid the  dreaded buttercream belly around the side of the cake.  If you decorate cakes you know about buttercream bellies.  No, a single layer cake is reassuringly easy to make, and during...

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Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake (And a Giveaway!)

When life gives you left-over Salted Caramel Sauce, I say make pound cake! With fall teasing us in the Dallas area, the temperatures are fluctuating between 100 and 80, I find myself feeling very domestic.  The cooler weather puts me in the mood to putter around the house organizing books, clearing out closets, and whipping up cozy treats in the kitchen.  Usually during this time of year I would be baking fall fruit pies, as the...

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

When life gets busy I turn to easy comfort foods. I am currently working, quite furiously, on my next book. In fact, I just passed the half way point!  My work on the book, as well as my trips to BlogHer and IFBC New Orleans, mean that this month I will not have as much time for cooking anything other than pies.  Anything I can bake and stash in the freezer makes me feel a little more secure.  I love knowing I am just a few moments...

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