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Pear and Cardamom Caramel Upside-Down Cake from The Cardamom Trail

When you open the pages of a new cookbook, that first recipe can make an important statement. That certainly happens in The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan. This upside-down cake is a beauty to behold, exotically rich to the eye and surely to the palate. I happen to be a sucker for upside-down cakes. I’m…

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Cinnamon Swirl Buttermilk Pound Cake with Orange Zest from Tish Boyle

Everyone seems to love pound cake. When there is a secret player of cinnamon streusel, the love only deepens. You will know this cake is perfect long before you bake it. How? Just taste the batter. In Step 4, author Tish Boyle of The Cake Book has you beat sugar and butter for an extended…

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Banana-Poppy Seed Cake from Flo Braker

In that bag of books you would take to a desert island, surely you must include Flo Braker’s Baking for All Occasions. My review from a few years ago may convince you of that. We keep the book on a convenient shelf and Suzen reaches for it once a month or more. This past weekend,…

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Gluten-Free Lemon Tart

Suzi does a lot of work with celiac patients. We are the official test kitchen for the Center for Celiac Disease at Columbia University. Once a month, patients and their families come to Cooking by the Book to prepare an entire meal including dessert. Suzi has developed menus that anyone, anyone would enjoy. If you…

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