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Brown Butter Pound Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote from Dessert of the Day by Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw’s Dessert of Day has lovely recipes ideas for every single day of the year. The ideas are divers, clever, and often instructive. Follow this book and you’ll encounter some new ideas and techniques every week of the year. Have you ever made brown butter? Do you know what it is or why you…

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Bourbon Orange Pound Cake with Bourbon Glaze and Orange-Apricot Sauce

Pound cakes have been baked in our ovens for centuries. There is that old story about “a pound of flour, pound of butter, pound of eggs, pound of sugar.” Along the way, modifications occurred and an English standard was to include some brandy in the cake. Here, this recipe coming from Kentucky, bourbon abounds: in…

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Blackberry Roll from Around the Southern Table by Sarah Belk

Last week I wrote a TBT cookbook review for Around the Southern Table by Sarah Belk. It’s a tour de force of historic Southern dishes with loving emphasis on those ingredients we now call “local and fresh.” In a Southern spring, blackberries abound. In the New Orleans of a century ago, Blackberry Pie or Tarte…

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Tiny Biscuits with Crème Fraiche and Berries from Gale Gand

Size does matter. But gigantic is not always best. Sometimes, sometimes elegance comes in a small bundle carefully articulated. Here’s a perfect example. We tend to bake “big.” Big cookies, big muffins, big shortcakes slathered in a mountain of whipped cream studded with strawberries. Here’s a different twist: tiny biscuits flavored themselves with honey and…

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