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A Gentle Banana Cake from Lisa Yockelson in Baking Style

It was one of those conversations that just was going sideways. I had just suggested three, yes three, different desserts to try this past weekend. Her responses grew in intensity. “Chocolate cookies. Chocolate pie,” her voice began to rise. “Chocolate cake.” Now she was loud. She continued in strong style, “There are flavors other than…

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Banana Nut Bread from Secrets of a Jewish Baker

  There are thousands of recipes for banana bread. This one, from Secrets of Jewish Baker, reflects the tuning and refining of a master baker. With thousands of customer to please, George Greenstein’s recipe here had to acquire a distinctive style while not become “too” different. Both brown and granulated sugar are used. Cake flour,…

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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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TBT Recipe: Molasses Banana Cobbler

  For this Throwback Thursday recipe, I dug two years back to a cold February in 2014 when Suzi and I tried this. You'll like it. Double down with an Irish coffee and suddenly, all the troubles drift away. There is more to molasses than gingersnaps and baked beans! There was no way I was…

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