Suzi's Blog

Brioche Bake from Gail’s Artisan Bakery

  Here’s a bread secret. Those croissants you love? Get them as soon after they are baked as possible. After about four hours, they are not the same. They may still be good, but they will not be great. If they have been sitting in the bread case of your local supermarket for a day…

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Blueberry Nectarine Pie from First Prize Pies by Allison Kave

  In First Prize Pies, Allison Kave argues that you can enjoy pie year round. Her argument is sound, and you can see my review here. But, ah aren’t there always buts in life, I think late summer is just the one time of year when you have to try pie. There are blueberries and…

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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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Warm Cinnamon-Spiced Blueberry Cake from The Weekend Baker

Here is a weekend treat distinguished by two things: a baking technique that may be quite new to you and a cake with intensified richness from lots of butter, sugar, and sour cream. Not to mention those blueberries. The technique matter here is that the blueberries are added part way through the cooking, not at…

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