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Cardamom Cake with While Pears & White Chocolate

This exceptionally beautiful cake is on the cover of Home Made Winter by Yvette van Buren. Quoting her, “This recipe has been published all over in magazines and newspapers, but I really don’t care; since it’s so good and looks so cool, it belongs in this collection.” I agree. This cake is so breathtaking it…

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Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Glaze from Northwest Bounty

This cake was the very first dessert we ever made at Cooking by the Book. Back in 1988, the same year Northwest Bounty was published. We turn to this recipe at least once a year, and, if you make it, you’ll find it on your favorites list for sure. The flavor comes from that magical…

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Cast-Iron Apple Cake with Maple Brown Butter from Wintersweet by Tammy Donroe Inman

This past Monday I reviewed the book Bittersweet, a volume dedicated to winter desserts using “in-season” fruits, like those fall apples that have been gently stored and allowed to intensify in flavor. This Sunday it is again still winter, again still bitterly cold. And again, we could benefit from a hearty dessert. Here’s a perfect…

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Ultimate Butter Cake from Flavor Flours from Alice Medrich

  Yes, today is officially Alice Medrich Day. On today’s other post is a cookbook review of Alice’s latest book, Flavor Flours. It’s a simple book to describe: it’s a masterpiece. You don’t need to throw out all the white wheat flour in your pantry, but you do want to add some of the many…

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