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Irena’s Hollywood Brownies from Best-Ever Brownies

“I need a brownie recipe. For the bake sale.” Suzen was not yet frustrated, but she was getting there. A few times each semester, the wonderful kids from the Culinary Club at Hunter High School for Mathematics and Science in New York City come to Cooking by the Book for a few hours of dedicated…

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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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Banana Black Cake from Maida Heatter

  In last week’s Throwback Thursday Cookbook Review, I featured one of the works by an American icon: Maida Heatter’s Book of Great American Desserts, http://www.cookingbythebook.com/cookbook-reviews/tbt-cookbook-review-maida-heatters-great-book-of-american-desserts/ This is a wonderful and important book, as valuable for its headnotes as the recipes. You can get a real survey of American desserts by reading those headnotes and…

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Devils Food Cake from Flo Braker

There are a hundred versions of Devils Food Cake, or Devil’s if you still believe in English grammar. The “standard” ingredients have shifted substantially over the past century. Variations abound: with chocolate or with cocoa, with sour cream or with buttermilk or both. With water, even, as appears here in a lovely version from Flo…

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