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Rustic Apple-Maple Galette

Rustic Apple-Maple Galette

I love the simplicity of this dessert and it reminds me of home, warmth and love. Rustic Apple-Maple Galette is so simple to prepare and never fails to impress friends and family. Continue Reading →

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Raspberry Fool with Cardamom Cookies

Raspberry Fool with Cardamom Cookies

This Raspberry Fool turns tangy raspberries and luscious whipped cream into a simple yet elegant dessert in a snap. Fold fresh raspberries—either lightly mashed or fully puréed—into a good quality whipped cream for a light, fluffy dessert that will wow your guests (and leave them disbelieving the dessert’s simplicity). The liqueur is optional, but note that orange liqueur adds a lovely sweet citrus note that deepens the rich, berry flavor of this fool. Continue Reading →

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Rhubarb Crumble

Rhubarb Crumble

This Rhubarb Crumble is quick and easier to make than pie. It’s versatile, too, because you can add strawberries in the spring or apples in the fall. I usually pop it into the oven shortly before we sit down to eat so it’s still warm for dessert! Continue Reading →

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Pineapple Delight Cake

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I like to cook almost anything, but I really love to bake! Cooking requires knowledge and practice, but real, serious baking requires more chemistry, more precision, and for extremely beautiful results a certain creativity and decorating ability.

There’s nothing I like to do more than roll up my sleeves, put on an apron, and start sifting the flour and measuring the sugar and butter. I bake a lot, but I’m always willing to try a new recipe and decorate another cake.

I love visiting the newest bakery in town and search for bakeries while on vacation, looking for a fresh idea.

It’s important to me to make baked goods–cakes, cookies, breads and pies-that are delicious to eat and beautiful to look at. I strive to make the recipes in my cookbooks simple, clear, and easy to follow.

I think you will find this special Pineapple Delight Cake from my Alaskan Rock’n Galley cookbook a wonderful addition to your repertoire. I hope that you bake it right away. Your family will adore you and your friends will cheer for more.

Pineapple Delight Cake

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
4 egg whites
1 egg
1 (8-ounce) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 cup cold milk
1 (3-ounce) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (14-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 (8-ounce) frozen whip topping, thawed
1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9X13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl; beat cake mix, buttermilk, egg whites and egg with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Transfer to baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick tests clean. Cool on wire rack.

In another mixing bowl; beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk. Gradually add pudding mix. Spread over cooled cake. Spoon drained pineapple over pudding mixture.

Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with coconut.

Serves 8.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever baked?

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Chocolate and Cinnamon Babka Buns

Chocolate and Cinnamon Babka Buns

I am a huge fan of chocolate babka, which is a sweet, yeast dough rolled and wrapped around a chocolate and cinnamon mixture that when cooked, delightfully melts in your mouth. I first learned about babka from the show Seinfeld and I was intrigued. My second babka experience happened on a trip to New York. Passing by a bakery one day, I was awestruck by the rows and rows of muffins, croissants, danishes and breads, but what stood out above everything else was a chocolate babka bun. I didn’t order one, but looking at it I was hooked into the challenge of making my own. I have made this Chocolate and Cinnamon Babka Buns recipe many times and everyone loves it! It’s a great recipe and it never fails to bring a smile to all who participate in devouring it. Continue Reading →

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