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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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Banana Cream Pie with a Peanut Butter Cookie Crust

Banana Cream Pie

Banana cream pie is one of the yummiest things on earth and this is a great one! Continue Reading →

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Cream Puffs with Coffee Ice Cream

Cream Puffs with Coffee Ice Cream

Sometimes a recipe is so very exquisite, so very delicious, that you just have to cook it for friends. This Cream Puffs with Coffee Ice Cream is that sort of recipe. Continue Reading →

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Brownie Cheesecake Torte

Brownie Cheesecake Torte

This Brownie Cheesecake Torte is dramatic and decadent, a real crowd-pleaser. You may be wondering, why the puréed carrots? Brownies can be a bit dry, the carrots add moisture and extra flavor. Continue Reading →

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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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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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Ole’s Butter and Brown Sugar Squares

Ole’s Butter and Brown Sugar Squares

Let’s just say Ole’s Butter and Brown Sugar Squares are utterly rich and sugary and if that’s not enough, they’re topped with a whiskey buttermilk butterscotch sauce. Yum! Continue Reading →

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Key Lime Moose in Gingersnap Bowls

Key Lime Moose in Gingersnap Bowls

Don’t let the fancy name scare you, gingersnap bowls are easy to make. Filled with this refreshing moose, Key Lime Moose in Gingersnap Bowls is the perfect dessert! Continue Reading →

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Cookie Brittle

Cookie Brittle

Attention: This cookie brittle is straight up addictive. It will call you from the counter top all day long and when you go out, you’ll think about it on your way home and feel the need to eat a piece before you even remove your coat. This is that sort of thing. You have been warned. Continue Reading →

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Chocolate Mocha Baked Alaska

Chocolate Baked Alaska

The secret to this wonder is in its construction. Cake and ice cream are frozen together, then covered with meringue. The meringue acts as insulation, protecting the ice cream from the heat. The cake acts as a buffer from below and shields the ice cream. Baked Alaska is truly a unique treat. Your family will love it! Continue Reading →

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