Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze

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I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie. In fact, I avoid it like the plague on Thanksgiving. When someone asks that I be responsible for pumpkin pie, I flat out refuse. Or, on the rare occasion I feel like being polite, I simply reply “Sure!” and then bring pecan pie instead. “Oh you said pumpkin pie? I could’ve sworn I heard pecan pie. Sorry!” Then there’s pumpkin spice (not to be confused with pumpkin PIE) and all the creative concoctions inspired by this holiday flavor. Lattes, breads, teas, Read more [...]

Mocha Chocolate Chip Brownie Cake w/ Chocolate Ganache

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Have any of you tried Julia Child's Mocha Brownie Cake? Well, neither have I, but I came across the recipe in my 'Baking with Julia' manual and I decided to give it a go for my hubby's birthday yesterday. He's a self-reported chocoholic, so I wanted to make something that was luxurious and indulgent and ultra chocolatey. I was also looking for something with a simple decoration that would look great with candles and this particular dessert fit the bill. The one major change I made to the recipe Read more [...]

Apple Cake Tatin

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I've been so distracted discovering and baking new concoctions that I'd forgotten to make some of my all time favorite recipes that I had promised to share when Bella Baking first got underway. Today I'm back with one of my go to apple desserts known as the Apple Cake Tatin. Not only does it sound fancy, it looks and tastes fanciful too! In case you're wondering what the name means, 'Tatin' is essentially an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apples) are caramelized before the tart Read more [...]

Message from your Pregnant Baker

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I’ve been getting quite a few comments from readers about how 'challenged' they feel when it comes to baking.  That got me thinking about one very important message I wanted to share with all of you: if I’m able to bake with my incredibly scattered pregnant brain, then you most certainly can too! All you need is a sweet appetite and a willingness to try (read on for a baking mantra). Not convinced? Let’s get back to my pregnancy state for a bit. Just the other day I opened a carton of Read more [...]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (family recipe)

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This is a family recipe I uncovered while digging through some of my favorite recipes and reminiscing about my childhood treats. I was on the phone with one of my sisters talking about the different desserts we baked and ate while growing up, and she reminded me of this amazing pineapple upside-down cake one of my older sisters used to make.  How could I have forgotten?! I immediately called her to get the recipe and made it the next dessert on my baking list. Thinking back now, Read more [...]

Tres Leches (family recipe!)

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Tres Leches is one of those beautiful things everyone should try at least once in their lifetime (or once a week if you ask my husband). It’s delicate, balanced and flavorful. Every bite of this juicy sponge bursts in your mouth, then melts away leaving rich, buttery flavors of creaminess and sweetness on your palate. Tres Leches is essentially a pound cake soaked in heaven. That is, condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream.  It’s a traditional Latin American dessert, but rarely Read more [...]