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 [...]

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwiches)

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This is another one of those Latin American treats I miss from back home.  It's essentially a shortbread-like sandwich cookie filled with one of my favorite things in the world - Dulce de Leche. It's practically impossible to go wrong with this baby. In fact, it's practically impossible to go wrong with ANYTHING you slather Dulce de Leche on. There are many variations of the actual cookie, but I like this one in particular because it's simple to make and has an incredibly buttery texture Read more [...]

Coconut Flan

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Flan.  One of those traditional Latin American desserts I grew up with. This one in particular is one of the easiest and yummiest flan recipes I've made. It's also fool proof and consistently good time after [baking] time. The coconut milk and toasted coconut give the ordinary flan an interesting twist without overshadowing any of the flavors. Every time I bake this sucker I have people raving about it and asking for the recipe. In fact, it's the dessert most often requested by our friends at Read more [...]