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Peach Swirl No Churn Ice Cream

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Peach Swirl No Churn Ice CreamThe idea for this Peach Swirl No Churn Ice Cream dawned on me when I bought Georgia Peaches to make my Peach Jam.  I love peach ice cream but it isn’t offered as much as it was in the past. So what could be easier than adding it to an ice cream that takes 10 minutes? Continue reading

Easy Baking with Pantry Ingredients

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New York Style Crumbcake for Easy Baking

Here are nine Easy Baking recipes from past blogs that use pantry ingredients you hopefully have on hand.  I tried to find something for every time of the day, every type of recipe and every taste.

With Easter around the corner, many of these can be made ahead and stored in the freezer to add to an easy brunch, lunch or dinner. Continue reading

Cut Out Cookies Using the Wax Paper Technique

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Cut out cookies are always the most time consuming to make but they are most often, the prettiest.  They can be challenging depending upon the dough used and how the cookies are rolled and cut.  But they needn’t be if you use the technique below. Continue reading

Fudgey Chocolate Cookies with Variations

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Fudgey Chocolate Cookies with variationsSoft chewy cookies such as this Fudgey Chocolate Cookie are not synonymous with under-baked cookies.  Altering the way the cookie is normally put together and changing one ingredient makes the difference.  When making a soft, chewy cookie the retention of moisture is the key; so, instead of creaming the butter and sugar, which is the normal procedure, the butter is melted before combining it with the sugar. Continue reading

Vanilla Wafers and a Tale of Two Leavening Agents

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Vanilla WafersIf you read this recipe for Vanilla Wafers really early, please check again as some of the instructions have changed.  

In the States, we generally use baking powder or baking soda for chemical leavening agents. I used baking powder on my way to homemade vanilla wafers.  But something strange happened.

I made the first batch and they pretty much looked like vanilla wafers.  They were the right size, slightly rounded on top and uniform, everything a vanilla wafer should be.  But when I tasted one, it seemed a bit flat and not as crispy as the bought ones.  I suppose this is the time to tell you I love vanilla wafers.  Mostly just out of the box.  Mike does too so you might find them in my pantry from time to time. Continue reading