Orange Bundt Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. In that time, this blog has had its 2nd birthday and I’ve gone back to school to get my masters. I’ve come to find that has had me gravitate towards baking my tried and true recipes rather than developing something new. I do have a few more recipes to share that I made in the summertime. The first being a chocolatey orange combo that is great for any time of year – especially the upcoming holidays. The cake is slightly sweet, citrusy and moist and the dark chocolate balances it all out.

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Blueberry Peach Galette

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Happy Sunday! Today’s recipe is brought to you by a craving for blueberries and peaches and a need to make something I hadn’t made before. I put together the pie crust I made for Pumpkin Pasties and halved it and threw some spices together with some fruit, sugar, and flour. If you’re making a fruit galette, all you need is enough fruit to fill your galette, a thickener like flour or corn starch, maybe some water, sugar, and any spices if you so desire. Honestly, this was easier than I thought it was to make. And it’s a great dessert to share with friends over drinks or to cap off a summer night. I reckon it’d also be pretty great with a scoop of ice cream.

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday! I decided to revisit my grandmother’s Banana Bread  recipe and play around with the flavors. I didn’t want to disrupt the structural integrity of the bread too much, so I started with adding the flavor components I wanted. What I got was a moist bread with a crisp crust. I ended up using 2 1/2 bananas, which I think contributed to the moisture in conjunction with the addition of the peanut butter and chocolate. If you want a stronger peanut butter flavor, I definitely recommend having 1 1/2 to 2 bananas, and potentially taking the butter content down to 1/3 to add in 1/4-1/3 cup of peanut butter.

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Lemon Bundt Cake

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday! I thought I would try something a little bit different for me. I was kindly gifted a bundt pan by my mother since she wasn’t using hers anymore and pretty much immediately got to work on a lemon raspberry bundt cake. I hadn’t worked with a bundt pan before so it was a fun challenge figuring out baking times and proportions. I have to say I’m happy with how this cake turned out. It’s super lemony and the right balance of dense and moist. That being said, I do want to workshop this recipe a little bit. I had baked it for 42 minutes, but it ended up being a little undercooked despite the cake tester coming out clean. There are some other things I want to work with, like the proportions of the flour and butter and nailing down a raspberry glaze recipe.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday! I admit that I’ve been in a recipe rut. I’ve tested some things that were just so close to being the thing I wanted it to be, but I couldn’t quite get there. Most the things I’ve been experimenting with has been chocolate based and, well, let’s just say I forgot how tricky it can be to bake with chocolate. I felt it was about time I dug through the family archives again and bake something that was a bit more familiar to me to get out of my baking rut.

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Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Good Morning and Happy Sunday! I was perusing the ole family cookbooks again and found a recipe that came from a great aunt of mine. It’s one that was utilized by my family when we wanted to indulge in cinnamon rolls because it doesn’t take a whole host of ingredients and is pretty easy to make. Though the recipe I had didn’t have a set time to bake the rolls, I got you covered. Let’s roll.

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Almond Whoopie Pies

Good Morning and Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a sweet start to the new year! I spent the first real snowfall of the year making these whoopie pies and listening to American Like Me by America Ferrera. To be honest, it was the first new recipe that’s worked in a while. I was so excited I wanted to yell “Whoopie!”. In all seriousness, this is basically a sweet, but not overly sweet, cookie-cake sandwich. It’s great all on its own, or as a base for adding more flavors. I decided to add a dollop of raspberry jam from a jar to some of the whoopie pies. It got the job done, and I didn’t have to mess with more dishes to clean, so it was a win-win for me.

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Chocolate Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Good Morning and Happy Sunday! Today I have a recipe that’s I have been wanting to make for a good while. Chocolate and cinnamon is one of my favorite flavor combinations and this cookie doesn’t disappoint. The cinnamon chips gives the cookies a warmth fitting for the colder months coming up or for a holiday cookie platter. I slightly altered my recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, which resulted in a cookie that was soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

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