Baked Sunday Mornings: Chocolate Banana Tart

Dear Banana, We meet yet again. I have come to accept that other people eat you, enjoy you, like you, and dare I say… even LOVE you. After much soul-searching and pastry indulgence, I am pleased to report that I have arrived at a place of tolerance. I can tolerate your existence, and I can now […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies

This is my 100th blog post for Stellina Sweets, which is just about to turn 2 years old! Truth be told, I was a little disappointed that this recipe would be my “epic” 100th post– I am not a peppermint person, so I was not especially excited for this one, although the alleged chocolate decadence was […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Milk Chocolate Malt Semifreddo with Chocolate Syrup

semifreddo: noun (plural semifreddi), \sĕ⋅mē⋅frĕd’⋅dō\ : a partially frozen dessert origin: Italian, from semi- ‘semi-‘ + freddo ‘cold’ I had never had semifreddo before my recent honeymoon in Italy. I had heard of it, and I knew that ‘semifreddo’ translates literally to ‘half-cold’… whatever that meant. How could something be half-cold? After doing a bit of research on the internets, […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Cinnamon Spritz Sandwich Cookies

Upon leafing through Baked Elements, this recipe for Cinnamon Spritz Sandwich Cookies in the Cinnamon chapter was not one that jumped out at me. I’ve never made “spritz” cookies before. I always think of a wine cooler-type beverage when I hear that word, but it does in fact also refer to cookies that are piped, rather than rolled or […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Banana Caramel Pudding with Meringue Topping

Bananas… again? *sigh* Why MUST there be more bananas?? I usually cringe when I see a banana recipe coming up on our Baked Sunday Mornings schedule, but the recent ones have had bananas mashed up into cake or whoopie pie batter, which I’ve actually grown to like quite a lot (though I’m reluctant to admit it). However, […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Lemon Pecorino Pepper Icebox Cookies

Friends, I am in the throes of a deep, dark depression brought on by returning home from 3 glorious weeks in Italy. Every day brought new adventures to enjoy, beautiful sights to behold, and of course the best food in the world to savor. I came back home to the mundane reality of American suburbia, which immediately felt […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Easy Candy Bar Tart

I daresay, there are relatively few problems that cannot be solved by the ever-pleasing combination of chocolate and caramel. (In the first world, anyway.) Whether celebrating a joyous occasion, lamenting heartbreak, seeking an afternoon pick-me-up, or simply craving that timeless sugary duo, it generally seems to serve the desired purpose. As a kid, I liked candy […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Banana Whoopie Pies

Sometimes life places opportunities in your path to help you see things from a different perspective or re-evaluate what’s important; this week’s Baked Sunday Mornings recipe for Banana Whoopie Pies (from the Banana chapter of Baked Elements) forced me to come to terms with a very jarring reality. I needed to face the cold, hard truth that I don’t […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

I *really* wanted these to be perfect. Upon learning that our Baked Sunday Mornings baking schedule was being accelerated ahead of the release of BAKED‘s fourth book, Baked Occasions in October (pre-order it– go now), I was delighted to see that the recipe for Turtle Thumbprint Cookies from the Caramel chapter of Baked Elements was added in for this weekend! I […]

Baked Sunday Mornings: Poppy Seed Pound Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

I wasn’t quite sure what to think of this cake, to be honest. On one hand, my indifference towards Bundt cakes has been slowly, but surely, tipping towards enthusiasm; on the other, I am definitely not a fan of poppy seed filling. Everything else sounded great: orange zest in the cake and glaze, cream cheese in the […]