My Favorite Bakery: White’s Pastry Shop

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I thought for oh I don’t know, a sturdy five minutes about titling this post “Gratuitous Food Pornography” as my friend Andrew Scrivani might do [in a much classier, more respectable way]. But then I realized that, although overtly flashy, lustful, and hotly dramatic characters exist in my mind for both pornography and pastry, Google…

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Healthier Morning Glory Muffins

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Healthier Morning Glory Muffins 2¼ cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup sugar 1½ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¾ teaspoon salt ½ cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple (including juices) 1½ cups shredded carrots (2-3 medium) ½ cup raisins ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut ½…

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Delicious Holiday Desserts to Give as Gifts

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Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies c-h-e-w-y. Browned butter meets caramel. Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies My mother has made this rich recipe for at least 26 years so you’ll likely understand that I am 3/4 Irish and 1/4 fudge. Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Sauce Cheesecake came to mind. And then a roasted peanut…

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How to Make Homemade Hostess Cakes

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I’ve stayed away too long. And the truth is, I’ve missed you dearly. More than I ever thought I could miss people I’ve never met or seen or spoken to. Which only lets me know one thing: we’re truly madly deeply in love. And I’ll never leave you this long again.  Honest. Forgive me? Homemade…

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White’s Pastry Shop: Hingham, MA

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Two Thursdays ago was perhaps the happiest day of my life. Long story made mini, I signed a two book deal with Crown Publishing, a division of Random House.  I also squealed, cried, did a partial summersault, and told everyone at Starbucks that I loved them. My parents were over the moon and I I…

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The Very Best: White and Yellow Cakes

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I’m a cake connoisseur. Really, I am. Ask anyone. I can detect the subtlest of differences in flavor, the openness of the crumb, even the order wet and dry ingredients were mixed. When I first got into baking, I approached it as I would any worldly venture: blindly and dangerously. I stayed up late scanning…

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Homemade Twinkies

Yes. I did. I made Twinkies. And yes, they are moist little sponge logs that taste rich with butter and vanilla. Yes, they have billowy puffs of sweet marshmallow cream piped into their bellies. Oh, and for the record, yes, I ate them as a twin pack. Hostess told me to. Mmhmm yes, after serving…

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The Best Whipped Frosting

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A good cake has a great frosting to match. Because truly, frosting makes the cake. Right? I’m glad that we agree. Now, bear with me here because I’m going to talk science and logistics of perfecting that sweet silky cream. The slight problem I find with many homemade frostings (versus freshly made bakery versions) is…

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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Sauce

In my mind, there are two types of desserts: those of a simple, classic nature, and those with such an ooey gooey factor that they deserve a siren and a flashing red light bulb. Both are delicious in their own right. Both keep me up at night. Traditional cookies like chewy sugar and browned butter…

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Cranberry Corn Muffiins with Sweet Milk Drizzle

Someone get a pen and paper. Scratch that. Get a good solid slab of stone, find a chisel, and carve away: Cornbread and sweetened condensed milk are in love. Plain and simple. Yesterday, before I came to this discovery, I thought to myself, ‘you know, cornbread is a near perfect food.’ It’s fusion, really. A…

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