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Flourless Almond and Mavrodaphne Cake

15 Feb

I wanted to make my husband a cake for Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t want it to be over powering or too chocolaty (I know, crazy).  I found Pati’s Flourless Almond and Porto Cake and it seemed like a really easy cake to make, especially with my having so many slivered almonds left over from Thanksgiving.  The only thing that I did not have was Port wine but I do have a bottle of Mavrodaphne with a layer of dust forming over it.  I kept searching for cake recipes using Mavrodaphne and I could not find anything – I kept wondering to myself if it would work, it is a dessert wine after all.  I guess there is only one way to find out…

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17 Jan

Although we’re a few weeks into January – it is still January so I wanted to do a quick post on Vasilopita.

Last year, there were several things going on within our family plus wedding planning plus trying to maintain calm, patient, hopeful  and sane.  My mother-in-law was not able to bake the traditional bread/cake that she would normally make for the New Year, but one of the sisters and myself had the same thought – we each baked our own Vasilopita on her behalf.  Vasilopita is a bread/cake that is traditionally baked for the New Year.  The cake is cut to bless your home and bring good luck in the new year.  It is usually cut at midnight by the head of the house hold and a slice of cake is designated for each member of the family.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

24 Oct

Confession time: I really don’t like help when I’m baking. It kinda stresses me out. BUT, the kids love to help. Quite the quandary, right?

Well, Max really wanted to make these cupcakes and so did I, so with the help of Jasper, we (I) put away the stress and we got down to business.

Max’s main job was reading the recipe for me while we were gathering and dumping ingredients. Jasper loves to dump so that was his main job, but he had to take turns with Max.

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