Berry sweet empanadas

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Berry sweet empanadas – flaky pastry pockets filled with creamy ricotta and juicy summer berries. A sweet twist on traditional empanadas. A few weeks ago, while writing down ideas for recipes I would like to bake, I start flipping pages through a couple of cookbooks and saw a recipe for empanadas. I have eaten countless time… 

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Alfajores – dulce de leche sandwich cookies

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Alfajores, also known as dulce de leche sandwich cookies, are traditional shortbread cookies with a dulce de leche filling, popular in Spain and throughout Latin America. Lately I’ve been on a Latin kick. With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I sat down one afternoon and browsed the internet for great desserts to celebrate this… 

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Tres leches cake

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Tres leches cake is a sponge cake soaked in three types of milk – condensed milk, evaporated milk and, depending on the recipe, half and half, whole milk or heavy cream. Sometimes topped with whipped heavy cream, this rich sweet cake is a sample of the Latin cuisine. The first time I heard about tres leches cake… 

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Dulce de leche chocolate cheesecake bars

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Dulce de leche chocolate cheesecake bars – rich creamy caramel-y cheesecake topped with a thin layer of dulce de leche and chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of fleur de sel. The perfect sweet and salty treat! There’s no secret my favorite dessert is cheesecake. Chocolate cheesecake, if you want to narrow it down. I don’t have… 

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White sandwich bread

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White sandwich bread – probably the simplest bread recipe, soft and fluffy, with a yellowish crumb and a chewy crust, this bread it perfect for Pb&J or any deli sandwiches and even for making French toast. This recipe if part of my monthly partnership with Red Star Yeast. I could not believe my eyes way back in… 

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Banana sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

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Banana sheet cake with cream cheese frosting – moist and sweet from the mashed bananas with a little tangyness from the cream cheese frosting When life gives me overripe bananas, I make a banana sheet cake with cream cheese icing. That was pretty much my motto over the weekend. I woke up early as usual and… 

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Overnight cinnamon rolls (buns)

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The BEST cinnamon rolls – Soft and buttery sweet rolls with swirls of brown sugar and cinnamon and topped with cream cheese icing Close your eyes and imagine waking up to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls coming from your kitchen. The smell is so powerful you can’t resist it. Quickly you jump out… 

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Meyer Lemon Tart

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Meyer Lemon Tart – Sweet and floral, this custard like tart will leave everyone wanting more. Meyer lemon season is slowly coming to an end but not before we make this Meyer lemon tart. It’s creamy, think custard, with a sweet and floral taste from the Meyer lemons, used both in the custard and as a topping…. 

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50 MUST MAKE strawberry recipes

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Clockwise : Strawberry chocolate cupcakes with mascarpone frosting, Lemon sugar cookies with berry preserve, Chocolate fudge roasted strawberry cookie bars, Summer berry oatmeal muffins I love this time of the year, when the Farmers Market opens for the season. The smell of fresh picked strawberries is carrying me to sunny fields. I was searching the other day… 

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Chocolate chip breakfast cookies

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Chocolate chip breakfast cookies – A combo between a soft cookie and a muffin top packed with mini chocolate chips and  farro for a chewy bite.  Chocolate chip cookies for breakfast it’s my kind of language. I mean, who doesn’t want to wake up to a warm soft cookie full of chocolate chips? Let’s not confuse… 

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Coconut kisses chocolate bars

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Coconut creme kisses chocolate bars – Just like a magic bar but with a stronger coconut flavor and chocolate added to the graham crust Raise your hand if you have leftover Easter candy. I should probably raise both my hands. I still have leftover Halloween and Christmas candy. For me candy it’s mostly considered an… 

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Chocolate buttermilk bread

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Chocolate buttermilk bread – a cross between quick bread and cake, with a tangy buttermilk taste and slightly chocolate-y and sweet I’m starting to like making quick breads. A couple of weeks ago, maybe even months, I didn’t care much for a quick bread, I preferred making a yeast bread instead, but lately, after trying a couple… 

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Summer berry oatmeal muffins

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Berry oatmeal muffins – easy to make muffins, packed with fresh fruit, oats and whole wheat for a satisfying treat without feeling guilty Summer berry oatmeal muffins has been my go-to recipe lately. Perfect for those lazy weekends, when somethings freshly baked is mandatory with a cup of tea or coffee. What I like most… 

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Carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting

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Carrot cake cookies – just like a cake but in a soft, sweet cookie with a touch of spices and packed with grated carrots sandwiched with cream cheese frosting   Carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting. There’s something about carrot cake and Easter. For the last couple of weeks I see a carrot cake… 

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Romanian Easter bread – Pasca

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Pasca – Romanian Easter Bread. Sweet, soft, enriched yeast bread baked in a springform with a cheese filling inside After 7 weeks of fasting (abstinence from any kind of food derived from animals)  with Good Friday being the absolute fast (we’re not allowed to eat or drink anything the entire day) comes Easter, one of… 

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Greek Easter bread – Tsoureki

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Greek Easter bread – Tsoureki – soft, sweet, yeast egg-enriched bread flavored with citrus and aniseed. Tsoureki it’s the famous Greek Easter bread. It’s soft, sweet, yeast egg-enriched bread usually flavored with citrus, aniseed or mahlepi (sour cherry pits ground into powder). A couple of cooked red dyed eggs tucked between the braids, sprinkle some slivered… 

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