On season 1 episode 4 of Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network I had the privilege of surprising my best friend and her husband with an anniversary cake! I visited local bakery The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen to explore current trends in cake design with Minda Ringdahl. Minda is the pastry chef at Copper Hen and I had a blast hanging out with her.Read More
This delightful apple Dutch baby (also known as a German pancake) is a perfect way to start a weekend morning. It is incredibly easy and requires just a few ingredients that I’m certain you have in your pantry already. Top it off with some caramelized apples and you have yourself decadent breakfast or brunch item in no time at all.Read More
Is there anything more gorgeous than the sight of drizzling caramel? Homemade caramel just adds the perfect sweetness to a favorite dessert, and is much easier to make than many people think! This list of caramel desserts features all kinds of recipes, including pies, cakes and so much more. If you have a caramel lover in your house, you’ll find plenty of recipes you need to try.Read More
Are you like me and feel that every season is starting to creep into the last? What I mean is that every holiday season, official or unofficial, seems to be starting earlier and earlier. We’ve all seen those Christmas decorations showing up before Halloween, right? I don’t think this is a bad thing, especially when it comes to seasonal dessert flavors. A good example is pumpkin desserts. It’s a distinct flavor and one that is so distinctly tied to fall that its seasonality will always be at least somewhat baked in, but who doesn’t want to let pumpkin creep into more of their life? With that in mind, whether it’s early September or late February, here are some of my favorite pumpkin desserts to enjoy.Read More
Apple desserts are a staple of fall and winter baking. And if you have the opportunity, go pick your own apples! I happen to be very lucky because I live in Minnesota where the state fruit is the Honeycrisp apple, a delicious variety developed by the University of Minnesota, and where 29 other varieties have been released by the U of M since 1888 when the apple breeding program began.
It’s a wonderful feeling to learn about different types of apples, pick your own and then head home to make some apple desserts with your bounty.Read More
This beautiful lemon ice cream cake is from Amy Thielen’s new book, Company. She calls it lemon nemesis because it combines three of her personal temptations into one dessert: a salted butter-cracker bottom, lemon custard middle and swirly toasted meringue topping. It is perfect to me for so many reasons, not the least of which is the chance to whip out my trusty blow torch!Read More