• Quarantine Bakes and Coconut Cakes

    The one time I get the post up by the holiday and we’re under quarantine. And yes, I know that quarantine isn’t the right word, but it sure feels like it. This is just The Weirdest Emergency. There’s this cloud of doom in the air, hasty new laws, everything is on the line, and the consequence of failure is literally life or death.  And yet, there’s nothing you can do. In fact, that is what you are supposed to do: nothing. That much nothing can get to you after a while. And so… I bake. I originally planned this post when I thought we might be back to life as…

  • Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Marshmallows for Cozy Winter Nights

    Hiya Crumblers! I know it’s been a very long time since I posted. So long, that this post is now way out of season. I guess the bright side of this debilitating world crisis is that I now have time to write a few posts (if I can crawl out of my sad quarantine blanket cave long enough to bake something). But enough excuses, let’s talk about why the fuck I’m posting Christmas treats in April. To be totally honest,  I started writing this when I was on the top of the winter hill – right before Christmas – when I’m too busy with the pending holidays and extra workload…

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    Pastiera Napoletana – Rice and Cheese for Dessert

    Happy Easter my Crumby friends! This year I decided to go international with my Easter sweets. I wanted to offer a spread of traditional treats from far off lands that I would, of course, post well in advance of the holiday so that you may too enjoy a cultural feast of springtime treats on Easter Sunday. Best laid plans I guess. Unfortunately, when you work in a bakery the majority of your pre-holiday hours are dominated by baking what other people want, so alas, I did not succeed in my endeavor. It was not due to a lack of trying, however. I did my thorough research (i.e. googled) and decided…

  • Bacon Apple Pie for Pi day

    What better pie to feature for pie day than The Pie That Started It All! Bacon Apple Pie. This pie was my first foray into making my own recipe, or rather not following someone else’s recipe as I didn’t pay attention to what I was doing and actually write it down for quite a while, and it has turned into a household staple. It is a frequently requested pie for Friendsgiving celebrations and was even the dessert at my wedding. It is sweet and savory, tart and salty all at once. Best yet, it’s super easy to make. That being said, it’s not for everyone. Vegetarians for one, and the unadventurous…

  • Gingerbread Cake with Apples and Brown Butter Frosting

    There are two words in the English language when used in combination will get me to click every. single. time. Those words are Brown Butter. If you’ve never had brown butter before, then your life is about to change, my friends. Before I started this blog it was a rare occurrence for us to have butter in the house. Not because we don’t like butter, but specifically because we like butter. Now that I have an obligation (read: excuse) to bake regularly, I find myself buying butter in larger and larger quantities. The size of my ass is starting to reflect this. It is no secret that a copious mound…