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  A friend invited me to a Rosh Hashanah dinner tomorrow night. I made a honey cake and added some marzipan bees. That is supposed to be a beehive. I am a better cook than I am an artist! I used this recipe, which is supposed to be good--we'll see! Update: It was pretty good--moist, which was nice--but not the…


4 slices bread (higher-quality is the best. Avoid thick, chewy crusts or sourdough. Challah or brioche is extra-special!)2 Tbsp. butter1/3 cup packed brown sugar½ tsp. cinnamon1/3 cup mini chocolate chips3 eggs, beaten with a fork1/3 cup white sugar1 tsp. vanilla1/8 tsp. salt2-1/2 cups milk, scalded (very hot). Whole milk is richest; can use everything down to 1%, but don’t use…


Cake½ cup butter (1 cube)¾ cup white sugar¾ cup brown sugar2 eggs1 tsp. vanilla2 cups cake flour, or 1-3/4 cup regular flour (cake flour gives your cake a more tender crumb)2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1-1/2 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. salt1-1/2 cups buttermilkHeat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13x9x2” pan, or two 8” cake pans. Cream butter and sugar…


Gingerbread1/2 cup butter (1 stick)2 Tbsp. sugar1 egg1 cup dark molasses (or can use light molasses if you prefer a less intense flavor)1 cup boiling water2-1/4 cup flour1 tsp. baking soda½ tsp. salt1 tsp. ginger1 tsp. cinnamonPreheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9” square glass baking pan with cooking spray. Cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer; add…


Coffee Cake3/4 cup sugar¼ cup butter1 egg½ cup milk (higher-fat is tastier, but 1% is OK too)2 cups flour2 tsp. baking powder½ tsp. salt1 can pears in juice, drained and chopped¼ cup dried cherries (optional)Filling/Topping½ cup brown sugar¼ cups flour2 tsp. cinnamon3 Tbsp. butter, meltedPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9” square glass baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.…

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