Blood Orange Almond Tart

March 14, 2013
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Recently I mentioned on my Facebook page how excited I was because I came across some blood oranges at my local farmers market. I have the hardest time finding blood oranges so you better believe, I scooped a bunch up. The season for blood oranges is pretty much over sadly, but I was fortunate enough […]

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How To Make Almond Paste

March 13, 2013
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If you’re a baker and well, you’re reading my blog so I’m guessing you have at least a fondness for desserts and baking. But seriously, as a baker or dessert maker I’m sure you’ve at least once have encountered a recipe that calls for almond paste. If you’re like me, you’ve then made an ingredient […]

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Gevulde Speculaas – Daring Bakers’ Challenge

January 27, 2013
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Francijn of Koken in de Brouwerij was our January 2013 Daring Bakers’ Hostess and she challenged us to make the traditional Dutch pastry, Gevulde Speculaas from scratch! That includes making our own spice mix, almond paste and dough! Delicious! Knowing absolutely nothing about gevulde speculaas, I had a lot to learn. I’ve never eaten it […]

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The Weekend Whisk – 10/13/12

October 13, 2012
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Hello Weekend! This week has been just “hair-raising.” Thank goodness you have arrived. I need you. Well, I actually need Sunday more since today I’m actually working. The joys of working in emergency medicine are that I have an untraditional schedule which I love. I have days off during the week and since I only […]

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Coconut Almond Toffee ~ Secret Recipe Club

October 8, 2012
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If you asked me a year ago when I took on my first ever attempt at any sort of candy making if I would ever do it again, I probably would have said “Not likely.” It was a fun experience but it was also very challenging and a little frustrating. Flash forward a year later […]

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Plum Macarons

September 26, 2012
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When I heard there was a new MacTweets macaron challenge I headed on over to check it out. The inspiration for our macarons this month is seasonal fruit. As summer fades into fall, we welcome a bounty of new flavors. As I’ve mentioned before, this season holds some of my very favorite. Naturally, my mind immediately […]

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Lemon Thyme Muffins – #MuffinMonday

September 17, 2012
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Truth be told, when I first saw the original recipe that I was supposed to be adapting this week I drew a complete blank. The original is a lemon zucchini muffin with whole wheat flour, almond flour and oats. It actually sounds very healthy which is perfect for our household but that’s not the way […]

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August Foodie Penpals

August 31, 2012
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This month for Foodie Penpals I was the lucky recipient of a box from Willow, author of My Own Trail. Since I embarked on my challenge to transform myself into a runner I find myself encountering more and more like-minded people purely by coincidence. Willow is one of those people. Her blog is all about […]

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Vanilla Bean Almond Panna Cotta with Fresh Cherries & Candied Toasted Almonds ~ #BakeTogether

August 20, 2012
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This month for BakeTogether, Abby gave us all a “no bake” assignment which was a wonderful blessing considering the horrendously hot, humid weather we’ve been having here in New Jersey lately. I’ll take any excuse to keep my oven off these days. Abby felt the same way when she decided we would all make panna […]

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Fresh Sweet Cherry Pie

July 10, 2012
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If you’ve read here for any length of time, you all know that I don’t do a double crust pie. I love pie and you will find it in many forms here at Food Babbles but you will almost always find pies that only require a single crust. Once I did a lattice top that […]

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Battenberg Cake ~ Daring Bakers’ Challenge June 2012

June 28, 2012

This month for the Daring Bakers’ Challenge our original host had to bow out unexpectedly but Mandy of What The Fruitcake?! came to our rescue last minute to present us with the Battenberg Cake challenge! She highlighted Mary Berry’s techniques and recipes to allow us to create this unique little cake with ease. I love the gorgeous checked design […]

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Cherry Almond Sorbet ~ Improv Challenge

June 21, 2012

Each year I get all giddy as cherries come into season and start to appear in the farmer’s market. Cherries are definitely my favorite fruit and Madelyn can just eat them like they’re candy. I have to ration them so that they last longer than a day. This month for Improv Challenge, our assigned ingredients […]

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Strawberry Lemon Macarons

April 25, 2012

In life, there are successes. Oh such sweet successes. Then there are the utter and complete disasters. This is one of those times. My macarons this month are not pretty. They are sad, little hollow, feetless failures. On the heels of such incredibles macs last month, I was terribly disappointed to find that not one […]

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Honey Citrus Olive Oil Muffins with Toasted Almonds

March 19, 2012

These days I can say that I’m no stranger to baking with olive oil but up until last summer I had never had the pleasure before. I fell in love with that spicy, fragrant and ridiculously moist cake. Then Anuradha gave us an olive oil muffin assignment back in the Fall that only made me […]

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Macarons with Raspberry Ganache

February 1, 2012

Ahhh, the mystical macaron. They’re all the rage right now. Truly! I’m sure you’ve heard of them and perhaps tried them. If not… You must!  Macarons are a sweet meringue-based confection that’s made from egg whites, sugar and almonds. These little cookies then sandwich buttercream, jams or ganache. They have the reputation for being notoriously […]

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