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Strawberry Shortcake, a pat-in-the-pan classic

Strawberry shortcake is one of those classics that’s tough to beat. I make it at least once every summer when strawberries are at their peak of ripeness and juiciness. It’s important to have a go-to version at your fingertips, and this one is smashingly good. My preferred way of making shortcake is making one big …

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Makrut Lime Leaf Cake with lemon and a lime icing

This makrut lime leaf cake is the result of an idea that had been percolating in my brain for years. I love citrus flavors in desserts. (Like these meyer lemon ginger mousses or this strawberry pavlova with mezcal and lime or this not-quite-citrus-but-similar-in-spirit passion fruit tart.) And I’ve always loved the aromatic, citrusy, just-slightly-floral fragrance …

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No-Knead Brioche: the easiest & best brioche there is

This no-knead brioche looks rather simple and unassuming. But, oh, this stuff makes me go weak in the knees. It is, easily, one of my favorite treats. I hear from lots of people who are intimidated by baking anything with yeast. And brioche has a reputation for being more challenging than most breads. But this …

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Strawberry Fraisier with Lillet Chiffon Cake

I woke up this morning to discover that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. It’s a shocking result, that leaves me feeling like the whole world has gone utterly mad. Even as an American, I’ve been able to enjoy the benefits of open borders between EU countries in my travels and …

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