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Strawberry Rhubarb Buckle, a rustic fruit-laden cake

This strawberry rhubarb buckle is just the thing to bake right now. “Now” meaning, whenever you’re reading this and happen to be in the possession of some rhubarb and strawberries. Buckles are part of the family of unfussy fruit desserts that includes things like crisps and crumbles and cobblers (and if you want a rhubarb …

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Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

When you’re looking for food that delivers on pure comfort, it’s tough to beat a soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookie. I know, I know. Raisins are controversial. And you could, of course, swap in chocolate chips or dried cherries or any number of other mix-ins. But if you’re not deeply raisin-averse, maybe just a …

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Carrot Loaf Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake has a tendency to veer into maximalist territory. If you let it, it can become a multi-layer affair with not just shredded carrots, but pineapple and raisins and even shredded coconut. But this simple carrot loaf cake is not like that. It is carrot cake stripped down to its essentials. This minimalist carrot …

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Stress Baking: recipes for the days ahead of us

When you’re stuck at home, there’s little that’s more soothing and rewarding than engaging in some stress baking. Baking is predictable. If you follow the instructions things turn out pretty well. There’s nothing scary about it. The stakes are low. No one will die if you screw this up. And, unless you have a major …

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Chocolate Orange Olive Oil Cake, a marbled marvel

This chocolate orange olive oil cake is a winner. It’s a spin on a cake that appeared in chocolate-guru Alice Medrich’s book Bittersweet (still totally worthwhile for anyone serious about baking with chocolate). That version, which she called her tiger cake, was a marbled olive oil cake with chocolate and white pepper. And I made …

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Classic Brownies, rich and fudgy

It’s tough to beat a classic brownie for sheer chocolate pleasure. At least as long as it is a fudgy brownie rather than a cakey one (and who are those mysterious people who prefer cakey brownies?) and is sufficiently bold with chocolate flavor. There are about eleventy-billion brownie recipes out there, many of them good-to-great …

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