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Italian Meringue, toastable marshmallowy goodness

Italian meringue is easily my favorite meringue. It’s glossy and marshmallowy and incredibly versatile. Unlike basic French meringue, which involves simply whipping egg whites and sugar together and must later be cooked to be safe for eating (which is great in things like a pavlova), Italian meringue is cooked in the process of making it. …

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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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Coffee Cardamom Morning Buns, gooey goodness

Here they are. Warm, soft whirls of dough. They’re coffee cardamom morning buns. And they’re just the thing for a weekend brunch. When you want something sweet but not too sweet. And familiar and comforting but not boring. And special but not too much trouble to make from start to finish in one morning. These …

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Almond Shortbread Brownies, a textural wonder

These brownies, oh, these brownies. These almond shortbread brownies are something special. They might be the dessert I’ve made the most frequently in the last ten years. They are rich fudgy brownies baked on a buttery shortbread crust. Before the first time I made them, it never occurred to me that brownies would benefit from …

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Pączki (Polish Yeasted Jelly Doughnuts)

I hate deep frying. It’s such a hassle. There’s a bubbling cauldron of hot oil to stand over and then there’s the problem of figuring out how to deal with it later. But there’s one thing I make an exception for: pączki. Pączki (pronounced punch-key, singular paczek [pronounced punch-ek {nota bene: “pączkis” are not a …

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No-Knead Brioche Cinnamon Rolls, pure comfort

The brioche cinnamon rolls are pretty much the best make-ahead fancy breakfast treat I know. They make use of my favorite no-knead brioche recipe, which is just about the simplest, most butter-wonderful treat I know. The last time I made it, I used half of the dough to make a loaf of brioche, and the …

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