spiced peach bread mini-loaf

Dec 27, 2014

Spiced Peach Bread

Did you spend this Christmas season as behind as I did?  Between everyone getting sick (some of us twice!), recipe failures, a big pre-Christmas party, and my daughter’s long run of Miracle on 34th Street, I’m glad that I had at least one new recipe–Spiced Peach Bread–already ready to debut.  Every year our family Christmas Eve dinner includes a basket … Continue reading


Nov 29, 2014

Cranberry Swirl Muffins (or Jam Swirl, or…)

Thanksgiving and the harvest season have just passed–which means that most American refrigerators and cupboards are full.  Do you have an abundance of leftover cranberry sauce?  A bonanza of canned jam?  Well these Cranberry Swirl Muffins (or Peach Jam Muffins or…) may be just what you need.  The origin of this recipe really began a few years ago, when I … Continue reading


Sep 21, 2014

Glazed Peach Streusel Muffins

You have to love the bounty of fall.  Especially if you are graced with cases of peaches and some new peach recipes!  Today I made Glazed Peach Streusel Muffins for the third time–they disappear like magic.  Of course baking with peaches has its own fringe benefit.   You are forced to eat any odd bruised slices–it wouldn’t do to bake with … Continue reading

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

Jul 10, 2014

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

All my blogging friends were eating it–speculoos, or cookie butter.  I went right down to Trader Joe’s for a jar of my own.  Little did I know that it could lead to a Cookie Butter Braided Bread. If you haven’t had speculoos it is almost like a spreadable spice cookie.  Based on a traditional Northern European holiday cookie, it can … Continue reading

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Feb 17, 2014

Orange Currant Bread

Carbs, for all their bad press, really make the best comfort food.  Pasta, bread, potatoes… How about a tender homemade loaf, slightly sweet, and flavored with currants and orange?  After I made candied orange peel as part of my use oranges to make winter sunshine campaign, I needed to figure out what to do with it–enter Orange Currant Bread.  Of … Continue reading

Orange Scones with Tea

Jan 18, 2014

Sunshine Orange Scones

When I posted my recipe for Candied Orange Peels, I promised recipes for using them. With my scone-making daughter headed back to school next week, I decided I’d better make hay (or scones) while the sun shines.  This is a variation on an old currant scone recipe from daughter #1, so I set her to work on these.  It was … Continue reading

Cranberry Pecan Cinnamon Rolls in Pan

Dec 5, 2013

Easiest Cranberry Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

What’s better for a special breakfast than homemade sticky rolls?  Of course yeast baking can be intimidating, not to mention time consuming. But if you are baking challenged or simply busy, this recipe for Easy Cranberry Pecan Cinnamon Rolls is for you.  By starting with prepared pizza dough (I get mine at Trader Joe’s), and ready-made cranberry sauce (or other … Continue reading

Pumpkin Muffins

Nov 10, 2013

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins (Two Ways)

These very clever muffins can go two ways–fancy or simple.  And although my pictures in this post all show frosting, let me make this perfectly clear–these muffins are great plain. The muffin part of this recipe (which I have since altered slightly) was developed by a former coworker when she was doing weight watchers (she even calculated the points!). They were … Continue reading


Sep 25, 2013

Peach and Brambleberry Cobbler

Can you believe I’ve never made a cobbler before?  A ton of tarts, pantry of pies, kitchenful of crisps, even a buckle or two.  But nary a cobbler.   And it sounds so poetic–can you picture the lace cuffed lady, scooping  dessert by a sunny paned window? When I saw a beautiful picture of a peach and blackberry cobbler at foodiecrush, … Continue reading