In Case You Need to Find Me

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I’ll be the thirty-awesome year old in the cupcake backpack. 

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats

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In case you wish to eat an entire box of cereal in one sitting, first melt butter and gingerbread flavored marshmallows (or plain marshmallows if you ate the gingerbread ones in December like a normal person) into the creamy consistency they were born to be. *Melted marshmallows is the reason why God created Food Scientists.

Stir in cereal. Press into pan.

Eat one sticky, crunchy,  bite after the other until all you have left to show for your efforts is the hardest to clean bowl ever.

How To Assemble a Pie

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Candied Ginger Peach Raspberry Pie or is it Raspberry Peach Pie with Candied Ginger?
Doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s delicious. 

  1. First parbake the pie shell using pie weights. (I used dried chickpeas).
    350-ish ten minutes-ish.
  2. Empty raspberry filling into crust.
  3. Arrange canned peaches along the outside.
  4. Sprinkle the edges with chopped candied ginger.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes-ish.

Really just an assembly job but so tasty!

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Kissing my Muffin Top Good-Bye

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It’s hard being a baker on a diet.
Today and for the next eight weeks, that’s exactly what I am. 

My friend struck a deal (he lost if you ask me) and found himself in need of six varieties of muffins. He needed my pans and an extra set of hands.

Perfect for me, I sipped protein shakes while we mixed batch after match of muffins.

Chocolate chip, Blueberry, Cornbread, Peanut Butter and Jelly Time, and Applesauce oat muffins with improvised streusel topping. 

Next week (when I’m ten pounds lighter) I’ll post a recipe for protein crepes. I can almost see you rejoicing and sweating in anticipation. Hold tight, before long I’ll be skinny enough to pull out all the buttery confections our hearts and bellies desire.

Until then…happy muffining. IMG_9339 (1)

 

Best Cookies This Side of Hell

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The stomach is not the only way into a man’s heart.

A thick caramel aroma surrounded Josh, a surprise attack to his olfactory. It sent him sniffing like a crime fighting dog as he sat his briefcase down. “Someone wonderful lives here,” he said.

I stood at the stove wearing my great-grandmothers’s apron, pulling a spatula through melted butter. The milk solids slowly caramelized as the water evaporated. Browning butter is the difference between venial and mortal sin. From forgiveness to eternal damnation. And according to him, these were the “best damn cookies this side of hell.”