Oatmeal and lime custard bars


Something like lemon squares but with a lot more texture in the crust because of the inclusion of rolled outs. The crunchy texture is repeated on top in the modified streusel topping. And between all that crunch is a zesty custard that is more milk than eggs. Really delicious and very easy to make.One caveat, though -- when the baking tray comes out of the oven, you … [Read more...]

Double lime cupcakes


It's the basic butter cupcake -- with lime. Why "double"? Because there's lime in the cupcakes and lime in the glaze. But lime is a citrus -- won't all that lime make the cupcakes too tart? No, actually, all that lime makes the cupcakes truly delicious. Lime zest goes into the batter making it very aromatic with a hint of lime flavor but no tartness. The glaze is made with … [Read more...]

How to slice brownies (and other cookie bars) neatly


There was an e-mail from reader Katy asking if I use any special equipment for baking brownies. In particular, she wants to know how my brownie slices come out neat. Okay, I admit that cutting brownies, especially fudgy brownies, can be tricky. Do it wrong and you can get large chunks stuck on the knife ruining the shape of the brownies. … [Read more...]

Corn bread with ham and cheese


Not all breads are made with yeast. Some are made with baking soda or baking powder while some, like flatbreads, contain no leavening agents at all.These loaves of corn bread are made with the same recipe as the 3-cheese mini corn muffins except for the addition of chopped smoked ham. The amount of ingredients in the recipe plus about half a cup of chopped ham will … [Read more...]

3-cheese mini corn muffins


Based on the corn muffins a la Kenny Rogers in the archive, these mini muffins are made tastier with the addition of three different kinds of cheese and chopped parsley. I used jalapeƱo cheddar (found at S&R), feta and mozzarella. Hot cheddar, salty feta and gooey mozzarella. You can use some other cheese combination if you want to create a different contrast of … [Read more...]

Orange-glazed blueberry muffins


The recipe that inspired these breakfast muffins was labeled as "baked donuts." Since I don't have donut baking pans, I improvised by using something quite-similar -- mini-tube pans. However, after eating one of these baked goodies, I couldn't bring myself to call them donuts. They simply aren't. Cooking something in the shape of a donut doesn't make it so. A donut, … [Read more...]

Salted caramel cheese tart


Cheesecake is not something you can cut and serve straight out of the oven. A cheesecake has to cool slowly and thoroughly, and chilled for best results. It's the same with this cheese tart which is really a cheese cake baked in a tart pan and with only half the usual amount of cheese and cream mixture. No Graham cracker crust for this dessert. Instead, the crust is made … [Read more...]

Southern-style biscuits


It's funny how terms can be both simple and confusing. When I was a kid, biscuits meant crisp, flat and unsweetened bread. If they were sweet, they were cookies. Simple. Then, I grew up. You'd think that by learning more and broadening one's horizons, things would get even clearer but that wasn't what happened. I learned that the things I called biscuits as a kid were … [Read more...]

Oats, nuts, chocolate and caramel squares


Inspired by a turtle bars recipe (I don't really know the definition for turtle bars), these nuggets contain oats, nuts, chocolate, sugar, flour, butter and caramel. No eggs which should make them vegetarian-friendly. When the flour, oats, nuts, sugar and butter meld together during baking, something crisp results. Because those crisp parts are interspersed with creamy … [Read more...]

Peanut butter cookie squares with chocolate and dulce de leche filling


So, I was browsing Pinterest looking for a baking project that didn't require using too many utensils, and I came across a photo of very tempting cookie squares from The Girl Who Ate EverythingI clicked, scanned the recipe, and the filling of chocolate and sweetened condensed milk raised an alarm in my head. Not the emergency alarm one associates with accidents. Rather, … [Read more...]