Oatmeal and lime custard bars

Oatmeal and lime custard squares

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 have to cool and thoroughly chill what’s inside before cutting. I tried to cut a few squares before the thing had been thoroughly chilled and I made an ugly mess. So, chill and allow the custard to firm up so you can get clean slices. »

Double lime cupcakes

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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 … »

How to slice brownies (and other cookie bars) neatly

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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 … »

Corn bread with ham and cheese

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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 … »

Swirled red velvet cheesecake brownies

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A melt-in-the-mouth red velvet cushion covered by a carpet of fluffy sweet-salty cheese swirled with more of the red velvet mass. A sexier version of the fudgy cheesecake brownies but the sensual appeal of these crimson squares goes beyond the fiery … »

3-cheese mini corn muffins

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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, … »

Orange-glazed blueberry muffins

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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 … »

Choco peanut butter bars

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Two layers of butter cookie crust and, in between, a blanket of dark chocolate and peanut butter morsels swimming in a river of sweetened condensed milk. They are already perfect at that point but why not make them prettier? So, into the butter … »

Salted caramel cheese tart

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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 … »

Southern-style biscuits

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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 … »