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Mini Lime-Mint Cheesecakes by The Messy Baker
23 May
Mini Lime-Mint Cheesecakes

I am trying to decide whether I’m a hypocrite or late bloomer. I don’t watch hockey during the regular season because there’s too much fighting. But come the playoffs, when neither side is as willing to risk a penalty, hockey draws me in. I tell myself it’s...

Pear & Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby by The Messy Baker
19 May
Pear & Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby

No matter how often you make a recipe, it can trip you up. I created this Pear & Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby years ago for my book.  I know it well. I know it likes a hot, hot pan. I know the buttery pears will sizzle and...

Gluten-Free Baking Tips
11 May
Gluten-Free Baking Tips

As I stand at the counter during cooking demos, hands coated in flour and bits of dough on my apron, someone inevitably asks about gluten-free baking. They have a family member, friend, or colleague who can’t/won’t/doesn’t want to eat gluten and they’ve no idea what...

Lemon Curd Eton Mess by The Messy Baker
04 May
Lemon Curd Eton Mess

I am tempted to call this dish The Great Easter Meringue Salvage Operation, or The Waste-Not Rainy Day Face Saver. Instead, I’ll stick to phrases you might actually plug into a search engine -- Lemon Curd Eton Mess. The Eton Mess isn't a new or particularly innovative way...

The makings of homemade yolk-only lemon curd by The Messy Baker
27 Apr
Yolk-Only Lemon Curd

I’ll happily orphan an egg white. Want French vanilla ice cream with five, six, even eight yolks? No problem. I’ll just pop the abandoned whites into the freezer and make an angel food cake when the mood strikes. Or maybe some macaroons. But ask me to...

Chocolate Pavlova at the bottom of the stack by The Messy Baker
20 Apr
Personal-sized Chocolate Pavlovas

Somedays you just aren’t meant to bake. Of course, those days are often when you have no choice. Take Easter weekend for instance. When you’re in charge of desserts and the only two items you are asked to bring involve meringue. And it’s wet and...

Mixed Berry Phyllo Galetter - first cut. By The Messy Baker
13 Apr
Mixed Berry Phyllo Galette

I often have a box of phyllo in the fridge - “just in case” I “need” to make appetizers. When I do,  I fold them into triangles, roll them into logs, and even stuff them into muffin tins for little “bundles”. When I’m too lazy to...

Not My Grandmother’s Chewy Cookies
03 Apr
Not My Grandmother’s Chewy Cookies

My grandmother wasn’t Grandma or Nanna or Nonna, any other such moniker. Everyone called her Town — short for Townsend, her last name. Like her nickname, she was unique and practical and easy to latch onto. I was obsessed with her and even though she...

Burnt Caramel Nut Brittle by The Messy Baker.
30 Mar
Burnt Caramel Nut Brittle

I've decided to change the idiom from "watching paint dry" to "waiting for sugar to caramelize". It doesn't roll off the tongue, but it's a fair description of the process. This recipe for Burnt Caramel Nut Brittle calls for deeply caramelized sugar. While it doesn’t...

Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby by The Messy Baker
23 Mar
Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby

Spring arrived this week, slipping in quietly when we were distracted by the wind. Winter dragged its ungracious feet as it shuffled out the door.  As the last of the snow melted, a bland, brown, monochromatic world emerged outside my window. The lawn was brown. The...

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