Mile High Chocolate Silk Pie


I’ve always wanted to make my own version of a French Silk Pie. Not sure if I hit the mark or not. This pie seemed pretty in line with all the chocolate cream pies I’ve ever made – but a slightly lighter airier version. Definitely a rich pie. Not for people who can’t handle rich…

Flakey Butter Pie Crust


Although this seems like a crust that would work best with savory pies, or – at the very least – fruit pies, I’ve found it to be quite versatile. It worked very well as the crust for my Mile High Chocolate Silk Pie. ingredients. 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling 1/2 tsp….

Sugar and Spice Pie Crust


I’m always looking for new pie crust recipes, especially after trying the Poppy Seed Pie Dough, which went over so well with my coworkers. To make a pie dough perfect for berry-picking season, I added sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to a butter-based recipe. ingredients. 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling 1/2 tsp….

Fresh Blueberry Pie


It’s prime berry-picking season in Oregon and when I was offered a bag full of freshly picked blueberries, I couldn’t resist. It was the perfect opportunity to turn the berries into a pie. The last time I attempted making a blueberry pie … well … let’s just say it didn’t really work out. The pie…

Flourless Chocolate Layer Cake


I’ve been wanting to make a  flourless chocolate layer cake for a while now. I love flourless chocolate cakes but have never had one that came in layer form. I mean, what’s better than a layer cake? And who would eat a single layer of cake when you can instead have (at least) two layers?…

Dark Chocolate Glaze


The secret to this glaze is working with it when it’s cooled down. Significantly. Otherwise you’ll have a drippy/runny mess. Which still works (once it’s cooled) but is messier and harder to work with. ingredients. 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, broken into 1-inch pieces 3 T. butter 1 T. whole milk 1 T. light…

Vanilla Cupcakes


Shhhhhhh! It’s my friend Colette’s birthday on Saturday and in celebration I’m making her cupcakes (because they’re more transportable than a cake). Although I’m almost always a chocoholic, there are times when I prefer vanilla. Like when choosing between hundreds of flavors at a cupcake shop. I’m almost always drawn to vanilla with white (vanilla)…

White Frosting


This frosting is fantastic! The stiffly beaten egg whites make it fluffy and voluminous. I think this is my new favorite frosting. Bonus: it tastes similar to buttercream frosting. Experiment with color by adding food coloring if you’re not a fan of boring white frosting. (Normally I am!) If you need color inspiration, check out…

Boysenberry Pie


Yesterday morning my sister and I drove to Canby, Ore. to go berry picking. I had every intention of going raspberry picking (what I really wanted to make was raspberry pie), but when we arrived they told us they were out of raspberries. The other options were blueberries, marionberries, lingonberries and boysenberries. I settled on…

Lattice Pie Crust Top


I don’t often make fruit pies but it’s my opinion that a lattice top makes a fruit pie look just that much more pretty. Turns out a lattice top is not all that difficult to do. Below are exaggerated step-by-step instructions for how to weave a lattice top for your pie. But if you don’t…

Poppy Seed Pie Dough


I found this recipe in the back of some magazine, Glamour perhaps? It was paired with a lemon cream pie – which seems like an obvious pairing. The first time I tried this crust, was with my Boysenberry Pie. You’ll need to double this recipe if you’re making a pie that has a double crust….

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake


Normally every year on my birthday either I or my mom make my favorite cake of all time, Best Red Velvet Cake. This year I opted to try a new recipe so I had something to bring into work as a birthday treat. I got ridiculously good reviews on this cake. Colette (who’s tasted many…

Best Chocolate Frosting


A pungent bittersweet chocolate frosting that pairs well with Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake. Or really any cake at all, which is why I dubbed it “Best” Chocolate Frosting. ingredients. 2 c. butter 1/2 c. coca-cola (not diet) 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 c. cocoa powder, sifted 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted 1 1/4 lb. powdered sugar, sifted…

Peanut Butter Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies


I decided to try this recipe after talking with one of my coworkers (and most willing taste-tester) who loves both peanut butter and bacon – he actually found the recipe (adapted from one found on the Food Network website). I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of the combination at first thought. In…

Chocolate Jimmy Cake


I have been dying for a reason to try this cake. So when Colette commissioned me to bake another birthday cake for her this weekend, I dug through all the clipped out recipes my grandma has sent me over the years and dusted this one off more than ready to give it a go. I…

Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting


Don’t be fooled by the name of this recipe – there’s nothing ganache-y about it. If you’re looking for a whipped chocolate frosting you’ve found the right place. ingredients. 3 c. whipping cream 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped small directions. Pour cream into 3-quart stainless bowl and place in refrigerator. Place chopped chocolate in a…