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Baking with Almond Flour: Grain-Free Banana Bread

Grain-free Banana Bread

This is the second installment in my unofficial Baking with Almond Flour series that I didn’t know would be a series until today.  This afternoon I made some delicious banana bread with almond flour instead of wheat flour.  It’s wonderful!  Phil has unfortunately had a hard time adding grains and dairy back to his diet and for now still feels best on a pretty strict Paleo diet.  I’m experimenting with this grain-free baking mostly for him since these tasty treats are very calorie-dense and don’t fit into my Need to Wear a Wedding Dress Soon Diet Plan very well.  It’s hard for me to stop at just one tiny piece of banana bread! Continue reading →

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Baking with Almond Flour: Snickerdoodles

Grain-Free Snickerdoodles

As we’re transitioning from the Whole30 diet that we followed last month, I thought it might be fun to experiment with some grain-free baking.  We have added small amounts of natural sweeteners, butter, and cheese back to our diet this week but won’t be adding any wheat back for a little while yet.  This Snickerdoodle recipe from Deliciously Organic works perfectly for us at this stage because it uses almond and coconut flours in place of all-purpose wheat flour and is sweetened with a combination of honey and coconut sugar.  I followed Carrie’s recipe exactly and these were simple to make and they turned out perfectly.  The only real difference between mine and hers was that I used the convection setting on my oven when baking them.  Even though I turned the temperature down and shortened the baking time, the coconut sugar browned faster than I was expecting.  They didn’t burn, but they definitely have a delicious though unintentional caramel flavor.  Next time I’ll bake them without convection and then see which I prefer. Continue reading →

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Strawberry Peach Cobbler with Almond Biscuit Topping

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I’ve never combined strawberries and peaches in a baked dessert before and now that I’ve tried it, I’m not sure why I waited so long.  Two of my all-time favorite desserts are Peach Cobbler and Strawberry Shortcake and this cobbler basically combines the two flavors – especially if you top it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Continue reading →

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Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread

Christmas isn’t here yet, but I’m already craving cookies like crazy.  This morning I was looking through different cookie recipes I’ve posted in the past and I ran across this recipe for Brown Sugar Shortbread that was hidden in a post about Lemon Shortbread from a few years back.  Since these cookies are so delicious, I decided it was time to give them their own space to shine.  Keep in mind that a batch of shortbread packaged in a cute box or tin makes a wonderful gift! Continue reading →

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Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

When it comes to dried fruit, cranberries do not top my list of favorites.  I love raisins, prunes, dried apricots, dried peaches, and dried tart cherries any time of the year, but it’s rare to find a bag of dried cranberries in my pantry most of the time.  However, when Thanksgiving rolls around, I start thinking cranberries and the dried ones inevitably start showing up in my green salads and baked goods and continue to do so through January.  They add a festive pop of color and the flavor pairs beautifully with oranges, one of my favorite things to eat in the winter.  I do use the fresh ones for holiday cranberry sauces and relishes, but I think dried cranberries are wonderful in cookies, muffins, scones, and green salads. Continue reading →

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How to Make an Apple Galette

Here’s another recipe from the past that I’m pulling forward to share with you again.  This Apple Galette recipe was originally posted in October of 2008.

Fall is here, the holidays are near, and the season of eating is officially upon us.  For me, that means it’s time for apple pie.  This is my third sixth year at Pinch My Salt, and every year I have grand plans to write about holiday recipes.  So far, I’ve failed miserably!  Sure, I always manage to post a few pumpkin recipes here and there, but when it comes to the real stuff: the pies, the turkey, the cranberries, the dressing, I always step back and let the pros help you out. (Edit: I do have more holiday recipes on the blog now. You can find them here.)

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Apricot Cream Scones

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Here’s a favorite scone recipe that I’m pulling forward from the first year of my blog.  This one features dried apricots in place of the more traditional currants.  The slightly tart bursts of apricot are a wonderful addition to the rich, tender cream scone.  I hope you enjoy this blast from the past, which was originally published on December 13, 2006. Continue reading →

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Brown Sugar Shortbread Crust

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Brown Sugar Shortbread Crust

I woke up this morning thinking about making pumpkin pie bars.  I’ve never made anything quite like this before, but Phil has been asking for pumpkin pie for a month now and I’m one of those people who only bakes pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  To me it just seems wrong to eat it any other day of the year.  But these are slightly different than pumpkin pie and they satisfied his craving without me having to break tradition.  Continue reading →

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