Entries Tagged 'Adventures in Baking'

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


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 | pinchmysalt.com

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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Whole Wheat Pigs in a Blanket with Cheddar Cheese

Whole Wheat Pigs in a Blanket

I haven’t been cooking much lately because we’ve been so busy, but every once in a while I get an urge to make something strange like these whole wheat pigs in a blanket.  They made a fun and fairly quick lunch and were surprisingly delicious.  I wasn’t planning on writing about them, but they turned out to be really tasty, so why not share? Continue reading →

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Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

MIni Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Muffins

Praline Pumpkin Cake with whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread

Pumpkin Maple Sourdough Cake

Sweet and Sour Grilled Pumpkin

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Spice Scones

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll

Pumpkin Doughnuts and Doughnut Holes

It’s time for pumpkin recipes again!  Click any of the photos above to be taken to the recipe.  Enjoy!


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Blueberry Biscuits?

Buttermilk Blueberry Scones out of the oven

Life has been crazy lately.  The days that I would love to be cooking, baking, and blogging, I am busy with these crazy life things. The days that I have free, I end up sick in bed or busy playing catch up around the house.  You’ve had months like that, right?  Well today I decided to turn things around and give myself the entire day to play around in the kitchen and get inspired again.  When I need a lift, baking is always a great place to start. Continue reading →

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Homemade Hot Dog Buns

Homemade Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Yesterday I had a craving for grilled hot dogs.  It doesn’t happen often, but when a craving for a childhood treat comes on, sometimes it’s very difficult to shake.  So, yesterday afternoon I decided we would grill hot dogs for dinner.  The problem was that I didn’t want to eat store-bought buns.  I don’t eat bread as often as I used to and if I was going to splurge and eat a hot dog bun (or two), I wanted them to be good ones.  The obvious choice was to make some from scratch, but I only had a few hours and most of the bread I make at home takes much longer than that.  I needed to find a recipe that was both delicious and quick, so I turned to my trustworthy baking friends on Twitter and asked for recommendations. Continue reading →

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