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Cacao Nibs Butter Cookies

Courtesy of Anne Baldzikowski, Easy Artisan: Simple elegant Recipes for the Everyday Cook Cacao nibs are broken pieces of the raw cacao bean from which

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Cardamom Pistachio Shortbread

 What’s not to love about shortbread? Buttery, slightly crunchy, fully satisfying with coffee or tea, in a lunchbox, watching TV, late night treat — in

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Chestnut Jam Tart

Excerpted from Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Leigh Beisch. Chestnut Jam Tart Makes 10 servings Alice says, “A

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Viennese Holiday Pannetone

Viennese Pannetone, is a molded cake filled with currants and only loosely similar to the Italian pannetone, which is a yeasted bread. What I love

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Oat Flour Fruit Basket Cake

 Excerpted from Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Leigh Beisch. Alice says, “Too simple for words: soft, tender layers

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Oat Flour Sponge Cake

Excerpted from Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Leigh Beisch. Oat Flour Sponge Cake Serves 8 to 10 Alice

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Chocolate Oblivion Tart

 Long before the California food revolution began, my mother was given one of these dazzling tarts as a gift. It was a predecessor of the

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Mini Gateaux Breton

Excerpted from THE BAKING BIBLE, © 2014 by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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How to Make Perfect Cheesecakes

 It’s hard to imagine anyone who doesn’t like cheesecake. There are several camps, however, regarding  which type of cheesecake is best.  Some of us like

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