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Apple Fritters with Cider Glaze

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Apple Fritters with Cider Glaze

In this recipe, the basic yeasty donut dough is combined with spiced cooked apples and fried until golden brown and crisp before being dipped in a sticky apple cider glaze.

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Baklava

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Baklava

One year my family traveled to a small Greek island, Aegina where we stayed in a small, family-run bed and breakfast on the side of a cliff. Every day after tanning in the warm sun and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea we would walk into town and buy a box of baklava from a local bakery. 

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Strawberry Balsamic Shortcake with Basil

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Strawberry Balsamic Shortcake with Basil

In this recipe flakey and buttery biscuits are served with macerated strawberries and topped with homemade whipped cream. I add a hint of balsamic to the strawberries and chopped basil for a twist on this classic dessert.

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Strawberry Cream Macarons with Chocolate & Almonds

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Strawberry Cream Macarons with Chocolate & Almonds

These strawberry cream macarons coated in chocolate and almonds make for the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

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Cream Puffs

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Cream Puffs

This recipe for cream puffs is especially meaningful because my aunt’s grandmother would always make them for me. We weren’t even blood relatives yet every Christmas Eve she would bring a whole plate of them just for me because she knew they were my favorite.

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Lemon Lavender Squares

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Lemon Lavender Squares

The crumbly shortbread crust, topped with tart lemon custard and a generous dusting of powdered sugar, makes for the perfect spring dessert.

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Classic Homemade Cannoli

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Classic Homemade Cannoli

The iconic Sicilian dessert is one of my favorites because it isn’t overly sweet – it’s flakey shell and ricotta and mascarpone filling with chocolate chips are the perfect mixture of crispy and creamy to end (or start if you’re like me) any meal.

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Classic Jelly-Filled Doughnuts

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Classic Jelly-Filled Doughnuts

I love doughnuts that are sweet without being sickly sweet, and this recipe uses less sugar for the dough since it will later be rolled in sugar and filled with jam.

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Mini Pavlovas with Mixed Berries

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Mini Pavlovas with Mixed Berries

Melt in your mouth meringue topped with tangy crème fraîche and berries, plus they are as pretty as they are delicious. Most people top pavlova with whipped cream but I like the thicker texture and tangy flavor of the crème fraîche.

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Homemade Pop Tarts

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Homemade Pop Tarts

This recipe is an homage to childhood. Pop tarts toasted with butter used to be my favorite after-school snack when I was younger. Making pop tarts homemade rather than unwrapping them from foil somehow makes them seem more grownup and fancy. 

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