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What are you baking these days? April 2013 edition... [old]

I was away for Easter and only made a couple of goes of bread (once as a flatbread, and once as pan rolls, for dinner last night and for my MIL to freeze for later. How about you? Holiday or other baking? Let's hear about it!

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  1. Chelsea buns, bread and, given a challenge by my daughter, an Easter croquembouche. It was some of the most fun playing with food I've had in a long time.

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    1. re: jammy

      Finally at the end of Passover baking, with a commitment to not using any form of matzo meal (bleh!). Several batches each of improvised praline meringues (brown sugar, pecans), coconut macaroons and matzo toffee crack have been made and consumed. Good enough stuff for anytime of year. Personally, I bake all of our bread and am a big fan of gluten, but the meringues and macaroons are blissfully gluten free, a plus for those who require that.

    2. My contributions towards Easter brunch were raspberry breakfast bars from the first Baked cookbook (always reliable.. ) and soft sugar cookies. We followed my brother's girlfriend's mother's advice for buttercream (the best that I have ever taste) for the cookies, and beat the buttercream with a whip attachment rather that the flat beater.. so fluffy.

      1. I'm making a yeasted coffee cake in a couple of days, kind of like a cross between coffee cake, rum baba (minus the rum, no alcohol in this house) and baklava (nuts, spices, honey syrup) Hope it turns out ok!

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        1. re: sarahjay

          It turned out pretty good, but it's super sweet, so it might not disappear too quickly, luckily the syrup should keep it moist for a few days!

        2. Made these Banana Coffee Muffins with Cacao Nibs and Oatmeal: http://www.thevanillabeanblog.com/201...

          The nibs add a nice touch of texture. These are for breakfast so the extra caffeine will be welcome. Very tender.

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          1. re: jadec

            Yum! I'm not even a big muffin fan, but those sound really good.

          2. I made a lemon swirl cheesecake for Easter with a gingersnap crust and made a chocolate orange cake with a cannily cream, candied orange, chocolate chip filling. Both got rave reviews.