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Secret cinnamon rolls

A cup of tea or coffee with a plush blanket surrounding me in warmth is my idea of comfort.  I’d add a good book and a fireplace (which I don’t currently have) to complete the effect.  Baking comforting treats are a given in this scenario.  During the fall, the smell of cinnamon, sugar, and other… Continue reading Secret cinnamon rolls

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Scented whipped cream

Yes, I know that I should be embracing the spices of autumn that I wrote about in my last post.  But, I had to make mango mousse yet again and wanted to come up with a creative way to present it. Earlier this year, I posted my recipe for mango mousse.  To this day, it is… Continue reading Scented whipped cream

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Versatility, thy name is pastry cream

Until I went to pastry school, I never fully appreciated pastry cream. It is such a simple thing to make. The thing that makes it great, besides the taste, is that pastry cream can be used in a variety of different applications and can be customized by adding various flavorings. Pastry cream can be used… Continue reading Versatility, thy name is pastry cream

buttercream · easy recipes · fruit syrup · Maya's Jams · recipes · summer · watermelon hibiscus

A little oomph

Maybe I’m trying to hold on the last remnants of summer.  It isn’t that difficult to do.  The weather has been warmish and there’s still technically about a week before the autumnal equinox.  Friday at 4:02pm to be precise.  Regardless, I’m loving using fruit syrups to add a little extra oomph of flavor to my buttercream.… Continue reading A little oomph

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Chai, dirty chai

Over and over, I’ve proclaimed my love of all things chai, so it should come as not surprise to anyone that this recipe combines two of my favorite things:  chai and ice cream (but with a twist!).  It’s a dirty chai no-churn ice cream and it is sublime.  You’re probably wondering what a dirty chai… Continue reading Chai, dirty chai

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Coconut Flour Cupcakes

A lot of different flour options have been popping up at my local grocery stores.  Usually if I wanted to find different types of flours to work with, I would’ve had to go to a specialty health food store or Whole Foods/Trader Joes. On a trip to the supermarket a a few months or so… Continue reading Coconut Flour Cupcakes

childhood · easy recipes · Kalvert Rose Syrup · Ramadan · recipes · rooh afza · rose lemonade · rose syrup · roses · sharbat · summer

“A rose is a rose is a rose”

Growing up I had an obsession with roses, and the color red.  So much so that many of my birthday and other gifts incorporated them in some way… and continue to do so today.  I’m not quite sure where it all began and why I was so drawn to red roses.  One of my very first email… Continue reading “A rose is a rose is a rose”