Artisan Bread-Making

I don’t know what it is about Fall, but it’s essentially bread making season for me. I’m the first to admit I’m not the most patient person, but when it comes to bread making, I love the process.

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Granted that love comes with actually understanding the principles of bread making. The very first bread book I ever bought was Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. And to this day, it’s still one I refer to.

Coffee Macarons

If you love coffee, you are going to love these coffee macarons. The shells are chocolate and the filling is a ganache infused with coffee extract and finely ground coffee beans for an added kick in flavor and with just the slightest crunch.

Coffee Macarons via Bakers Royale

These might be the simplest looking macarons I’ve ever made. But simple is good sometimes and sometimes it’s necessary when life gets chaotic.

Candy Bar Cookie Pops

I know I can’t be the only one to have a family of virtually non-dessert eaters. With that, birthdays become more of a challenge. Thankfully, Matt does have a few cakes he will eat, but even with those he will only have one slice. As for my little guy—he is a cake hater. Yup, hater.

2 Candybar Funfetti Cookies with Bakers Royale

No cake, no cupcake and no frosting. His last birthday was a a Krispy Kreme Donut cake. And before that, he just wanted pumpkin muffins. Muffins—yeah! Gah, right?