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Cake Blogger Tessa Huff Offers Fast, Fresh Easter Baking Options

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We’ve all been there. The approaching holiday is weeks away; Plenty of time to put together some baking ideas and to plan out what you’ll bring to a festive party. Then work, family and just life in general begins to fill your days and nights. And before you know it, it’s the Friday before a holiday and you’re scrambling to find that one go-to recipe you love that you know is easy to make and doesn’t require too much work. Then you think just once, you’d like to bring something different, something super yummy! If you’ve found yourself in this boat on more than one occasion and if you realize you’re running out of time as you prepare for Easter weekend, we’ve got a little advice from cake baker…

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Food52 Baking Has the Recipes You Need for Your Perfect Holiday Brunch

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Christmas dinner is a wonderful tradition but, trust us, holiday brunch is the wave of the future. It works equally well for Christmas morning and New Year’s Day and you get to eat before everyone gets restless. You can also prepare a lot of the recipes, including the one I’ve included below, the day before—then if your family will let you, sleep in. I’ve entrusted one of the best baking books of 2015 for this special occasion: Food52 Baking: 60 Sensational Treats You Can Pull Off in a Snap (Ten Speed Press, September 22, 2015). This unique collection of sweet and savory dishes is a must-have for your kitchen; it includes recipes that anyone can master. For my Food52-inspired brunch,…

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Holiday Baking: Up Your Gingerbread Game with Maple Syrup

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Christmas comes but once a year and with it, all those signature Christmas cookies. My family bakes and feasts on carmelitas, coconut macaroons, raspberry walnut thumbprints, anisettes, butterballs and of course, sugar cookies. That’s a little too ambitious for me. While all the cookie freaks out there are busy perfecting the sprinkle to frosting ratio on their anginettes and frequenting their third cookie swap of the week, I’m over here just waiting for my ninja cookie cutter kit and dreaming up ginger bread cookie fight scenes. This year I want to do something a little less, well, cookie cutter. Gingerbread is my absolute favorite cookie to make – the cutouts are always fun, plus icing the little guys after they…

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