Baking season is over – but not for me!

Hope you had a fantastic Christmas 🙂

I had to go back to work Tuesday, which I was initially dreading, but I’m realizing I actually relish routine. I feel a little out of sorts without a schedule and I’m looking forward to getting back to my usual workout routine.

I wasn’t completely horrible about eating this month, but I definitely let myself indulge more than usual. It’s hard not to when you’re surrounded by so much delicious food! So as “baking season” comes to a close, I’m keeping my baking challenge going but with a lot more self-control 😉

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How to make lemon Shrewsbury biscuit cookies

Hey guys, guess what?

It’s National Cookie Day!

In celebration, this weekend I made these lemon and black currant cookies (or  biscuits as they call them in the U.K.). This is another one from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, and I am decently happy with how they turned out.

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How to make carrot cake with cream cheese icing

I’m so happy because I volunteered to bring two carrot cakes to Thanksgiving (one with nuts, one without), and they turned out to be my best bakes yet! I adapted the recipe from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, making a few substitutions here and there and adding some additional spices, and I’d say the cakes gave the pies a run for their money 😉

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How to make homemade funfetti sprinkle cake

Hi friends, happy Sunday.

Normally I’d have a bad case of the Sunday Scaries as I type this up, but I’m feelin’ good because we have a short holiday week coming up! Just two days of work and one day of go-karting with my coworkers stands between me and a four day weekend. 🙂

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How to make the very best chocolate fudge cake

Week two is here! This time I tried my hand at Mary Berry’s Very Best Chocolate Fudge Cake.

When I brought my leftover lemon Madeira cake to work last Monday, I think my coworkers expected a moist, typical American-style cake. Some people said it was like eating cornbread, and others complained they had to bite-sip-bite-sip with some coffee (that’s how the Brits do it, people!). The recipe didn’t call for any liquids so the consistency made sense. But this time…

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How to make lemon Madeira cake

Week one! First recipe: Madeira cake.

I had never even heard of this before seeing it on Bake Off, but Madeira cake is a dense sponge cake that’s commonly flavored with lemon zest (or other citrus flavor) and topped with a slice of peel.

I love lemon anything so I was excited for this one.

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