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Earl Grey Lavender Cake

Earl Grey Lavender Cake

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you know I have a thing for lavender. I love it for its floral aroma and because I seem to have a bit of a purple food theme. So when I needed a cake for my cake collection 

Lavender and Blueberry Gin and Tonic

Lavender and Blueberry Gin and Tonic

G+T’s scream “summer!” to me, and this lavender and blueberry gin and tonic yells it just a little bit louder. The next time you are looking for a cold, slightly sweet cocktail for a warm day, get out your muddler, because this is the drink 

Lemon Lavender Cookies as Easy as 1-2-3

Lemon Lavender Cookies as Easy as 1-2-3

These lemon lavender cookies really are as easy as 1-2-3. That’s because those are the ratios (by weight) of the sugar, butter, and flour in this lemon lavender shortbread cookie recipe.

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The Lavender Gimlet

The Lavender Gimlet

This lavender gimlet is a variation on a classic cocktail. When it was created, the gimlet was a sweet drink made with equal amounts of gin and lime cordial. Over the years, cocktails have become less sweet as tastes have changed. And the gimlet is 

Shortbread Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Filling

Shortbread Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Filling

These shortbread Linzer cookies remind me so much of the cookies my grandmother used to bring down on the train from New York City. They are a classic version made with a raspberry filling sandwiched between two tender almond shortbread cookies and dusted with confectioners’ 

Rose Syrup French 75: an Empress Gin Cocktail

Rose Syrup French 75: an Empress Gin Cocktail

This rose syrup French 75 recipe is the perfect cocktail to use some of that rose syrup that you were gifted for the holidays. It’s a well-balanced Empress gin cocktail that’s festive and floral but not too sweet.

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Cranberry Negroni: A Gin and Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Cranberry Negroni: A Gin and Cranberry Juice Cocktail

This cranberry Negroni is a delicious variation on a classic. And the beautiful color of this gin and cranberry juice cocktail makes it perfect for the holidays.

Perfect Brandy Manhattan Recipe

Perfect Brandy Manhattan Recipe

This perfect brandy manhattan screams fall cocktail, along with my peanut butter whiskey manhattan and a bourbon and cider recipe I’ve been working on. They’re mellow and warming as the nights grow colder and darker.

Ube Crinkle Cookies

Ube Crinkle Cookies

These ube crinkle cookies were this week’s submission to the reddit 52 weeks of baking (Week 42: Celebrity recipe or trend). Ube, the purple yam from the Philippines, seems to be everywhere in the U.S. right now. I might also be seeing it more due to my recent thing for purple and lavender.

With the nutty, vanilla flavor of ube, these ube crinkles are a purple twist on a classic. The recipe starting point is the Chocolate Quakes recipe from the Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser. That book is definitely among the top 10 of my favorite cookbooks.

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Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake Recipe

Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake Recipe

This easy chocolate chip loaf cake recipe was created for the reddit 52 weeks of baking (Week 41: Pantry Challenge). The challenge: to bake something out of things you already have at home. It’s a given that I’m always ready to bake a chocolate chip 

Salted Caramel Chip Chocolate Cookies

Salted Caramel Chip Chocolate Cookies

These salted caramel chip chocolate cookies were baked for the reddit 52 week baking challenge (Week 37: Sweet and salty). They combine soft and fudgy sweetness with salty caramel chips and a sprinkling of flaky seat salt on top. If you like brownie-like chocolate cookies 

Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie Bars

Call them chocolate chip marshmallow cookie bars. Call them s’mores bars. Either way, I promise that the combination of graham crackers, melted chocolate, and gooey marshmallows in these bars will bring back your fond campfire memories. All without the smoke.

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Oatmeal Blackberry Muffins

Oatmeal Blackberry Muffins

These oatmeal blackberry muffins are soft and moist, with big chunks of fresh blackberries and a cupful of cooked oatmeal that make them seem almost, well, healthy. Enjoy them for breakfast or a snack with only the tiniest bit of guilt.

Spinach and Feta Muffins

Spinach and Feta Muffins

These spinach and feta muffins are beautifully moist, balanced with salty and rich flavors, and packed with greens. It’s a great savory bake for those of you with picky eaters in your home.

Juniper Lime Drizzle Cake (aka Why Did My Cake Fall?)

Juniper Lime Drizzle Cake (aka Why Did My Cake Fall?)

Warning: while there may be a recipe for a juniper lime drizzle cake included with this post, I can’t recommend that you make it. You see, I created this loaf cake with dried juniper berries for the reddit 52 week baking challenge (Week 31: unusual ingredients). But it has provided me more with lessons about why cakes fall in the oven than with a delicious cake for you to make.

Although I will admit I’ve happily eaten a piece of one of the three cake variations for breakfast for most of the last couple of weeks.

The fourth cake I gave away.

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Blackberry Lemon Bread

Blackberry Lemon Bread

This blackberry lemon bread is for all of you berry lovers, whether you pick your berries in a wild patch along the side of the road or as a mixed flat at the weekly Sunday market.

Income and Donations

Income and Donations

As I pledged on my About page, I’ll be donating any income generated by the Ugly Duckling Bakery blog. It may not be much for now, but everything has to start somewhere. May 2021: – Given two boxes of HunnyZ apples by the folks at 

“The Lady Bridgerton” Empress Gin Cocktail

“The Lady Bridgerton” Empress Gin Cocktail

The Lady Bridgerton is an Empress gin cocktail designed, taking a liberty or two, to celebrate the success of the Bridgerton series. If you have been hiding under a rock for the last year, you might have missed the phenomenon that is Bridgerton, the Netflix series based off of the series of historical romance novels written by Julia Quinn.

(p.s. bring back the Duke!)

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A Minced Pork Recipe: Shrimp and Pork Meatballs

A Minced Pork Recipe: Shrimp and Pork Meatballs

We’re all on the lookout for quick and easy weeknight meals, and I love this minced pork recipe for shrimp and pork meatballs most for that reason. But it also because brings back memories of Sunday dim sum with my family, a large cavernous dining 

One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon

One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon

This one pot pasta with ricotta and lemon was inspired by reader requests. Everyone wants quick and easy and delicious meals that they can make on a weeknight when everyone is tired and hungry and no one wants to cook. Heck I want more of 

Sourdough Discard Apple Muffins

Sourdough Discard Apple Muffins

These sourdough discard apple muffins were requested by someone who asked me to create an apple muffin recipe packed with apples. Because fruit is an afterthought in too many recipes.

Not true for these sourdough apple muffins, with 1 1/2 cups of apple in eight muffins. And, as a bonus, they are quick and easy, coming together in under 30 minutes if you are without distractions.

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How to Make a Cherry Bakewell Cocktail

How to Make a Cherry Bakewell Cocktail

This cherry bakewell cocktail is made in the spirit of a cherry bakewell tart. If you’re not a Great British Bake-Off fan or from that part of the world, you may not know that bakewell tarts are pastry topped with frangipane and then jam. This 

Elderflower Collins

Elderflower Collins

This elderflower Collins is an adaptation of a Tom Collins, a classic drink made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda over ice. It’s essentially an alcoholic lemonade, which would be perfect for those hot summer evenings.

How to make strawberry limeade or a strawberry gimlet

How to make strawberry limeade or a strawberry gimlet

There are times I want a classic gin martini at the end of the day. And then there are warm summer evenings that call for sweeter, more refreshing cocktails. These are the drinks my kiddo looks at and asks for one of her own. Luckily this strawberry simple syrup can either be turned into a strawberry gimlet with gin or into a virgin strawberry limeade by adding soda water.

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Red Velvet Beet Waffles

Red Velvet Beet Waffles

These red velvet beet waffles (beetroot waffles, if you prefer) were developed for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge, week 19: Veggies Turned Sweet. Bake something sweet with at least one vegetable as an an ingredient. Some of these challenges have been easy to