Angels & Devils | Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Frosting

This scratch Angel Food Cake recipe yields a lighter, more delicate cake than one mixed from a box. Topped with rich chocolate frosting, this sweet, airy dessert tastes heavenly.

Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Frosting | Flour Arrangements

Baking angel food cake from scratch has always seemed totally crazy to me. Every time I think about baking one, I peek at a recipe and decide against it. Why? For the simple reason that an angel food cake requires one dozen egg whites to bake.

The idea of having a dozen leftover egg yolks at the end of the project has always seemed more than a bit over-the-top.  And so, before a few weeks ago, whenever we’ve had a need for angel food cake, I’ve always used a box mix….

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Happy Pi Day! | Pi Day Pie Recipes

Celebrate Pi Day on 3.14.15 with help from this collection of pie recipes!

Pi Day Pie Recipes | Flour Arrangements

My family sent out Pi Day cards this year instead of the more traditional holiday cards people usually send in December.  Does this make us a hip family of cool, unconventional individuals  or one full of completely disorganized louts who can’t get their acts together until three months after Christmas?

You don’t have to answer that.

If you have no idea what Pi Day is, let me initiate you.

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All Abuzz | Honeyed Blueberry Tart

This Honeyed Blueberry Tart mingles honey’s distinctive sweetness with flavorful roasted berries and smooth mascarpone cream.

Honeyed Blueberry Tart | Flour Arrangements

Soon we’ll be doing our part to help pollinate the neighborhood — we’re getting bees! I couldn’t resist celebrating with this Honeyed Blueberry Tart, which gets a triple dose of honey from the inside out.
Roasting blueberries tossed with honey, lemon, and rosemary kicks up their flavor;  layered over honey-infused mascarpone cream, these deeply flavored berries mean business.  A simple pat-in-the-pan pine nut crust rounds out the subtle resinous hints from the rosemary.

Totally Flipped | Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Pancakes

Cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips make Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Pancakes super indulgent. Serve as a special breakfast treat or a surprising dessert.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes | Flour ArrangementsOn Saturday mornings, my husband lets me sleep in while he entertains our daughters.  My girls know he’s a sucker for dessert, and they’ve worked hard to parley his sweet tooth into a weekend tradition involving a trip to the doughnut shop or the preparation of an extravagantly sweet breakfast.

I never complain about this sugary start to their Saturdays.  If an indulgent breakfast maintains the fine balance that allows me to relax in bed longer than usual, I’d be out of my mind to object.

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Room for Seconds | Creative Dessert Storage

Turn a large bowl upside-down atop leftover cakes and tarts to create a simple, inexpensive dessert storage setup.  

Dessert Storage Tips | Flour Arrangements

We tend to forget that our kitchen sometimes looks like a bakery until friends comment about the quantities of dessert we seem to be stockpiling.  Last week, in addition to several types of cookies, part of an Angel Food Cake and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart lingered on the kitchen counter for days.  Aside from our crazy excesses, one thing people always notice about our collection of sweets is how we store cakes and tarts.

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Nut Job | Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

This indulgent Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart features creamy, rich peanut butter filling tucked between a chocolate crust and chocolate ganache.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart | Flour Arrangements

I‘m on a mission to combine chocolate and peanut butter in as many different ways as I can.  You’ve got to have goals, right?

So far, I’ve shared recipes for Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake, Mini Peanut Butter Pies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Brownies. In case you’re wondering, the end is nowhere in sight.

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All Lit Up | 100th Day of School Cake

Learn basic tips for frosting and decorating through a six-year-old’s 100th day of school project  — a three-tiered cake!

100th Day of School Cake | Flour Arrangements

As we walked into school with my daughter’s 100th day of school project, a few parents and teacher raised their eyebrows as they smiled at Tessa holding her three-tiered cake laden with 100 birthday candles.

I suddenly understood that I’d become “that parent,” the one who helps her kid go nuts on a project, and I have to admit that I felt a bit silly.

I have a new appreciation this sort of madness, though, and I’ll think twice before I raise my eyebrows at another kid walking into school with an over-the-top project.

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Lighthearted | Strawberry Meringue Hearts

These crisp little Strawberry Meringue Hearts melt in your mouth with a sweet, hint-of-strawberry flavor that comes from freeze-dried strawberries.

Strawberry Meringue Hearts | Flour Arrangements.

Do you hate it when recipes leave you with a million egg whites?  Yeah, me, too.  Here’s the thing, though.  Extra egg whites are the perfect excuse to make light-as-air recipes like pavlova or angel food cake.  Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to turn some of the leftover egg whites from these Meyer Lemon Bars into petite pink meringue hearts.

I had planned to freeze the remaining whites to use later;  you  can store egg whites in the freezer for up to a year.  Fortunately, though, I was lazy about dividing them into usable quantities and labeling them. I ended up using every single egg white and then some on my quest to perfect the recipe.

Separating a few extra eggs was worth the effort, though:  these crisp little hearts melt in your mouth with a sweet, hint-of-strawberry flavor.  They’re adorable and delicious all at the same time.

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