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Cafe au Lait Bread Pudding

Cafe au Lait Bread Pudding in a white bowl with an orange rim next to a small white bowl of cafe au lait sauce, all surrounded by mardi gras beads, with a Cafe du Monde coffee can in the background

Fat Tuesday is this week and I’ve never been to Mardis Gras, but I absolutely love New Orleans.  The city is so fun and so beautiful and the food is unreal. Of course, my initial thought for a Mardis Gras recipe was a King cake, but I wanted to give it my own little twist. I also considered a beignet because it’s basically my favorite food in New Orleans. But I also want to keep my recipes as easy as possible.  When I look at a recipe, even though I love baking, if it looks difficult or time-consuming I procrastinate on making it and then end up buying a box at the last minute.  Some of it is probably that I love sweets way too much and just want the final product to be ready! But a lot of it is because I live in a tiny apartment with a teeny tiny kitchen and a complicated recipe is stressful.  Especially when I know I can make something just as good with a lot less stress! Continue Reading

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Pumpkin Chai Bread and the Boston Book Festival

Pumpkin Chai Bread

I made this amazing, delicious Pumpkin Chai Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting, and I’ll be sharing the recipe with you at the end of this post, but first I want to tell you a bit about my Saturday morning.  I’d love for you to stick around and read about it, but if you’re just here for the recipe you know where to find it!

Pumpkin Chai Bread Batter

Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to listen to a panel at the Boston Book Festival that consisted of Stella Parks from BraveTart and Serious Eats, Karen Akunowicz from Myers+Chang and Top Chef, and Joanne Chang from Myers+Chang and Flour Bakery.  Each of these women have impacted my life in different ways, and seeing them all come together in one panel was a truly amazing experience.

Stella Parks, Karen Akunowicz, and Joanne Chang speaking at the Boston Book Festival Continue Reading

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Chai Loaves

One of my favorite things in cold, snowy weather is chai.  It’s so comforting and warm and delicious!  I only started drinking coffee in recent years, so a chai was my coffee shop go-to for the longest time.  When we were first relocating to Boston and did not yet have internet in the apartment, I spent a lot of time at a local coffee shop in my neighborhood drinking chai after chai while working.  That coffee shop has the best chai: it’s so light and foamy and delicious! Continue Reading

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