DIY Candied Kumquats

by alexandra

DIY Candied Kumquats - a little tangy, a little sweet, and SO easy to make. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Eventually summer will roll around and there will be more fruits in season than citrus. And ohhhhmygoodness I can’t wait for that to happen, but until then, I’m trying to do that whole open-minded thing and expand my appreciation for citrus, because it turns out I’ve been neglecting it for way too long. The truth is that I grew up with […]

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Cream Cheese-Stuffed Baked French Toast & Blueberry Compote - an extravagant, graham cracker-crusted, stuffed french toast. | www.brighteyedbaker.com #oxocookware

I clearly have a thing for stuffed french toast, since, umm… 3/3 french toast recipes I’ve shared on here so far are all stuffed.  I think it comes down to the fact that, growing up, french toast was never on the menu; now that I can make my own I must subconsciously have this need […]

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One-Bowl Orange-Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Blondies

February 27, 2015
One-Bowl Orange-Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Blondies | www.brighteyedbaker.com

A couple weeks ago I went on this complete orange kick where I was adding orange juice and/or orange zest to evvvvverything (like these scones!). I think that subconsciously I was just feeling sick of winter, sick of the lack of seasonal fruit to work with, and uninspired by the January blahs that inevitably follow all […]

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Classic Banana Bread

February 25, 2015
Classic Banana Bread - an easy recipe for perfectly sweet and tender, no-frills banana bread. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I know that there are probably like 100 x infinity recipes for banana bread out there, but the way I see it, it’s one of the things that you should totally have a solid, reliable, go-to recipe for in your repertoire. It’s right up there with classic red velvet cupcakes, classic gingerbread man cookies, and classic mojitos; they’re […]

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Let’s Get Cookin': One-Pot Chile & Carrot Lentils {Vegan}

February 23, 2015
One-Pot Chile & Carrot Lentils - an easy, healthy, warm, and hearty dish packed with flavor. {Vegan}| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I am ALL for easy meals. I’ll go all-out for a stunner cake every once in a while, but when it comes to actual food – like the stuff we survive on ;) – easy is pretty much the only language I speak. The truth is, I’ll be more than happy if you want to cook […]

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Reese’s-Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

February 20, 2015
Reese's-Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies - dense, fudgy, and loaded with that classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Today I read a post about blogging – how your voice comes through in your writing, and whether that voice is really you, or just the voice you think people want to here – and it got me thinking. Writing blog posts is actually one of the trickiest parts about this whole thing, and a lot of […]

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Apricot Almond Granola

February 18, 2015
Apricot Almond Granola - loaded with clusters of honey-sweetened almonds and oats, plus tangy dried apricots for a big flavor boost. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Fact: The apricot-almond combo will forever be a winner. It makes some of the best scones I’ve ever had, a galette that tastes like heaven in your mouth, and now a KILLER granola. I don’t know how it took me so long to realize that these flavors belong in a granola recipe, but thank goodness I finally […]

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Chocolate Financiers {Gluten-Free}

February 14, 2015
Chocolate Financier: Moist and tender, brownie-like, mini chocolate tea cakes - a classic french treat that's naturally gluten-free. | brighteyedbaker.com

For the past week I’ve had this weird schedule which involved eating breakfasts in a dorm dining hall at 8AM, getting in a workout and a shower once I was awake enough to function, and finally getting a good cup of coffee at around 2PM when I could make my way to a cafe looking […]

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Apple Pie Crumbles {Vegan}

February 12, 2015
Apple Pie Crumbles - all the flavor of the best apple pie, PLUS an irresistibly crunchy & sweet crumble topping - and only minutes of prep time! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Is it normal to get spontaneous cravings for apple pie? Because for some unknown reason, it definitely happens to me, despite the fact that I pretty much never eat pie. The other thing I really never do is make pie. That obviously needs to change at some point – like how can I call myself […]

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Sugar Cookie Dough Truffles

February 10, 2015
Sugar Cookie Dough Truffles: Bite-sized balls of sugar cookie dough wrapped in a rich coating of chocolate - the perfect treat for your sweet someone! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Things have gotten to the point where I’m now getting constant suggestions from friends and family re: what to bake, and it’s kinda awesome. It’s like I have my own personal think tank so that even in the moments where my creativity level is at ZERO, I have bunches of ideas to fall back on. […]

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