Raspberry-Almond Salted Chocolate Bark - extra-dark chocolate sprinkled generously with freeze-dried raspberries, honey-roasted almonds, sea salt, and Demerara sugar. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Chocolate bark is officially my life-saver dessert. It’s that one thing you can reach for when plain ol’ chocolate just isn’t gonna cut it but anything else would be too indulgent (← my current situation — because it’s when I decide to eat healthy that I crave everything unhealthy more than ever). And even though I’m […]

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Everything Bagel Bread

by alexandra

Everything Bagel Bread - Just like a perfectly soft and fluffy Everything Bagel, but in loaf form! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Tell me you’re prepared for something mind-blowing right now. Because this bread?? Mind-BLOWING. I swear I’m not a huge exaggerator, but when your whole perspective on bagels gets flipped upside-down by a single loaf of bread, you’ve gotta know that you’ve just stumbled upon something pretty dang special. My original feeling about bagels?… not bad, but definitley […]

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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

April 13, 2015
Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie:  A giant brown butter chocolate chip cookie complete with crunchy edges and a gooey center - perfect for feeding a crowd! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

All Mondays should begin with a giant chocolate chip cookie staring you in the face, am I right? Bonus if said cookie is: 1) easier, and 2) faster, to make than a batch of normal-sized cookies, because if there’s ever a day that calls for a give-it-to-me-quick-and-easy giant cookie, it’s gotta be Monday. Chocolate therapy […]

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Healthy Snacking with Pistachios {Fool Yourself Full}

April 10, 2015
Healthy Snacking with Pistachios - Snacking ideas and tricks to help you eat healthier and still feel satisfied.  #FoolYourselfFull | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m currently trying to do this thing called “eating healthier” – partly because there’s no denying that swimsuit season is right around the corner, and partly because it really does make me feel better about myself – but man! The biggest struggle isn’t even about avoiding certain foods as much as it’s about getting creative with […]

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Apple and Almond Galette with Honey Whipped Cream

April 8, 2015
Apple and Almond Galette with Honey Whipped Cream - a light, rustic, fruity dessert. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

It baffles me a little bit that some people don’t like pie crust. If you ask me, half the point of eating pie, or quiche, or anything with a flaky butter crust is to eat said crust. Evidently there will be some of you out there who disagree with me wholeheartedly, but before you write […]

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

April 6, 2015
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins {dairy-free} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Currently, meaning Easter Sunday night when my brain doesn’t feel like functioning at all, I’m sitting at my computer trying to come up with something revolutionary to say about these peanut butter chocolate chip muffins. But the fact is, these just aren’t meant to be revolutionary (which I know is a bit of an extreme word, but […]

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Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Buns

April 3, 2015
Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Buns - a classic bread turned into super-soft sweet rolls, loaded with gooey swirls of cinnamon-sugar and juicy raisins.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

Every year when Easter rolls around I remember that hot cross buns exist and that I’ve been meaning to try making them for a while now, but every year I also realize this way too late, and I promise myself that next year I’ll get on it. Granted, it’s not like I’m restricted from making them for any […]

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Coconut Mango Bread

April 1, 2015
Coconut Mango Bread - a moist and tender, tropically-inspired loaf flaked with coconut and juicy mango bits.

I know it’s not exactly obvious based on the recipe selection around here, but I’m completely and utterly obsessed with mangoes. I might even dare to say that they’re my favorite of all fruits, which is dramatic because it’s incredibly hard for me to pick a favorite anything. But that tangy-sweet flavor, and juicy-but-firm flesh? […]

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Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

March 28, 2015
Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls -  soft, tender, and fluffy bread rolls with a hint of honeyed sweetness. | brighteyedbaker.com

Is it just me, or is there something about honey whole wheat rolls that seems so inherently perfect for springtime? I know I decided to call these “dinner rolls” and therefore I’m already contradicting myself right now, but I can’t help but think of weekend brunches complete with these rolls, honey butter, and lots of mimosas (plus […]

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Vanilla Bean Scones

March 26, 2015
Vanilla Bean Scones | slightly crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and topped with a sweet vanilla bean glaze for maximum flavor. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I feel like scones are such happy food, don’t you think? I mean, how can you picture yourself sitting down in the morning with a fresh scone on your plate and a cup of coffee at your side and not feel happy? I dare you to try, really; it just can’t happen. Now, there’s clearly […]

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