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bananabread

The Best Banana Bread (ever.)

 The Best Banana Bread (ever.) via The Baker Chick

I wasn’t going to share this recipe. Even though I have honest to goodness baked no less than 6 loaves of this in the last 3 weeks, it just didn’t seem blog-worthy. Not because it isn’t fabulous (it truly is,) but because it just seemed a little too boring and I honestly didn’t think anyone needs another banana bread recipe.

But- each time I made it I shared slices with friends and family who all started writing me asking for the recipe. After emailing it 2 or 3 times I decided I’d just blog it anyway even if none of you want another banana bread recipe. ;)

 The Best Banana Bread (ever.) via The Baker Chick

 The Best Banana Bread (ever.) via The Baker Chick


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Salted Caramel No-Bake Cheesecake

 Salted Caramel No Bake Cheesecake via The Baker Chick

It’s Cheesecake Day you guys!!! Now I’m not sure if that is an actual holiday, or something my my food blogger friends made up so that we’d all make cheesecakes and post them the same day, but either way it’s happening.

It didn’t take much arm-pulling to convince me to bake something cheesecake-y delicious today- or in this case- well NOT bake anything at all. Yup- this is a no-bake cheesecake. So creamy, so lush, and no turning on the oven required! As much as I love me some baked goods even if my apartment gets toasty, it sure is nice to not have to mess with it once in awhile.

 Salted Caramel No Bake Cheesecake via The Baker Chick

 Salted Caramel No Bake Cheesecake via The Baker Chick


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Mango Lassi Popsicles

 Mango Lassi Popsicles via The Baker Chick

Summer is passing us by friends. I can’t believe it’s possible we only have a month left before fall, football and everything pumpkin is full force. I always have said I have a love/hate relationship with New York, and although sunshine is good for the soul, I am feeling good about summer closing in soon. No more baby with heat rash from 90 and humid, no more obsessing about what to do with him when it’s sunny and scorching out, and no more daily fro-yo visits. Ok-just kidding about the last one- frozen treats are definitely the best part of summer.

I bought these popsicle molds last summer and this is only my second time whipping them out. They are so fun and make frozen treats at home easy as can be. I have been obsessed with Mango Lassi for as long as I’ve been eating Indian food, and when I opened my fridge looking for inspiration and saw the ingredients waiting for me- I knew it was worth a try.  Mango Lassi Popsicles via The Baker Chick


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Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Mousse Torte

 Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Mousse Torte via The Baker Chick

Oh man you guys. This dessert was too good to save to share with you guys. I had originally planned to post something else today but I was just too excited about this one to wait any longer. We devoured this yesterday at a little family cookout (I still can’t believe we get to grill out here in NYC,) and I figured you’d all want the delicious recipe too.

I’ve been eyeing this on Annie’s blog for years now, waiting for the right time to make it. What is better than a chocolate crust, creamy peanut butter filling, with crunchy bits throughout and a sprinkling of sea salt? Not much I can guarantee you and my family would agree!  Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Mousse Torte via The Baker Chick


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Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

 Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream via The Baker Chick

Last week I visited my family in Wisconsin as I mentioned, and I ate an excessive amount of ice cream. I mean what else do you do in the Dairy State when your parents live 5 minutes away from the best frozen custard on the planet? I also made 2 batches of my favorite Salted Caramel Sauce which is just begging to be drizzled over some ice cream. Needless to say, I ate my weight in ice cream and couldn’t be happier.

I churned up this beauty right before leaving town and it kept Andy feeling loved the whole time he was home alone without me & Hugo. (Who got his first TWO teeth this weekend by the way- how has time gone by so quickly!?) In a way I’m glad there is no more left in the freezer because I need a small break!  Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream via The Baker Chick


Peach Pie

Polka Dot Peach Pie

 Polka Dot Peach Pie via The Baker Chick

I warned you guys earlier that I was on a bit of a summer fruit baking kick. I have made this lovely peach pie twice now in the last two weeks and it’s just amazing. As much as I love the joy of biting into a sweet & juicy peach all summer, there’s something about warm baked peaches with flaky crust and a scoop of ice cream that’s (maybe) even better.

 Polka Dot Peach Pie via The Baker Chick

I tried something new with the pie crust decor and the verdict is still out on whether I love it or hate it. Does it kind of remind you of craters in the moon? Or a weird Freddy Kreuger-type mask? Anyway- I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the whole polka dot thing, but the pie itself is amazing and that’s all that matters. (I made a fancy lattice crust the second time I made it and that was pretty but took forever!

If I open my pie shop someday, you can bet that you’ll find peach pie on the menu all summer long. I actually normally bake my peaches into cobbler, but this was amazing as well. I love how pies are easy to transport, perfect to make ahead, and seem to represent something so classic and all-American. I loved making this for the 4th of July with my young cousin from Jordan, teacher her and my Auntie how to make pie crust and weave a lattice. I’m such a sucker for passing along kitchen secrets!  Polka Dot Peach Pie via The Baker Chick


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Ginger Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

 Ginger Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Baker Chick

Maybe you disagree, but I personally find baking much more satisfying in the colder months. Now I definitely love eating sweets all year long, but when turning the oven on makes your home nice & toasty, it’s preferable for it to have been chilly to begin with don’t you think?

That being said, not even 90 and humid can keep me away from baking all summer long, but when I do I much prefer the end result to be something refreshing. Pies get topped with cold ice cream, brownies get eaten out of the freezer, and ice cream gets made more than ever. Ever since making these amazing cookies in December I’ve been dying for more ways to use them, and I knew they would be just perfect as an ice cream sandwich.

 Ginger Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Baker Chick


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Strawberry Basil Galette

 Strawberry Basil Galette via The Baker Chick

Not much feels more summery to me than the introduction of farm fresh strawberries in the local farmers markets. It seems like there is a short period of time where the most perfect juicy berries are available to either pick for yourself or buy in adorable green cartons. I was thrilled to discover that there is a new green market within walking distance of my apartment that carried berries beyond the eye could see! I picked up a couple quarts and strolled them home to bake into something fabulous. I’ve been on a major pie kick, but we had company coming over in a couple hours so I wanted something a bit faster. So galettes it was- easy, rustic and delicious.  Strawberry Basil Galette via The Baker Chick


Potato Salad

Greek Yogurt Potato Salad

 Greek Yogurt Potato Salad via The Baker Chick

I can’t possibly send you off on your 4th of July shenanigans without one more amazing potluck/cookout/bbq/picnic dish. It’s savory, it’s simple and if you can believe it, it’s even made healthier! Sometimes- I like to climb out of my desserts and sweet treats box and that is what I’m doing today.

To me, no summer grilling fete is quite complete without potato salad. The varieties are endless and I pretty much love all of them. The one thing I’m not so crazy about, however, is the whole warm weather + lots of mayo thing which just feels like a bit too much. Have you tried subbing greek yogurt for mayo in dressing-based salads? It’s pretty genius and in my opinion tastes just as good if not better!  Greek Yogurt Potato Salad via The Baker Chick