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Raspberry Brown Butter Bars

 Raspberry Brown Butter Bars via The Baker Chick

This has been the weirdest week ever. No routine, everything has been off, and bizarre (and also exciting) things are happening left and right. Ever have a week like that? Tuesday was particularly odd. Rainy day, no plans, no Andy all day, just me trying to entertain Hugo as he tries to crawl to every power cord and outlet in the apartment. (How do they know what is off limits!?) Then we find out that we booked a national commercial the two of us! (It shoots today actually.) So yesterday I went and signed my life away (it felt like,) to join the Screen Actor’s Guild! After all my years as an actor in this city it is so cool that I’ve finally joined. So anyway- lets hope Hugo behaves today- I’ll share a link of the commercial when it airs!

 Raspberry Brown Butter Bars via The Baker Chick

 Raspberry Brown Butter Bars via The Baker Chick


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


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


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


Blackberry Lime Cobbler

 Blackberry Lime Cobbler via The Baker Chick

It’s no joke that I adore fruity desserts in the summer. With so many wonderful things to choose from that are finally in season, I think I could live off of pies and crisps and cobbler until it’s time for pumpkin spice again. It really wasn’t until last summer though that I discovered the amazing-ness that is Blackberry Pie and I realized how much I love these tart berries in summer desserts.

 Blackberry Lime Cobbler via The Baker Chick

The moment the blackberries bake enough to burst and turn into a juicy, bubbly masterpiece- I’m in a bit of sweets heaven. This cobbler is topped with sweet and tart lime biscuits which take it one step further. The biscuits are so flaky and puffy and as the cobbler bakes, they absorb some of the jucies from the berries! I served this with whipped cream, but a scoop of vanilla ice cream would also be divine don’t you think?  Blackberry Lime Cobbler via The Baker Chick


Mixed Berry Pie

 Mixed Berry Pie via The Baker Chick

I love pie so much. Honestly (and I know I say this a lot,) I think it is my favorite type of dessert. I love cakes, cupcakes, puddings, and cookies like the next girl, but pie just gets me every time. Give me a flaky crust, a thick fruit filling with a dollop of whipped or ice cream and I’m in heaven. (I also love cream pies, custard pies, chess pies etc- I don’t discriminate!)

In fact, lately I have been dreaming of opening my own pie shop- a cute little store front that only sells one thing- PIE- slices, whole you name it I sell it. For now it may just be a pipe dream- but someday maybe I’ll be posting about a little store front all of my own. Who knows!  Mixed Berry Pie via The Baker Chick


Soft Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

 Soft Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Cookies via The Baker Chick

Man oh man you guys- I never thought I’d get here. I got hit hard with pneumonia for the last 2 weeks and I couldn’t imagine ever wanting to get into the kitchen and bake again. Have you ever been so sick you really and truly forget what it’s like to feel like yourself? I definitely had my moments of that through my 104 fevered haze. Thanks to antibiotics and the sweet & loving care of Andy, a few dear friends/sisters, (and my Mom who flew out for 48 hours of TLC,) I am finally feeling like myself. That one was a doozy.

I had a dream about these cookies during a brief fever-induced nap and didn’t hesitate to make them as soon as I had my strength back. You see- I’m always on the hunt for the best way to make strawberry frosting. Stiff, shape-holding strawberry frosting that isn’t runny from strawberry pure√© but really has a strong strawberry flavor. The secret? Freeze-dried strawberries. Are you familiar? It’s what you find in many breakfast cereals, and Trader Joes sells them by the bag. They are dried strawberries that are dry and crisp instead of chewy (like normal dried fruit.) Running the berries through a food processor yields a pink powder that is perfect for getting the ideal frosting texture. The finished result really tastes like fresh berries too which is exactly what I was going for with these.  Soft Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Cookies via The Baker Chick


Glazed Grapefruit Bundt Cake

 Glazed Grapefruit Bundt Cake via The Baker Chick

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you probably know that everyone loves to ask if you’ve had any cravings. For the most part- my pregnancy has been rather boring in that department as once my first trimester ended I’ve been into eating pretty much everything. For the last two weeks though, it has been all about one thing- citrus. I’ve been pretty obsessed. I always feel thirsty and a juicy orange or clementine or grapefruit seems to always sound good. I think I’ve gone through 3 of those crates of clementines in the last two weeks and I just got another. Thank goodness it’s so in season right now because I truly can’t get enough.¬†  Glazed Grapefruit Bundt Cake via The Baker Chick


Gooey Lemon Blondies

 Gooey Lemon Blondies via The Baker Chick

I couldn’t let too many days of the new year go by without sharing a sweet treat now could I? To me- the winter months are always about citrus- bright, slightly tart and fruity desserts that somehow seem lighter than the rich, chocolatey alternative. Also, am I the only one who finds the brightness of citrus a ray of sunshine during the otherwise dreary weeks of winter?  Gooey Lemon Blondies via The Baker Chick