Cranberry Orange Almond Cake

Happy Thursday! I had fresh cranberries in my fridge (leftovers from Thanksgiving) so I had to bake something with them. I wanted something that I could eat with my morning coffee/late cup of joe so I came up with this cake which I baked in a pie pan and turned out amaaaazing!!

This cake is packed with cranberries, orange zest, orange juice and has a nice almond cinnamon crumb on the top.

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Hazelnut Orange Linzer Cookies

Happy December! Christmas season has arrived and it’s the perfect time to bake bake and bake! As you might know, Linzer cookies are always on my baking list and I’m always trying to create new flavors. Today, I introduce you to these cookies that are packed with toasted hazelnuts, orange, cinnamon and filled with Nutella.

Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram. I’ve partnered with some of my favorite food bloggers to gift one lucky person a 5 Qt. KitenAid stand mixer and the best part is that you pick the color. We will close this giveaway on Friday. Don’t forget to enter! This GIVEAWAY is just on Instagram.

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Hot Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Happy Monday! One of my favorite Christmas cookie to bake during Christmas time is chocolate crinkle cookies. BUT, now I came up with this new version : HOT CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES. I know… it sounds AMAZINGGGG and they are!

These cookies have the perfect chocolate color because I use regular cocoa powder and dark cocoa powder. Resting the dough in the fridge overnight is a trick that will help you have thick cookies and not flat ones. Rolling them in a good amount of sugar makes your cookies have a nice crackle top.

Anyway, here is the recipe and hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @Pastry_Tales , you’ll find all the videos of all my recipes posted on the blog, specially this one. If you make these cookies, let me know or tag me!

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Healthier Pumpkin Bread

Happy Wednesday! It’s another windy day here in Northern California. We’re under fire weather conditions, hopefully nothing happens because we already had a couple of big fires. We really need rain. November is almost gone and we haven’t had any rain drop.

Anyway, with this recipe I say “bye for now” to pumpkin recipes for this Fall season. I know it’s kinda sad but I have to move on to Christmas goodies so you can have it on the blog ready for you before the holidays. This healthier version of pumpkin bread is made with oat flour, dates, walnuts… It does not have any fat (oil/butter).

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Red Wine Brownies With Maraschino Cherries

Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe November is flying by and Thanksgiving is next week. I wanted to take a break from Thanksgiving/Christmas baking and made these brownies with 3 things that I like: cherries, chocolate and wine. I know, it is not cherry season anymore but you can still bake with maraschino cherries.

These fudgy brownies with crispy top will make you want to eat more than one…maybe two… maybe three squares.

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Healthier Chocolate Cake

Happy Monday! This “healthier” chocolate cake is perfect if you are a chocolate lover like me. It will make you feel less guilty while digging into this delicious cake. This “sponge” does not have flour or any kind of fat (butter/oil). I use sweet potatoes, oat bran and apple sauce. Also, the frosting doesn’t have any butter, just sweet potatoes, good quality chocolate and honey.

You can find the video of how I made this cake on my Instagram Highlight @Pastry_Tales

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Pumpkin Crumb Muffins

Happy Friday!! It’s been a crazy week because one of my dogs (Pom Pom) got very sick again so I took her to the vet and after many tests (during the last 2 years) the vet finally gave me her diagnose that she has IBD. I know it sounds kinda scary but she just started her treatment which is going to be for life so hopefully she starts to feel better and have a better quality of life. We kinda knew that maybe she had IBD but first we wanted to rule out other stomach/neurological issues and finally it got to a point that the only thing left that she could have was IBD.

On a happier note, here is the recipe for one of my favorite Fall muffins. These treats are packed with pumpkin and spices. Also, they have a crunchy crumb on the top that makes them even better!

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Zucchini Sheet Cake With Brown Sugar Frosting

Happy Monday! I’ve heard many people say that they aren’t sure to use vegetables in their cakes/desserts and being honest I was like that too. But, I changed my mind after I discovered carrot cake. I love carrot cake with a good cream cheese frosting. I started exploring other options like pumpkin, zucchini, sweet potatoes.

So, today I’m showing you guys how to make this easy zucchini sheet cake with a tasty icing that I’m sure will be one of your favorites during this holiday season. Do you have zucchinis at home and you don’t know what to do with them? Try this recipe!

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Date Coffee Bread

Happy Friday!! Halloween is over and I’m a bit sad because I’m such a fan of this holiday. We always decorate our front yard with lights and spooky things. For some reason this year we didn’t have many kids, I think we just had about 50. Maybe it was too cold or the air quality from the fires stopped people from going outdoors? Anyway, we had fun. Now, it’s time to pack up everything and get ready for the holidays.

I want to start my holiday baking season with something that goes very well with your coffee, hot chocolate or tea during those chilly days. This is a date coffee bread with a coffee glaze.

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Chocolate Cherry Bombs

Hi guys! Happy Monday!! We had a pretty strong wind storm during the weekend. It’s sad because there have been several fires here in Northern California and there is specially one in Sonoma county that is big and it’s hard to get it under control. The wind storm has caused some damage and I think we are having another one tomorrow Tuesday. Where I live things are ok, the air quality is just bad. A part of my backyard fence fell but it is nothing compared to what other people are going trough.

Let’s talk about this recipe: I love the cherry chocolate combo but it is not cherry season anymore so I thought why not using maraschino cherries to create this delicious and easy treat that is perfect for the holidays. This recipe will remind you of cake pops but without the stick.

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