Pan de Muerto

Pan de Muerto

This week, I wanted to bake something for what has become one of my favorite holidays: Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos.  While Day of the Dead is not a part of my cultural heritage, I love the concept of the holiday.  Rather than mourning the loss of loved ones and wallowing in sadness, the focus of Day of the Dead is to celebrate those who are no longer with us and invite their souls to visit.  It’s actually a two-day holiday that happens on November 1 and 2.  The first day celebrates children and infants, and the second day celebrates adults.  Families create altars, or ofrendas, which hold pictures of the deceased loved ones, as well as favorite items and foods, candles to light their way, and glasses of water to quench their thirst.  Other traditional elements include marigolds, tissue paper decorations (papel picado), and the ubiquitous sugar skull.  I incorporate the elements that are most meaningful to my family in my personal celebration, but this year I wanted to try something a bit more traditional and make pan de muerto.

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How to Make a Pie Crust Poinsettia

How to Make a Poinsettia Pie Crust

We’re wrapping up the pie crust embellishment series today with an impressive-looking (but still super easy) poinsettia.  Admittedly, this is a bit of a seasonal decoration, but with a little finessing, you can change the shapes of the leaves and petals and call it a dahlia or a pile of leaves to make it more appropriate to your current season.  Whatever you call it, you’re bound to get murmurs of admiration when you bust this baby out.

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Eggnog Pie

Eggnog Pie

Hello strangers!  Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth with no warning.  Some things have come up in my life that have left me with little time and energy, so I haven’t been able to make I Wanna Bake! as much of a priority as I might like.  Bakeventures have been happening, though!  There are lots of recipes and tutorials coming your way, starting right now with this (for once, timely) eggnog pie.

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Apple Cider Cutout Cookies

Apple Cider Cutout Cookies

Happy Thanksgiving in advance!  Time sort of got away from me last week, so this post is extra late (sorry about that).  If you need a last-minute addition to your dessert spread, here’s a fun cookie with an unexpected burst of apple cider flavor.

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Captain America's Shield Cookies

Captain America’s Shield Cookies

Happy Independence Day in advance!  If you’re looking for a fun and tasty holiday dessert with some added nerd cred, look no further!  I bring you slice and bake cookies that look like Captain America’s shield!  (So many exclamation points!  Excitement!  Yea!)  After all, who better to grace your holiday dessert table than America’s most patriotic fictional character?

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Hamanataschen

Hamantaschen

Purim begins today, and that means it’s the season of hamantaschen!  For those who haven’t yet experienced the joy that is eating a hamantasch (I hadn’t until two years ago), it’s time to fire up your oven right now (well, actually after many hours of chilling, but we’ll get to that later).  There are various stories about the symbolism of the triangular cookies (you can read more about them here and at the link above), but in general, they represent the villain of Purim, Haman.  The most traditional filling is made of poppy seeds, but fruit fillings are also common.

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King Cake

King Cake

Mardi Gras came and went already!  I know it’s a little late to be sharing a holiday-specific bakeventure, but this one is just too much fun not to.  King cake is a dessert traditionally served between Epiphany and Mardi Gras.  In execution and taste, it’s similar to a giant cinnamon roll with purple, green, and gold decorations on top and a suspicious plastic baby hidden inside (more on that later).  This recipe might seem daunting due to the number of ingredients (and steps), but fear not!  While it is time-consuming and at times labor-intensive, none of the steps are particularly hard, and none of the ingredients are particularly expensive unless you decide to go crazy with the decorations and filling.

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Buffalo Chex Mix

Buffalo Chex Mix

Aah, Chex Party Mix.  How I love you so.  In my mind, it’s not a holiday celebration without the Chex mix.  Since the Super Bowl is akin to a holiday to many people, I decided to put a (mildly spicy) spin on a beloved classic in its honor.  Admittedly, I couldn’t care less about football and usually don’t watch the Super Bowl, but I am quite an appreciator of snacks, so the day’s not all bad in my book.  If you’re looking for a fun party snack, look no further!

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pecan lace sandwich cookies

Pecan Lace Sandwich Cookies

Christmas really snuck up on my this year.  Thanksgiving happened, and then BAM!  Everyone was posting pictures on Facebook of their Christmas trees while I still had all my fall decorations up.  I am now a little bit more prepared for the upcoming festivities, but the preparations have definitely kept me on my toes.

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