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Ginger Cake for a January Evening

January 4, 2015

There’s a January chill in the air and a slow fire in the grate. The Christmas decorations are carefully stowed away at last, leaving the house feeling clean and calm, and blissfully less cluttered. It’s the perfect time for a stolen moment of solitude, the evening paper, and a slice of cake. I usually reserve […]

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Christmas Cottage Cake

December 18, 2011

Most of my friends who bake have their Christmas traditions pretty firmly established by now. Not me! This year I initiated what is likely to become one of my family’s most enduring customs—Christmas Cottage Cake. It’s a dense almond tea cake baked in a cottage-shaped pan. Although the finished cake looks impressive, with the right tools […]

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