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Ok, so the holiday fruitcake/cookie/splashy dessert frenzy is over (but we have V-Day to look forward to as an excuse for further excess, of course). What are you baking these days? Do you bake certain things just to have in the house, or do you only bake for special occasions? Any wonderful and not-yet-shared family recipes out there?
I baked the Hungarian walnut torte from Rose Levy Beranbaum's heavenly Heavenly Cakes yesterday - it's an 8-egg sponge cake with finely chopped walnuts and chocolate also chopped in the food processor. Quite good but not transcendent (as is her chocolate Valentine's heart, that's a cake and a half) - and most of the chocolate settled down to the bottom, oddly enough. Tasty though!
I always have something sweet in the house, a legacy of my upbringing by an excellent baker mother - madeleines (husband even likes them/prefers them stale), shortbread, a cake, some manner of cookies...how about you?
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